Category Archives: Communicate OER

Collaborating to Improve Wikipedia Articles about Openness in Education

Read between the lines: Wikipedia’s inner workings revealed

Since it launched in 2001, Wikipedia has become the most widely-viewed source of original content in the world. But the way it’s built is utterly different from other publications: newspapers, books, traditional encyclopedias. Most of us have a basic understanding how a … Continue reading

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Wikipedia and education: How to get started?

I am moderating a panel for the Hewlett Foundation’s Open Educational Resources grantees meeting (2015): The Power of Reuse: Wikipedia in Action Three panelists will join me as we explore the connections between Wikipedia and education: Jeannette Lee, a high … Continue reading

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Wikipedia program for Oregon universities

I left Oregon in 2009 to design a university outreach program for the Wikimedia Foundation. It was my first opportunity to put my knowledge of the inner workings of English language Wikipedia to use on a large scale. A couple … Continue reading

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Using Wikisource to make old photos more accessible

Wikipedia is mainly an effort to preserve existing knowledge. One thing Wikipedians like to do is to preserve old photos that have become part of the public domain. This can mean illustrating a Wikipedia article; but another goal is to give everybody direct … Continue reading

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Should you use Wikipedia when doing research?

The News Literacy Project, a U.S. organization devoted to middle-and high school students evaluate the various kinds of information they encounter,  just released a seven minute video about Wikipedia. It features two librarians, addressing whether and how to incorporate Wikipedia … Continue reading

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COLT paper released under free license

Dr. Robert Cummings and I published the paper COLT: A Proposed Center for Open Teaching and Learning in the proceedings of the 2011 WikiSym conference, published by ACM. We hold the copyright, and we release it under the terms of … Continue reading

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Wikipedia and education: what’s the right fit?

I just submitted a talk and an edit-a-thon session, along with my colleague Sara Frank Bristow, for the upcoming Open Education Conference in Washinton DC. We plan to explore the best fit between Wikipedia and academia, drawing on our experience … Continue reading

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Wikipedia in Higher Education symposium

Today I had the honor of presenting to faculty at the University of Sydney, as part of Dr. Robert Cummings’ “Wikipedia in Higher Education” symposium. Here are my notes.

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Free Wikipedia course: registration open!

As announced by my colleague Sara Frank Bristow on the Creative Commons blog, registration is now open for the free, online course “Writing Wikipedia Articles: The basics and beyond.” This is the fourth time we’re offering the course, which runs … Continue reading

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Wikipedia: tying together formal & informal education

Earlier this month I attended the launch event for Open Educational Resources university, a consortium that is tying together the best of formal and informal education. I’m really excited about what this means for the future of higher ed, and … Continue reading

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