How do you measure the difference that open knowledge makes?

How do you measure the difference that open knowledge makes?

It’s a series of small changes. An instructor tells her students, “Write a paper. Not for me, but for Wikipedia.” Students respond, scouring libraries and academic journals for information. They write with purpose, for a real audience. They collaborate with other writers, from around the world, to find the best sources from the best minds.

“Instead of the audience being just my professor, it was the entire world.”

— Gillian Kramer, student, Brooklyn College

Students change. They know they’ve written something that makes a difference. For some, it’s the first time their education has left the classroom. They set their knowledge free. The world changes. Information goes viral. It finds its way into the hands of those without access to libraries, academies, or scholarly journals. That’s just one way Wikipedia can help students expand access to knowledge, and in turn, expand the horizons these students can imagine for themselves.

Measuring the difference

The number of courses taught throughout our program since 2010.

97%The percentage of instructors who would teach with Wikipedia again.


That’s how many students have taken on Wikipedia assignments since 2010.

Wiki Education Foundation staff have supported instructors and students in more than 400 universities across the United States and Canada, including:

  • American University
  • Barnard College
  • Boston College
  • Boston University
  • California Polytechnic
  • Carnegie Mellon
  • Cornell University
  • Drake University
  • Drexel University
  • Duke University
  • George Washington University
  • Georgetown University
  • Harvard University
  • Hunter College
  • Johns Hopkins University
  • Louisiana State University
  • New York University
  • North Carolina State University
  • Northeastern University
  • Northwestern University
  • Oberlin College
  • Pomona College
  • Rensselaer Polytechnic
  • Rice University
  • Rutgers University
  • Simmons College
  • Simon Fraser University
  • Stanford University
  • The New School
  • Tufts University
  • UC Berkeley
  • UCLA
  • UMass-Amherst
  • University of Southern California
  • University of Toronto
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Vassar College
  • York University

“Writing for Wikipedia has engaged my students like nothing else. They are some of the most pedagogically powerful assignments I’ve incorporated into my classes.”

— Adeline Koh, instructor, Stockton University

We change the lives of students by helping students change the world.

The Wiki Education Foundation is accelerating global access to information by connecting higher education resources to the publishing power of Wikipedia. The foundation cultivates learning that enriches Wikipedia and universities, creating a world where any learner can contribute to open scholarship and education for all.