Learning deeply at school but broadly with social medias



This picture is funny joke but it reveals the realities in college somehow.

Before attending college, I had never doubted Wikipedia. However, I noticed that professors try to prohibit students using Wikipedia for homework, paper and research. I cannot forget the despised facial expression when my history professor mentioned Wikipedia.

To get information from websites, like Google, Sparknotes and Wikipedia, has both advantages and disadvantages. The most obvious disadvantage is that information from those websites is not reliable because everyone can go to websites and edit information. It means people with no qualifications in a certain subject area can still post information about it. Most of education institution like Bucknell University do not accept any information from website like Wikipedia.  College students are expected to learn academic knowledge through books, lectures, discussion or individual thinking.

However, the requirements for students in 21th century are not limited within major area any more. Students have to learn knowledge not only deeply but also broadly. However, one’s time and energy are limited. For example, students in Bucknell have to take at least four classes a semester. They have to fulfill not only major requirements but also non-major requirements like environmental studies, natural sciences, humanity or diversity in the U.S. They have to learn broad information within four years. Students may learn deeply in some courses but broadly in others. It is not superficial but an efficient way to open one’s eyes. It is important for students have enough knowledge about almost everything as preparation for the future. Websites like Google, Wikipedia and Sparknotes are useful tools for this efficient way of learning.

3 thoughts on “Learning deeply at school but broadly with social medias

  1. A little trick for using Wikipedia for papers is to look up a subject matter on it, find the argument that applies to the topic you are writing about, and click on the number of that argument which takes you to the source in the references. Then just visit that reference and use it for your paper. …almost better than the library databases

  2. I’m not “anti-wikipedia” anymore than I am “anti-drugs.” Some drugs are beneficial. So is some collaborative knowledge. What worries me is when searches END with google or wikipedia, not start there.


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