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Session for the CTLT Winter Institute - 2016

Event Description

“Teaching with Wikipedia transforms a classroom’s boundaries. Every day, students write papers, translate articles, or share photos with their class. Wikipedia assignments transform that classroom into a global audience. Students learn, and then share that learning in their own words, for real readers.” Wikieducator

In this hands-on workshop we will share examples of instructors who are using Wikipedia in their classrooms at UBC, consider the value and constraints for using Wikipedia and more broadly explore authentic learning that changes the role of the student from a consumer to a producer of knowledge.

In this workshop we will engage in some “learning challenges” to help us explore different approaches for using Wikipedia in the classroom. We’ll discuss the spectrum of different approaches you can take to developing a Wikipedia assignment and explore some of challenges and constraints using this approach.

Slide Deck


For Instructors

Instructor Basics:

Wikipedia Community View of Student Assignments:

Orientation for New Instructors: 30 min online orientation:

Case Studies:

5 Reasons a Wikipedia Assignment is Better Than a Term Paper: by Eryk Salvaggio - Wikiedu blog (2016):

Wikipedia’s Criteria for Good vs. Featured Articles:

For Students

Wikiedu’s Resources for Students (including handouts on everything from editing to citation):

Examples of Student Work: Brief articles from about the projects that students have contributed to across a variety of disciplines:

Consultation & Support





Roundtable Instructor Session

  • Feb 1, 2015
  • 12pm to 1pm in IKBLC 2.22