Partnering with the Society for Marine Mammalogy

Wikipedia recently celebrated its 15th birthday, and there’s so much content left to expand and improve. That’s why the Wiki Education Foundation started the Wikipedia Year of Science—to encourage more scientists to join our programs and contribute knowledge to Wikipedia. I’m happy to announce that Wiki Ed has partnered with the Society for Marine Mammalogy … Continued

Wikipedia for higher education at the American Historical Association

Thursday marks the beginning of the American Historical Association’s 2016 annual meeting. I’m inviting all attendees to join my workshop on using Wikipedia in higher ed history courses, and a roundtable on digital history. As a website with 500 million monthly visitors, Wikipedia plays a significant role in 21st century history documentation. Readers reference Wikipedia to … Continued

Taking a ‘Michigander’ at Wikipedia classroom assignments

In November, Ian Ramjohn and I traveled to campuses in Michigan to promote the Wikipedia Year of Science. Along the way, we met with instructors and faculty from the University of Michigan, Grand Valley State University, and Michigan State University. Wiki Ed rarely gets to speak with instructors in person. Workshops about teaching with Wikipedia … Continued

Narrowing Wikipedia’s gender gap with NWSA

In the summer of 2014, I found myself thinking about Wikipedia’s gender gap. I wanted to see more women contribute to Wikipedia and more articles important to women. Roughly 10% of the Wikipedia volunteers who compile “the sum of all human knowledge” are women. This representation gap reflects what’s missing in Wikipedia, but also what’s … Continued

Announcing our partnership with the Linguistic Society of America

I’m delighted to announce Wiki Ed’s partnership with the Linguistic Society of America (LSA). Together, we’ll improve information about linguistics on Wikipedia. Wikipedia’s coverage of linguistic topics is ripe for improvement. Currently, only 12 of the 4,668 highest-quality articles on the English Wikipedia relate to language or linguistics. Many linguists, theorists and theories simply aren’t … Continued

Wiki Ed is coming to Michigan!

This week, Wikipedia Content Expert Ian Ramjohn and I will visit various campuses in Michigan to present our upcoming Wikipedia Year of Science to science instructors. Writing a Wikipedia article for a classroom assignment is a great way for students to learn the ins and outs of a topic. In a science learning environment, students research … Continued

Wiki Ed attending the National Women’s Studies Association conference this week

At the end of 2014, Wiki Ed started an educational partnership with the National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA). The goal of our initiative was to get more women’s studies courses, as well as female students, involved in writing Wikipedia content as an assignment. Some estimates place Wikipedia’s contributors at 90% male. The high percentage of … Continued

Wiki Ed staff, University of San Francisco faculty share Wikipedia experiences

Last week, Outreach Manager Samantha Erickson and I joined instructors at the University of San Francisco for a faculty luncheon. We discussed how to bring Wikipedia into a classroom and the many benefits of the assignment. Dr. Jonathan Hunt, an instructor in the Rhetoric and Language department, told us that the online training seemed like … Continued