Offsetting negative externalities with positive

Erin George is Assistant Professor of Economics at Hood College. In this post she talks about her experience incorporating Wikipedia into her course on Environmental Economics. At the heart of environmental economics is the study of pollution. Economists define pollution as a negative externality, the negative spillovers of a transaction that harm individuals who were … Continued

How editing Wikipedia empowers students – a reflection

Katie Webber is a student at Rice University, where she edited Wikipedia for an assignment in Diana Strassmann’s course on Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities in Fall 2016. In this post she reflects on her experience developing the articles about domestic violence in same-sex relationships and the Montrose Center, a Houston-based organization that provides mental … Continued

Finding an authentic audience through Wikipedia

Tanushree Rawat is pursuing a PhD in Education Leadership and Policy Analysis at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where her research focuses on the role of technology in education. As a graduate teaching assistant, she has led Wikipedia projects in multiple classes. In this post, she reflects on her pedagogical motivations for teaching with Wikipedia and … Continued

Truth commissions and Wikipedia

David Webster is an Associate Professor in the History Department at Bishop’s University. In this post he explains how his students contributed to Wikipedia’s coverage of truth commissions in his Winter 2016 class on Memory, Truth and Reconciliation. The above image is a printed version of their work, which will be read by future students. … Continued

Writing about Muslim women in sport

Rebecca Godard contributed to Wikipedia as a student editor in Diana Strassmann’s Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities course at Rice University in Fall 2016. In this post she reflects on her experience working on the article Muslim women in sport, which was promoted to a Good Article in November and appeared in the Did You … Continued

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 and follow him @cornellbiolabs. When you ask students: “When was the last time you walked into a library to … Continued