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Wikipedia Innovation Grant Project

The Emory Libraries Wikipedia Group was awarded an Innovation Grant to complete scholarly Wikipedia projects and build a relationship between Emory and the Wikipedia community. You can read about the grant-funded activities here.

Event Details

Wikipedia in Higher Education
Symposium & Workshop

September 26, 2018

9:30 am – 4:30 pm

Woodruff Library Jones Room


RSVP Required by September 19. Please click here to RSVP.

There will be a virtual attendance option for this event.

Come learn about the growing trend of using Wikipedia as a learning tool and how to contribute your own edits to the world's most popular online reference work.

This symposium and workshop is completely free and includes a pastry/fruit breakfast and lunch. The target audience is faculty, graduate students, and anyone involved in teaching at Emory. We encourage you to attend all or part of this full-day event as you are able.

Part I: Teaching with Wikipedia

Wiki Education makes it possible to incorporate Wikipedia editing into your coursework. These assignments add value by developing student research, writing, and information and digital literacy skills. At this symposium, Jami Mathewson, Educational Partnership Manager at Wiki Education, will show you how. Dr. Irene Browne, Associate Professor of Sociology, will talk how she used Wikipedia in a QEP course examining the wage gap.

Lunchtime Keynote Speaker: Bo Adams, Director of Pitts Theology Library & Margaret A. Pitts Assistant Professor in the Practice of Theological Bibliography

Part II: Editing Wikipedia

After lunch, we’ll dive into the inner workings of Wikipedia. You’ll get a hands-on opportunity to learn how to edit Wikipedia articles of interest to you.

Outcomes of this symposium and workshop include:

  • A better understanding of the relationship between Wikipedia and higher education
  • Knowledge about how Wikipedia editing improves student information & digital literacy
  • Resources for incorporating Wikipedia into teaching & learning
  • introductory skills to start editing Wikipedia articles


9:30 am

Coffee & Light Breakfast

10 am


Jennifer Sutcliffe, Educational Analyst, Teaching & Learning Technologies

10:05 am  

What is Wikipedia?

Jami Mathewson, Educational Partnership Manager, Wiki Education

Why Edit Wikipedia?

Jami Mathewson


15 minute break

11:45 am

Teaching with Wikipedia – Gender, Race, Inequality: Evidence?

Dr. Irene Browne, Associate Professor, Sociology

12:30 pm

Lunch with 40-minute Keynote

Bo Adams, Director of Pitts Theology Library & Margaret A. Pitts Assistant Professor in the Practice of Theological Bibliography

2:00 pm

How Academic People & Institutions Can Impact Wikipedia

Jami Mathewson


2:45 pm

Editing as a Scholar: The Wikipedia Fellows Program

Helen Siaw, Graduate Student in Chemistry

3 pm

Editing Tutorial & Practice

Jami Mathewson and Jennifer Sutcliffe

4 pm

Closing Remarks – Next Steps

Jami Mathewson and Jennifer Sutcliffe