Wikimedia UK/Events/Wikimedia in Education

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Wikimedia in Education[edit]

26th February 2020
at the Disruptive Media Learning Lab, Coventry University


Wikimedia UK in partnership with Coventry University, are holding an event on Wikimedia for educators.

This one-day event explores the potential of editing Wikipedia (and other Wikimedia platforms) for learning, teaching, assessment, and outreach in Higher Education.

In the autumn of 2019, over 7,500 students on over 380 courses added more than 5.3 million words – citing reliable, authoritative sources – to Wikipedia in the context of their studies' coursework.[1] In doing so they made a substantial contribution towards the goal of making knowledge freely available to everyone, but also had an opportunity to engage with innovative ways of developing digital fluency and enhancing academic literacy.

Creating, editing or translating Wikipedia articles may help students hone their research and referencing skills while assessing content has the potential to improve their critical reading, enhancing their ability to both discern and produce high-quality information.

Keynotes from Prof. Allison Littlejohn (Director of UCL Knowledge Lab) and Lorna Campbell (Senior Service Manager – Learning Technology, University of Edinburgh), with a full programme below. This will include presentations by experienced practitioners on the use of Wikipedia and its sister projects in higher education, research insights, hands-on workshops and unconference-style sessions.

This is a satellite event of OER20, and participants here may wish to register for that event to carry on the conversation from Coventry. It builds on previous work in the education sector, including a summit at Middlesex University in 2017 and the Wikimedia UK Education Meetup in 2016.


Tickets are £30 for waged attendees and £10 for unwaged. A hot lunch, reception snacks and break-time refreshments are included in the price of the ticket.

Register through Eventbrite

Location and accessibility[edit]

The Frederick Lanchester Library is located on Gosford Street, Coventry, CV1 5DD. Access is via the main entrance which is marked with a large clear sign above the door. Full details about getting there and venue accessibility are available through the Wikimedia UK website.

The registration form asks about any accessibility requirements you may have.


Time Details
9.30-10.20 Registration, networking opportunities, and exhibitions
10.20-10.30 Welcome
10.30-11.15 Morning keynote: Allison Littlejohn

Learning to become an online editor: the editathon as a learning environment


Parallel sessions
Potential of Wikipedia for Digital Literacy

Chair: Daniel Villar-Onrubia

Richard Nevell: Digital Literacy: the Wikimedia UK Way


Caroline Ball: Wikipedia and Digital Literacy


Charles West: "Not merely a website for inaccurate information": medieval historians encounter Wikipedia


Martin Poulter: Wikidata demonstration


Andy Mabbett: Hands-on Wikipedia
Wikimedia in education case studies

Chair: Richard Nevell

Ewan McAndrew: Needful Things: Wikimedia in Teaching and Learning


Duncan Hull: Biographies of Fellows of the Royal Society


Stefan Lutschinger: Wikimedia Assignment Design Notes

Martin Poulter: Hands-on Wikidata workshop


12.45-13.30 Lunch
13.30-15.15 Unconference session
15.15-15.30 Coffee break
15.30-16.15 Keynote: Lorna Campbell

A Common Purpose: Wikimedia, Open Education and Knowledge Equity for all


16.15-17.00 Discussion Panel: Chaired by Lucy Crompton-Reid


  1. Figures from the WikiEdu dashboard at Not all Wikipedia courses use this dashboard, so the numbers will be under-reported.