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2023:Program/Education/GTL8FD-Edit-a-thons in higher education: implementation, competence and skill development opportunities

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Title: Edit-a-thons in higher education: implementation, competence and skill development opportunities


Bence Molnár

Wikimedian, Library and Information Scientist

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Room: Room 326

Start time: Sat, 19 Aug 2023 14:35:00 +0800

End time: Sat, 19 Aug 2023 14:55:00 +0800

Type: Lecture

Track: Education

Submission state: confirmed

Duration: 20 minutes

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Presentation language: en

Abstract & description[edit source]

Abstract[edit source]

The possibilities of edit-a-thons in the higher education will be presented; how they can be used in the translator and interpreter education and help the students acquire media and information literacy skills and key competencies. The Hungarian Shakespeare edit-a-thon, organised annually since 2014, will be presented as an example.

Description[edit source]

Seminar papers and other academic products written by university students are typically never utilized outside of the given courses. To change this, the Pázmány Péter Catholic University, with the Wikimedia Hungary and the Hungarian Shakespeare Committee, organises a Shapespeare themed edit-a-thon every year where English major master students write Wikipedia articles in different languages as their assignments. As part of the ‘Academic Communication’ course, the students do their own research on the selected topics and prepare their papers just like a classical assignment. At the end of the semester, the students edit and publish them as Wikipedia articles with the help of Wikipedia editors.

During the lecture the opportunities of Wikipedia editing in higher education will be discussed, how it can stimulate student motivation and create active involvement, how it can develop the students’ key competencies, and media and information literacy skills. Practical insights and outreach potentials of organising an edit-a-thon will be provided. The possible applications in translator and interpreter education will be also presented. But most importantly it will be told that Wikipedia can be utilised in higher education and edit-a-thons are easier to organise than you think.

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Qn. How does your session relate to the event themes: Diversity, Collaboration Future?

Involving university students in edit-a-thons can not just improve their skill and competences but by encouraging and engaging them can help Wikipedia become a growing and better place. Wikipedia can play a relevant role in public, gamified and non-formal education, as well as in catching up. By editing students can acquire media and information literacy skills and key competencies that are essential in our time or might be in the future.

Qn. What is the experience level needed for the audience for your session?

Some experience will be needed

Qn. What is the most appropriate format for this session?

  • Tick Onsite in Singapore
  • Empty Remote online participation, livestreamed
  • Empty Remote from a satellite event
  • Empty Hybrid with some participants in Singapore and others dialing in remotely
  • Empty Pre-recorded and available on demand