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
In this 8-week course, climate change experts, scientists, and scholars will work to improve a article to Wikipedia about climate change as it relates to human rights and vulnerable communities. Wiki Education's team of Wikipedia experts will guide participants through this process, and participants will emerge with the skills add high-quality academic knowledge to Wikipedia.LEARN MORE
In this 8-week course, political scientists and other experts will improve Wikipedia's content related to topics like: electoral processes, proposed local laws, US political parties, candidates for office, issues relevant to voters in local or federal elections, voting behavior and participation, or any other topic related to the 2024 election.LEARN MORE
Wiki Education is seeking scholars, scientists, and medical practitioners to participate in an 6-week virtual course as they learn how to edit Wikipedia. We'll take a deep dive into Wikipedia's coverage of healthcare for adults with developmental disabilities and add high-quality information to Wikipedia to inform the public with potentially life-changing knowledge.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.