WIkipedia and Higher Education

Open Education Community of Practice

Oct 6, 2011
10:00am - 12:00pm
Irving K. Barber Learning Centre - Room 302, Dodson Room

Currently registered: 46/55


Brought to you by: CTLT

Keywords: open education

This session addresses Wikipedia and the university. It asks how Wikipedia and the WIkimedia Foundation might support and extend the university’s mission as well as aiding individual instructors’ teaching and learning goals.

We will look at how in-class Wikipedia projects may promote media literacy and enhance public knowledge. We will share tips on navigating Wikipedia processes, and we will reflect on the site’s significance for higher education.

We will learn more about Wikimedia's Global Education Program, its Public Policy Initiative, and "reachout" initiatives, including its $1000 scholarship award to whomever makes the greatest improvement to a single medical article. We will also learn about UBC's own hosted Wiki project, and discuss how it may complement sites such as Wikipedia and WikiEducator.

Presenters are:


Jonathan A. Obar currently works as an Education Programs Advisor for the Canadian arm of Wikipedia's Global Education Program. He is a Visiting Assistant Professor in the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media at Michigan State University, and the Associate Director of the Quello Center for Telecommunication Management and Law, a research center at Michigan State. His research has addressed new and traditional media techniques for facilitating greater public involvement in communication policymaking. 

The Canadian portal for the Wikimedia Education Program: https://secure.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/wiki/Wikipedia:Canada_Education_Program

Dr James Heilman, UBC Faculty of Medicine,Wikimedia Canada Board of Directors. He is an active editor and administrator on the English Wikipedia involved primarily with Wikiproject Medicine. He is one of the top 1000th most prolific editors of the English site by edit count[1] and has contributed hundreds of medical images over the previous 4 years. In 2009 he was involved with promoting and protecting Wikipedia's right to contain images in the public domain.[2] In 2011 in collaboration with 18 other medical editors he published a peer reviewed article in the Journal of medical Internet research calling upon his peers to join in as editors.


Dr. Jon Beasley-Murray, Assistant Professor in Latin American Studies, UBC. Coordinated the educational project Murder, Madness, and Mayhem. In one semester they promoted three articles to Featured Article status, eight to Good Article status, and one to B-Class status. See also: "Was Introducing Wikipedia to the Classroom an Act of Madness Leading Only to Mayhem if not Murder?"

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