Category: Roundups

Category: Roundups

Recent news from Wiki Education

Women’s studies expert makes sure Margaret Atwood’s Wikipedia biography is top quality

When news broke yesterday that Margaret Atwood is writing a sequel to The Handmaid’s Tale, anyone who wished to know why this drew so much attention could visit Atwood’s Wikipedia page. There, they could read about her career, recurring themes in her work and their cultural contexts, film adaptations of her writings, and so much more that … Continued

Students make trans history more visible on Wikipedia

November 20 is Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day where communities and organizations in more than 20 countries worldwide raise awareness about the prejudice and threat of violence that trans people face around the world. One way to draw awareness and reduce violence is through education and visibility. Today we’re recognizing work that student editors in … Continued

Ensuring Wikipedia represents the accomplishments of women scientists

In 2012, Dr. Jennifer Doudna helped make one of the most remarkable breakthroughs in biology — the CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing system, which changed editing genomes from science fiction to science. Before Dr. Laura Hoopes started working to improve it as part of Wiki Education’s professional development program, Dr. Doudna’s Wikipedia biography looked pretty substantial. With over 1400 … Continued

Scholars inform voters by improving political topics on Wikipedia

Interest in politics is extremely high in the United States right now. As more Americans are looking to get politically involved, they’re turning to neutral, fact-based information on Wikipedia to brush up on their knowledge about existing laws and other elections-related topics. Much of the public in general looks to Wikipedia for information they then … Continued

Student says “more universities need to participate” in editing Wikipedia

When Jay Rowland heard he would be adding content to Wikipedia as a class assignment, he was excited for what he would learn. “I thought that it would be good to learn how to edit Wikipedia articles,” says Jay. Wikipedia is a resource that students use all the time, but often without the robust digital … Continued

Student adds history of Montreal’s Black Power movement to Wikipedia

Dr. Thomas Peace taught a course called Crises and Confederation at Huron University College in the spring. The course focused on Canadian history from 1867 to the present and explored four main themes: Indigenous peoples, language and multiculturalism, war, and gender. “In the past I have had students prepare proposals for exhibits that connect the broad themes … Continued

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

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

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

Understanding borderlands in a global context on Wikipedia

Many of the millions who visit Wikipedia every month are looking for information to understand their current political climate. They may be researching candidates or policies related to upcoming midterm elections. Or they may be looking to understand how our history has shaped present day affairs. Encyclopedias and other accessible knowledge resources (like newspapers) are vital … Continued