Submissions/Student Learning Outcomes using Wikipedia based assignments

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This is a Completed submission for Wikimania 2017 ready to be reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

Submission no. 6033 - E2
Etherpad Notes
Title of the submission

Student Learning Outcomes using Wikipedia Based Assignments

Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)


Author of the submission

Zachary J. McDowell, PhD

type of submission


Language of presentation


E-mail address


debaser42 / Zach(Wiki Ed)

Country of origin

United States

Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

University of Illinois at Chicago / Wiki Education Foundation

Personal homepage or blog

Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

In Fall of 2016, a mixed methods study was conducted that assessed these students’ information literacy and research skills, alongside surveys of attitudes toward the assignment and toward Wikipedia, and reflections on their experience. Preliminary data suggests that students were more satisfied, thought they were better for learning digital literacy, critical thinking, learning to write for the general public, and learning about reliability of online sources, and thought that the Wikipedia based assignments were more valuable than traditional assignments. Furthermore, over 90% of student respondents noted that they were “proud” of their work, despite respondents having a mixed initial reaction to hearing they would be using Wikipedia in the classroom. This presentation will be interactive and cover both practical application of utilizing Wikipedia in the classroom, as well as a brief overview of the recent evidence suggesting why these techniques might be the most effective at encouraging commons based learning and engagement.

This conversation and discussion presentation will cover the following: 1. To share major findings of the research, including attitude transformation towards Wikipedia and larger skills development. 2. To share lessons from teaching with Wikipedia, particularly how students want to make a difference and channel their excitement into their commons projects. 3. To discuss how we can apply these learned practices in other areas of participation.

What will attendees take away from this session?

Attendees will learn about major findings from a large education study, participate in discussions about the research, and help direct the future of this research program. Additionally, attendees will gain insight into the Wiki Education Foundation's Classroom Program.

Theme of presentation
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Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
25 minutes
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Slides or further information (optional)

Blog post about the study here.

Research report here.

Link to slides

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  1. Jami (Wiki Ed) (talk) 21:31, 16 February 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  2. --Frank Schulenburg (talk) 21:41, 22 March 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  3. AmandaRR123 (talk) 13:51, 24 March 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  4. Rhododendrites (talk) 13:46, 27 March 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  5. Saguaromelee (talk) 14:58, 31 March 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  6. VMasrour (WMF) (talk) 22:26, 11 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  7. --لا روسا (talk) 22:33, 11 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  8. LiAnna (Wiki Ed) (talk) 23:38, 11 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  9. --Anna Torres (WMAR) (talk) 02:31, 12 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  10. Nawaraj Ghimire (talk) 11:18, 12 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  11. Mohamedudhuman05 (talk) 08:10, 16 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  12. Mardetanha (talk) 21:01, 27 July 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  13. Christina Rupprecht (WMDE) (talk) 10:23, 4 August 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  14. MJue (WMF) (talk) 13:58, 11 August 2017 (UTC)[reply]