Course Development

Teaching in Summer Workshop Series

Every year we host workshops that focus on some of the best approaches to teaching an intensive six- or ten-week summer course at UC Berkeley. Among the topics discussed include strategies for managing extended summer class time, what to expect from summer student enrollment, the specifics of the American Cultures curriculum requirement, and teaching to issues of racial and economic justice in diverse classrooms.

Wikipedia Pedagogy

Teaching & Learning

Less than a decade ago, seventy-percent of instructors noted that they use Wikipedia often, but stated that they would never allow their students to use Wikipedia.1 Now, instructors are shifting their thinking away from Wikipedia as a source for completing assignments, instead of using class materials as a way to improve Wikipedia. All in all, there tends to be a pedagogical shift towards how Wikipedia can enrich traditional teaching and how it can be harnessed as a tool for gaining refined digital literacy skills....

Wikipedia Workshops


The rapid expansion of fake news sites made real news headlines last year, and the public is more aware than ever that they're exposed to propaganda and misinformation. Even college students are at risk of believing false information intended to sway elections or generate ad revenue. That’s why the work Wiki Education does to help students develop media literacy skills is more important than ever.

The Wiki Education Foundation, the AC Center, and the University Library periodically host workshops to discuss the potential impacts of building Wikipedia assignments into course...

Library Support for American Cultures Instructors

Message from Corliss Lee, American Cultures Librarian

As you prepare for a semester like no other, please remember that the Library is here to support your research and teaching needs. Please feel free to contact me with any questions at

Our libraries remain closed at this time, but: Good news:

Starting on Sept. 8, the Library will provide a contactless pickup service for all borrowers who have...

Library Support

Wikipedia Learning & Research Skills

The heart of the Wikipedia assignment is research. Good sourcing is critical to Wikipedia editing, and articles based on high quality scholarly sources are the most likely to stay published and to be frequently read and cited. One of the most important benefits of a Wikipedia-based assignment is that students improve not only their understanding of Wikipedia but also their research skills.

Campus librarians can partner with you in teaching students how to find and evaluate high quality

Wikipedia Student Guide

Getting Started & Common Difficulties

It can be scary to think about making something you created public by posting it to Wikipedia, but be confident! You have some of the best resources and knowledge at your disposal as a student. It is important to recognize the value of not simply digesting academic material but infusing your knowledge into the public sphere. Set your expectations low at first, start with small edits on a topic you’ve already researched and keep your WikiEd curated resources handy. Edits can be anything...

2020 Wikipedian In Residence


We are excited to share with you that Savannah Cragin has just been appointed as the ‘Wikipedian In Residence’ and Peer Consultant for Summer 2020. In consultation with the AC Center and the University Library, Savannah will hold online office hours and be available for individual appointments to help coach all instructors and students who are editing, interested in editing, or learning to edit Wikipedia pages as well as to communicate the norms and expectations of the Wikipedia community to first-time editors. The American Cultures Center has a long...

Faculty Spotlights

Each year, approximately 10 faculty from a wide variety of disciplines are selected to participate in the Creative Discovery Fellows program. Faculty participate in a year-long developmental program that includes a 3-day Institute, monthly cohort meetings, and various workshops, as well as individual consultations with media and pedagogy experts. During implementation, their students also receive support in the form of workshops, in-class demonstrations, individual consultations, group feedback, online resources, and tutorials.