Category: Outreach Program

Category: Outreach Program

Recent news from Wiki Education

To bridge all the gaps

As a classroom project, we hear time and again that the Wikipedia assignment is a huge motivator for students. In our Fall 2016 research study into student learning outcomes, for example, we found that “in addition to their value in learning digital/information literacy, critical research, teamwork, and technology skills, Wikipedia-based assignments also help increase students’ motivation … Continued

Wiki Education joins psychologists at Palo Alto University to talk psychology + Wikipedia

Yesterday, Wiki Education was at Palo Alto University for their first annual Evidence-Based Teaching Conference. I presented alongside Dr. Patty Brooks, Professor at the College of Staten Island of the City University of New York and Doctoral Faculty at The Graduate Center, CUNY, and Elizabeth Che, a doctoral student at The Graduate Center. We shared … Continued

What happens when you reach out to Wiki Education?

We know that shaking up your curriculum can be pretty daunting. So we wanted to demystify some of what happens when you start a conversation with us about teaching with Wikipedia. To answer a very common question first: Yes, all of the following is provided for free. We don’t even have services you could pay … Continued

Wiki Ed’s Year of Science is on the road this summer

When the world searches for knowledge, it often ends up on Wikipedia. For college and university students, learning how to think critically about the information they find is a crucial skill. But what if they could have a hand in improving the information the public finds when it searches for the knowledge these students are … Continued

Wiki Ed coming to the American Society of Plant Biologists’ conference

This weekend, Outreach Manager Samantha Erickson and I will attend the American Society of Plant Biologists’ annual meeting in Austin, Texas. As a part of Wiki Ed’s partnership with ASPB, we will be on hand to help plant scientists to incorporate Wikipedia into their classroom assignments. Instructors can empower students to make an impact on the … Continued

Wiki Ed coming to American Astronomical Society annual meeting

Next week, Outreach Manager Samantha Erickson and I will attend the American Astronomical Society’s (AAS) annual meeting in San Diego. We’ll have a booth in the exhibit hall to speak to astronomers about how their students can join the Wikipedia Year of Science. If you’re attending the AAS conference, please stop by! We’ll discuss classroom assignments, Wiki Ed’s … Continued

Five reasons Wikipedia belongs in History of Science courses

Wikipedia aims to collect “the sum of all knowledge.” But what counts as knowledge, and how we get it, is a complicated, and often untold, story. That’s why history of science courses can make a real difference on Wikipedia. The history of science calls on students to explore the roots of scientific concepts. They draw … Continued

Discussing disability studies and Wikipedia at SFSU

Disability studies is an interdisciplinary field. Wikipedia, and other sources, often frame disability as simply a clinical issue. But disability, like most forms of knowledge, is a complicated interaction between bodies and culture. Disability studies is focused on critiquing these intersections. To do that, students must draw from a vast interdisciplinary field connecting history, sociology, … Continued

UC Berkeley workshop: Wikipedia as a Resource for Instruction and Libraries

Wiki Ed’s Classroom Program supports instructors who assign their students to edit Wikipedia. When we visit a campus, that’s often what we talk about. After all, we have great tools and resources to support students and instructors. The Classroom Program improves Wikipedia, and has great benefits. But what about faculty who don’t teach, or whose classes … Continued

Questions and Answers from Temple University

In February, I met with Temple University faculty to share the benefits Wikipedia assignments bring to the classroom. Several librarians joined us for the event, too, to learn about how Wikipedia fits into their work. Our workshop opened interesting discussions about Wikipedia’s view of neutrality and its gender gap. We explored how students can improve Wikipedia’s coverage of women in science, and ways for libraries … Continued