Misinformation and digital illiteracy are rampant, but you and your students can do something about it. Run a Wikipedia assignment in Fall 2022, and ensure that the world has access to reliable and accurate information.
The idea is simple, but powerful—faculty at post-secondary institutions partner with Wiki Education and have their students contribute to Wikipedia as a graded assignment. the benefits of running a Wikipedia assignment are myriad, but at its core, students do work that can potentially reach millions, while honing critical digital literacy skills.
Wiki Education's support is fully funded, and there are no fees to run a Wikipedia assignment. We provide a robust set of resources to faculty and students throughout the assignment. Since 2010 we've worked with over 100,000 students who have collectively contributed over 80 million words to Wikipedia thus far. When given the chance, students can truly have an immense impact on open knowledge, and they can play an important role in making Wikipedia a more equitable place.
Powerful learning for students
As students write Wikipedia articles through our program, they learn how to collaborate with their peers, frame academic research to the public, and convey knowledge to a non-expert audience. Essentially, they do work that really matters! And faculty notice:
- 97% of instructors agree that a Wikipedia assignment improved their students’ digital and media literacy skills.
- 96% of instructors agree that a Wikipedia assignment helped their students develop a sense of digital citizenship (e.g., a desire to contribute to and ensure the accuracy and accessibility of information).
- 93% of instructors agree that a Wikipedia assignment improved their students’ research skills
- 77% of instructors agree that a Wikipedia assignment helped their students to become more socially and culturally aware (e.g., the ability to identify underrepresentation and other content gaps stemming from bias).
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