Category: Spring 2018

Category: Spring 2018

Recent news from Wiki Education

Seeing yourself in the world

I was born in a time of revolution. But once I was old enough to understand, the failed uprising was just a story told by parents and referenced in newspaper stories; it was absent from both the books we read in school and the works of local historians I borrowed from the library. Somewhere along … Continued

Undocumented student informs other DREAMers of their rights through Wikipedia

Lalo Mendez is a student at the University of California, Santa Cruz who learned how to expand Wikipedia articles as a class assignment. When he first heard that he’d learn such a skill as part of Elizabeth Beaumont’s Constitutional Meanings and Movements course, he was excited. “I use Wikipedia extensively to learn about topics and issues … 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

Continuous Professional Development: redeveloping a new information literacy platform

Amy Dye-Reeves, is an Assistant Professor of Research and Instruction Librarian at Murray State University. Amy is the College of Arts & Humanities Liaison to the Departments of History, Psychology, Political Science and Sociology. During the Fall of 2018, Amy is teaching a Research in the Information Age course and providing a multitude of instructional … Continued

Changing students and the world: why instructors continue to teach with Wikipedia

Term after term, virtually all of the instructors who participate in our Classroom Program (between 97 and 99%) indicate that they will run another Wikipedia assignment in the near future. While we’re happy to report this success year after year, a far more interesting story is why so many instructors adopt the Wikipedia assignment as a main-stay … 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

Using Wikipedia in the college composition classroom

Dr. Tawyna (Ravy) Azar taught her undergraduate students how to improve Wikipedia as an assignment in her Spring 2018 course Research, Authoring, and Audience in the Age of New Media at George Washington University. Here she reflects on how her students responded and what place Wikipedia may hold in larger pedagogical conversations.  Last semester, I partnered with … 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