Education/Newsletter/September 2012/ASA Annual Meeting features Wikipedia initiative

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Jami Mathewson and Piotr Konieczny explain how to use Wikipedia in sociology classrooms at the Wikipedia booth.

Wikimedia Foundation staff Annie Lin and Jami Mathewson traveled to Denver, Colorado, in mid August to attend the American Sociological Association's Annual Meeting. ASA has joined other academic organizations in starting a Wikipedia initiative to encourage sociology professors to edit and have students edit Wikipedia articles to improve information available about sociology. Instructor and Ambassador Piotr Konieczny helped out at the booth, and hundreds of people learned more about using Wikipedia in the classroom. Annie and Jami led a highly interactive teaching workshop that walked participants through discussions and activities on what Wikipedia is and is not, the Wikipedia Education Program, and the challenges and benefits of using Wikipedia in the classroom. Learn more about the ASA Wikipedia initiative.