“My Wikipedia paper discusses the importance of using such a public source for information as a way to teach critical literacy and public writing,” Reynolds said. “Rather than using it blindly as a research tool, I argued that teachers have a responsibility to teach source evaluation so that students learn why Wikipedia is not a source that you would cite in your paper but may be useful as a starting point or quick reference.”
“More importantly, Wikipedia allows students a place to participate in the creation of knowledge and the writing of a public text that is viewed by millions of people on a daily basis. I used examples from a series of assignments to illustrate how students learn about new text types and real audience expectations by engaging with existing articles and writing their own.”
Reynolds teaches English and is director of First-Year Writing at NSU, teaching writing and rhetoric from freshman English to graduate courses. He also supervises the teaching of the department’s first-year writing experience.
Reynolds holds a Ph.D. in English from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette, M.A. in English from Northwestern State and B.A. in English and History from Virginia Tech.
The American Dialect Society is dedicated to the study of the English language in North America, as well as of other languages, or dialects of other languages, influencing or influenced by it.