It is with a sad heart that we learned of Adrianne’s passing on April 9, 2014 from a rock climbing accident. She was a passionate, vibrant scholar and friend who was genuinely excited to teach HILT2014. In lieu of this course, we encourage you to visit Wikipedia and donate in her name.
In this course, participants will learn not only the basics of how to contribute to Wikipedia but also explore larger issues of what it means for the world’s largest reference work to be crowdsourced. Wikipedia is the encyclopedia “anyone can edit” but not everyone does. Considering that, for example, only about 10% of Wikipedia’s editors are female, we will explore gender dynamics on the site and how this affects its information and power structure. We will think about how the English Wikipedia influences other language Wikipedias, shaping the world’s knowledge from a Western perspective. Finally, we will explore a variety of ways to teach with Wikipedia in the classroom and in cultural institutions, developing assignments and events that teach digital and cultural literacy. Together, we will come to a better understanding of how this important resource shapes our world’s knowledge and do some shaping ourselves.