Since Wikipedia began in 2001, educators around the world have integrated the free encyclopedia that anyone can edit into their curriculum. In 2010, the Wikimedia Foundation started the Wikipedia Education Program to provide more support for educators who are interested in using Wikipedia as a teaching tool.
In the following pages, educators will explain Wikipedia assignments they’ve used to meet learning objectives for their courses. They will also explain how they assessed or graded these assignments. These case studies can help you form a plan for how you can use Wikipedia as a teaching tool in your class.
Published case studies
- Saul Hoffmann, Wikipedia in Teaching: Improving Authonomy in Research, Critical Sense, and Collaborative Abilities in Students, Making Them Contribute to the Free Encyclopedia, Università Ca' Foscari Venezia, 2016: «students enjoyed the assignment and found it very interesting and useful for their future academic careers [...] a beneficial activity for both improving specific subject learning and Wikipedia literacy».
Case Studies: Assignments
- Copyediting, Adrianne Wadewitz, United States
- Definitions, James M. Lipuma and Davida Scharf, United States
- Write an article, Juliana Bastos Marques, Brazil
- Write a Featured Article, Jon Beasley-Murray, Canada
- Translation (Spanish), Leigh Thelmadatter, Mexico
- Translation (Arabic), Dalia Mohamed El Toukhy, Egypt
- Photos, Jiří Reif, Czech Republic
- Illustrations, Bruce Sharky, United States
- Videos, Jennifer Geigel Mikulay, United States
- Extend a Stub, Edis Kittrell, United States
- Research and edit, Lila Pagola y Cristina Siragusa, Argentina
- Creating local content, Lila Pagola y Pablo Género, Argentina
- Internship, Edward Galloway and William Daw, United States
- Writing DYK/Good Articles, Piotr Konieczny, Korea
Case Studies: Grading
- Content, Anne McNeil, United States
- Milestones, Robert Cummings, United States
- Reflective papers, Michael Mandiberg, United States
- Five criteria, Rochelle Davis, United States
- Peer reviews, Shamira Gelbman, United States
Add your own case study
You can share your own experiences with Wikipedia assignments by creating a case study page for the course(s) you have taught, focusing on either the assignment itself or how the grading was done. To get started, choose a short title that reflects the key element of your case study and type it into the box below after "Education/Case Studies/". Then click "Add your case study" and start filling in the details of your course, and save the page when you finish. After you've finished, you can edit this page to add your case study to the list.