School of Library and Information Science professor, Dr. Benoit, creates globally engaged courses

March 3, 2018

Baton Rouge - Online education allows unique opportunities that can’t be found in the traditional classroom. For assistant professor in the School of Library and Information Science, Dr. Edward Benoit, III, the flexibility of the mobile classroom is appealing and fosters global discussion. When Benoit learned about the Wiki Education Foundation, he knew it was the perfect opportunity to create collaborative, creative, and globally engaged courses to impact both students and those beyond our campus.

“As a researcher and promoter of participatory culture, I was immediately drawn to Wiki Education and implementing a Wikipedia project in my class,” Benoit said. “It presented an opportunity to build a communication intensive course with an impact not only on students, but in broader contexts as well.”

The Wiki Education site invites campuses to take part in their online classroom program.  Students make a real-world impact, spending the semester writing Wikipedia articles based on topics that are missing or underrepresented on Wikipedia’s site.

Benoit’s students were put in groups of 3-4 and asked to develop new pages exploring the digital divide in a particular country. While researching the economic and social inequality regarding access to, use of, or impact of information and communication technologies in different countries, Benoit assigned his 17 groups diverse countries to write about.

Students were allowed to engage in discussion on the role of Wikipedia in society and come into the project wholeheartedly with the support of Benoit and the Wiki Education technical staff in order to produce creative and globally minded content. 


About SLIS

The School of Library & Information Science (SLIS) provides a 100% online education in library and information science. SLIS offers an undergraduate minor and a Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in library science, an ALA-accredited Master of Library and Information Science, and Graduate Certificates in Archival Studies, Records & Information Management, and School Librarianship. SLIS is part of the College of Human Sciences & Education.  

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About CHSE
The College of Human Sciences & Education (CHSE) is a nationally accredited division of Louisiana State University. The college is comprised of the School of Education, the School of Kinesiology, the School of Leadership & Human Resource Development, the School of Library & Information Science, the School of Social Work, and the University Laboratory School. These combined schools offer 8 undergraduate degree programs, 18 graduate programs, and 7 online graduate degree and/or certificate programs, enrolling more than 1,900 undergraduate and 1,120 graduate students. The College is committed to achieving the highest standards in teaching, research, and service and is committed to improving quality of life across the lifespan.

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