If you’re interested in adding a Wikipedia assignment to your course, we can help. Our staff has been supporting the Wikipedia Education Program in the United States and Canada since 2010. In that time, we’ve helped more than 300 instructors in higher education. We’ve collected their experiences and feedback to put together some guidelines and training for you and your students.
This page has everything you need to know to get started. If you have more questions, reach out to us at contact(at)wikiedu.org, or through the contact form at the end of the page.
Resources for instructors
Before you begin, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with Wikipedia editing and community guidelines. Our online instructor training will walk you through the basics, and you may want to take the student editing training yourself. That way, you’ll see exactly what your students learn about Wikipedia (and perhaps pick up some editing skills yourself).
Our Instructor Basics brochure contains crucial information for designing successful assignments. Our Case Studies brochure spotlights the variety of successful strategies for incorporating Wikipedia assignments. Hear from other instructors about the lessons they’ve done, and choose one that matches the learning objectives for your own course. Finally, for courses that engage in theoretical thinking around Wikipedia and knowledge production, we offer a Theories handbook for instructors. You can download the .pdfs below, or email us your request for an instructor’s starter kit for a free printed copies.
Getting students ready
The class is about more than Wikipedia, so your class time should focus on the topic of the course. That’s why we’ve created an online training that helps students learn the basics of Wikipedia editing. Assigning students to complete the online training will helps students throughout the term, and takes about an hour. Completing the training is usually the first required step in any Wikipedia assignment.
We also offer print and online copies of three brochures—Editing Wikipedia, Illustrating Wikipedia, and Evaluating Wikipedia—for your students.
Subject-specific handouts for students
Some content areas in Wikipedia have topic-specific guidelines for contributors. This can range from specific details on sourcing or citations, or ethical or legal guidelines specific to that field. Provide these handouts (available in print or online) to students if you teach in these subjects.
- Editing Wikipedia articles: BiographiesDownload
- Editing Wikipedia articles on ChemistryDownload
- Editing Wikipedia articles on EcologyDownload
- Editing Wikipedia articles on Genes and ProteinsDownload
- Editing Wikipedia articles on MedicineDownload
- Editing Wikipedia articles on PsychologyDownload
- Editing Wikipedia articles on SociologyDownload
- Editing Wikipedia articles on SpeciesDownload
- Editing Wikipedia articles on Women’s StudiesDownload
Classroom handouts for students
We have a range of one-page printouts you might find useful, depending on the details of your assignment. The packet of classroom handouts has specific, detailed instructions for the key steps in common Wikipedia writing assignments: from choosing an article, to creating a new article from scratch, to requesting help. For broader help on editing, evaluating and adding images, see our “Getting started” section above for more booklets.
Design your assignment
Once you’ve decided you’re ready to design your assignment, reach out to us using the contact form below. We’ll help you create a page to see what articles your students edit, track their training progress, and more.