The next Wikimedia Research Showcase will be held Wednesday, December 15 at
17:30 UTC (9:30 PT / 12:30 ET / 18:30 CET).
You can view the livestream here: https://youtu.be/HKODaHgmQWw
The Showcase will feature the following talks:
*Latin American Youth and their Information Ecosystem: Finding, Evaluation,
Creating, and Sharing Content Online*
The increased importance the Internet plays as a core source of information
in youth's lives, now underscored by the pandemic, gives new urgency to the
need to better understand young people’s information habits and attitudes.
Answers to questions like where young people go to look for information,
what information they decide to trust and how they share the information
they find, hold important implications for the knowledge they obtain, the
beliefs they form and the actions they take in areas ranging from personal
health, professional employment or their educational training.
In this research showcase, we will be summarizing insights from focus group
interviews in Latin America that offer a window into the experiences of
young people themselves. Taken together, these perspectives might help us
to develop a more comprehensive understanding of how young people in Latin
America use the Internet in general and interact with information from
online sources in particular.
Speakers: Lionel Brossi and Ana María Castillo. Artificial Intelligence and
Society Hub at University of Chile.
Characterizing the Online Learning Landscape: What and How People Learn
Hundreds of millions of people learn something new online every day.
Simultaneously, the study of online education has blossomed with new
systems, experiments, and observations creating and exploring previously
undiscovered online learning environments. In this talk I will discuss our
study, in which we endeavor to characterize this entire landscape of online
learning experiences using a national survey of 2260 US adults who are
balanced to match the demographics of the U.S. We examine the online
learning resources that they consult, and we analyze the subjects that they
pursue using those resources. Furthermore, we compare both formal and
informal online learning experiences on a larger scale than has ever been
done before, to our knowledge, to better understand which subjects people
are seeking for intensive study. We find that there is a core set of online
learning experiences that are central to other experiences and these are
shared among the majority of people who learn online.
Speaker: Sean Kross, University of California San Diego
Janna Layton (she/her)
Administrative Associate - Product & Technology
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>