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Recent news from Wiki Education

Widening Wikidata’s impact

In the summer of 2019, Wiki Education started a new course under the umbrella of the Scholars & Scientists Program all about Wikidata. Similar to our Wikipedia offerings in that program, our Wikidata course trains subject matter experts on Wikidata fundamentals and encourages them to contribute to Wikidata in a structured online synchronous six-week course. We ran two … Continued

Wiki Education outreach: 4 conferences, 4 disciplines, 4 states

Over the past month, Wiki Education staff have been busy presenting at conferences and speaking with instructors about joining our initiative to improve Wikipedia’s academic content in underrepresented areas. I attended the Academy of Criminal Justice Society’s annual meeting in Kansas City, promoting Wikipedia assignments to criminology instructors. In the past, we’ve supported courses like … Continued

Monthly Report for January 2017

Highlights The spring term kicked off at the beginning of the month, with the first rush of recruitment bringing on 213 courses into our program by the end of the month. (In context, we supported 215 total in spring 2016; this spring, we’re anticipating supporting more than 100 additional courses.) Classroom Program Manager Helaine Blumenthal, … Continued

What can Wikipedia assignments do that this adorable pygmy goat can’t?

Beauty is in the eye of the beholder. But reptiles are, for most beholders, not quite as cute as a pygmy goat. This human gravitation toward fuzzy, baby-eyed animals is actually a big problem for environmentalists struggling to preserve endangered and threatened species. Call it the “tyranny of the cute.” When it comes to conservation … Continued

Wiki Ed joining AAAS annual meeting

I’m pleased to announce that the Wiki Education Foundation is attending the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to promote the Wikipedia Year of Science. On February 13 and 14, we’ll join the Simons Foundation to support scientists attending a series of Wikipedia edit-a-thons. Samantha Erickson and I will join … Continued

Monthly Report for November 2015

Highlights The Simons Foundation has awarded the Wiki Education Foundation a significant grant in support of the Year of Science. The Simons Foundation’s Education & Outreach initiative “promotes scientific literacy and engagement to help build a society that appreciates the role and importance of scientific inquiry.” The Wikipedia Year of Science will support thousands of … Continued

The Roundup: Growing up girl

Students from Michigan State University improved Wikipedia’s content this summer by contributing information related to female filmmakers and authors of color. As part of Terrion Williamson’s course “Growing up girl: Coming of age in women’s literature and film,” students contributed two new articles and help expand 15. Highlights include the article on Caucasia, a novel … Continued

The Roundup: History of Western Canada

At Wiki Ed, we always suggest students help fill gaps in Wikipedia’s coverage. But finding these gaps can be tricky. Christopher Dummitt’s students at Trent University dramatically improved several articles on the history of Western Canada. They added content, but also integrated and improved articles that were already there. Working in groups, the class tackled … Continued