DATE: November 23, 2016
VENUE: Science Building, University College Dublin, Belfield, Dublin 4
Through the first university level partnership with Wikipedia’s Education Program in Ireland, students taking the module, IS20010: Advanced Information Skills for Problem Solving, celebrated the Decade of Centenaries by collaboratively authoring biographies for individuals who experienced the momentous events of the centenary period. During the module, students learn a variety of information and digital literacy skills to help them locate and evaluate information for inclusion in biographies. Wikimedia Ireland liaises with our class, offering training in tone and structure of Wikipedia content, as well as technological guidance to master the wiki setting. Students may publish their work in Wikipedia.
Work culminated in an Editathon event, in which students showcased their contributions and Wikipedia Ireland offered mini-tutorials around Wikipedia authoring. The Editathon offered an exciting opportunity for UCD students and staff to participate actively in celebrating centenary events and for this participation to be documented for future generations. Editathon participants could further record their views on their learning, contributions, and overall experience of the event via a video booth and via Twitter.
The Editathon has helped our relationship with Wikipedia, establishing UCD as a leader in working with Wikipedia’s Education Program and offering a basis for annual Editathons.