Community @ UoM

UoM Wiki Agenda (UMWA) Community of Practice - "UoM Wikipedians addressing the diversity gap"

A regular meetup for University of Melbourne Wikipedians to address the Wikipedia diversity gap. The UMWA Community of Practice (CoP) builds on the successful ResearcHERs Wikipedia Edit-a-thon (2017) and the "I Made the Internet Smarter Today" Wikipedia Edit-a-thon (2018).

The format of each monthly UMWA CoP will vary but may include discussions, how-to workshops, and opportunities for independent Wiki editing in good company.

Who is this group open to?

The group is open to all University of Melbourne staff and students.

UMWA forthcoming meetings

Our May event: Wikipedia in teaching: benefits and stumbling blocks

Friday 10 May 2019, 1:00-2:00pm, Baillieu Library

Wikipedia is the world’s largest and most-used encyclopedia, and often students’ first point of call for research. To increase students’ understanding of how to read and contribute to Wikipedia editing it is used in the classroom as a learning activity, or even an assessment tool. Join us for a panel discussion on how academics from across Melbourne are using Wikipedia, and the issues they have encountered in embedding it into the curriculum.  Professor Tina Brock will talk about how pharmacy students at Monash’s Faculty of Pharmacy and Pharmaceutical Sciences learn how to edit Wikipedia pages as part of their course. La Trobe University’s Dr Thomas Shafee will share his experience of teaching biochemistry postgraduate students to use Wikipedia, and WikiJournals, for literature reviews. Chairing the panel will be Dr Mary Tomsic, a historian and co-organiser of the Melbourne University’s Wikipedia Community of Practice. If you have considered engaging your students with Wikipedia or information literacy but don’t know how and where to start this is an event not to be missed – no matter what discipline you teach in!

Everyone welcome - no booking required.Read more about our panellists here.