Category: Educational partnerships

Category: Educational partnerships

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Scientists to write Wikipedia biographies of women in STEM

Only about 17% of biographies on Wikipedia are about women. That number is slowly changing thanks to WikiProject groups like Women in Red and Women scientists. Now, scholars who take our professional development courses are also helping close that gap. New courses that train scholars with the skills to make a difference on Wikipedia begin this month. One … Continued

Learning Wikipedia editing: how scientists can communicate with the public

“I am a firm believer that the role of academics is to make their knowledge accessible to the public. I cherish the opportunity to research, write, and share knowledge and information that would benefit as many people as possible.” So wrote a participant in our Communicating Science course, where scientists, professionals, and other academics learn … 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

Chemist takes it upon herself to write biographies of women scientists on Wikipedia

Dr. Claire Jarvis is a Postdoctoral Scientist at Emory University with a PhD in organic chemistry. She recently participated in our professional development course that trains scholars, scientists, and other professionals how to edit Wikipedia. Here, she shares thoughts about her experience. The oversight was egregious. I checked again in case a simple spelling error … Continued

Learning about gender bias in Wikipedia articles

Samantha Kao is a graduate student at Western Washington University and a member of the Association for Women in Mathematics. She recently completed our professional development course as a Wikipedia Fellow, in which she joined linguists, psychologists, and chemists in improving Wikipedia’s coverage of a diverse range of scientific and mathematical topics. Here, she shares her take-aways. … Continued

Partnering with the Deep Carbon Observatory to increase global understanding of Earth science

Wiki Education is thrilled to announce a new partnership with the Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) Engagement Team. The Deep Carbon Observatory (DCO) is a global community of more than 1,000 scientists on a ten-year quest to understand the quantities, movements, forms, and origins of carbon inside Earth. They want to encourage their community to participate … Continued

Interdisciplinary scholars are bringing their expertise to Wikipedia

Our new program trains scholars to improve Wikipedia articles in their areas of expertise. The 3-month online course (which meets virtually once a week) presents an opportunity for professional development and public scholarship, equipping scholars with the tools they need to expand the impact of research in their discipline. So far, cohorts are improving Wikipedia’s … Continued

Science experts learn how to bring their knowledge to Wikipedia

Contributing scientific content to Wikipedia means being able to distill complex topics to a general audience who may not have a scientific background. Experts are well positioned to do this sort of ‘translating’ because they have access to the latest research and have a deep understanding of these topic areas. It’s no secret that the … Continued

Producing knowledge through an intersectional lens

Intersectionality is Kimberlé Williams Crenshaw’s theory that attempts to understand how institutions shape our social statuses and experiences, and it’s central to academic disciplines like women’s studies. National Women’s Studies Association (NWSA) Wikipedia Fellow Dr. Jenn Brandt worked this spring to improve the women’s studies Wikipedia article and define the discipline for the broader public. She summarized it as “an academic … Continued

A librarian’s perspective on why academics should be improving Wikipedia

Michelle Gohr is First Year Experience Librarian at Arizona State University. As a member of the National Women’s Studies Association, she participated in our recent Wikipedia Fellows pilot and now reflects on what this experience has meant to her. Going into the Wikipedia Fellows pilot program I was already a supporter and user of Wikipedia, both in … Continued