Writing Wikipedia Articles is a free six-week course offered through the School of Open, running from 6 August through 10 September 2013.
If you can read Wikipedia, you can learn to build it! In this course you will learn about the software, rules, and cultural values that drive and support this ubiquitous and community-built online encyclopedia. We will focus on articles about openness in education: open educational resources, MOOCs, Creative Commons licenses and more. Students will learn about the values and culture that have driven hundreds of thousands of volunteers to build Wikipedia, which in its 12-year history has generated millions of free articles in hundreds of languages. We will cover the technical skills needed to edit articles, as well as share practical insights into the site's collaborative norms and social dynamics. Students will gain confidence in taking on technical challenges and editorial disagreements, graduating with an ability to compose useful articles, and a sophisticated understanding of how Wikipedia works, and how to search and read it.
Students who successfully complete the course and the final project will earn the WikiSOO Burba Badge.