Through its partnership with Wiki Education, ASPB has been helping to steadily improve Wikipedia’s coverage of Plant Biology for several years. As part of the Wikipedia Student Program, faculty at institutions of higher education across the U.S. and Canada have been asking their students to contribute to Wikipedia as a course assignment, and the results are impressive to say the least!
Nearly 100 courses have participated whose roughly 1,700 students have contributed more than 1.2 million words to Wikipedia in the field of Plant Biology. Students have tackled subjects ranging from Biomass partitioning to Andean agriculture. They’ve improved articles on individual species, such as Balduina uniflora and Plantago indica, as well as addressed broader issues, such as Species reintroduction.
The deadline to run a Wikipedia assignment in Fall 2021 is June 20. To participate in this unique program, apply at dashboard.wikiedu.org. A million words is just the beginning!