Teaching (and diversifying) classical music through Wikipedia

Kim Davenport, Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences at the University of Washington, Tacoma, works with Wikipedia in her “Intro to Humanities” course for first-year students there. She shares her thoughts on student contributions to coverage of classical music on Wikipedia. My course introduces the world of classical music. Through several projects, students explore the role … Continued

Writing art history into Wikipedia

Dr. Gretchen McKay is a Professor of Art History and Chair of the Department of Art and Art History at  McDaniel College in Maryland. She shares her experience teaching an art history course with Wikipedia. Nearly a decade ago, the faculty at my small, liberal arts institution, McDaniel College, overhauled our entire general education program. … Continued

Wikipedia assignments in gender studies

Liam Lair, an instructor at Louisiana State University, shares the experience of teaching with Wikipedia in a Women’s and Gender Studies course.  As an instructor in Women’s and Gender studies, I challenge my students to connect topics we discuss in class to their lives. I encourage them to see how our studies come to bear on … Continued

The Great Wikipedia Learning Adventure

In this post, Queen’s University instructor Sharday Mosurinjohn writes on her course’s Wikipedia writing assignment, its value as an “authentic” learning experience, and reactions from students and colleagues.  I have this vision that, in the future, all learning will be service learning. Not that theory and blue-skies inquiry will be subsumed to “practical” ends. That’s not a … Continued

Wikifying Science Fiction’s “Grand Dame”

Dr. Ximena Gallardo C., Professor of English, and Ann Matsuuchi, Instructional Technology Librarian/Associate Professor, both at LaGuardia Community College, CUNY, share a case study for how Wikipedia assignments can work in higher education classrooms. These notes were condensed from their presentation with LaGuardia Community College alumni Julia Pazmino and Darrian Jemmott at WikiConference USA 2015. Many college … Continued

Chanitra Bishop: 5 ways Wikipedia can help teach research and critical thinking skills

In this post, Chanitra Bishop, Web and Digital Initiatives Librarian at Hunter College, draws from her experiences using Wikipedia in classrooms and libraries. Her recommendations are useful for framing classroom discussions during Wikipedia assignments, or can operate as stand-alone media literacy exercises to complement any kind of assignment.  When it comes to doing research, Wikipedia may … Continued

The Gender Gap: A Student’s Take

“I am a Wikipedia editor,” writes Alicia Pileggi, a student in Dr. Adeline Koh’s Feminist Theory course at Richard Stockton College of New Jersey. For that course, Alicia edited the article “Feminist Digital Humanities.” “Wikipedia is an amazing forum for anyone to participate in Feminist Digital Humanities,” she told us. She said she saw Wikipedia … Continued

Wikipedia and Student Writing

Contributed by Andrew Stuhl, Bucknell University. The entire semester hung in that moment. Twenty-six college students and I had spent four months updating Wikipedia articles on the History of Ecology. Now, as their research went live on the web, we sat in our classroom, thinking about what all that work meant. What did students take … Continued