2021:Submissions/A variety of approaches to teaching students in Wikimedia projects (Wikipedia, Wikiversity, Wikidata, Wikivoyage, Wiki camp and beyond)

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From theory to practice with Wikimedia projects (Ferdinando Traversa and Maristella Gatto)
A photo with students and teacher taken during the Wikivoyage project, including Ferdinando Traversa and Maristella Gatto

Since 2018 the University of Bari has regularly been organizing teaching activities based on the use of Wikimedia projects, namely Wikipedia and Wikivoyage. These projects answer a deeply felt need for teaching innovation in a digital environment which has become apparently more urgent in the context of the recent COVID-19 pandemic. The students have been involved in activities of Wikipedia articles translation and writing of new Wikivoyage articles. These projects have encountered the favor of the students (mostly women) and have been integrated into the standard teaching offer as activities for the development of digital/soft skills. This case study describes the completed projects and discusses new perspectives and future challenges.

Andrew Krizhanovsky
Experience and perspectives of PetrSU students in Wikipedia, Wikiversity and Wikidata (Andrew Krizhanovsky).
  1. See slides online.
  2. See video lecture online. (You can ask questions below in the section Questions and Answers.)

The experience of teaching Wikipedia and Wikidata to the students will be presented in the report. The students of Petrozavodsk State University edit and research Wikipedia from 2012 to the present. In teaching, we have moved from Wikipedia to Wikiversity, so we will compare the pros and cons of these projects for students. We will show that Wikidata is excellent research material for computer science students.

Nebojsa Ratkovic
Online Edu Wiki camp and beyond (Nebojsa Ratkovic)

The presentation studies the capacities of Wikimedia Serbia to organize the first online Edu Wiki camp, a three-day event that was held in 2020 on October 24, 25, and 31, through the ZOOM platform. The camp gathered students who were interested in actively contributing to the development of the Education Program of Wikimedia Serbia. During the program of the camp, participants had the opportunity to learn how Wikipedia can be used as a teaching tool. Working together, in a team spirit, they upgraded their knowledge that helped them to improve their communication, writing, negotiation skills, etc., which they can use to achieve cooperation with professors at the Faculties or other educational institutions.

Session Outcomes[edit | edit source]

You will know:

  • how to research Wikidata and Wikipedia in the classroom and publish results on Wikiversity;
  • why Wikiversity is a poor resource, but we don't have another Wikiversity;
  • how to engage students in different environment;
  • learning outcomes that can be implemented in other countries and regions;
  • which the major hurdles and challenges of Wikimedia-universities partnerships are;
  • the students' opinions on Wikimedia-universities partnerships.

You'll also have the opportunity to get some new ideas to work with Wikimedia projects in your university.

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  1. Luciana Conrado Martins
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Questions and Answers[edit | edit source]

Do you have questions, comments or suggestions about our reports? That is what this section is for! We will try answer to your questions. (Sign your posts with ~~~~.)

Q: What do you think about the steep learning curve newcomers encounter in Wikimedia projects? I sometimes have difficulties in teaching Wikidata so we usually introduce the concept of "data" first. -- Rima H.

A: I am teaching 5th year students and they are studying a lot of computer science and programming subjects, so they have a basic knowledge of data and algorithms. I believe that Wikidata can be studied even in school, but you need to carefully consider the course program. Andrew Krizhanovsky (talk) 11:59, 14 August 2021 (UTC)