Author: Cassidy Villeneuve

Author: Cassidy Villeneuve

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Student says “more universities need to participate” in editing Wikipedia

When Jay Rowland heard he would be adding content to Wikipedia as a class assignment, he was excited for what he would learn. “I thought that it would be good to learn how to edit Wikipedia articles,” says Jay. Wikipedia is a resource that students use all the time, but often without the robust digital … Continued

Student adds history of Montreal’s Black Power movement to Wikipedia

Dr. Thomas Peace taught a course called Crises and Confederation at Huron University College in the spring. The course focused on Canadian history from 1867 to the present and explored four main themes: Indigenous peoples, language and multiculturalism, war, and gender. “In the past I have had students prepare proposals for exhibits that connect the broad themes … Continued

Celebrating Ada Lovelace Day on Wikipedia

Today is Ada Lovelace Day, a day that stresses the importance of acknowledging, documenting, and celebrating the achievements of women in STEM. Women have made valuable contributions to science and mathematics throughout the ages, but aren’t remembered in history as often or as accurately as their male colleagues. Ada Lovelace, for example, did not receive the recognition … Continued

Monthly Report, August 2018

Highlights We announced our upcoming collaboration with the National Archives (NARA) to run a course to train scholars how to edit Wikipedia. We’re thrilled about working together to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of women’s suffrage in the United States and related topics. David Ferriero, Archivist of the United States, also published an announcement about the opportunity … Continued

Exploring the intersection of digital literacy and social justice on Wikipedia

Volunteers worldwide are continually improving Wikipedia’s content, making it more accurate and more representative of human knowledge and experience. It’s a task that is never complete, and one that requires dedication and perseverance. Dr. Kirstyn Leuner’s students at Santa Clara University were up to the task last term when they learned how to contribute to … Continued

Wikipedia: an important frontier for scientific knowledge

Scientists recognize the importance of communicating about science to the general public. When scientific information reaches outside of the academy, more people are equipped to make better informed political and behavioral choices. But how effective are the current channels scientists are using to reach people outside their specific scientific communities? The public gets science information … Continued

Student-written Wikipedia articles compiled in textbook for future classmates

This term, Dr. David Webster is trying something new. “This year’s textbook [is] written by previous years’ students,” he announced over Twitter, much to the excitement of his followers. Dr. Webster has taught his students at Bishop University how to contribute to Wikipedia as a classroom assignment for a few terms now. In his Spring 2016 course, Memory, truth … Continued

STEM students learn applied communication skills by contributing to Wikipedia

For a number of years Dr. Kelee Pacion has both taught with Wikipedia and encouraged others to implement the assignment in their own courses. In July 2018 she spoke with instructional design specialist and host of the podcast In Vino Fabulum Dr. Patrice Prusko about the value of such an assignment — especially for women in STEM — and why she … Continued

Representing 1970s activism on Wikipedia

Only about 17% of biographies on Wikipedia are about women, but as efforts worldwide attempt to close this gender gap that number is slowly changing. Students in our program are one group of Wikipedians contributing to solving this problem. This week, we’re highlighting three biography articles that Dr. Jamie Wagman’s students at St. Mary’s College created from scratch. Thanks … Continued