Wiki Education envisions a world in which students, scholars, scientists, archivists, librarians, and other members of academic and cultural institutions are actively engaged in sharing their knowledge with the general public through Wikipedia, Wikidata, and other open collaboration projects on the web.LEARN MORE
Wiki Education is seeking subject-matter experts to participate in an 8-week virtual course as they learn how to edit Wikipedia. We'll take a deep dive into Wikipedia's coverage of climate solutions and add high-quality information to Wikipedia to inform the public with potentially life-changing knowledge.LEARN MORE
Wiki Education is seeking scientists, medical professionals, faculty, and students to participate in a free 6-week virtual course as they learn how to edit Wikipedia. Join us as we take a deep dive into Wikipedia’s medical content, guiding you and other medical scholars in adding high-quality information to Wikipedia to inform the public with potentially life-changing knowledge.LEARN MORE
The Idaho State Board of Education is sponsoring a program for faculty, graduate students, and academic librarians from Idaho public postsecondary institutions. Participants will work together throughout 2023 to edit Wikipedia articles related to their area of expertise, learn how to contribute to Wikidata, and begin the process of designing a Wikipedia assignment to participate in Wiki Education's free Wikipedia Student Program. Qualifying applicants should complete the application for the first phase of the program: a 10-week Wiki Scholars course dedicated to learning how to edit Wikipedia.LEARN MORE
By the end of the quarter, they realize that their work has been affecting people, something that rarely happens with a standard term paper. In their evaluations of the course, students routinely mention the Wikipedia assignment as their favorite part.
My students wrestled with their status as quasi-gatekeepers to particular information. I believe this revelation made their commitment to and belief in free and accessible information even more poignant. We used this project to reconsider power and privilege in the academy and exercised our positionality as a driving force in contributing to the Wikipedia articles.
Students’ Wikipedia pages and presentations also showed me that they achieved everything that a traditional research paper is supposed to do and more—they conducted research, analyzed it, wrote effectively about their topics, but also shared their work in a meaningful way with each other and with the public.
In the past two years, writing for Wikipedia has added intellectual substance and verve to my courses, while giving me and my students a sense of accomplishment as we produce and disseminate knowledge.