Since 2015, the speaker and her
students at the University of Tokyo and Musashi University have created or expanded more than 215 Wikipedia articles in Japanese as part of the Wikipedia Translation Class Project. This poster discusses the results of this educational practice in order to help other teachers and/or Wikipedians who would like to incorporate media literacy or social contribution activities into their curriculum.
The Wikipedia Translation Class Project aims to improve students’ English and information skills and contributing to society by enriching the Japanese Wikipedia. In this class, each student is required to translate at least one English article into Japanese. As the teacher, I make a list of possible new articles, and the students are advised to select the articles they want to translate. The students are strongly encouraged to add proper citations and correct errors. I check all the articles translated by the students before uploading them to the Japanese Wikipedia. The project was started at the University of Tokyo in 2015 and has been conducted at Musashi University since 2016. Since I am a Shakespearean, I chose Shakespeare as one of the main fields for expansion because of the 400th anniversary of the playwright’s death. The students have translated over fifteen Shakespeare-related articles.
In this poster, I will describe my class project in a wider context by comparing it with other educational projects in the Japanese Wikipedia, not all of which are successful. In doing so, I hope to share general problems which teachers must face when incorporating Wikipedia into their curriculum. I also hope to offer a succinct description of educational activities in the Japanese Wikipedia, which would remain largely unknown to non-Japanese speaking Wikipedians.
さえぼー (talk) 08:06, 29 May 2019 (UTC) (Kitamura Sae, Musashi University, Project Page )