Category: Student work

Category: Student work

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The Roundup: Political science on Wikipedia

The Wikipedia Year of Science has had a significant impact on Wikipedia’s coverage of STEM fields. But we’ve also seen significant improvements of articles in political science. One of the best examples comes from Columbia University’s Order and Violence course, led by Dr. Christopher Blattman. The Arab Spring was a series of revolutionary protests across … Continued

Teaching with Wikipedia in statistics classrooms

Not everybody understands research right from the start. That’s especially true of the lay public’s understanding of research methods. Many may not understand how experiments and surveys are designed, or how to distinguish between good and bad methods. Wikipedia may seem like an unlikely source for solving that problem. But as the most-accessed educational resource on … Continued

Wikipedia: Putting plants under the microscope

If you want to understand how a plant works, it helps to be able to see cells and tissues. That’s easy in a biology lab with microscopes and prepared slides. Once you leave that world, though, it becomes more difficult to see the structures beneath things. Wikipedia articles tend to be well-illustrated, with pictures of … Continued

The Roundup: Whistleblowing

Wikipedia assignments have always cultivated a critique of where information comes from. Analyzing who writes Wikipedia, and the impact that has on what it covers, is a compelling lesson in media literacy. Students in Naniette Coleman’s Sociology of Mass Media course at UMass Lowell are thinking about information in a different way. Many of those … Continued

The Roundup: Behind a glass of water

Many California restaurants won’t automatically bring water to your table. Signs dot college campuses apologizing for brown grass. It’s all part of a plan to tackle California’s historic drought. Understanding local water supplies is more important than ever. That’s why we’re so impressed by the work of students in Dr. Julian Fulton’s ENVS 110 Course … Continued

How Geobiology came to Wikipedia

We hear many stories of scientists visiting Wikipedia, only to find that knowledge related to their field is missing. A chemist may find certain compounds don’t have an article; a zoologist is likely to find a species of bird isn’t well described. That’s one of the things that inspired us to focus so much energy … Continued

Making History, Empowering Students with Wikipedia

Dr. Elizabeth De Wolfe is a Professor of History at the University of New England. Her “Introduction to Women’s and Gender Studies” course assigned students to expand women-focused content on Wikipedia. As historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich has famously stated, “Well-behaved women rarely make history.” And in addition to history, women — the well-behaved and otherwise … Continued