Wikipedia deserves its spot in higher education

Mallory Dixon is a sophomore majoring in Secondary Social Studies Education and minoring in English at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. In the Fall 2022 term, she took an English 103: Accelerated Composition class, taught by Dr. Matt Vetter, and worked on the Wikipedia article “History of the Incas.” In the following essay, she reflects on … Continued

Teaching with Wikipedia

Simson Garfinkel conducted Wikipedia assignments in his Ethics and Data Science course at George Washington University between 2019 and 2022. He previously worked as a data scientist for the Department of Homeland Security and US Census Bureau. He is also a journalist who covers information technology, computer security, and privacy. Teaching with Wikipedia was a … Continued

Connecting metaliteracy, open pedagogy, and Wikipedia editing

Trudi Jacobson is Distinguished Librarian Emerita at the University at Albany, SUNY. The just-published book Metaliteracy in a Connected World: Developing Learners as Producers (ALA Neal Schuman, 2022) makes strong connections between metaliteracy, open pedagogy, and examples of open pedagogy, with student editing of Wikipedia an exemplar. I co-authored the book with Thomas P. Mackey, … Continued

From rogue to riches: Increasing my value as a Wikipedia educator

Stephanie S. Turner is a Professor of English in the Rhetorics of Science, Technology, and Culture program at the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire in Eau Claire, Wisconsin.  It’s no exaggeration to say that Wikipedia is an ever-improving treasure trove of good-quality information. As an instructor of science writing, I’ve always encouraged my students to use … Continued

Adding Wikipedia to the pedagogical toolkit

Rafia M. Zafar is Professor of English, African & African American Studies and American Culture Studies at Washington University in St. Louis. In spring 2021 I added Wikipedia as a way of bringing another dimension to my course on African American foodways, in part because I felt that it would make online teaching more compelling. … Continued

Why you need to understand Wikidata, no matter what field you’re in

Matt Vetter is Associate Professor of English and affiliate faculty in the Composition and Applied Linguistics Phd Program at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. A veteran instructor with WIki Education, Vetter has been teaching with Wikipedia since 2011 and has published extensively on Wikipedia-based education. His recent book, Wikipedia and the Representation of Reality, co-authored with … Continued

Winny Nekesa Akullo: What I learned about Wikidata

Winny Nekesa Akullo is the Head, Library and Documentation Centre at PPDA. She is currently the IASSIST Africa Regional Secretary.  She recently took one of Wiki Education’s courses on Wikidata and reflects on her experience with the Wikimedia community in this guest blog post. As a researcher on Linked Data, a new technological innovation in … Continued

“Hey, I actually wrote the wiki article on that!”

Pamela Kalas is an Associate Professor of Teaching in the Department of Zoology at the University of British Columbia (UBC), Vancouver. She would like to acknowledge the two UBC staff who supported the assignment from behind the scenes: Will Engle (Strategist, Open Education Initiatives) and Ria Namba (Open Educational Resources Developer), as well as the … Continued