Category: Testimonials

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Learning about gender bias in Wikipedia articles

Samantha Kao is a graduate student at Western Washington University and a member of the Association for Women in Mathematics. She recently completed our professional development course as a Wikipedia Fellow, in which she joined linguists, psychologists, and chemists in improving Wikipedia’s coverage of a diverse range of scientific and mathematical topics. Here, she shares her take-aways. … Continued

Why edit Wikipedia as a scholar? Collaboration is necessary to advance knowledge

Dr. Rebecca Dew is an independent researcher and current Wikipedia Fellow, where she has leveraged her academic expertise to improve the Wikipedia articles about activism and authority. Here, she reflects on the value of making knowledge available to all. An opportunity to inform public knowledge on this scale comes, for many, only once in a lifetime. Actually, for me, … Continued

Can a paid Visiting Scholar avoid conflict of interest?

Andrew Newell, also known as RockMagnetist on Wikipedia, is the Visiting Scholar at the Deep Carbon Observatory for 2017-2018. That means he has institutional access to academic sources to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of topics relevant to deep carbon science. He is a long-time contributor and administrator; if you’ve read about geophysics-related subjects on Wikipedia, there’s a very good … Continued

Lifting Our Voices: Highlighting the Global Contributions of Women in STEM on Wikipedia

Dr. Denneal Jamison-McClung is Interim Director of the Biotech Program at UC Davis, as well as Director of BioTech SYSTEM and DEB Program Coordinator. She also serves on the Our Voices blog editorial board and as an ex officio member of the UC Davis ADVANCE management team. She has utilized Wiki Education’s tools and support in her … 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

Student-written Wikipedia articles compiled in textbook for future classmates

This term, Dr. David Webster is trying something new. “This year’s textbook [is] written by previous years’ students,” he announced over Twitter, much to the excitement of his followers. Dr. Webster has taught his students at Bishop University how to contribute to Wikipedia as a classroom assignment for a few terms now. In his Spring 2016 course, Memory, truth … Continued

STEM students learn applied communication skills by contributing to Wikipedia

For a number of years Dr. Kelee Pacion has both taught with Wikipedia and encouraged others to implement the assignment in their own courses. In July 2018 she spoke with instructional design specialist and host of the podcast In Vino Fabulum Dr. Patrice Prusko about the value of such an assignment — especially for women in STEM — and why she … Continued

Year long project: Women in STEM Wikipedia Biographies

Dr. Rebecca Barnes is Assistant Professor of Environmental Science at Colorado College. This academic year, she’s using Wiki Education resources to teach with Wikipedia in all of her courses. This is a republishing of her thoughts on the far reaching benefits of such an assignment. All year students in my environmental science courses will work on profiles … 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

Teaching students to contribute to Wikipedia

Dr. Tracy Perkins is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Sociology and Criminology at Howard University. In Fall of 2017 she taught with Wikipedia in her course, Sociology of Food and Agriculture, in which her students added nearly 8,000 words to Wikipedia. Here she shares why she’ll incorporate a Wikipedia assignment into her course again in … Continued