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Teaching with Wikipedia: What do I need to know first?

12th July 2018 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm

Wikimedian teaching a classroom

In this session, open to all University of Edinburgh staff, we will discuss best practice from four recent Wikipedia assignments at the University of Edinburgh and outline the steps that would be involved in running a Wikipedia assignment.

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 including:

  • an overview of Wikipedia’s policies and guidelines;
  • how the new Visual Editor interface has made editing Wikipedia as easy as blogging with WordPress;
  • how to create worklists for students to create/improve articles in their field of interest;
  • how to manage assignments using the Dashboard platform and/or Project pages.
  • the rubrics available and how to tidy up articles at the completion of the assignment.

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.

2016 research confirmed that 87.5% of students were using it in “an introductory and/or clarificatory role” as part of their information gathering and research and finding it ‘academically useful’ in this context. The process of researching and writing a Wikipedia article demonstrates ‘how the sausage is made’ – how knowledge is created, curated and contested online – and asks students as part of their research to consider what constitutes a reliable source. In this way, students can be introduced to the pros and cons of searching a variety of databases as part of discussions on information and media literacy.

A Wikipedia assignment isn’t just another essay or presentation that students may never return to, but something that has actually been created; a way of demonstrating the relevance of a student’s degree and communicating their scholarship in a real-world application of teaching and learning.

NB: Watch Your OERs will outlive you:(video) for a fuller picture.



Bookings via MyEd: https://edin.ac/2JIxr64


12th July 2018
12:00 pm - 1:00 pm


Ewan McAndrew


Edinburgh University Library, George Square, Room 1.11
EH8 9LJ United Kingdom + Google Map