Category: Testimonials by instructors

Category: Testimonials by instructors

Recent news from Wiki Education

To bridge all the gaps

As a classroom project, we hear time and again that the Wikipedia assignment is a huge motivator for students. In our Fall 2016 research study into student learning outcomes, for example, we found that “in addition to their value in learning digital/information literacy, critical research, teamwork, and technology skills, Wikipedia-based assignments also help increase students’ motivation … Continued

Teaching and learning in the public sphere with Wikipedia

“I’ve done a complete 180,” commented Marie Butcher, who is currently teaching her first Wiki Education-supported courses this fall. “When I was first approached by Amy [to participate in a Wikipedia teaching project], I was a skeptic. But she’s converted me.” Marie is referring to her colleague, Amy Collier, the Middlebury Associate Provost for Digital … Continued

Celebrating Ada Lovelace Day on Wikipedia

Today is Ada Lovelace Day, a day that stresses the importance of acknowledging, documenting, and celebrating the achievements of women in STEM. Women have made valuable contributions to science and mathematics throughout the ages, but aren’t remembered in history as often or as accurately as their male colleagues. Ada Lovelace, for example, did not receive the recognition … 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

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

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