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Title of your proposal[edit]

Wikipedia in the Higher Education Classroom: A Fishbowl Discussion to Share Experience and Model Practice

Name(s) and/or username(s)[edit]

Crystal Fulton, University College Dublin
Marta Bustillo, University College Dublin
Rebecca O'Neill, User:Smirkybec, Wikimedia Community Ireland, Project Coordinator


  • Experience Sharing Panels

Type of submission (Please choose one)[edit]

  • Panel discussions, especially sharing advocacy and outreach efforts in local contexts (75 miutes)

Keywords and hashtags[edit]

Digital citizenship, Higher education, Modelling practice


This experience sharing panel consists of a fishbowl discussion to explore the use and potential role of Wikipedia in higher education. In particular, panel participants will examine current experiences of using Wikipedia in the university context, as well as best practices and possibilities for future teaching and learning in classroom and library environments. Importantly, discussion will be directed at achieving an understanding of the role of and potential for Wikipedia in achieving learning outcomes around digital citizenry and the possibility of modelling this engagement at university level.

The panel aims to offer an open and highly participatory conversation in which librarians, teaching staff and Wikipedians can contribute their expertise and best practice examples in using Wikipedia to advance university students’ digital citizenship and research skills.

The first part of the panel will involve 4 x 5 minute presentations by invited experts who have used Wikipedia in various ways in higher education, including university classrooms and libraries. A panel moderator will introduce the panel and explain panel procedures and then introduce each expert. The presentations will form a foundation for discussion in the second part of the panel.Time: 25 minutes.

The Fishbowl technique, which encourages wide discussion through a process of rotating speakers, will be followed in the second part of this panel. To implement the Fishbowl approach to discussion, 5 chairs will be positioned at the centre of the room. 4 will be occupied by initial discussants; 1 will remain empty to begin. The remaining chairs will be positioned in a semi-circle for the audience at the session. A panel moderator will open the topic by inviting the 4 discussants to comment. The conversation will then move to the audience, with an audience member taking the empty chair. At the same time, an initial discussant will leave their chair and sit with the audience. One chair will always remain empty. This rotation will continue to promote an inclusive gathering of views from everyone present. The panel moderators will summarise common themes at the end of the session for planning forward for research on this topic. Time: 50 minutes.

Expected outcomes[edit]

The panel outcomes will be recorded in the form of a set of core issues and best practices for utilising Wikipedia in the university context that will be created during the discussion as a mindmap recorded by panel moderators, which will then be used as the starting point for a research project to establish best practice guidelines for using Wikipedia as a teaching tool for digital literacies.

Duration (without Q&A)[edit]

75 minutes

Specific requirements[edit]

  1. The room should have computer/podium/Web facilities for panel presentations.
  2. We require a microphone set up for the fishbowl session, preferably 5 clip-on mics to be worn by the 5 rotating speakers in the Fishbowl discussion.
  3. Finally, we need a flip chart and markers to make mindmap notes for this session.

Interested attendees (Please add yourself, and you may indicate your questions to the presenter).[edit]

  1. Bridges2Information (talk) 20:50, 15 June 2022 (UTC), I attended a Fishbowl Discussion many years ago, about student experiences at my university. I look forward to seeing this model in another context![reply]
  2. Ngostary2k (talk) 23:02, 19 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Obuezie (talk) 14:39, 22 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  4. I don't completely understand how many people are going to discuss/present, but it sounds interesting. Rachel Helps (BYU) (talk) 17:05, 22 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  5. EriedgenArc (talk) 12:19, 23 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  6. Lilian Viana (talk) 22:21, 26 June 2022 (UTC)[reply]
  7. Matthewvetter (talk) 14:29, 28 June 2022 (UTC) This sounds great. I love the idea of having this concrete outcome for modeling practice.[reply]
  8. Xldrkp (talk) 11:08, 21 July 2022 (UTC)[reply]