Category: Fall 2017

Category: Fall 2017

Recent news from Wiki Education

Achieving student learning objectives with a Wikipedia assignment

The Stanford Graduate School of Education published a study in 2016 that found that young people have trouble when it comes to “civic online reasoning.” Researchers defined the phrase in terms of students’ ability to identify credible sources online, to distinguish advertisements from news articles, and to understand where information came from. The study reports that despite … Continued

Improving biographies of women on Wikipedia

Only about 17% of biographies on Wikipedia are about women. That’s a problem. If one of the most popular sources of information worldwide is not representative of all people, the millions of readers who look to Wikipedia every month aren’t getting the full picture of knowledge out there. As part of Women’s History Month, we’re featuring work … Continued

Understanding course concepts in broader contexts

Dr. Jennifer Butler Modaff is an Associate Professor of Communication Studies at the University of Wisconsin, La Crosse. She taught with Wikipedia last Fall in her Organizational Communication courses. Here, she discusses her processes and take-aways from the term. I first read about Wiki Education’s assignment support in the Spring 2017 term. I was intrigued … Continued

Incorporating global perspectives into an Information Science course

Dr. Edward Benoit, III is Assistant Professor in the School of Library and Information Science at Louisiana State University. In the Fall 2017 term, he taught with Wikipedia in an online, general education course. Here, he reflects on the experience. I first encountered the notion of a Wikipedia assignment in the summer of 2017. I … Continued

Secrets of teaching with Wikipedia

Dr. Joan E. Strassmann is Charles Rebstock Professor of Biology at Washington University in St. Louis. Wiki Education has supported her in a number of her Behavioral Ecology courses over the years. She reflects on her most recent course, from Fall 2017, in this post. I sat in front of my computer staring uncomfortably at HTML … Continued

Developing integral writing skills for the Digital Age

Gerald R. Lucas is a Professor of English at Middle Georgia State University. Last fall, he taught with Wikipedia in his New Media course. He shares his experience here. Arguably, Wikipedia is the largest, most-ambitious, and most-successful Digital Humanities project to date. A simple Google search gives an idea of its scale: as I write, Wikipedia contains … Continued

Take-aways from the Fall 2017 term

In Fall 2017, Wiki Education supported 318 courses and almost 7,000 students. Those students improved more than 7,000 articles and created 635 new ones. In total, they contributed 5 million words to Wikipedia this term. That’s equivalent to almost 9 copies of Tolstoy’s War and Peace or about 11.5% of the last print edition of the Encyclopædia Britannica. … Continued

Roundup: Political Economy

What is the nature of the relationship between politics and economics? How are our lives influenced by this intersection? These are questions that Mark Cassell’s Fall 2017 Political Economy course at Kent State University explored. Students significantly expanded existing articles and created new ones as part of their Wikipedia assignment. The weaponization of finance refers to the use of sanctions … Continued

Women and Medicine on Wikipedia

Dr. Kathleen Crowther is Associate Professor of History of Science at the University of Oklahoma. In Fall 2017, she taught with Wikipedia in her course, Women and Medicine. Here, she writes about what students enjoyed about the assignment and the importance of their work. I teach history of science and history of medicine classes at the … Continued

What do students think of a Wikipedia assignment in the classroom?

Dr. Deborah Stine is a Professor of the Practice in Engineering and Public Policy at Carnegie Mellon University. This last year, she taught with Wikipedia in two of her courses, Environmental Politics and Policy (Spring 2017) and Emerging Energy Policies (Fall 2017). Here, she shares how her students responded to the assignment. In February of 2016, I attended … Continued