Formed in 2013, The Wiki Education Foundation serves as the bridge between academia and Wikipedia. A small 501(c)3 nonprofit, we run programs that seek to build connections between universities and Wikipedia. In our most established program, university instructors assign their students to add content to course-related articles on Wikipedia. Students gain key 21st century skills like media literacy, writing and research development, and critical thinking, while content gaps on Wikipedia get filled thanks to students’ efforts.
Our programs deliver results that positively affect millions of Wikipedia readers while engaging thousands of students each term in innovative assignments. We’ve helped hundreds of instructors to design courses that empower students to contribute to public knowledge. In a single term, 69 million people – larger than the population of France – have read the Wikipedia articles theses students have edited. So far, students have donated the equivalent of 28 volumes of a printed encyclopedia to the world, for free.
We share a deep belief that Wikipedia belongs in education, and our commitment is to make this happen at universities across the United States and Canada.