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Submissions/Wiki-Med: The Story of the First Full Wikipedia Course in Israel - A Case Study

From Wikimania 2014 • London, United Kingdom

This is an accepted submission for Wikimania 2014.

Submission no. 3041
Title of the submission
Wiki-Med: The Story of the First Full Wikipedia Course in Israel - A Case Study
Type of submission (discussion, hot seat, panel, presentation, tutorial, workshop)
Author of the submission
Shani Evenstein
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Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

On January 14 2014 we celebrated the last week of the semester at the Tel-Aviv University, and specifically the end of the “Wiki-Med” course — the first academic course in Israel (perhaps worldwide), dedicated entirely to Wikipedia and offering full academic credit to students. The 14-week course, which began on October 15 2013 at the Sackler School of Medicine at Tel-Aviv University, was named “Wiki-Med: The Wondrous World of Wiki and Free Medical Content on Hebrew Wikipedia”, or simply “Wiki-Med”. Sixty-two students participated in this first-of-its-kind course, going on a journey that introduced Wikipedia and its sister projects to them, taught them how to edit Wikipedia and resulted in a mass of almost 130 medical-related articles on Hebrew Wikipedia. Why is this course so important? How did it all begin? And most importantly – can this course's format have a wider use than Med school?

In this session I will present the course, its results and use it as a case study for further discussion. As part of my presentation, I will touch on the following –

  • Planting a seed, or the way the course came to be
  • Creating a syllabus and other preparations
  • So, how did it go?? Or in other words – results!
    • Statistics
    • Expected results
    • Unexpected results
    • Course evaluation
  • Practice makes Perfect - Conclusions from the course and changes for next year
  • What's ahead..? – Further updates on the course and new possibilities of collaborations
  • Wiki-med as a success story and a case study that could be adapted in other academic institutions
Wiki-Med course, class of 2013-2014, at the Sackler school of Medicine, Tel-Aviv University.

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30 minutes
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