Category: Testimonials (all)

Category: Testimonials (all)

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An Audience of 500 Million: Editing Wikipedia as a Writing Assignment

Dr. Alexandra Edwards is a 2nd Year Brittain Fellow at Georgia Tech. This is a republishing of her reflection that appeared in Tech Style this last September. How can we help our students feel that their work in the writing classroom matters? Students struggle to see the point of crafting meticulous assignments when their work … Continued

Calling all librarians, archivists, and museum specialists

It’s the last week to take advantage of the early bird pricing for our open linked data courses! Whether you’re a librarian, an archivist, museum stuff, civic data specialist, or just a curious practitioner – we can help you meet your linked data goals and think up new projects aligned with your interests. Our beginner … Continued

A word from the wise: tips from experienced instructors

Running a Wikipedia assignment for the first time can be exciting, but it can also be a bit overwhelming. To help ease some of those first-time jitters, here are some tips directly from veteran instructors. Be flexible As one instructor put it, “It will be chaotic, there will be confusion. Embrace that and let the … Continued

Opening up the linked data world of Wikidata to new editors

Our first six-week long Wikidata courses flew right by. We’re extremely proud of the twenty-three participants in these two courses and the impact they have made on Wikidata. A little about the course Over six short weeks, we met once a week for an hour-long session, discussing assignments, asking questions, and addressing any issues encountered … Continued

Why this student says Wikipedia’s stigma is undeserved

Philip Marr is a student at Louisiana State University, where he completed a Wikipedia writing assignment in Dr. Josef Horacek’s English course last term. Here, he reflects on what he found most valuable about learning how to contribute content to Wikipedia articles. All throughout high school, I was always told that Wikipedia should not be … Continued

Building student confidence and sharing knowledge outside the academic silo

When Hilary Wilson first took a look at the Wikipedia article she was to improve for her Earth science class, she realized the geological element didn’t even have a clear definition stated on the page. “That was my main inspiration for what needed to be changed and added.” The assignment was part of Dr. Jim … Continued

When social media savvy students write for Wikipedia

Dr. Carolyn Cunningham is Associate Professor of Communication & Leadership Studies at Gonzaga University. Here she shares what it was like for her media students to join the “Wikipedia ecosystem” in an assignment. I teach in the Communication and Leadership Studies program at Gonzaga University. This is a Masters level program offered in a hybrid … Continued

Me, a Wikipedian?

A few months ago, I got a text from a friend. “I think you’d be interested in this.” She’d sent me a link to an application for a course offered by Wiki Education and the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) to train people to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of women’s suffrage in the United States. … Continued

GLAM professionals excited about the possibilities of Wikidata

Our first two Wikidata virtual courses wrapped up last week! Wikidata, the open linked data repository for Wikimedia projects, is growing in popularity with museums, cultural heritage institutions, and libraries. The professionals in our first two Wikidata courses have been bridging their library collections and Wikidata. The open data repository presents opportunities for library staff … Continued

Expanding the reach of your library collections through Wikidata

“Contributing content to Wikidata has a ripple effect. It’s a great way for libraries to contribute our resources to a wide variety of communities and meet users where they already are. It also presents opportunities to facilitate a community’s involvement in, design of, and creation of information.” – participant of our July 2019 Wikidata workshop … Continued