Collective Intelligence in Practice Understanding Wikipedia

Hanyang University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Collective Intelligence in Practice Understanding Wikipedia

  • Host University

    Hanyang University

  • Location

    Seoul, South Korea

  • Area of Study

    Communication Studies, Media Studies, Social Media, Writing Arts

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview


    This course uses Wikipedia to teach students to understand the collective intelligence on the Internet from a sociological perspective. The students will get a working understanding of what wikis in general, and Wikipedia in particular, are. This understanding is highly useful in today’s world of sharing economy: only a few years ago, Technocrati’s chief technologist stated soon “knowledge of wikis will be a required job skill”.

    Wikipedia, founded in 2001, is in the Top 5 most popular websites in the world. Unlike most other websites, Wikipedia is non-profit, and run by a group of hundreds of thousands of volunteers. Even though it is not backed up by any country or corporation, it became  the premier site for information about, well, almost anything.

    There are several avenues of learning in this course: readings, lectures, discussions (in class and online) and wiki based collaborative group writing projects. This is a reading- and writing-heavy course as one of its major aspects will be learning how to contribute to English Wikipedia by writing content (creating and expanding Wikipedia articles) in the PBL-style activities.

    A usual class will have a lecture segment, a Wikipedia editing segment, and a discussion segment. You should come to each lecture with a device capable of editing Wikipedia, and you should be prepared to read, write and discuss in English.


    This course is designed to introduce the students to the concepts of collective intelligence and sharing economy and is designed to improve critical thinking as well as writing and conversation skills in English.


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