This is not only a public health crisis; this is an information crisis.
Due to overwhelming interest in our previous courses, we opened registration for a similar course, January 11–February 19, 2021.
When Wikipedia is a first stop for individuals interested in learning more about the current COVID-19 pandemic, isn’t it important that that information be complete and accurate?
Policy makers, healthcare practitioners, journalists, and individuals consult Wikipedia to be more informed before taking action. Wikipedia’s medical content gets more pageviews than the World Health Organization, the Mayo Clinic, WebMD, or the National Institutes of Health.1 And in early 2020, the page about the COVID-19 pandemic received an average of 850,000 pageviews every day.
But quality of content varies widely across Wikipedia, due to the fact that all content is contributed by volunteers. The majority of pages related to the COVID-19 pandemic need significant improvement.
How can I help?
We’re inviting you to join us in improving Wikipedia pages about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States. Wikipedia may be the most neutral way people receive information about their state’s guidelines, the scientific evidence influencing policy decisions, and data regarding documented cases of COVID-19. And for regions that are not represented in national news coverage, Wikipedia offers a localized place to organize information that is most relevant to an individual.
We’re looking for subject-matter experts who are interested in improving Wikipedia articles about the economic impacts of the pandemic, healthcare access, structural inequities that amplify communities’ exposure to COVID-19, and so many more topics. With Wikipedia, you can update information in real time as state responses change or scientific findings evolve. Your help researching and writing these pages will be essential in making them as accurate and complete as possible, ensuring millions of readers have reliable information at their fingertips.
We recognize that there are unprecedented challenges in all of our professional and personal lives. As always, we prioritize the public’s access to high-quality information through Wikipedia. To stay connected during this socially distant time and to continue inviting experts to improve Wikipedia, we are waiving our tuition fees and offering this virtual training course for free. Join us in networking with other scholars eager to make this crucial information accessible to the public.
Why a course?
Newcomers to the Wikipedia community typically face a variety of barriers to inclusion: from not knowing the mechanics of adding content to being unaware of content standards and editing norms. Our staff is here to invite you in, help you navigate the Wikipedia editing community, and answer any questions that come up through the process.
These seats are open to those working in academia, political science, sociology, public policy, virology, journalism, or any other individual who feels they could positively impact articles about the COVID-19 pandemic. Selected applicants will participate in an in-depth, structured Wikipedia training over 6 weeks.
Expectations of participants
- No experience with Wikipedia is required or expected.
- Available for virtual meetings on Zoom, weekly for one hour.
- Participants commit a minimum of 5 hours/week, including a one-hour weekly class and independent work.
- Participants will make significant contributions to at least one Wikipedia page by the end of the course.
- Participants must have access to the internet and a computer.
- Participants will fill out a short survey at the end of the course.
- Select participants will get the opportunity to be featured on Wiki Education’s blog.
Course details: Apply by Monday, January 4th
Wiki Education will accept applicants based on course capacity, individuals’ availability for synchronous meetings, and to diversify the regions and states applicants will cover on Wikipedia.
- Course dates:
May 4th – June 12th(FILLED) June 15th – July 24th(FILLED) July 6th – August 14th(FILLED) September 11th – October 16th(FILLED)
- Due to overwhelming interest in our previous courses, we opened registration for a similar course starting January 11th through February 19th, 2021.
- Meeting time: Meeting time will be selected based on shared applicant availability
- Time commitment per week: 1 hour virtual, collaborative meeting; ~4 additional hours of independent work
- Cost: The full cost of enrollment in this course is waived by Wiki Education.
- Goal: to improve Wikipedia articles about impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic in the United States.
If the above course time doesn’t work, please fill out the form below to receive updates on future course opportunities. Direct any questions here or to firstname.lastname@example.org.