Author: LiAnna Davis

Author: LiAnna Davis

Recent news from Wiki Education

Wiki Education now offers consulting services

Over the last several years, many of my colleagues and I have been approached by individuals asking for our advice and feedback on program plans, grant proposals, and other documents related to Wikipedia and education initiatives led by other organizations or individuals. While we’re generally happy to support these mission-aligned ideas, we are finding they’re … Continued

Wiki Education publishes evaluation of Fellows pilot

This spring, Wiki Education ran a pilot program called Wikipedia Fellows to train subject-matter experts in three disciplines on how to edit Wikipedia. Over a three-month structured course that included weekly meetings, nine academics in political science, sociology, and women’s studies improved Wikipedia articles in their fields of expertise. We’re excited to declare the pilot a success, … Continued

New book highlights connections between libraries and Wikimedia projects

“Leveraging Wikipedia: Connecting Communities of Knowledge” is a new book published by the American Library Association that highlights the myriad connections between Wikimedia projects and libraries. Edited by OCLC Research’s Merrilee Proffitt, the book contains 15 chapters highlighting ways librarians and Wikimedia projects have been intertwined since Wikipedia’s founding in 2001. I was honored to contribute … Continued

Sustaining the impact of the Year of Science

In 2016, Wiki Education ran an initiative called the Year of Science, dedicated to improving science content on Wikipedia. We nailed our goals for the year-long campaign: nearly 5 million words of science content added to more than 5,700 science articles on Wikipedia by more than 6,300 students. In 2017, we had surpassed the impact of … Continued

Video helps medical students edit Wikipedia

Student editors in Wiki Education’s program who contribute to medical topics have a new resource available to them in their online training modules this fall: A how-to video specifically related to contributing medical content to Wikipedia. The video was a joint project between Osmosis, University of California San Francisco Professor Amin Azzam, and Wiki Education. Osmosis is … Continued

Collaborating at the Wikimedia Diversity Conference

Earlier this month, I had the privilege to attend the Wikimedia Diversity Conference in Stockholm, Sweden. Hosted by Wikimedia Sverige, the conference brought together around 80 participants from 43 different countries. We share one common goal: to ensure the Wikimedia projects represent the full diversity of human knowledge. Wiki Education’s work focuses primarily on the English Wikipedia, … Continued

Welcome, Cassidy!

I’m happy to announce that Cassidy Villeneuve has joined our team as Communications Associate. In this role, Cassidy is responsible for general communications tasks across departments, as well as maintaining the Wiki Education blog and social media channels. Cassidy graduated from Scripps College this past May with a Bachelor’s degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities. Professionally, she … Continued

New brochure helps students editing history articles

History is one of the most popular disciplines for teaching with Wikipedia — but it’s also an area where students sometimes struggle. In history classes, students tend to do research, drawing conclusions from primary sources. But that’s not how history articles on Wikipedia are constructed as original research isn’t allowed on Wikipedia. Instead, student editors … Continued

Monthly Report, August 2017

Highlights Wiki Education staff members and board chair PJ Tabit traveled to Montreal, Canada, for Wikimania 2017, the annual gathering of Wikimedia editors from around the world. Several staff had presentations in the schedule, and we learned a lot from other program leaders and shared our learnings. We wrapped up our Google Summer of Code … Continued