Wiki Education will be at American Studies this week

This week, I’ll be traveling to Chicago to join American Studies instructors at the American Studies Association annual meeting. The trip is part of our new partnership with the American Studies Association so I’m excited to help answer any questions that members might have about Wikipedia generally or our work here at Wiki Education.

As this years’ theme is Pedagogies of Dissent I’m especially excited for some lively discussions about the role Wikipedia can play as both a pedagogical tool and as a means of accessing and participating in political and intellectual discourse. As an informal educational tool of its own, Wikipedia reaches billions of people each month globally, and thousands locally. Students who engage in the Wikipedia assignment research knowledge gaps in their field, assess and determine the weight of academic arguments, and ground their contributions with peer-reviewed sources. And even more incredibly, this assignment gives students the opportunity to change the way the public learns about politically relevant topics.

While in town, I’ll be hosting a workshop at the University of Illinois at Chicago and hosting a booth in the exhibit hall at ASA. Details about each are below, I hope you’ll join us!

University of Illinois at Chicago Workshop

  • Thursday, 11/9 1:00-3:30pm
  • Daley Library, Room 1-470
  • The Library is open to the public.
  • RSVP here to attend!

Exhibit Booth

  • Thursday, 11/9 – Opening Reception, 7:00-8:00pm
  • Friday, 11/10 – Booth hours, 9:30-5:30pm
  • Saturday, 11/11 – Booth hours, 9:30-5:30pm
  • Sunday, 11/12 – Booth hours, 8:30-11:00am


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