I'm hoping you & yours are all well, safe and healthy in these
unprecedented times we have all found ourselves in.
I'm writing you today with my 'educator & researcher' hat on, with a
special request to help Piotr Konieczny & I spread the word about a new
global research we are conducting.
While using Wikimedia-related assignments (Wikipedia, Commons, WikiBooks,
WikiSource, Wikidata, Wiktionary etc) in the classroom has been used all
over the world for over a decade, very little research was conducted about
what instructors who have tried it actually think about the experience.
We are hoping that answering the questions in the survey will help us
- Whether this teaching approach is effective (or not)
- What are some of the challenges experienced by instructors
- How the process could be improved
The questions are meant for any instructors running a wiki assignment,
whether it is in k-12 or higher education, formal or informal educational
setting. We are hoping the results will allow us to globally share
experiences and learn from one another, so we can make it smoother, easier
and more effective for educators joining these efforts.
It is important to note that this would be the first time (that we know
of!) that an academic research of this type has been conducted around the
world, so we really need your help in spreading the word about it in your
local communities. We're hoping that any of you, supporting such
initiatives around the world over the years, would forward it to your local
Education contacts and ask them to participate. The more instructors
participating, the better.
We realize that it would have been great to have the questionnaire in a
variety of languages, but in order for us to process the data properly and
not via third-party translations and keep the anonymity and privacy of
participants, it was decided to release the survey just in English.
Here is a link to the survey - https://tinyurl.com/yd6dfata
Thank you all in advance, and of course, if there are any questions, Piotr
& I are here.
Stay healthy & safe!
*Shani Evenstein Sigalov*
* Lecturer, Tel Aviv University.
* EdTech Innovation Strategist, NY/American Medical Program, Sackler School
of Medicine, Tel Aviv University.
* PhD Candidate, School of Education, Tel Aviv University.
* Azrieli Foundation Research Fellow.
* OER & Emerging Technologies Coordinator, UNESCO Chair
<https://education.tau.ac.il/node/3495> on Technology, Internationalization
and Education, School of Education, Tel Aviv University
* Member of the Board of Trustees
* Chairperson, The Hebrew Literature Digitization Society
* Chief Editor, Project Ben-Yehuda <http://benyehuda.org>.
My name is Jim Maddock, and I’m with a researcher at Northwestern
University working on identifying missing content on Wikipedia. As a first
step, we want to talk to members of Wikipedia’s editor community to better
understand how editors currently identify and add missing content.
Participants must be Wikipedia editors who speak English and will be
compensated for their time.
For more details about our project, please refer to our Wikimedia project
If you are interested in participating, please fill out this screener and
Additionally, Feel free to reach out to me at maddock(a)u.northwestern.edu if
you have any thoughts and suggestions. Thanks!
Study Title: Characterizing Existing Practices for Identifying and
Mitigating Knowledge Gaps
PI: Darren Gergle
IRB Study #: STU00212033
The Wikimedia Foundation is looking for a part-time temporary contractor to
work remotely for 20 hours a week until June 2021. The contractor will
support movement allies, affiliates, and organizers interested in bringing
high impact collections to Wikimedia projects.
All my best,
Senior Program Manager, GLAM and Culture
Wikimedia Foundation <https://wikimediafoundation.org/>