Category: Canada

Category: Canada

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Student-written Wikipedia articles compiled in textbook for future classmates

This term, Dr. David Webster is trying something new. “This year’s textbook [is] written by previous years’ students,” he announced over Twitter, much to the excitement of his followers. Dr. Webster has taught his students at Bishop University how to contribute to Wikipedia as a classroom assignment for a few terms now. In his Spring 2016 course, Memory, truth … Continued

Putting it all together: details of a Wikipedia assignment

John Kleefeld taught with Wikipedia in Spring 2017 as associate professor at University of Saskatchewan’s College of Law. He has since joined the University of New Brunswick faculty as dean of law. This is a republication of his reflections about a Wikipedia assignment, originally published at the conclusion of his Spring 2017 course on the University of Saskatchewan’s … Continued

When students write Wikipedia articles about law

Millions of users traffic Wikipedia every month, looking for information on a wide variety of topics. Many of those users then take that information into account when making political and behavioral decisions. That’s why Wiki Education is committed to improving Wikipedia’s coverage of topics relevant to an informed citizenry. Our Future of Facts initiative encourages participants in our … Continued

Student at York University wins faculty writing prize for Wikipedia article

“Did you know… that the Canadian government invests millions of dollars in First Nations communities to close the digital divide in Canada?” On February 8, 2017, this blurb appeared on Wikipedia’s main page in the Did You Know? section, which features interesting facts from newly developed articles. In this case, the article was created and fleshed out … Continued

Roundup: O Canada!

O Canada, land of the maple leaf and the United States’ neighbor in the North. Some see this nation in term of its stereotypes: everyone loves ice hockey, lives in the wilderness, and drink nothing but beer. The truth of the matter, however, is that Canada is a country with a rich culture that is … Continued

Wiki Education runs Wikipedia workshop for Montreal-area instructors and faculty

On August 10, Outreach Manager Samantha Weald and I hosted a workshop in Montreal alongside the pre-conference workshops for Wikimania 2017. This four-hour workshop offered an opportunity for Wiki Education to connect deeply with new instructors and university faculty members in the area who were interested in learning more about teaching with Wikipedia. Since we ran … 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

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