On Tuesday June 7, I am co-organizing, with Laura Braunstein, a one-day workshop on how to teach using Wikipedia. Our guest expert Amanda Rust, Assistant Director of the Digital Scholarship Group and Digital Humanities Librarian, Northeastern University, will lead the workshop.
9am-noon: Introduction; theory and practice of Wikipedia editing (DCAL)
Noon-1pm: Lunch (DCAL)
1-4pm: Hands-on editing practicum (Carson 61)
Sign up using this link: http://libcal.dartmouth.edu/event/2594080
This workshop will introduce Wikipedia editing as a pedagogical practice that offers students the chance to participate in a live, collaborative, and globally relevant digital humanities project (en.Wikipedia.org and other Wikimedia projects) and to write and edit content for a public audience of various users and editors. Attendees will learn how to help Dartmouth students participate in public knowledge production, and their own knowledge production, by learning how to be effective Wikipedians who can teach these practices through guided classroom activities.
While Wikipedia is easy to use as a research tool, it requires a far more complex, conscientious, and immersive level of engagement from its writers and editors. In order to incorporate Wikipedia assignments into a class, educators must learn and teach students how to:
- create a Wikipedia editorial identity
- understand Wikipedia’s rules for authors and editors regarding editing existing content and adding new content
- use Wikipedia’s tools to style and format text as well as its standard format for an entry
- cite evidence properly and in such a way that protects the entry from being flagged, or worse, taken down for potential plagiarism
- use “talk” pages and “sandbox” pages for developing new content
- monitor your entry and respond to outside editors who may disagree with or challenge your content, even possibly remove it
- learn about the wide range of support provided by the Wiki Education Foundation for classroom assignments