Courses

Elections and Voting Behavior

Join Wiki Education as we spotlight pivotal aspects of US electoral institutions and voting for the public! In our upcoming virtual course, subject-matter experts will immerse themselves in the world of Wikipedia to share key information with the electorate about US electoral processes and voting.

This course empowers you to craft and enrich articles with research related to the intricate workings of US elections and campaigns, giving a non-expert audience a better understanding of such complex topics. The types of topics you may choose to delve into include: electoral systems, voting and counting systems, polling types, voter registration, voter suppression, voting information in different states, voter turnout, and political participation.

Ready to shape narratives and drive understanding? Reserve your spot now and be part of this influential journey!

The Wiki Scholars course

Wiki Education invites subject-matter experts to participate in an 8-week virtual course as they learn how to edit Wikipedia. We’ll take a deep dive into Wikipedia’s coverage of elections and voting behavior and add high-quality information to Wikipedia to inform the public with crucial knowledge. From February 28 – April 17, 2024, Wiki Scholars will attend a series of virtual classes facilitated by Wiki Education’s Wikipedia experts.

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Meet Wednesdays: 8 live sessions with our Wikipedia experts and a focused group of 10-20 other election and voting experts.

 

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3 hours per week of light reading, researching your chosen topic and writing directly on Wikipedia

 

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Access a collaborative community of Wikipedia experts and professional peers

 

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Amplify electoral institutions and voting knowledge from your laptop, reaching an audience of millions

Week 1: Introductions

Get to know each other and begin to see Wikipedia as a powerful tool for communicating information regarding US electoral institutions and voting.

Weeks 2–4: Joining the community

Discover more about Wikipedia’s community, and select your Wikipedia article. We’ll show you how to identify what information is missing from Wikipedia and how to add it according to Wikipedia’s standards. You’ll begin drafting content for pages that get as many as thousands of readers every day!

Weeks 5–8: Educating the public

You’ll take what you’ve learned and make your work “live” on Wikipedia. Your peers and Wiki Education’s experts will help you polish your work to make sure you meet readers with the best information out there. And you’ll get to commune with them about any challenges and successes you’ve experienced so far.

You’ll meet weekly to commune with Wikipedia editors and a close-knit group of 10-20 peers.

 

What will you achieve?

  • Extensive knowledge dissemination: Contributions on Wikipedia about US electoral processes and voting have the potential to reach millions, offering immense potential for knowledge dissemination and educating the electorate.
  • Engagement in a vibrant community: Forge professional connections across fields, and interact with Wikipedia’s volunteer community. Interact closely with a dedicated group each week, sharing expertise and inspiration.
  • Wikipedia proficiency: From crafting initial Wikipedia articles to refining editing skills, this course ensures confidence in contributing to a comprehensive repository of US elections and voting knowledge, embedding expertise within your institution and field.
  • And much more!

Email scholars@wikiedu.org with questions.

Cost
$ 0
Political scientists, historians, policy experts, and other subject-matter experts
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Course Dates

February 28 – April 17, 2024

Class Meeting Time

Wednesdays, 11:00am—12:00pm Pacific (2:00—3:00pm Eastern)

Application Deadline

February 15, 2024