Open Access Week: Wikipedia Training Session and Edit-a-Thon at UMA

Monday, October 20, 2014 - 12:00pm to 4:00pm

Have you ever wanted to use Wikipedia in your classroom? Have you been asked to help instructors with Wikipedia assignments? Do you just think Wikipedia is great and want to help students and/or instructors use it better?

Zach McDowell, ABD in the Department of Communication, is a Wikipedia Education Fellow and Campus Ambassador and will lead this short training introduction to help introduce the fundamentals of using Wikipedia in the classroom. This training is open to instructors, librarians, and any support staff that are interested in using Wikipedia as a teaching tool. Zach is joined by Laura Quilter, copyright librarian at UMass, a fellow Wikipedian and advocate for combating systemic biases on Wikipedia.

Agenda will include an overview of Wikipedia's principles, an introduction to the mechanics of editing pages and communicating with others, and an overview of how the Wikipedia Education program works. Following the initial training, we will have an edit-a-thon for hands-on experience.

See details here.

A full list of BLC Open Access Week activities is available here.