Category: Classroom Program

Category: Classroom Program

Recent news from Wiki Education

Exploring the intersection of digital literacy and social justice on Wikipedia

Volunteers worldwide are continually improving Wikipedia’s content, making it more accurate and more representative of human knowledge and experience. It’s a task that is never complete, and one that requires dedication and perseverance. Dr. Kirstyn Leuner’s students at Santa Clara University were up to the task last term when they learned how to contribute to … Continued

Lifting Our Voices: Highlighting the Global Contributions of Women in STEM on Wikipedia

Dr. Denneal Jamison-McClung is Interim Director of the Biotech Program at UC Davis, as well as Director of BioTech SYSTEM and DEB Program Coordinator. She also serves on the Our Voices blog editorial board and as an ex officio member of the UC Davis ADVANCE management team. She has utilized Wiki Education’s tools and support in her … Continued

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

STEM students learn applied communication skills by contributing to Wikipedia

For a number of years Dr. Kelee Pacion has both taught with Wikipedia and encouraged others to implement the assignment in their own courses. In July 2018 she spoke with instructional design specialist and host of the podcast In Vino Fabulum Dr. Patrice Prusko about the value of such an assignment — especially for women in STEM — and why she … Continued

Year long project: Women in STEM Wikipedia Biographies

Dr. Rebecca Barnes is Assistant Professor of Environmental Science at Colorado College. This academic year, she’s using Wiki Education resources to teach with Wikipedia in all of her courses. This is a republishing of her thoughts on the far reaching benefits of such an assignment. All year students in my environmental science courses will work on profiles … Continued

Representing 1970s activism on Wikipedia

Only about 17% of biographies on Wikipedia are about women, but as efforts worldwide attempt to close this gender gap that number is slowly changing. Students in our program are one group of Wikipedians contributing to solving this problem. This week, we’re highlighting three biography articles that Dr. Jamie Wagman’s students at St. Mary’s College created from scratch. Thanks … Continued

Changing students and the world: why instructors continue to teach with Wikipedia

Term after term, virtually all of the instructors who participate in our Classroom Program (between 97 and 99%) indicate that they will run another Wikipedia assignment in the near future. While we’re happy to report this success year after year, a far more interesting story is why so many instructors adopt the Wikipedia assignment as a main-stay … Continued

Four reasons why psychology students should improve Wikipedia

In 2016, Dr. Eric Youngstrom’s students at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill learned how to improve Wikipedia articles as a class assignment. That term, a group of students improved the article about sleep disorders, adding a section about the use of melatonin as a possible treatment. As research shows, melatonin pills can help people fall … Continued

Teaching students to contribute to Wikipedia

Dr. Tracy Perkins is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Howard University. In Fall of 2017 she taught with Wikipedia in her course, Sociology of Food and Agriculture, in which her students added nearly 8,000 words to Wikipedia. Here she shares why she’ll incorporate a Wikipedia assignment into her course again in … Continued

Using Wikipedia in the college composition classroom

Dr. Tawyna (Ravy) Azar taught her undergraduate students how to improve Wikipedia as an assignment in her Spring 2018 course Research, Authoring, and Audience in the Age of New Media at George Washington University. Here she reflects on how her students responded and what place Wikipedia may hold in larger pedagogical conversations.  Last semester, I partnered with … Continued