Using wikipedia to teach gender in engineering education: An example from Chalmers University of technology
||Wikimedia Username (if you have one)
||Role, website or any other details you'd like to share
||Anna Åberg (CTH)
||Chalmers university of technology
Each Space at Wikimania 2019 will have specific format requests. The program design prioritizes submissions which are future-oriented and directly engage the audience. The format of this submission is a:
- Presentation: I got the impression on the introduction page that one could submit a presentation which is what I would like to do, but here in the list I only saw "lecture". Are they the same thing?
Please indicate how long you'd like your session to be, in consideration with the above described:
30 minutes, about 15 min presentation and 15 min discussion, if that is possible. If presentation is not an option but only a lecture, then that would also work. I would also be happy to join a session, round table or a discussion panel if there is somewhere I could fit in.
In 2017 and 2018 I have been using Wikipedia as a case study in the course "Gender and technology" held at Chalmers for engineering students. The aim is two-fold: first to use the Wikipedia structure and the ongoing discussions around its accessibility to make students reflect on issues of gender, diversity and technical structures. Second,to introduce the students to Wikipedia as a community and reduce the barriers for them to start editing Wikipedia.
The course page and instructions are here (sv).
I would like to propose a presentation around this exercise, discussing positive and negative feedback from students, as well as my own thoughts, while also sharing experiences from similar activities with the audience.
This session will address the conference theme — Wikimedia, Free Knowledge and the Sustainable Development Goals — in the following manner: This panel addresses the sustainable development goals quality education, gender equality and reducing inequalities. It does so, by focusing on the role of Wikipedia in helping to create an engineering education that is inclusive, and which understands the complex relations between gender, diversity and technology. Since our engineering students will be working with issues involving all of the UN sustainable development goals it is paramount that they understand these relations.
At the end of the session, the following will have been achieved: I hope to have been able to give others new ideas for using wikipedia for teaching, and I also hope to get feedback on the specific exercise. On a broader scale, I also aim for a discussion of the use of wikipedia to address the UN sustainability goals in education.
This presentation relates to the diversity space, through its focus on gender inclusiveness.
The session will work best with these conditions:
- Room: A room with projector and screen.
- Audience: Any number. No previous skills required
- Recording: I would prefer not to be recorded