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Introduction to editing Wikipedia
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When and Where
Time 1pm to 5pm
Address MIT campus, 14N-132 DIRC
City, State Cambridge, Massachusetts
Date January 22, 2016

Introduction to editing Wikipedia[edit]

Join us to learn how to contribute to Wikipedia, the world’s largest reference work. The first hour of this meetup will cover topics involved with teaching with Wikipedia such as learning outcomes, encyclopedic writing, writing for the public, and examples of class exercises and writing assignments. From 2-3pm, we’ll offer an introduction to editing mechanisms and Wikipedia guidelines, and help new contributors get set up with usernames and articles. From 3-5pm, we’ll work on improving articles. Staff from the Libraries and the Writing, Rhetoric, and Professional Communication program who are experienced Wikipedians will be available to answer questions about editing, writing and researching for Wikipedia throughout the session. Both new and experienced Wikipedians are welcome, and for participants fluent in multiple languages, working in any language Wikipedia is welcome and encouraged. Drop in any time during the session, and bring your questions and ideas for topics to work on! Computers will be available, but participants can also bring their own laptops.

We will also host an edit-a-thon focused on writing about Black history on January 29. You are welcome to attend both events!

Event Information[edit]

Your Wikipedia Account: If you don't have a Wikipedia user account, please try to create one in advance. Wikipedians will be on hand to assist those who need help setting up an account.


Time Activity
 Teaching with Wikipedia
 Intro to Wikipedia and editing basics
 Editing practice
 Announcements, show accomplishments, thanks, wind-down


What should I have?

* A laptop if you wish, there will also be computers available to use.
* An interest in editing Wikipedia!

I have a question!

Feel free to ask on this project's talk page, and we'll put an answer here.

Participant list[edit]

Please add your Wikipedia username below (signatures are created by saving four tildes [~] in a row). If you haven't edited Wikipedia before, we will help you register for a new Wikipedia editing account on the day-of. Remote partipation is also encouraged. Participate virtually, from anywhere.

We are using an Etherpad for virtual discussion and encourage all participants to use that space to communicate to the group their username and what they are/will be working on during the event.

Training to edit Wikipedia[edit]

Possible topics for editing[edit]


  • Any topic you're interested in!

Resources we can draw from[edit]

Results / Outcomes[edit]

New articles[edit]

Sylvia M. Donaldson

Expanded or improved[edit]