New brochure helps instructors teach Wikipedia through theoretical lens

Wikipedia articles are one of the world’s most turned-to resources on Earth. But it’s also a treasure trove for those with deep questions about knowledge production. Theories: Wikipedia and the production of knowledge is a new collection from the Wiki Education Foundation. In it, four instructors share how they’ve used Wikipedia’s model of knowledge production … Continued

The more you Noh: Bilingual student editor brings Japanese resources to English Wikipedia

  Wikipedia is the encyclopedia anyone can edit, and thousands of people around the world do just that. But all too often, cultural knowledge is locked behind a language barrier. Haruki Ikeda is an example of a student working to break down that wall, and he’s opening up knowledge about a rich cultural tradition in … Continued

New subject specific brochures from Wiki Ed!

When students edit Wikipedia, their approach can be as diverse as their topics. How do you organize a specific article? How do you find the best sources related to your field? To help students answer these questions, Wiki Ed has published subject-specific advice for students editing Wikipedia articles in a variety of academic fields. Now, … Continued

Monthly report for May 2015

Highlights Wiki Ed welcomed two new staff in May, bringing our total to 13. Tom Porter has been hired as the Senior Manager of Development. Tom is responsible for securing financial support for our programmatic activities. We also officially welcomed Ryan McGrady, who had been serving as our interim Classroom Program Manager while Helaine Blumenthal … Continued

From curious to contributor

Brooklyn College student Gillian Kramer’s interest in Theater History compelled her to enroll in Dr. Amy Hughes’ two-term class on the subject in the 2014–15 academic year. Dr. Hughes asks students to improve articles on Wikipedia as a class assignment, so Gillian’s become good at writing theater history articles on Wikipedia. In the first term of that … Continued

Monthly Report for April 2015

Highlights During a one-day meeting in Houston, Director of Finance and Administration Bill Gong, Director of Programs LiAnna Davis, and Executive Director Frank Schulenburg met with Wiki Ed’s board of directors to discuss Wiki Ed’s strategic options, as part of our ongoing strategic planning process. We saw a significant increase in the percentage of students … Continued

The Roundup: A shifting planet

When natural disasters such as the earthquake in Nepal strike, many people turn to Wikipedia to learn about the science behind them. Students in Dr. Melissa Driskell’s Geotectonics course at the University of North Alabama have contributed their knowledge on that topic to Wikipedia this term. Student editors in that class have transformed this start-class article … Continued

Monthly Report for March 2015

Highlights We kicked off our strategic planning process with an in-person meeting in San Francisco. Members of Wiki Ed’s board and senior staff met with a group of outside advisors. The strategic planning process will conclude in June 2015 and positions our organization to achieve its mission. In early March, Frank Schulenburg and Jami Mathewson … Continued

The Roundup: Theater History

Each week we pick up on a course that has contributed interesting content to Wikipedia. This week, we’re looking at Dr. Amy Hughes’ “Theater History to 1642” course at CUNY Brooklyn. Student editors created a historical outline on the use of theater in academia. The oldest theatrical art form still performed today is based in Japan: Now you Noh. Learn … Continued