--from the citation for the MLA's Mina P. Shaugnessy Prize for an outstanding work in the fields of language, culture, literacy, or literature with strong application to the teaching of English.
Informed, smart, incisive, this book explores the radical hypothesis that the Wikipedia movement, too often linked with declining standards of credibility and correctness, could teach English composition faculty something they don't know about "higher education, making knowledge, and teaching writing". Cummings succeeds with marvelous skill at this delicate task. He offers teachers a way to connect the "'disconnected' core courses of composition to a real, authentic, knowledge community" and to provide new audiences for students' writing. Cummings' passion for this task is great, and his advice is sound. Your writing class may "never be the same," he notes, after you read this book-and, by the end of volume, you realize just how right he is.
--Cynthia L. Selfe, Ohio State University, author of Global Literacies and the World Wide Web