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OBREGON-SIERRA, Ángel  and  GONZALEZ-FERNANDEZ, Natalia. Wikipedia at the spanish faculties of education The vision of university students. Alteridad [online]. 2020, vol.15, n.2, pp.218-228. ISSN 1390-8642.

Since the beginning of the 21st century, there has been a change in the way people connect to the Internet, interacting more with the creators of web sites and spending more time connecting to several tools that have been called Web 2.0, such as social networks, wikis and blogs. One of the best-known wikis is Wikipedia, free online encyclopedia collaboratively edited by users around the world. In this research we have applied an online questionnaire designed ad hoc to see if Spanish university students use this tool, if they know it and if they attach importance to their studies. The results have been obtained after the completion of 1173 questionnaires by university students of Education throughout Spain. Students say they use social networks, online documents and Wikipedia. Only 5.4% of respondents indicated that they do not use this tool. They make sure they know how it works, and only 1.74% admitted to not knowing it completely. However, they do not give it much importance to their studies, as the other Web 2.0 tools. In addition, most of them know that they can edit it, but they cannot provide information, so the number of editors is very low.

Keywords : Wikipedia; wikis; higher education; university students; collaborative writing; quantitative.

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