Digital literacy is no longer a nice-to-have for today's students. It's a critical skill as students engage with today's media landscape, and its the responsibility of educators to ensure that students are able to accurately and responsibly consume as well as produce information. whether you're teaching chemistry or media studies, digital literacy is a core skill. There are few assignments that tackle digital literacy as well as the Wikipedia assignment!
Through our work with the American Chemical Society , Wiki Education has thus far supported almost 150 courses in the field of chemistry. Across those courses, nearly 3000 students have added almost 3 million words to Wikipedia in chemistry-related fields. Whether it's writing about chemical concepts or improving biographies of underrepresented chemists, students can have an immense impact on Wikipedia!
What you can do:
Consider running a Wikipedia assignment in one of your courses in a coming term to improve content on Wikipedia and allow your students to have real world impact. The idea is simple, but powerful: Students contribute to Wikipedia as a course assignment, and Wiki Education provides the support that you and your students need to make it all work.
Our support is fully funded, and there are no fees to run a Wikipedia assignment. To find out more about the program, visit teach.wikiedu.org. We're currently accepting courses for the Fall 2022 term, and priority will be given to classes that sign up by July 29. If you have any questions about the program, please feel free to reach out to me directly. I hope we have the chance to work with you in the coming academic year.
-- Helaine Blumenthal,Ph.D. (she/her)
Senior Program Manager Wiki Education