Happy Birthday, Charles Darwin!

Charles Darwin was born on February 12, 1809. In lieu of a cake (we’re a bit concerned about the flames from 207 candles), we’re celebrating the upcoming birthday of this pioneer in biology by sharing great student work related to evolution. From Dr. Urs Schmidt-Ott’s course, Evolution and Development at the University of Chicago: Insects that go … Continued

Announcing: Genes and Proteins

We’re pleased to announce a new handbook for students writing articles about genes and proteins for classroom assignments. When we started creating our Ecology handbook, we wanted to create a guide for students interested in sharing information about life on Earth. When we set out to create a biology handbook for students, we found there was … Continued

Monthly Report for December 2015

Highlights The Wiki Education Foundation launched new onboarding and online orientations for instructors through the Wiki Ed Dashboard. We simultaneously launched a suite of modular trainings for student editors. The new trainings focus core learnings in two introductory modules, then provide specific trainings for students based on what students are asked to do in the … Continued

New online tools for students and instructors

You don’t learn how to ride a bike by standing on a hilltop and letting yourself roll down. Wikipedia is no different. New editors need training wheels, or things (metaphorically) go downhill fast. Since September, the Wiki Education Foundation has worked with our technical partners at WINTR to design, write, test, and deploy a new … Continued

Monthly Report for November 2015

Highlights The Simons Foundation has awarded the Wiki Education Foundation a significant grant in support of the Year of Science. The Simons Foundation’s Education & Outreach initiative “promotes scientific literacy and engagement to help build a society that appreciates the role and importance of scientific inquiry.” The Wikipedia Year of Science will support thousands of … Continued

The Roundup: Medieval Women

We often talk about the gender gap’s impact on Wikipedia content. Compared to articles on men, articles about women are often shorter and less developed. And that’s only looking at the articles that exist. Here’s a great illustration of student editors narrowing this gender content gap. Janna Bianchini’s Women in Medieval Culture and Society course … Continued

Roundup: Articles on Asia

From Benjamin Mako Hill’s Interpersonal media course at the University of Washington, two new articles about Asia stand out as great examples of student work. Hang-Ryul Park is a famous South Korean artist and poet who has exhibited his work internationally. Though he’s had more than 30 solo shows and been included in 100 group … Continued

New handbooks for writing species and chemistry articles

The Wikipedia Year of Science 2016 is on the horizon, and the Wiki Education Foundation is pleased to announce two new science-focused subject guides. These guides explain explain everything students need to contribute in two subjects areas: Species articles, such as plants and animals, including creating information boxes (taxoboxes). Chemistry topics, such as compounds and … Continued

Monthly Report for October

Highlights The Wiki Education Foundation was a proud co-sponsor, alongside the National Archives and Record Administration and the National Archives Foundation, of WikiConference USA 2015. We consider this event a resounding success in achieving its stated goal: Connecting Wikipedians, educators, cultural institution staff, and others to share the work that connects and inspires them. We … Continued