We asked Annual Meeting workshop organizers to give our blog readers a sneak peek at the events they have planned for AAA 2016. This post was submitted by Carwil Bjork-James.
1. What makes your workshop a “must attend” event for the 2016 meeting?
Wikipedia is a growing multilingual repository of information built through the efforts of volunteer contributors. Since 2010, hundreds of college and university instructors—including anthropologists—have implemented writing assignments for their students on Wikipedia. Anthropology students editing Wikipedia have created new articles on ancient humans, indigenous peoples, languages, and cultural practices. They have reworked existing articles using a critical approach to find missing or misrepresented information, helping to overcome geographical, gender, and conceptual biases in one of the world’s most consulted information sources. Leading your class in adding to a global knowledge source is a chance for you and your students to make human culture, diversity, and the human past more widely and better understood.
2. What will be the number one takeaway from your workshop?
Understand how Wikipedia, one of the world’s most consulted information sources, is produced, and how to structure a Wikipedia writing and research assignment,to contribute new content to the free, online encyclopedia.
3. Who will most benefit from attending your workshop?
Current and future instructors of anthropology classes, especially those with an interest in spreading anthropological knowledge to a global audience.
4. What other events at the Annual Meeting tie in to your workshop?
Check out the Wiki Education Foundation Booth in the exhibit hall.
Teaching Anthropology Through Student Writing Projects on Wikipedia will be held on Friday, November 18 at the AAA Annual Meeting in Minneapolis.
Find out how to register for this workshop, and check out the additional workshops available at the 2016 AAA Annual Meeting here.