Wickedpedia: The ‘iEvo’ Effect in Contemporary Education
Education Journal
Volume 4, Issue 5, September 2015, Pages: 259-262
Received: Sep. 4, 2015; Accepted: Sep. 30, 2015; Published: Oct. 16, 2015
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J. R. Stone, Department of Biology, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada; SHARCNet, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada; The Origins Institute, McMaster University, Hamilton, Canada
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Abstract
Two hundred and seventy one students in a third year undergraduate evolution course were presented with an assignment about a fictitious theory for which information previously had been made accessible online. Among the students, approximately 90% accessed the online information, with more than half failing to demonstrate any appreciation for deception or error. This phenomenon, wherein students electronically access resources and acquire data without criticism or integration, is christened the iEvo effect. Testing after assignment feedback had been provided revealed increased appreciation for the material and Internet use, suggesting that the iEvo effect can be utilised as an online teaching practice.
Keywords
Evolution, Internet, Learning, Online, Teaching, Wikipedia
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J. R. Stone, Wickedpedia: The ‘iEvo’ Effect in Contemporary Education, Education Journal. Vol. 4, No. 5, 2015, pp. 259-262. doi: 10.11648/j.edu.20150405.21
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Zestful public reaction to and the fate for the iEvo page are described in Appendix 3; subsequent to the events described herein, the name ‘Ievo’ was adopted by an unrelated Internet company in Canada and later ‘ievo’ was adopted by a biometrics company in England.
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