The Roundup: Cinema and Gender

The Wiki Education Foundation has known that classroom assignments are a great way to improve content. When it comes to underrepresented topics on Wikipedia, students can make real, meaningful impacts. Here’s a great example from students in Dr. Laura Horak’s Topics in Cinema and Gender course at Carleton University. These students shared their knowledge about … Continued

The Roundup: Animal behavior

Students in Dr. Susan Alberts’ Evolution of Animal Behavior course at Duke University are learning about how animals solve problems. They’ve also been creating and expanding Wikipedia articles based on what they learn. These students are increasing the variety and quality of content related to animal behavior on Wikipedia. Here are just a few examples of … Continued

WikiConference USA: Watch online

This weekend, the Wiki Education Foundation was a proud sponsor of WikiConference USA 2015. The event took place at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. For those who couldn’t join us, talks held in the McGowan Theater were live-streamed by the National Archives, and published on YouTube. We’re happy to share links below to education-themed talks. “What … Continued

Wikipedia’s “Bum Rap” on American RadioWorks

The Wiki Education Foundation’s board chair, Dr. Diana Strassmann, spoke with American RadioWorks host Steven Smith about her experiences as an instructor teaching with Wikipedia. Dr. Strassmann is the Carolyn and Fred McManis Distinguished Professor in the Practice at Rice University. In the interview, she discusses the merits of Wikipedia assignments, and the value her … Continued

The Roundup: A swarm of bees

From Washington University in St. Louis’ Behavioral Ecology, Biology 472 course led by Dr. Joan Strassmann, we’re seeing a hive of activity focused on articles about bees. Here’s just a few of many noteworthy examples of what student editors have contributed to Wikipedia’s coverage of bees: Lasioglossum hemichalceum is a new article with 2,763 words … Continued

Monthly Report for August 2015

Highlights Executive Director Frank Schulenburg and Senior Manager of Development Tom Porter discussed Open Educational Practices and the upcoming Wikipedia Year of Science with the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House. They also met with representatives of the National Science Foundation. We have formally announced our partnership with the American Society … Continued

A new wave of Wikipedia scholarship

Ruqin Ren had always seen Wikipedia as a great starting point for her homework. She knew it was popular, and innovative, but had never paid it much thought. It wasn’t until 2012 — after she’d earned her BA degree in Beijing and began her master’s degree at Georgetown University — that she had good reason … Continued