Roundup: Universal Human Rights Month

December is Universal Human Rights Month, and yesterday was Human Rights Day, an internationally recognized day remembering the Universal Declaration of Human Rights by the United Nations General Assembly in 1948. On this day, governmental and non-governmental organizations around the world raise awareness for human rights issues, meet to strategize about solving them, and host events to commemorate … Continued

Adding anthropological perspectives to Wikipedia

I accompanied Educational Partnerships Manager Jami Mathewson to DC last week where we attended the American Anthropological Association’s 116th annual meeting. We spoke with dozens of instructors about the importance of disseminating academic scholarship to a wider audience. How can we not only increase coverage of anthropology topics on Wikipedia, but also add an anthropological … Continued

Student at York University wins faculty writing prize for Wikipedia article

“Did you know… that the Canadian government invests millions of dollars in First Nations communities to close the digital divide in Canada?” On February 8, 2017, this blurb appeared on Wikipedia’s main page in the Did You Know? section, which features interesting facts from newly developed articles. In this case, the article was created and fleshed out … Continued

Monthly Report, October 2017

Highlights In October, we formalized a partnership with the American Anthropological Association (AAA). Through this partnership, AAA will encourage its members to participate in Wiki Education’s programs, increasing the availability of information about anthropology from a global perspective on Wikipedia. Classroom Program staff held their second round of Office Hours earlier this month. These sessions … Continued

Roundup: International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women

This past Saturday, November 25th, was the International Day for the Elimination of Violence against Women, as designated by the United Nations General Assembly. This day serves to raise awareness for gender-based violence around the world, as well as to shed light on the scale of the problem, which is often obscured. November 25th also kicked … Continued

Roundup: Native American Heritage month

In the United States, November is Native American Heritage Month. It is a month to recognize the rights and achievements of indigenous peoples and to provide a platform for the sharing of Native cultures and traditions. In light of this month, we’re highlighting student work in Carwil Bjork-James’ course at Vanderbilt University, titled Human Rights of Indigenous Peoples. … Continued

Giving local history a global audience on Wikipedia

University of Mississippi student Skylar Sandroni was already excited about working with Wikipedia in a college class, even before beginning Robert Cummings’s Writing with Wikipedia course. An enthusiastic friend, who had done a Wikipedia assignment previously, recommended the course to her. The curriculum itself also sparked interest for the English major, who is all too familiar … Continued

Monthly Report, September 2017

Highlights In August, we announced a new partnership with the American Studies Association (ASA), which promotes the development and dissemination of interdisciplinary research on U.S. culture and history in a global context. We are excited to welcome more American Studies classes into our Classroom Program through this partnership. We also announced a new partnership with … Continued

The future is interdisciplinary: addressing Wikipedia’s gender gap

We’ve discussed the proven importance of tackling gender gaps on Wikipedia in the past, specifically looking at women in STEM. And now, we look at how both students and instructors across disciplines have responded to this systemic issue. The term “gender gap” refers to a few different aspects of Wikipedia that need improvement. Wikipedia even has its … Continued