Wikipedia is viewed more than 8000 times a second by half a billion people each month. It started in 2001 when Larry Sanger coined the name from the Hawaiian word for "quick" which is "wiki" in combination with "encyclopedia" to form Wikipedia. Mike Dickison shares some history and tips for editing in Wikipedia. Wikipedia is just one project of the Wikimedia Foundation.
Can I use Wikipedia for my assignments?
You should never reference Wikipedia articles due to the ease anyone can edit it but YES you can use it to:
Wikipedia article quality levels
For any article you can also check the "Talk" tab to see related edit information. For example:
Note: Even if an article is either classed as featured or good in Wikipedia it is advisable not to reference it due to the ease of editing and therefore susceptibility to vandalism at any point in time. However they are potentially a great source of credible evidence on your topic if you check the reference list.
A booklet that includes a knowledge quest worksheet for learners and a marking rubric for tutors. A great way to embed information literacy in your course that can be customised to learners preferred topics.
Wikiedu - This organisation supports tertiary teaching staff to embed Wikipedia writing and article creation into their courses.
University of Melbourne - Provides useful resources for teaching with Wikipedia
WikiEducation Facebook - Follow how teachers are using Wikipedia in Education.
Villeneuve, C. (2020) Wikipedia as a teaching tool that empowers students from Wikiedu blog.
At Ara we run monthly Wikipedia meetings for students and staff who:
You can also join: