Category: Roundups

Category: Roundups

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How students can help inform the public about conservation

When students learn to edit Wikipedia as a course assignment, they make research available to a worldwide audience and improve a resource that millions use daily. Considering that people look to Wikipedia to make behavioral and political decisions, ensuring that the information they find is accurate is an important task. Students have done some great work … Continued

Accessing diverse histories in the 21st Century

When students evaluate Wikipedia as a class assignment, they learn how to understand the mechanisms of a resource they use every day. More broadly, this process teaches them about knowledge production. Whose knowledge is represented on Wikipedia, and whose is missing? What barriers prevent a more inclusive, equitable knowledge landscape? How should a reader evaluate … Continued

Increasing Wikipedia’s coverage of women in STEM

Through our Sustaining Science initiative, Wiki Education hopes to expand Wikipedia’s coverage of topic areas that fall under STEM. We are also committed to closing Wikipedia’s gender gap through our programs. These values come together in the improvement and creation of biography articles about women in STEM. Engaging students in editing these articles provides a beneficial experience for them, but also honors … Continued

When students write Wikipedia articles about law

Millions of users traffic Wikipedia every month, looking for information on a wide variety of topics. Many of those users then take that information into account when making political and behavioral decisions. That’s why Wiki Education is committed to improving Wikipedia’s coverage of topics relevant to an informed citizenry. Our Future of Facts initiative encourages participants in our … 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

African-American legacies in art, economics, and politics

February is Black History Month, during which we reiterate the importance of achievements, contributions, and legacies of African-Americans throughout history. Wikipedia strives to be the sum of all human knowledge. While it’s an incredible source of information (and one that millions look to every day!), it can always be improved, especially when it comes to … 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