The great “Women in geology” Wikipedia project

Glenn Dolphin is Tamaratt Teaching Professor in the Department of Geoscience at the University of Calgary. In this post he talks about assigning students to contribute to Wikipedia in his fall 2016 Introductory Geology course. My name is Glenn. I was hired by the University of Calgary, in the Department of Geoscience, almost four years … Continued

Overcoming barriers to engage psychology students in the PSYCH+Feminism Initiative

Patricia Brooks is a Professor at the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York and Doctoral Faculty at The Graduate Center, CUNY where she serves as the Deputy Executive Officer of the PhD program in Psychology. Christina Shane-Simpson is a Professor at the University of Wisconsin-Stout. Elizabeth Che is a doctoral student at … Continued

Students Illustrate and Explain Wikipedia’s Microbiology Articles

Scott Mulrooney is Director of Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Microbiology and Molecular Genetics at Michigan State University. In this post he describes how he incorporates Wikipedia into his courses using two different assignment types. The image above was created by one of Scott’s students to illustrate Wikipedia’s root microbiome article. I became aware … Continued

Opening a can of bookworms

Mark A. Sarvary is a senior lecturer in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. He is the director of the Investigative Biology Teaching Laboratories. You can read his blogs at www.investigativebiology.cornell.edu and follow him @cornellbiolabs. When you ask students: “When was the last time you walked into a library to … Continued

Rediscovering the “higher” in higher education with a Wikipedia writing assignment

Dr. Joel Parker is Associate Professor of Biological Sciences at SUNY Plattsburgh, where he has incorporated Wikipedia into his Cell Biology courses. In November we featured some of the great work his students did in our Cell Service roundup. In this post, he explains how assigning students to contribute to Wikipedia brings them through the … Continued

Blurry on copyright? Three tips for students and educators

Subhashish Panigrahi (@subhapa) is an India-based educator, author, blogger, Wikimedian, language activist and free knowledge evangelist, currently at the Centre for Internet and Society‘s Access To Knowledge program. In this guest post, he covers some guidelines about copyright that will be useful to students and educators working on Wikipedia assignments.  Copyright is a really complicated topic, and when … Continued

Learning to share and sharing to learn: Public engagement and the Year of Science

Dr. Debby Walser-Kuntz taught with Wikipedia in her immunobiology course at Carleton College. Rachel Cheung and Dana Paine were students in that class. In this collaborative post, they describe the experience, identifying benefits to their research and science communications skills. When I was deciding whether or not to incorporate a Wikipedia writing project into my … Continued

Bugging Wikipedia: Opening up insect ecology

Dr. Chelse Prather assigned students to write Wikipedia articles as part of her “Insects and Society” course at Radford University. In this post, she discusses the design of that course, and the benefits it brought to her students. Insects affect human daily life in both positive and negative ways. Most humans are not conscious of … Continued

Making History, Empowering Students with Wikipedia

Dr. Elizabeth De Wolfe is a Professor of History at the University of New England. Her “Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies” course assigned students to expand women-focused content on Wikipedia. As historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich has famously stated, “Well-behaved women rarely make history.” And in addition to history, women — the well-behaved and otherwise … Continued