“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
Wikipedia is the most-accessed educational website in the world, with more readers on mobile than USA Today, CNN and Fox News combined. We all know your students, and the public, are reading it. But they could be writing it.
In a Wikipedia assignment, instructors assign students to write articles about course topics. The Wikipedia aspect takes very little in-class time. Wiki Ed provides tools and staff to take care of the Wikipedia side of things. You take care of the rest.
Students will pick up communication, media literacy, and critical thinking skills. Along the way, they’ll expand and improve the public’s access to knowledge of your field. It’s a win-win that inspires students in ways a traditional term paper never will.
“I was encouraged by more than the grade. I wanted to contribute to something long-lasting, and something bigger than myself.”
— Anna Glina, student, Northeastern University
Wiki Education Foundation resources
The Wiki Education Foundation (Wiki Ed) staff has been working with instructors since 2010. We’ve channeled that experience into resources addressing everything you’ll need for a Wikipedia assignment.
Readings & resources
- Looking for an overview of a Wikipedia assignment? Here’s a guide.
- Want to see how other instructors work with Wikipedia? See some case studies.
- What do students say? We’ve heard them say that writing a bibliography is fun. You can also see examples of student work. We also think the assignment is excellent for women in STEM fields.
- Here’s 5 reasons why a Wikipedia assignment is better than a term paper. Or you can read about the experiences of many instructors in their own words.
- We also offer an online orientation for instructors that explores Wikipedia, and teaching with Wikipedia. Visit our library of online and printed materials available for you and your students.
When you start teaching with Wikipedia, we offer additional support:
- Staff to answer your students’ Wikipedia questions
- Online trainings and printed handbooks, free of charge
- Online dashboards to help track your students’ work
“I realized I do have knowledge I can contribute.”
— Megan Maurino, student, UC Berkeley
Ready to get started? Here’s how.
1. Visit dashboard.wikiedu.org. Log in with, or create, your Wikipedia username. To create a username, select “Sign up with Wikipedia.” Note that Wiki Education Foundation support is only available to higher education courses in the United States and Canada at this time.
2. Dive into our orientation for instructors. This explores our resources in detail, and takes about 25 minutes.
3. After the orientation, click the “Create Course” button on the Dashboard.
4. The Dashboard will guide you to create your course page. This will create a timeline for the Wikipedia side of your course. Creating a course page lets you track student work, and helps us support your course. It takes about 15-30 minutes.
5. Choose the “create or edit an article” assignment. This is the Wikipedia research project.
6. Finished? Click “submit” to review your draft course page. You can customize your template to suit your needs.
Any questions? Review our instructor FAQs at ask.wikiedu.org, which is always available! If you have other questions, email firstname.lastname@example.org. One of our staff will get back to you.
We’re excited to have you join us!