Announcing a partnership with the Association for Women in Mathematics

I’m pleased to announce that Wiki Education has signed a partnership with the Association for Women in Mathematics (AWM). AWM encourages women and girls to study and have active careers in mathematical fields. They promote equal opportunity and treatment of women in math. That mission has significant overlap with our own. In Wiki Education’s effort … Continued

Wiki Education attending the National Women’s Studies Association conference

This week, I’ll join members of the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) at the annual conference in Montreal, Quebec. In December 2014, the National Women’s Studies Association and Wiki Education began a partnership to improve Wikipedia’s underrepresentation of topics related to women and women’s studies. Instructors assign students to expand or create articles related to … Continued

New videos feature UCSF faculty encouraging others to teach with Wikipedia

This fall, the Wiki Education Foundation is working with nearly 250 instructors in our Classroom Program at more than 160 colleges and universities. That’s a lot of classes and students engaging with Wikipedia, but some of our instructors don’t think it’s enough. In fact, we often hear this sentiment: With an assignment that provides a … Continued

Collaborating with the Association for Women in Science in honor of Ada Lovelace Day

Today is Ada Lovelace Day, an initiative that honors the contributions of Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer, and encourages women to participate in STEM fields. Wiki Ed’s Wikipedia Year of Science initiative’s goal is to improve coverage of science topics, especially women scientists. To connect these two initiatives this year, Wiki Ed is supporting … Continued

Wiki Ed showcases open educational practices at Ole Miss

Last week, Executive Director Frank Schulenburg and I visited the University of Mississippi, hosted by Dr. Robert Cummings (also a Wiki Ed board member) and the Department of Writing and Rhetoric. We presented to faculty at a luncheon about why Wikipedia matters to students and instructors alike. Frank recalled growing up without access to printed … Continued

Science students become science communicators through Wikipedia

When students study a new topic, they often turn to a search engine to get a better understanding of the topic. Those search results take them to Wikipedia, where (hopefully) they find a comprehensive and understandable summary. As they begin to understand the concept, they scroll to the bottom to find sources for further reading. … Continued

Sharing science and preparing students for careers at the Allied Genetics Conference

When a person think about genetics, she’s often interested in how the study of genes applies to her, her family, or her community. From whom did she inherit a particular trait? Did a genetic mutation lead to her grandmother’s medical condition? How does her genetic makeup inform her ancestry? People looking for better context for … Continued

Helping plant biology and botany bloom on Wikipedia

We started the Year of Science because we see Wikipedia as a vehicle for science outreach to the public. Scientists often do contribute to Wikipedia. It’s a way to bring knowledge about their field to the public. But many don’t have the time to edit as much as they’d like. That’s why instructors consider writing … Continued