Wiki Education Foundation

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The Wiki Education Foundation (Wiki Ed) is a 501(c)3 nonprofit devoted to connecting academic resources to the publishing power of Wikipedia, and expanding access to information for all. In our most established program, university instructors across the USA and Canada assign students to add content to Wikipedia articles related to their coursework. Students gain key skills such as writing, research, critical thinking, and media literacy. Meanwhile, Wikipedia’s content grows. It’s an elegant solution that has connected thousands of students to millions of readers.

A spin-off of the Wikimedia Foundation, the Wiki Education Foundation is an independent nonprofit organization based in San Francisco, California, USA.

Current programs and major initiatives[edit]

Classroom Program[edit]

The Wiki Education Foundation provides support for university instructors in the United States and Canada who are interested in assigning students to contribute content to Wikipedia or other Wikimedia projects as part of their coursework. See Teach with Wikipedia on Wiki Ed's external website for more information about getting started, or visit our Dashboard to see up-to-date results.

Professional development courses[edit]

Our professional development courses give scholars, scientists, and other professionals a technical, procedural, and cultural understanding of Wikipedia and equip them with the know-how needed to bring their knowledge to the world's most popular reference work. We launched the pilot program, Wikipedia Fellows, in 2018. We published an evaluation in May 2018.

Visiting Scholars Program[edit]

Wikipedia Visiting Scholars tap into your university’s digital resources (such as special collections, research databases, rare volumes, or paywalled journals) to write high-quality Wikipedia articles. Wikipedia Visiting Scholars is a program developed by The Wikipedia Library and administered in the United States and Canada by the Wiki Education Foundation. See the Visiting Scholars portal on the English Wikipedia for more information.

Communicating Science[edit]

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The Wikipedia Year of Science was an large-scale initiative in 2016 to improve Wikipedia’s potential for communicating science to the public. Going forward, we’re continuing these efforts through the Communicating Science initiative. By connecting higher education classrooms to the publishing power of Wikipedia, the Wiki Education Foundation helped future scientists learn about science communication, while improving Wikipedia’s science coverage for millions of readers worldwide. Wiki Ed published a full evaluation of the program in 2017.

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More information[edit]

Follow the Wiki Education Foundation on Twitter and Facebook or visit our website at You can reach us by email at contact(_AT_)

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Annual plan, board minutes and bylaws[edit]

Further information can be found in our current Annual Plan. See also minutes of board meetings and the current version of the organization's bylaws.


The original bylaws agreed by the interim board of the Wiki Education Foundation in consultation with its pro bono legal counsel are available on Wikimedia Commons (PDF). Many more details about the original structure and proposed working of the Wiki Education Foundation can be found in the original proposal for the organization. Much has changed since that proposal, however, and the information there is mostly out of date or incomplete, but kept for historical reasons.