Open Practices: Wikipedia-Based Assignment in Your Classroom

Series: CTLT Institute

Event Date & Time

  • December 8, 2016
    2:00 pm - 3:30 pm

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.

Facilitator(s) Bio:

Christina Hendricks is a Sr. Instructor in the Philosophy department at UBC, and is also currently serving as the Chair of the Arts One program in the Faculty of Arts. She has been involved in open education and open practices for several years, having been a Faculty Fellow with the BCcampus open textbook program from 2014-2015, and receiving an Open Educational Resources Research Fellowship from the Open Education Group in Fall of 2015. All of her course websites and teaching materials are public online and openly licensed (see, e.g.,

Will Engle is a Strategist, Open Education Initiatives. Will is engaged with projects that are leveraging emerging technologies, approaches, and pedagogies to support flexible and open learning. With a background in library science, Will is interested in understanding and supporting the removal of barriers that limit access to education, information, and knowledge.

Cindy Underhill is a Strategist – Learning Resource Design for the Centre for Teaching and Learning at UBC. She is engaged with projects that leverage open practices, open pedagogy and learning design approaches in the development of web based resources for students and faculty members. Example projects include  Digital Tattoo DIY Media @ UBC and an open course for faculty development called Teaching With WordPress. Students and (in some cases) participants are co-producers of learning resources with guidance and mentorship from the project teams and each other.

Erin Fields is a Liaison Librarian in the humanities and social sciences and the Flexible Learning Coordinator at the University of British Columbia. During her 8 year library career, Erin has worked in a number of academic roles focused on teaching and learning in a variety of contexts. Erin is currently a member of the BCOER Librarians group advocating open access and open education practices across academic institutions. At UBC Library, Erin provides library support for the Institute for Gender, Race, Sexuality and Social Justice and School of Library, Archival and Information Studies (SLAIS), supports flexible learning projects across UBC, and leads the Open Badges UBC program, a grant funded project that is convening open badges on campus. Her current areas of interest include open education, the impact of open learning on learning pathways, community building, the intersection of information literacies and digital literacies and emerging roles and library transformation.

Lucas Wright is an Educational Consultant: Learning Technologies During his 8 year career at the University of British Columbia he has supported faculty, staff and students reflect on and enhance their teaching practice and instructed a number of programs focused on teaching and learning online and blended learning environments. Lucas supports the implementation of ePortfolios in faculty across UBC and provides consultation in the pedagogy and technology involved in developing and assessing ePortfolios. Lucas has collaborated on a number of open  initiatives at UBC including co-designing and facilitating a cMOOC focused on Open Practice, co-leading the development of the the Blended Instructional Skills Workshop and recently he has worked as a course developer on MOOCs developed using the edX platform.


Venue Website:

1961 E Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 1Z1, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Please note this room is located through the CTLT offices of the 2nd floor in IKBLC.