Everyone uses Wikipedia, from schoolchildren to professors, and from researchers to artists. It is an integral part of how we find information. At Wikimedia UK we work in partnership with the education sector to improve the digital literacy skills of both staff and students, and help to prepare students for the challenges of dealing with information online. Through our projects and programmes, students can develop their writing, research, evaluation and critical thinking skills whilst contributing to open knowledge that reaches millions of people. Find out how we can work with your school, college or university to enable learners to become the producers of knowledge.
Wikipedia in the classroom
We have worked with schools and universities across England, Scotland, and Wales. Through our education partnerships thousands of students have learned about Wikipedia and how information is shared online. A common task for university students is to write about their topic area. At school level, Wikipedia is now part of the secondary curriculum in Wales, as a module in the Welsh Baccalaureate.
Wikimedians in residence
Residencies involve universities having a staff member to support Wikimedia-related activities, such as editathons or courses. Oxford, Edinburgh, and Coventry universities have all hosted residencies, each with a different focus. Having a resident at a university helps build staff confidence in working with Wikipedia and delivers significant benefits for students.
Digital skills development
Learning about Wikipedia improves your essential digital, writing, and research skills and increases information, data and media literacy. When writing for Wikipedia, students gain experience looking up information, working out what is reliable, and presenting that information to a general audience. Each stage better prepares students for navigating the digital world. Get in touch with us for more information.
New College Lanarkshire: Become a Wikimedian Course
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Open call by UK civil society to exempt public interest projects from the Online Safety Bill
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By Bukola James, Volunteer Wikimedian Attending the World Literacy Summit 2023 at Baliol’s College in Oxford was a dream come … Continue reading “Empowering literacy advocacy: a Wikimedian and certified trainer’s experience at the World Literacy Summit with support from Wikimedia UK”arrow_forward
Defying easy categorisation: Wikipedia as primary, secondary and tertiary resource
By Caroline Ball, Trustee of Wikimedia UK Abstract Wikipedia is the world’s largest information source, used daily by millions of … Continue reading “Defying easy categorisation: Wikipedia as primary, secondary and tertiary resource”arrow_forward
Poems championing free knowledge inspired by University of Leeds students
To celebrate Wikipedia’s 22nd birthday on Sunday 15 January, the University of Leeds is sharing poems inspired by conversations between … Continue reading “Poems championing free knowledge inspired by University of Leeds students”arrow_forward
Knowledge equity – Giving Tuesday is your chance to expand and diversify knowledge online
November 29th sees the return of Giving Tuesday, where for 24 hours, Wikimedia UK will be calling on the generosity … Continue reading “Knowledge equity – Giving Tuesday is your chance to expand and diversify knowledge online”arrow_forward
Trust and safety
Wikimedia UK believes that all interactions with the Wikimedia projects should be free of harassment, abuse, discrimination and other forms of unwelcome behaviour.