EduWiki Conference 2013/Call for proposals

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The EduWiki Conference 2013, on 1st and 2nd November 2013 in Cardiff, will explore the educational potential of Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects, including the large amount of work already done to get learners improving Wikipedia articles for course credit.

At the conference, educators interested in the potential of open, freely available resources and practices will meet with Wikimedia contributors who are supporting education. We invite contributions from the open education movement, whether inside or outside formal education. The main thrust of the conference will be Higher Education, but we are really interested in all levels of education.

PLEASE NOTE: Deadline for all submissions is Friday 30 August 2013 at noon BST. This call is now closed.

Topics[edit | edit source]

This is a chance to:

  1. report on a specific educational activity involving Wikimedia projects: what did you do and what did you learn from it?
  2. report on developments in the wider education sector. What is happening and what should educators, institutions or Wikimedia learn from it?
  3. inspire a future direction: what steps can educators, funders or Wikimedia projects take to advance open education? What mistakes are we now making?

Indicative topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Wikipedia's academic merit and educational value
  • Examples of using Wikipedia in the high school, college or university classroom
  • Effective ways to deter university students from plagiarizing Wikipedia
  • Going beyond Wikipedia by engaging with any of the other major Wikimedia projects: Wikibooks, Wikispecies, Wikiquote, Wikinews, Wikisource, Wikiversity, Wikidata, and Wikimedia Commons, among others.

The format is flexible in light of the submissions we get, and if you have a novel idea for a session, be bold and propose it.

Themes[edit | edit source]

The conference will revolve around broad themes including the following streams:

  • The Wikipedia Education Program
  • Open Educational Resources
  • Critical thinking, digital literacy and wiki-literacy
  • Assessment and accreditation
  • Open learning communities such as Wikiversity

The conference begins on Friday morning and ends on Saturday afternoon, but will be followed by further activities (walking tours, editathons and a hackathon) on Saturday evening and Sunday morning. Please indicate if you are unable to make either day of the conference so we can take this into consideration when putting the programme together. The programme will be assembled on the Wikimedia UK wiki by the same process of good faith collaboration that drives Wikipedia and its sister projects.

Making a submission[edit | edit source]

Email your proposal (including an abstract of up to 200 words) to by Friday 30 August 2013 at noon BST. All proposals should also include a brief bio (around 50 words). This call is now closed.