3 ways to use Wikipedia in education

CILIP is a scholarly/professional society for librarians and other information professionals. Jisc and CILIP have a working relationship, and CILIP has in the past hosted a Wikimedia UK stall at its conference.

Today, the CILIP blog has published a guest post from me, written with help from Jisc, on Wikipedia in education. It is a follow-up to my Ten tips for educators article, and goes into more depth on a few of its suggestions. It is based on the one-hour workshop “Wikipedia: a platform for learners as producers” which I gave recently at the Jisc Digital Festival.

A good companion piece to my post is N. V. Binder’s recent “7 reasons librarians should edit Wikipedia”, which makes an accessible, persuasive case that, for librarians, contributing to Wikipedia can both be personally rewarding and a way to develop professional skills.

“Wikipedia’s style teaches you to summarize, back everything up with credible references, and write with general audiences in mind. Your writing also instantly becomes useful. Every month, thousands of people read articles that I have contributed to–at least as a collaborator, and sometimes as a primary author. That’s more readers than a lot of published authors get.”

Note that Binder has kindly agreed to release her blog post under a CC-BY-SA licence so that it can be used in Wikipedia outreach materials.