Author: Samantha Weald

Author: Samantha Weald

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If you’re a biologist in search of science communication tools…

So you’ve spent the last three years of your life studying a type of gene, cell, or species, (maybe a bat), and you’re wondering… “How can I share what I know with more people?” The answer: contribute to Wikipedia’s coverage of your specialty and help thousands of people around the world better understand biology and … Continued

So you’re looking for fulfilling professional development…

It’s the last week to register for our upcoming online course in collaboration with the National Archives! Join a network of scholars who want to hone career skills while making Wikipedia more representative of all history. What will I learn in the course? Our course will help you achieve the key career diversity skills that academics with PhDs … Continued

To bridge all the gaps

As a classroom project, we hear time and again that the Wikipedia assignment is a huge motivator for students. In our Fall 2016 research study into student learning outcomes, for example, we found that “in addition to their value in learning digital/information literacy, critical research, teamwork, and technology skills, Wikipedia-based assignments also help increase students’ motivation … Continued

A November to remember

We hear time and again that people understand the importance of having well referenced information on Wikipedia. But most simply don’t know how to do something about it. “I did this at an edit-a-thon recently,” one conference attendee said, “and I loved it! How can I do more?” In November, I traveled to three academic … Continued

Why Wikipedia is “Communication at Play”

This week, Wiki Education staff will be attending the 104th Annual Convention of the National Communication Association. While we’ve been working with NCA members to improve Wikipedia since our organization was founded in 2014, it wasn’t until 2017 that we finalized our partnership. Through this agreement, NCA encourages its members to participate in Wiki Education’s programs, … Continued

What do you mean I can ‘edit’ Wikipedia?

Here at Wiki Education, we believe in the power of a crowd sourced Wikipedia article. With each iterative change to important topics from behavioral ecology to women’s history, Wikipedia becomes a better, more well referenced resource for the world. Wiki Education exists to enable as many people to improve Wikipedia as possible. Part of that role is helping … Continued

Teaching and learning in the public sphere with Wikipedia

“I’ve done a complete 180,” commented Marie Butcher, who is currently teaching her first Wiki Education-supported courses this fall. “When I was first approached by Amy [to participate in a Wikipedia teaching project], I was a skeptic. But she’s converted me.” Marie is referring to her colleague, Amy Collier, the Middlebury Associate Provost for Digital … Continued

You’ve got questions? We’ve got answers. Host a webinar to learn about Wiki Education’s free tools

In May, I continued our efforts here at Wiki Education to expand our visibility. This time, by hosting two webinars for interested institutions. On Wednesday, May 23rd I called into the Wikipedia session at Fordham University’s Faculty Technology Day. And on Tuesday, May 29th I spoke with faculty at Eckerd College. I’m excited to work with … Continued

Expanding our support of language and translation projects

Last week, I called into an online meeting with faculty from Santa Clara University’s Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. The workshop was organized by Department Chair and Associate Professor Jill Pellettieri with the hope of encouraging her colleagues to expand their pedagogical practice around language and translation assignments to include Wikipedia. With over 5 … Continued

A day in the life: working online and in-person to expand the reach of Wiki Education programs

According to Wikipedia’s article about Higher education in the United States (citing the National Center for Education Statistics), there were 4,627 degree-granting postsecondary institutions in the US in 2015. Since Wiki Education was founded in 2014, we’ve worked with 553 institutions where instructors have asked their students to improve Wikipedia as part of an in-class research project. Our … Continued