Category: Instructor testimonials

Category: Instructor testimonials

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5 themes that emerge from a Wikipedia assignment

Victoria Austen, PhD, is a lecturer in the Classics department at the University of Winnipeg. She is also the communications officer for the Women’s Network of the Classical Association of Canada and has been a Wikipedia editor since 2019. You can find her on Twitter at @Vicky_Austen. I first became involved in editing Wikipedia through … Continued

Good Wikipedians and honest engineers

Helen Choi is a Senior Lecturer in the Engineering Writing Program at the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering, and she is interested in exploring issues at the intersection of technology and society. As part of my upper-division composition course for engineering students, I have included the Wikipedia writing assignment as part of … Continued

On the fence about assigning a Wikipedia project? Reasons to make it a class project

Dr. Sarah Lirley is Assistant Professor of History at Columbia College in Columbia, Missouri. Maybe you are like I was in the Spring of 2019—you have not heard of Wikipedia projects or have heard of them, but are unsure of what they are or how you could incorporate them into your class. I am happy … Continued

Building my Wikipedia confidence

Delia Steverson, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor of African American Literature at the University of Florida. Her classes work most closely with the WikiProject African diaspora.  I assigned a Wikipedia project in the fall of 2019 to my honor’s undergraduate Gender and Sexualities in African American Literature course after several other colleagues mentioned the project’s … Continued

Wikipedia and public-facing scholarship in the classroom

Heather J. Sharkey has been working with undergraduate and graduate students on Wikipedia projects since 2019, with the goal of promoting public-facing scholarship. She is a professor in the Department of Near Eastern Languages and Civilizations at the University of Pennsylvania. Becoming a Wikipedian I started to write for Wikipedia less than two years ago, … Continued

A space to share psychological science — even psychological statistics

Viann N. Nguyen-Feng, PhD, MPH, is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota, Duluth. She serves as core faculty in the counseling/clinical track and directs the Mind-Body Trauma Care Lab. In late Fall 2019, I was doing my usual perusal of the Association for Psychological Science’s (APS) e-newsletter with … Continued

Wikipedia editing in an upper-level biology elective

Heather Olins is an Assistant Professor of the Practice in the Biology Department and Environmental Studies Program at Boston College. Here she reflects on her student’s experience with Wikipedia editing in an upper level elective course, and adjustments she is making to the project in its second iteration. I teach a biology elective course called … Continued

Looking back at Fall 2019: engagement, service, and excitement

Wiki Education now regularly supports around 400 courses each term. With thousands of students adding millions of words to Wikipedia every academic year, you’d think we’d know everything there is to know about the Wikipedia assignment, from what it takes to be successful to what students get out of the project. But each term brings … Continued