Science & Society: become a civic scientist on Wikipedia

Science & Society: become a civic scientist on Wikipedia

What do you want people to be informed about going into elections next year? Join the community of scientists carving out a new, vital role in public policy. 

 

500 million readers come to Wikipedia each month to grow their understanding of a topic; their behavior; and ultimately, of the world. When scientists like you add neutral, fact-based information to the site, you’re helping inform policy makers and the public on the critical role science has in our world. Our Wikipedia writing group gives you the dedicated time and support to engage in this science communication on a grand scale. Register now!

 

Join the movement

In Wiki Education’s synchronous course, you’ll meet online once a week with a Wikipedia writing group to amplify your impact by adding peer-reviewed research to highly-consulted Wikipedia pages around science and policy.

Over 8 weeks, you’ll learn the ins and outs of Wikipedia as a public education platform. You’ll join your peers and our Wikipedia experts in discussions around information activism, open knowledge, and high-impact science communication.

 

“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.”

 

Course details

Participants will meet virtually each week on Tuesdays from 1:00 – 2:00pm Pacific / 4:00 – 5:00pm Easterm  to learn how to contribute to Wikipedia. The upcoming class meets weekly from January 7, 2020 – February 25, 2020 (8 weeks).

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. For more information, contact samantha@wikiedu.org.

  • Individual rate: $1,000
  • Group discounted rate: Enroll with a group of two or more for $750 each.
  • Financial aid is available for those without access to professional development funds.

 

Join us!

 

REGISTER FOR JANUARY

Registration deadline: 12/20/19

Payment deadline: 1/3/2020

 

“I wanted to improve public access to scientific information. Reflecting on my time in the course, I am surprised by how much I actually got to do that.”

 

Read more…

  • When this doctoral student joined one of our courses, she discovered that Wikipedia articles related to science policy issues she cared about could use a lot of work. With editing guidance from our Wikipedia experts, she made the necessary changes. Read more…
  • Wikipedia offers a huge educational platform. We’ll help you identify where you can make the biggest impact with your science communication efforts. Read more…
  • In a 2018 MIT publication, researchers found correlational and causal evidence that Wikipedia shapes scientific literature and knowledge. Scientists who get involved in Wikipedia editing become actors of change and progress, not only for public education but for future scholarship in their field. Read more…

 

 

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