UMich students represent human side of the climate crisis through Wikipedia

One dominant narrative around the climate crisis is that it’s primarily an energy problem. If we invested in the right technology, if we transitioned to cleaner systems, and if we did it fast enough, we could solve it. But many social scientists would say that that’s too narrow a focus for a problem so large-scale … Continued

Learn from each other: journal article walks through Wikipedia assignment

If you’re looking for a research-backed, step-by-step account of the benefits of a Wikipedia assignment, look no further than the latest issue of the Computers and Composition Online Journal. Helen Choi, of the University of Southern California, and Malavika Shetty, of Boston University, co-authored the piece after meeting through Wiki Education’s blog. Since Spring 2019, … Continued

Grad student wins Outstanding Teaching Award for Wikipedia assignment

What if instead of telling students not to cite Wikipedia, you had them write it? Kaylea Champion has experienced the “Wikipedia assignment” as both student and teacher, and to rousing success. Her PhD coursework has included Wikipedia editing and her students nominated her for a graduate teaching award for her work supporting them in completing … Continued

Ensuring pop culture articles on Wikipedia include the latest in disability research

College is an important time in a student’s life. Many are figuring out what they think of the world and their place in it, and considering their future career. Classwork that gives students autonomy, empowers them to take part in important conversations on a global scale, and gives them a voice in their own schooling … Continued

Integrating student interests and career aspirations with coursework

Are you looking for an assignment where students: can integrate their interests and career aspirations with course content feel empowered as knowledge creators strengthen digital literacy skills embody the principles of inclusivity and equity while producing classwork If you answered yes to any of the above, hear what Hannah Yang, a third-year student at Northwestern, … Continued

Law student informs thousands on upcoming Supreme Court issue

In December, the Supreme Court will hear “one of the most significant election law cases… well, ever,” according to the nonpartisan law and policy institute, The Brennan Center for Justice. The issue? Independent state legislature theory. If you don’t know the in’s and out’s of the case, you’re not alone. Thousands are turning to Wikipedia … Continued

Wikipedia: a powerful tool for climate education

When communicating about the climate crisis to the public, it’s important to get four main messages across: The climate crisis is real, immediate, and human-caused. The impacts are catastrophic, especially for humanity. There is urgency to act now. We already have solutions that can provide for a more equitable and just future. Each of these … Continued

Scaling and sustaining a Wikidata Initiative

Wiki Education is hosting webinars all of October to celebrate Wikidata’s 10th birthday. Below is a summary of our third event. Watch the webinar in full on Youtube. And access the recordings or recaps of other events here. So far, we’ve covered the state of Wikidata and cultural heritage 10 years in and what you … Continued

A new way of teaching Latin American history

“Wikipedia is my go-to first source for information presented logically and accessibly,” said Liz Shesko, an Associate Professor of history at Oakland University. But before last term, she didn’t think of it as a teaching tool. Using Wiki Education’s assignment templates and Dashboard, Liz had students write Wikipedia content that related to the history of … Continued