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Can we really develop Wikipedia assignments at the university?

posted on 2021-02-26, 10:02 authored by Christophe PrematChristophe Premat, Josefine Hellroth Larsson
Wikipedia is a well-used source of knowledge. Its reputation has also become better within the academy and formal education, not only being the everyday target for looking up things. However, in order for Wikipedia to be used to its full potential, we must know both how it functions, how we can work with it in a source critical manner, and how we ourselves can contribute to the medium.

This presentation is aimed for University teachers who wants to learn how to use Wikipedia as a valuable tool for teaching and learning. It is based upon a workshop that was given to University teachers from all eight CIVIS Universities (Aix-Marseille Université, National and Kapodistrian University of Athens, Universitatea din București, Université libre de Bruxelles, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Sapienza Università di Roma, Stockholm University and Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen).

Having a better understanding of Wikipedia and its functions is something that our students would benefit from, and therefore, we must create assignments connected to Wikipedia and its sister platforms. Not only teaching the principles of the platform or the manners of looking at revision history, talk pages and sources, but also how to edit articles, upload pictures to Wikimedia Commons and translate excellent articles from different languages using the built-in tools.


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Original title

Can we really develop Wikipedia assignments at the university?

Original language

  • English

Associated Publication

Poulter, M., & Sheppard, N. (2020). Wikimedia and universities: contributing to the global commons in the Age of Disinformation. Insights, 33(1), 14. DOI:

Affiliation (institution of first SU-affiliated author)

  • 165 Romanska och klassiska institutionen | Department of Romance Studies and Classics