Wikipedia Initiative

Information about the York College Wikipedia Initiative 2017-2018.

Introducing the York College Wikipedia Initiative 2017-2018

--A collaboration of CTLET with the Library, faculty early enthusiasts, and you: do-not-know-yet, fan or foe …

Wikipedia: Even Educated Fleas Do It*

Interested in teaching your students about technical writing, collaboration, and sourcing? Wikipedia provides a unique learning environment.  Wikipedia, you said???

With your participation the York College Wikipedia Initiative will include:

  • Training sessions to teach with Wikipedia in Fall and Winter 2017-2018
  • Kickoff “edit-a-thon” for Black History Month in February 2018 with training sessions for students to edit, illustrate, translate, evaluate or create African-American related Wikipedia articles
  • Faculty teaching with Wikipedia in Spring 2018
  • Even Educated Fleas Do It: Wikipedia Conference in Fall 2018

* A line from Cole Porter’s song “Let’s Do It, Let’s Fall in Love” 

Goals

  • Training students how to use and not to use Wikipedia
  • Training faculty to direct students’ use of Wikipedia
  • Empowering students as consumers and producers of knowledge and as active participants in the communication of knowledge
  • Forming community around Black History Month
  • Contributing to increasing diversity in Wikipedia

Phase1 (Early Fall 2017) Participation Requested: Wikipedia: Where do you stand? What can you do?

We have different ways and different levels of participation. Click on your link below. Then let us know how you would like to participate by filling the form at the bottom of the page.

Wikipedia? You are not sure and want to learn more

Take a minute or two to explore the WikiEdu site which supports instructors as they assign their students to update, illustrate, translate, evaluate or create Wikipedia articles as part of a classroom research project.  Below are our selected highlights of the WikiEdu site; click on the links to learn more about:

You have been using Wikipedia, are a fan and want to train other faculty

We are looking for colleagues interested in leading a 50-minute Wikipedia training session (or two) for faculty wanting to learn about using Wikipedia in their classroom.  In order to maximize usefulness for the trainees (and to minimize preparation time for the trainers), sessions should target specific audiences and be based on materials available on the WikiEdu site. 

Proposed and tentative dates and times for the sessions are: 10/31 at 4 pm; 11/16 at 11 am; 12/6 at 3 pm; 2/14 at 11 am.  Preparing (2 hours) and conducting the training session(s) (1 or 2 hours) will be compensated at the hourly non-teaching adjunct rate. 

You learned all about Wikipedia and are eager to train students

We are looking for colleagues interested in leading a 50-minute Wikipedia student training session (or two) as part of the Black History Month edit-a-thon kickoff.  In order to maximize usefulness for the trainees (and to minimize preparation time for the trainers), sessions should be based on materials available on the WikiEdu site. 

Student training sessions and the edit-a-thon will take place in the next to last week of February 2018 2/19-23 9am-1pm.  Preparing (2 hours) and conducting the training session(s) (1 or 2 hours) will be compensated at the hourly non-teaching adjunct rate.

You want to participate in the Black History Month edit-a-thon kickoff and… 

… you want to improve Wikipedia's diversity.  We are looking for colleagues interested in collaborating in any way or shape on compiling a list of African-American related Wikipedia articles to be created, edited, illustrated, translated or evaluated.

You are a Wikipedia fan or foe, philosophically inclined, and eager to share your ideas about Wikipedia

We are looking for colleagues interested in helping prepare a Fall 2018 conference:  Wikipedia: Even Educated Fleas Do It

Call for Papers: a question in the spirit of the scholastic disputations or yet that of the competitions organized by the august Academies established at the eve of the Enlightenment:

For the 18th C Philosophes, it was not enough to want to shed the Light of Reason on all surrounding obscure(d) phenomena. With the Encyclopédie Diderot and d’Alembert also aspired to enlighten all those hitherto (kept) in the dark.  Can Wikipedia be considered a measure of that endeavor’s success?

To indicate how you want to participate in any or all of the above, click the link below.

Wikipedia Initiative Signup Sheet