openedu Project

By Wikimedia CH, UZH

Wikipedia as a tool for university teaching

An alternative way of teaching

In the academic world, the use of Wikipedia is still considered a taboo; however, the impact of the online encyclopaedia, even on academia, cannot be neglected.

This ambivalence provided the starting point for a university teaching project conducted at the Department for the Study of Religions at the University of Zurich. The aim of the course was that the students should actively experience the mechanisms of Wikipedia rather than only discuss advantages and disadvantages on a theoretical level. Aiming to use Wikipedia as a didactic tool and platform, the focal point was that the students should actually write Wikipedia articles, change existing articles, and engage with their fellow students as well as the wider Wikipedia community.