On Monday, we joined the Metropolitan New York Library Council’s (METRO’s) webcast on Wikipedia and Education, which focused on projects using Wikipedia as a teaching tool. The event was hosted by Dorothy Howard, Wikipedian-in-Residence and Open Data Fellow at METRO.
Our Classroom Programs Manager, Helaine Blumenthal, spoke alongside Alex Stinson of the Wikipedia Library Interns Project; Andrew Lih, associate professor of journalism at the American University School of Communication and designer of a recent course “Wikipedia and Public Knowledge,” and Ann Matsuuchi, an instructional technology librarian and associate professor at CUNY-LaGuardia.
Alex Stinson discussed the Wikipedia Library Interns Project and opportunities for galleries, libraries, archives, and museums (GLAM) to open their collections to a broader public.
Andew Lih discussed his course, and discussed how he built his course around the use of Wikipedia. Ann Matsuuchi, instructional technology librarian at CUNY-LaGuardia, also discussed lessons learned from a variety of classroom contexts through Wikipedia assignments, emphasizing the power of disseminating knowledge beyond those who have the privilege of access to it.
Helaine presented an outline of our work, and the intersection of goals between Wiki Ed and libraries.
You can watch the archived webinar below, or access it here.
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