Expanding our support of language and translation projects

Last week, I called into an online meeting with faculty from Santa Clara University’s Department of Modern Languages and Literatures. The workshop was organized by Department Chair and Associate Professor Jill Pellettieri with the hope of encouraging her colleagues to expand their pedagogical practice around language and translation assignments to include Wikipedia. With over 5 … Continued

A day in the life: working online and in-person to expand the reach of Wiki Education programs

According to Wikipedia’s article about Higher education in the United States (citing the National Center for Education Statistics), there were 4,627 degree-granting postsecondary institutions in the US in 2015. Since Wiki Education was founded in 2014, we’ve worked with 553 institutions where instructors have asked their students to improve Wikipedia as part of an in-class research project. Our … Continued

Deep Carbon Observatory asks members to close gaps on Wikipedia

Last week, I called in to the Deep Carbon Observatory’s (DCO) Webinar Wednesdays to talk about the link between Wikipedia and Higher Education. The DCO is looking to improve deep carbon science on Wikipedia. They already host a Wikipedia Visiting Scholar to improve the depth of work in their field. With this webinar they were hoping to … Continued

“Totally sold!” Why UTA instructors are excited to teach with Wikipedia

Last Friday, I hosted two online workshops for instructors and librarians at the University of Texas at Arlington who wanted to learn more about Wiki Education programs. At the end of my first presentation one instructor said they were “totally sold” on participating… here’s why! Teaching with Wikipedia is a service learning assignment When students … Continued

How we can improve equity on Wikipedia: reflections after NAAAS

Earlier this month, I spent a week in Dallas at the National Association of African American Studies & Affiliates Joint National Conference. Attendees came to present about and discuss African, African-American, Hispanic, Latinx, Asian, Native American, and Indigenous culture and history. In February, as part of Black History Month, but also as part of our ongoing … Continued

5 things you didn’t know the Dashboard can do

Winter and Spring terms are officially underway. We already have 3,500 students enrolled who are already learning about, and contributing to, Wikipedia. But as an instructor, how are you supposed to keep up with all that work? Especially if you are just learning about Wikipedia for the first time yourself. Luckily, the Wiki Education Dashboard is here … Continued

Wiki Education to attend the NAAAS Joint National Conference

Next week, I’ll be attending the 26th Joint National Conference of the National Association of African American Studies & Affiliates. The event brings members of the National Association of African American Studies, National Association of Hispanic and Latino Studies, National Association of Native American Studies, International Association of Asian Studies and affiliates together once a … Continued

Host a webinar about teaching with Wikipedia

Ever wondered if you could implement a Wikipedia assignment into your next course but just weren’t sure how? Don’t have the time to try the project yourself at the moment but want to help others on your campus learn about Wiki Education’s tools and resources? If so, hosting an online workshop might be an option … Continued

A trip to the Windy City

Did you know that for some people in Chicago, the term “Windy City” doesn’t apply to the miles per hour of the weather but to the constant changing of political winds within the region? Until my trip there last weekend, neither did I, and in the last month over 12,000 people have also learned about this nickname … Continued