Wikipedia Professional Development Courses

Wikipedia Professional Development Courses

By providing the world unfettered access to knowledge, Wikipedia presents an opportunity to put power into the hands of everyone. In Wiki Education’s courses, we train scholars, scientists, and other professionals in Wikipedia’s technical, procedural, and cultural practices. Upon course completion, participants are able to channel their unique voices to make the site more reliable, factual, and equitable for the benefit of all.

Current opportunities


Leveraging the National Archives

“I’ve had many advantages in my life, but not even all of that education and privilege has always let me see myself as having authority; I owe a part of my new feeling of authority to this course.”

Participants use National Archives records to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of topics related to women’s suffrage. Pulling together Wikipedia experts, tips to navigate NARA’s extensive digital collections, access to an extensive archive, and detailed Wikipedia training, this is the only skills-development course of its kind worldwide. Course participants meet online once a week between the weeks of June 3rd and August 16. Register by May 17!


Writing for Women’s Suffrage (Advanced course)

Connect with other experienced Wiki Scholars, help close the gender content gap and reach millions. 

You’ve taken our professional development course, and now you want to do a deeper dive into Wikipedia. Join our staff and other Wiki Scholars in improving the Wikipedia article about the 19th Amendment, just in time for the 100th anniversary of its passage. Course participants meet online once a week between the weeks of May 1st and May 27th. Register by April 22!

 

 

Upcoming courses


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Past course offerings


Representing Women in STEM

“Editing and improving current Wikipedia articles sets a better standard for what Wikipedia as a public encyclopedia should look like.” *

On English Wikipedia, only 17% of biographies are about women. Participants in this course produce biographies of women scientists, add to articles of their accomplishments, and create articles about these women scientists and their works that do not exist yet. Read more…

 

 


Communicating Science on Wikipedia

“I am a firm believer that the role of academics is to make their knowledge accessible to the public. I cherish the opportunity to research, write, and share knowledge and information that would benefit as many people as possible.”

Contributing scientific content to Wikipedia means being able to distill complex topics to a general audience who may not have a scientific background. Experts are well positioned to do this sort of ‘translating’ because they have access to the latest research and have a deep understanding of these topic areas. This course provides the technical skills and policy understanding to contribute to Wikipedia. Read more…


Covering the Midterm Elections

“The public looks to Wikipedia to make informed political decisions. If I can make that information more accurate and complete, that’s a good use of my time.”

This course engages academic experts in improving Wikipedia articles on issues and candidates related to the 2018 midterm elections in the United States. Voters often consult Wikipedia seeking neutral, fact-based information as they go to the polls, and this course seeks to bolster the availability and accuracy of that information. Read more…

 

 


Wikipedia Across Disciplines

“I have come to realize that the pursuit of knowledge can be undertaken by an individual, but it can only be advanced in partnership with others.” *

Scholars collaborate across disciplines to improve a wide array of topics, including chemistry, psychology, mathematics, linguistics, and women’s studies. Read more…

 

 

 


Wiki Education partners with a diverse range of organizations — including institutions and academic associations — to bring this unique professional development experience to their members and faculty. To explore partnering opportunities with us, reach out to contact@wikiedu.org.