Let's Make Edtech Wikipedia Better

DPL 2020 Workshops Oct 01, 2020

Wikipedia is a go-to resource for learners who are new to a topic, and can be influential in shaping one’s thinking about the contours of a given field or topic. At the same time, Wikipedia has been critiqued for lacking diverse perspectives among both editors – who tend to be white and male—and content. Activists and scholars have pushed back against this lack of diversity by holding edit-a-thons to create new content and reshape existing content—the Newspapers on Wikipedia project, Art+Feminism, and WikiWarriors, to name a few examples.

In this hands-on workshop, we’ll work to diversify the sources, and bolster critical perspectives, in the educational technology content on Wikipedia. We’ll begin by exploring the educational technology content on Wikipedia using a critical lens. What perspectives are represented across the educational technology content? Whose voices are included in the sourcing and citations? Whose voices are missing? Using what we discover during this exploration, workshop participants will create a strategy for editing content, and conduct a mini-edit-a-thon. At the end of the session, participants will have the option of sharing their experience with folks offsite in a Virtually Connecting session.

No Wikipedia editing experience necessary; we’ll cover how to write for Wikipedia, including content guidelines and strategies for building credibility as a Wikipedia editor. You’ll need a laptop or other device for the hands-on portion of the workshop.

Join us to help make EdTech Wikipedia better!

Workshop Leader

Sarah Lohnes Watulak
Dr. Sarah Lohnes Watulak is the Director for Digital Pedagogy and Media in the Office of Digital Learning and Inquiry (DLINQ) at Middlebury College.
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