How can art schools engage Wikimedia projects?
Certainly in many ways. These are some of them:
- Professional internship: Students of illustration, graphic design and other related disciplines can do their internship in an organization linked to the Wikimedia movement and the result of their work can be liberated so that anyone can enjoy. Creating illustrations, graphics and infographics or designing outreach publications. Some kind of graphics should to be supervised by and expert; is recommended to involve scientists and experts in monitoring the students work.
Students from Llotja, Serra i Abella, Art del Treball, EAD Pau Gargallo, Manresa and Tarragona are doing this kind of contribution.
- Assessment activity: define a course activity in which the students should to edit Wikipedia or participate in any of its sister projects. You must to match the learning objectives and course evaluation with Wikipedia goals and ensure that the practice serves students to acquire the planned skills. Wikipedia articles can be written on the basis of acquired knowledge and assigned bibliography about art or design. You can also ask to create diagrams and charts to supplement the information in the articles.
Students from UCA and Llotja are working in this kind of activity
- End of degree project: students do their End of degree project related to a contribution to Wikipedia or one of its sister wikis. They can do, for instance, a serie of images or infographics on a subject on which they have documentation.
Students from EDRA are making their End of degree project linked to wikiArS
- Edithaton: taking advantage of the teachers and students knowledge, and the available literature in their libraries or documentation centres, schools can organise editing marathons on a subject where Wikipedia have gaps, gathering art and design experts and active wikipedians. In a single day could be improved a lot of content.
An edithaton about scientific illustration was made in 2013 at Llotja