Category: Contributors

Category: Contributors

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Giving local history a global audience on Wikipedia

University of Mississippi student Skylar Sandroni was already excited about working with Wikipedia in a college class, even before beginning Robert Cummings’s Writing with Wikipedia course. An enthusiastic friend, who had done a Wikipedia assignment previously, recommended the course to her. The curriculum itself also sparked interest for the English major, who is all too familiar … Continued

The future is interdisciplinary: addressing Wikipedia’s gender gap

We’ve discussed the proven importance of tackling gender gaps on Wikipedia in the past, specifically looking at women in STEM. And now, we look at how both students and instructors across disciplines have responded to this systemic issue. The term “gender gap” refers to a few different aspects of Wikipedia that need improvement. Wikipedia even has its … Continued

Finding agency and building confidence through a Wikipedia assignment

Looking through posts by guest contributors on our blog, one might notice a few patterns. Many professors reflect on their Wikipedia assignment somewhat in awe of what it has inspired in their students. In general, they find that students feel invested in the process of learning about Wikipedia and excited by the opportunity to present their work … Continued

The Right Fit

Marcia Harrison-Pitaniello is a Professor of Biological Sciences at Marshall University. In this post, she shares her experience integrating Wikipedia-based assignments into two different biology courses. I routinely teach writing intensive courses and am always interested in providing exercises that allow students to write for real audiences. When I first heard about Wiki Education at a … Continued

Collaborating with the library to increase women on Wikipedia

Tamar Carroll teaches in the Department of History at Rochester Institute of Technology. She’s incorporated Wikipedia editing in several courses. Several years ago, I was inspired to assign a research assignment in which students either write a new or substantially edit an existing Wikipedia entry on a notable American woman, after reading about other instructors’ experiences … Continued

Engaging students in interdisciplinary science communication

George Waldbusser is Associate Professor of Ocean Ecology and Biogeochemistry at Oregon State University. He’s integrated Wikipedia editing into his Biogeochemical Earth class several times. When the email first appeared in my inbox with the title ‘Teaching with Wikipedia!’, I vacillated between, “that sounds really interesting” to “what kind of email spam is this?” Fortunately, I trusted … Continued

Enhancing interdisciplinary teaching and learning through Wikimedia Commons

Anne Leonard is an Information Literacy Librarian at New York City College of Technology. In this post she reflects on her experience incorporating Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons into her course, Learning Places: Understanding the City. Interdisciplinary learning and place-based learning are at the heart of General Education at City Tech. For the past several semesters, … Continued

Writing to be read, not just to be graded

Sarah Vital is Business Librarian at Saint Mary’s College of California. In this post she talks about having accounting students contribute to Wikipedia to train them to communicate with a general audience. On the first day of the class, I walk into a room full of bright-eyed and eager accounting students. They have their accounting … Continued

Wikipedia in the art history classroom

Anne McClanan is a Professor of Art History and Digital Humanities at Portland State University, where she has incorporated Wikipedia assignments into several classes since 2011. Since I first taught with Wikipedia-based research assignments in 2011, the process has gotten a great deal simpler for both teachers and students. My reasons for having the students … Continued