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Teaching with Wikipedia: a practical 'how to' workshop

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In this online session, open to any course leaders interested in learning about Wikipedia Education assignments, we will demo best practice.

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In this online session, open to any course leaders interested in learning more about Wikipedia Education assignments, this practical workshop will demo best practice from working with over ten course programmes at the University of Edinburgh over the last 4.5 years along with exemplars from other universities shown in our new booklet of Case Studies of Wikimedia in UK Education: https://open.ed.ac.uk/wikimedia-in-education/

You will need to create a Wikipedia account in advance of the workshop in order to take part.

This workshop will consist of 3 practical exercises:

  1. Setting up a dashboard page to manage a Wikipedia assignment.
  2. Editing practical (citations, images, editing in sandbox & live space).
  3. Creating a worklist of articles to create & edit.

Demystifying the process behind such assignments, attendees will have the opportunity to find out more about how assignments can be conducted in their own field. Too often Wikipedia is framed as something to be avoided, to be "consumed at your peril". At the University of Edinburgh we flip this on its head, and see Wikipedia as learning technology, reimagining it away from something passively consumed to something our staff and students can positively contribute to, to improve global understanding on the most public of digital platforms as active engaged digital citizens, and gain a lot from the teaching & learning experience as a result.

In a recent survey 97% of instructors have said they would teach with Wikipedia again while Wiki Education assignments have also been shown to improve student writing and the learning & teaching within the curriculum.  Importantly, students are motivated to communicate their scholarship in a real-world application of teaching & learning for an audience of not just one, their tutor, but a worldwide audience of millions. Sharing knowledge, building understanding. For the common good.

Main Programme:

  • 11.00-11.20 Welcome and intro to Wiki assignments
  • 11.20-11.40 Setting up a dashboard page to manage assignments
  • 11.40-12.00 Identifying and creating a worklist of articles to create/edit.
  • The instructor will also demo editing- adding citations, images, editing in live article space and the sandbox (draft) space - on request. The 5 min video below shows how easy this now is using Wikipedia's new Visual Editor interface.

Contact Ewan McAndrew (Email: ewan.mcandrew@ed.ac.uk)

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