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IAP 2017: “Wikipedia 101: How to be a media literate citizen”

Tuesday, January 17, 2017 - Friday, January 20, 2017

Independent Activities Period

Enrollment: Limited: Advance sign-up required
Sign-up by 01/17
Limited to 20 participants
Attendance: Participants welcome at individual sessions

Recent events have caused us to question, more than ever before, the validity of information gathered from the web. But Wikipedia, now in its 15th year, remains an online space where accuracy, neutrality, and fair representation matters. Growing the network of volunteer editors to contribute to Wikipedia (the largest collaborative writing project in history!) is one way to ensure that high quality information is freely available to all.


– Would you like to build solid research skills?
– Get practice communicating complex ideas to a broad audience?
– Improve access to quality information and knowledge?

Faculty & Instructors:

– Would you like to support knowledge transfer in your courses?
– Build students’ confidence in reading and analyzing complex texts?
– Increase students’ proficiency in communicating technical content?

This three-day workshop will train participants to become competent Wikipedia editors, and along the way they will cultivate a greater understanding of how to evaluate a range of sources, from the popular news media, to institutional archives, to peer reviewed journals.

Please bring your laptop!

To reserve your spot, please contact Amy Carleton (amymarie@mit.edu) and Rebecca Thorndike-Breeze (rtb@mit.edu).

Sponsor(s): Libraries, Writing and Communication Center, Comparative Media Studies/Writing
Contact: Rebecca Thorndike-Breeze, E18-233, 617-253-3090, RTB@MIT.EDU

Introduction to Wikipedia

Jan/17 Tue 10:00AM-12:00PM 4-251, Bring your laptop

Introduction to Wikipedia community philosophy and guidelines. Participants will learn about ways to contribute, including how to enhance diversity of content. Also, create user account, make your first edit, and begin brainstorming your first article.

Amy Carleton – Lecturer, CMS/W, Rebecca Thorndike-Breeze – Lecturer, Writing and Communication Center & CMS/W

What makes a good Wikipedia article?

Jan/18 Wed 10:00AM-12:00PM 4-251, Bring your laptop

What makes a good Wikipedia article? Learn about best practices and common pitfalls. Get started on research and initial drafting of your first article.

Rebecca Thorndike-Breeze – Lecturer, Writing and Communication Center & CMS/W, Amy Carleton – Lecturer, CMS/W

Wikipedia Editing Salon

Jan/19 Thu 01:00PM-05:00PM 4-251, Bring your laptop

Editing Salon with MIT Libraries and Archives — an in-person editing session focused on training new editors and improving Wikipedia articles. Continue working on your article or start a new one, and work with others to improve Wikipedia. Stop by anytime throughout the session.

Rebecca Thorndike-Breeze – Lecturer, Writing and Communication Center & CMS/W, Amy Carleton – Lecturer, CMS/W, Phoebe Ayers – Librarian, Greta Suiter – Collections Archivist


Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Friday, January 20, 2017
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