Art+Feminism has tools for teaching with Wikipedia that can be easily adapted for remote learning and remixed to any subject matter. These tools are made for the virtual space, creating a rich opportunity for students to contribute directly to the act of knowledge sharing and information advocacy while honing research and writing skills.
Our annual campaign works with organizers around the world to host edit-a-thons to help close the gaps in information and the gender gap among editors in the Wikiverse. Over the years we’ve generated open-source learning materials that explain the various ways to participate in Wikipedia, Wikipedia Commons, and Wikimedia projects. These tools have been developed with a specific focus on feminist and anti-oppressive learning.
Course Work Examples
- Example 1: Sample structure for organizing a semester-long course around an Art+Feminism Wikipedia Edit-a-thon, created by Jennifer Kennedy + Johanna Amos, Queen’s University for an Art+Feminism Community Hours
- Example 2: A three-assignment project that introduces students to Wikipedia’s editing guidelines through a feminist framework
- First assignment (reference assessment assignment): Work with students to assess references on relevant Wikipedia pages, then have them propose stronger and/or more neutral references.
- Second assignment: Students modify content in Wikipedia articles to reduce bias, within a feminist framework. We suggest a minimum of three edits per student.
- Third assignment: Students create a Wikipedia article for a missing subject (we suggest the Women in Red Index, the Black Lunch Table, or Whose Knowledge for suggestions of projects to work on). Students can first submit the article for review by their teacher or classmates before posting it to their wiki Sandbox for community review.
Art+Feminism Wikipedia Training
Other tools and resources:
- Art+Feminism Community Hours: A+F in the Classroom (2 Case Studies)
- Learning patterns/Using Wikipedia’s gaps as feminist teaching tools created by User: Shameran81
- Wikipedia 101 Slides created by Erin O’Neil (she/her), Wikipedian in Residence, University of Alberta Library
- Wikipedia Edit-a-thon BINGO assignment created by Amanda Meeks, Art+Feminism Regional Ambassador
Security and Safety
We have initiated a line of work to develop strategies and tools that help our community deal with and prevent online harassment that may occur as a result of their involvement with Art+Feminism projects. This initiative is a response to the experiences of harassment lived by members of our leadership collective, as well as to the reports that we have received from members of our community over the course of our organization’s history. We know from experience that Wikimedia’s online community is far from being a safe space for everyone, which is why we decided to create a group specifically charged with developing tools to prevent and document incidents of harassment or misbehavior, in order to guide users through the tools already in place via the Wikimedia Foundation. This work has been done in consultation with the Trust and Safety team, as well as the Legal team at the Wikimedia Foundation. The security toolkit can be found here.
For broader Wikipedia learning tools, we encourage you to consult Wiki Education, who “engages students and academics to improve Wikipedia, enrich student learning, and build a more informed public.”