Today’s Roundup: Feminist perspectives

Every week we take a look at some of the great content student editors have contributed to Wikipedia. This week, we’re looking at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey’s Feminist Theory course, taught by Dr. Adeline Koh. This course’s content is especially notable for bringing information related to women and women’s issues to Wikipedia. For … Continued

Today’s Roundup: A Trip to Africa

With the fall term wrapped up, it’s time to reflect on some of the great content student editors have added to Wikipedia. This week we were excited by Dr. Kate Grillo’s course at the University of Wisconsin – La Crosse on African Archaeology. Student editors contributed articles related to archaeological sites across Africa, and these articles … Continued

Wikipedia: An Amateur’s Adventure in the World’s Biggest Sandbox

Dr. Joseph Reagle teaches the Online Communities course at Northeastern University. One of the novel features of the class is an assignment to find and recognize a Wikipedia editor and thank them for their contributions. At the end of the course, students wrote a reflective essay about their time on Wikipedia, and students had some … Continued

Monthly report for November 2014

Highlights Joined by volunteer Becky Carmichael, Jami attended the National Women’s Studies Association’s annual conference to recruit instructors to join the Classroom Program. During the 3-day event, they engaged with instructors who teach in Women’s Studies and related departments as potential target group for closing content gaps on Wikipedia. Becky and Jami hosted an exhibitor’s … Continued

Two Quarterly Reviews now available

Wiki Ed is dedicated to sharing resources and information about our work. To that end, staff members provide a Quarterly Review on a rotating basis. These reviews cover accomplishments from the past three months, and highlight future goals. Slides and notes on two Quarterly Reviews, from Communications (slides) and from Digital Infrastructure (slides), are now available. … Continued

“Did You Know” is abuzz with wasps

Regular readers of the “Did You Know” section of Wikipedia’s main page may have noticed a lot of buzz about wasps lately. Articles from nine students in Dr. Joan Strassmann’s Behavioral Ecology course have been given Did You Know nods this term, and 13 more are in the works. As part of the course assignment, students … Continued

Wiki Ed offers a prescription for medical editing

We’re proud to announce the publication of our second subject-specific handout, Editing Wikipedia articles on Medicine. This handout joins Editing Wikipedia articles on Psychology in our series of brochures designed to illuminate the nuanced writing and editing guidelines in these subject areas. The medicine brochure, in particular, covers suggestions for writing quality medical articles, including proper … Continued

“Wikipedia and Education” webinar archived online

On Monday, we joined the Metropolitan New York Library Council’s (METRO’s) webcast on Wikipedia and Education, which focused on projects using Wikipedia as a teaching tool. The event was hosted by Dorothy Howard, Wikipedian-in-Residence and Open Data Fellow at METRO. Our Classroom Programs Manager, Helaine Blumenthal, spoke alongside Alex Stinson of the Wikipedia Library Interns … Continued

Monthly report for October 2014

1. Highlights The Assignment Design Wizard, our tool for streamlining and automating curriculum design for instructors, has been deployed for testing and feedback. This tool simplifies the support required for setting up new instructors or courses per term, furthering our goal of bringing more student editors into the program. The fall term is well underway with … Continued