Wiki Ed’s Year of Science is on the road this summer

When the world searches for knowledge, it often ends up on Wikipedia. For college and university students, learning how to think critically about the information they find is a crucial skill. But what if they could have a hand in improving the information the public finds when it searches for the knowledge these students are … Continued

Wiki Ed coming to the American Society of Plant Biologists’ conference

This weekend, Outreach Manager Samantha Erickson and I will attend the American Society of Plant Biologists’ annual meeting in Austin, Texas. As a part of Wiki Ed’s partnership with ASPB, we will be on hand to help plant scientists to incorporate Wikipedia into their classroom assignments. Instructors can empower students to make an impact on the … Continued

Bringing Astronomy down to Earth

Astronomy is a perfect topic for students and experts to improve during the Wikipedia Year of Science. One of our key interests is making science more accessible to the public. Astronomy students can translate dense, jargon-filled articles into something relatable to, say, parents explaining telescopes to children, or amateur scientists discovering the stars. That’s why … Continued

Wiki Ed attends “Festival of Learning” in British Columbia

Last month, I attended the Festival of Learning in Burnaby, British Columbia. The session about teaching with Wikipedia, co-facilitated by Dr. Rosie Redfield, Dr. Judy Chan, and Clint Lalonde, was a great opportunity to showcase Wikipedia’s efficacy as a pedagogical tool for students. Dr. Redfield taught an ecology class at the University of British Columbia. It’s … Continued

Wiki Ed coming to American Astronomical Society annual meeting

Next week, Outreach Manager Samantha Erickson and I will attend the American Astronomical Society’s (AAS) annual meeting in San Diego. We’ll have a booth in the exhibit hall to speak to astronomers about how their students can join the Wikipedia Year of Science. If you’re attending the AAS conference, please stop by! We’ll discuss classroom assignments, Wiki Ed’s … Continued

Attending the Festival of Learning in British Columbia

Next week, I’ll attend the Festival of Learning in Burnaby, British Columbia. The conference brings together educators in British Columbia to celebrate teaching and learning, open education, and the use of technology to advance goals in higher education. I’ll join Classroom Program instructors from the University of British Columbia, Dr. Rosie Redfield and Dr. Judy Chan, and BC campus … Continued

Wiki Ed visits Brown, Northeastern Universities

In March, Wikipedia Content Expert Adam Hyland and I were honored to join faculty at Brown University and Northeastern University to encourage them to join the Wikipedia Year of Science. At Brown, we discussed the impact students can make by writing Wikipedia articles. Our host, Jim McGrath (pictured above), organized a group of faculty from several disciplines to hear how they … Continued

Wiki Ed discusses women and Wikipedia at Bryn Mawr

At Wikipedia workshops, I often talk about Wikipedia’s gender gap, in which far more men contribute than women. In fact, at least 80% of those who contribute content to Wikipedia are men. When I joined Dr. Monica Mercado, Director of the Albert M. Greenfield Digital Center for the History of Women’s Education, for a workshop … Continued

“Taking Action” in composition and communication courses

I recently attended the Conference on College Composition and Communication (CCCC) in Houston for a workshop about “Taking Action.” I joined a panel of instructors with experience integrating Wikipedia into their classrooms: Dr. Rebecca Thorndike-Breeze, Dr. Amy Carleton, and Greta Kuriger Suiter, from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology; and Dr. Cecelia Musselman and Amanda Rust … Continued