On September 6, 2017, the AC Center and Wiki Education presented a workshop on how to build Wikipedia assignments into course instruction. As an educational tool, the development of Wikipedia articles allows students to create collaborative work with a visible impact on a global audience. Whether adding new sources to existing Wikipedia pages or creating new pages on notable topics, students gain deeper insight into their course material and learn to evaluate critically the reliability of sources. With faculty and students reporting enthusiasm and high levels of motivation for the Wikipedia assignment over the more traditional, Wikipedia assignments have the potential to deliver education that goes beyond a semester.
As one UC Berkeley faculty stated “I’m not interested in students writing term papers that only I and the graduate-student instructor read. That’s not utilizing students’ potential to the fullest.”