“Instead of the audience being just my professor, it was the entire world.”
— Gillian Kramer, student, Brooklyn College
We engage students in solving real-world problems.
Teaching with Wikipedia transforms a classroom’s boundaries. Every day, students write papers, translate articles, or share photos with their class. Wikipedia assignments transform that classroom into a global audience. Students learn, and then share that learning in their own words, for real readers.
A typical assignment looks like this: An instructor asks students to write a paper. They’ll go to the library or online, find quality sources, and report back what they’ve learned for a teacher who already knows.
Wikipedia adds a twist. The student learns about her topic, but also practices communicating that learning for the public. In the process, she practices reframing her learning, encountering questions she may have passed by on her own.
“Writing for Wikipedia has engaged my students like nothing else.
They are some of the most pedagogically powerful assignments
I’ve incorporated into my classes.”
— Adeline Koh, instructor, Stockton University
Change classrooms, change students.
Writing assignments can complement any subject area, but it’s not the only way. We can help transform courses in translation; photo, video or illustration courses; even field trips (see more…).
You don’t have to take our word for it: just ask our students and instructors. More than 14,000 student editors and 729 courses have engaged in Wikipedia assignments using our suite of help materials and resources.
To start a conversation about transforming your assignment into a Wikipedia assignment, email firstname.lastname@example.org.