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A new academic course featuring Wikidata at Tel Aviv University[edit]

Author: Shani Evenstein

Summary:A new for-credit elective course featuring Wikidata opened at Tel Aviv University

The opening day of the course
From Wikipedia to Wikidata Course at TAU - opening of the course 02.jpg

On October 15 a new academic course featuring Wikidata opened at Tel Aviv University (TAU). This is a for-credit, elective course that is available to all undergraduate students at TAU and it is the 1st of its kind in the world!

The course is called "From Web 2.0 to Web 3.0, from Wikipedia to Wikidata" and was designed and is led by educator and Wikimedian Shani Evenstein. As the name of the course suggests, it is divided equally between teaching / learning Wikipedia and Wikidata. The focus is on an active learning experience, while perfecting digital literacy, academic skills and data literacy, as well as raising awareness to knowledge gaps in the various Wikimedia projects.

The course has 2 main assignments: One is to work in small groups of 3 to write a new article from the Women-in-Red list (part of the WikiWomen initiatives); and the other would be to do a small project in Wikidata, which will involve writing a suitable query and then working through the results to enhance the information in Wikidata.

Looking forward to going on this new journey with our 60 students and as always, grateful for the community's support. I'm especially excited to be hosting a few Wikidatans as guest-lecturers later in the course. These sessions will hopefully be live-streamed and open to join, so stay tuned!


Tags:Wikipedia, Wikidata, Academic course, Tel Aviv University