Category: Spring 2015

Category: Spring 2015

Recent news from Wiki Education

University of Pittsburgh welcomes two Visiting Scholars

The Wikipedia Visiting Scholars program connects experienced Wikipedia editors with research libraries. Together, they find Wikipedia articles to improve using the library’s digital resources. I’m pleased to announce that, in light of a strong applicant pool, the University of Pittsburgh has decided to sponsor two Visiting Scholars: Barbara Page (User:Bfpage) and Casey Monaghan (User:Seattle). Barbara … Continued

Wiki Ed staff, University of San Francisco faculty share Wikipedia experiences

Last week, Outreach Manager Samantha Erickson and I joined instructors at the University of San Francisco for a faculty luncheon. We discussed how to bring Wikipedia into a classroom and the many benefits of the assignment. Dr. Jonathan Hunt, an instructor in the Rhetoric and Language department, told us that the online training seemed like … Continued

Monthly Report for August 2015

Highlights Executive Director Frank Schulenburg and Senior Manager of Development Tom Porter discussed Open Educational Practices and the upcoming Wikipedia Year of Science with the Office of Science and Technology Policy at the White House. They also met with representatives of the National Science Foundation. We have formally announced our partnership with the American Society … Continued

The Roundup: Growing up girl

Students from Michigan State University improved Wikipedia’s content this summer by contributing information related to female filmmakers and authors of color. As part of Terrion Williamson’s course “Growing up girl: Coming of age in women’s literature and film,” students contributed two new articles and help expand 15. Highlights include the article on Caucasia, a novel … Continued

The Roundup: Japanese theater

In Jyana S. Browne’s Modern and Contemporary Japanese Theatre course at the University of Washington, students study Japanese playwrights who actively sought social change through public engagement. Those students engage the public on their own, as well, by contributing information on those playwrights to Wikipedia. Student editors have created well-researched articles about award-winning playwrights Yoji … Continued

The Roundup: Sharing science

Though Wikipedia’s content in the science is often well-represented, it isn’t always well-presented. Many articles could benefit from smoother, more accessible writing, or through illustrations that make the concept visually clear. In Dr. Kermit Murray’s Mass Spectrometry course, students at Louisiana State University contributed information about that analytical chemistry technique to Wikipedia. Students are typically … Continued

True stories from Wikipedia classrooms

In an earlier post, we shared some quotes from our spring instructor survey. We also heard some great stories from the classroom that illustrate the challenges and rewards of the Wikipedia assignment. We thought we’d share a few. One instructor shared the story of a student writing about a species of wild cat. As she … Continued

91% of instructors say they’ll teach with Wikipedia again

At the end of each term, the Wiki Education Foundation asks Classroom Program instructors to reflect on their experience. That data helps us improve the tools and support we offer to instructors. It also gives us a chance to see the real impact of the Wikipedia writing assignment on instructors and students. The result was … Continued