Informing citizens

Informing citizens

“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.”

In today’s hyper-partisan world, voters seeking information turn to beacons of neutrality for information as they prepare their ballots. One such source? Wikipedia, which receives 3 billion page views each month from the United States alone.

Wikipedia is where the public turns for neutral, fact-based information. Will you add your subject matter expertise to make it better ahead of the November election?

 

 Registration is currently closed.

 

Background

Wikipedia needs subject matter experts to ensure the public has access to high-quality information. But Wikipedia’s technical, procedural, and cultural barriers to entry keep most scholars out.

Enter Wiki Education’s virtual courses. Participants will collaborate for 6 weeks to add neutral, fact-based content to articles related to local ballot initiatives, races, and issues.

Course details: Register by Wednesday, August 19th

  • Course dates: August 21st – September 25th (6 weeks)
  • Meeting time: Fridays from 10:00–11:00 am Pacific (1:00–2:00 pm Eastern)
  • Time commitment per week: 1 hour virtual, collaborative meeting; ~3 additional hours of independent work
  • Goal: to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of topics related to the 2020 election in the United States

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 4 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.

Cost

We encourage you to seek professional development funds to cover the cost of tuition. We’re happy to work with you to provide your department or organization more information about the course.

  • Individual rate: $800 (Early bird discount: $600 if you enroll by August 5, 2020)
  • Enroll with one or more people for our group discounted rate of $600 each
  • Participants will receive a shareable, electronic certificate-of-completion issued by Wiki Education upon course completion
  • Payment is due within 3 days of your application acceptance notice (Unless otherwise arranged)

 

Downloadable syllabus

 


Testimonials & Impact

Nuclear policy expert Daniel Puentes explains why engagement with Wikipedia is a great avenue for educating the public on hot-button issues. Read more…


Bridget Marshall reflects on how contributing content to Wikipedia aligns with her academic work at UMass Lowell. Read more…


When Samantha Kao learned that roughly 80-85% of Wikipedia editors are white men and only about 17% of Wikipedia biographies feature women, she knew she had to do something. Read more…


Dilara Kiran valued the NSPN Wiki Scientist course as an experience that connected her with peers and gave her tools for sharing her passion and expertise with a global audience. Read more…


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