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Wednesday, November 27 • 14:30 - 15:35
Wikipedia writing in the PhD curriculum: experiences and challenges

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Session Table Name: ROMA

Today, Wikipedia it is probably the foremost source of information on scientific and technical issues (but also art, history, etc.) for the general public. It also provides a natural platform for Open Education, as “free content that anyone can use, edit, and distribute”. In recent years, we have coordinated three editions of a one-week intensive course entitled “Science, technology, society and Wikipedia” for the PhD students in engineering, architecture or industrial design at the Politecnico di Milano. The course is carried out in collaboration with experienced Wikipedia editors. It introduces the students to the workings and rules of Wikipedia and, most of all, engages them in the production of new material for it. The final evaluation of their work is based both on the technical quality of the articles (“referee reports” by academics at the Politecnico) and their adherence to Wikipedia guidelines. The course has been increasingly successful with the students. We have also received positive feedback from the Wikipedia community, and a fourth edition has already scheduled for June 2020. We propose to hold a World Café session. Our aim is share our experience with Open Education experts and discuss ways to improve and possibly expand our course.Ex-ante video: https://youtu.be/0GvQX-ap9fY


Guido Raos

Professor, Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Chiara Castiglioni

Politecnico di Milano, Italy

Wednesday November 27, 2019 14:30 - 15:35 CET
BL27 ground floor north corridor - World Cafe