One simple way for political scientists to improve articles
about the discipline is to use Wikipedia as a teaching tool. Students
contribute content to Wikipedia in place of, or in addition to, a traditional
research paper through a classroom activity. MPSA has partnered with Wiki
Education Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports Wikipedia
assignments in the United States and Canada, to expand and improve the coverage
of political science on Wikipedia.
Through this partnership, a Wiki Education Foundation staff
member will help you craft an assignment that meets your student learning
objectives, and makes a positive impact to Wikipedia. Wiki Ed has online
trainings for you and your students, tools for designing the assignment and
tracking student work, staff to help you throughout the project, and brochures
and handouts for you to distribute to students in class.
As your students craft their Wikipedia articles, they’ll develop
key skills such as:
- Fact-based, neutral writing
- Research methods
- Information literacy and source
- Critical thinking
Best of all, the coursework will serve to improve publicly
available information about your course topics for the public and for future
generations of students.