Scholarly Practice

Wikipedia: A Series

Have you read Wikipedia recently? Do your learners or trainees read Wikipedia? Do you want to disseminate your publications or the publications of your peers beyond your professional community?

Wikipedia’s health and medical pages are accessed with more frequency than any other health information web site in the world, with disproportionate access from geographic areas where access to physicians, hospitals, or trusted government information is limited. If you have knowledge, you have knowledge to share.

Join this workshop series and learn how you can leverage your expertise to improve the world’s most popular source of health information.

📅 Series Dates:
Tuesday, November 2, 2021, 3:30-5:00 pm ESTTuesday, November 9, 2021, 5:00-6:30 pm ESTTuesday, November 16th, 2021, 3:30-5:00 pm EST

💻 Delivered Virtually (Zoom)

Session Specifics

Free Does Not Mean Poor

Improving health and medical information on the world’s largest encyclopedia.

📅November 2, 2021, 3:30-5:00 pm EST

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the anatomy of a Wikipedia article and how contributions are tracked and recorded to document an article’s growth.

  • Understand the self-governed peer review process for contributing to Wikipedia.

  • Utilize Wikipedia’s foundational community guidelines for contributing content to Wikipedia, such as WP:RS (reliable sources).

  • Curate, translate, summarize, and contribute new content to a Wikipedia article.

  • Generate an automated citation for their contributions using Wikipedia’s visual editor functionality.

Starting from Scratch

Building new health and medical pages in Wikipedia.

📅November 9, 2021, 5:00-6:30 pm EST

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate community guidelines for creating new pages in Wikipedia (e.g. criteria to determine notability of an individual).

  • Understand Wikipedia’s quality assessment and topic importance criteria.

  • Verify the notability of the individual or topic they choose to create a new page for, using reliable sources.

  • Utilize Sandbox to draft a stub article.

  • Assign article quality grade, importance rating, and relevant WikiProjects to their new article.

  • Describe how to submit a new article to Wikipedia.

Teacher Wikipedia

Leveraging Wikipedia article editing to teach principles of evidence-based medicine and knowledge translation.
📅November 16th, 2021, 3:30-5:00 pm EST

Learning Objectives

By the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe how evidence based medicine and knowledge translation skills can be taught using Wikipedia editing.

  • Articulate how WikiEducation supports Wikipedia editing assignments in traditional courses.

  • Identify opportunities to engage their learners with Wikipedia editing in diverse contexts.

  • Integrate Wikipedia editing into their instruction, training, or mentoring.


Denise Smith

Denise Smith (she/her) is an academic health sciences librarian at McMaster University. She is a Wikipedia researcher with expertise in Wikipedia as a consumer health information resource. She edits Wikipedia in her spare time and also serves on the United States & Canada Regional Committee for the Wikimedia Foundation Grants program.


Ilana Bayer

Ilana Bayer, PhD (@IlanaBayer) is the Director of Learning Technologies as well as Assistant Professor in the Department of Pathology & Molecular Medicine. Dr. Bayer has worked in the corporate sector developing educational and performance-based training materials. She has a combined background in health sciences, e-learning, teaching and training. In her role, Dr. Bayer assists faculty with all learning technology needs and, specifically, supports faculty development around the use of electronic modalities to enhance teaching.

Teresa Chan

Dr. Teresa Chan (@TChanMD) is an associate professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine, Department of Medicine at McMaster University. She is the associate dean for McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Continuing Professional Development (@MacPFD, @mcmasterchse, @MacLtl). She is an avid scholar in health professions education and works with the MERIT group (@MERIT_McMaster), and conducts research and scholarship within this area. She has written almost exclusively using collaborative platforms for the past 5 years.

Siraj Mithoowani

Dr. Siraj Mithoowani (@SMithoowani) is an Assistant Professor in the Division of Hematology and Thromboembolism, Department of Medicine at McMaster University. His academic interests are in health professions education (scholarship, knowledge translation) and venous thromboembolism.

X. Catherine Tong

Dr. Catherine Tong, MD, CCFP-EM (@XC_TongMD) is a clinical assistant professor in the Division of Emergency Medicine within the Department of Family Medicine. She is the Faculty Development Lead of the Waterloo Regional Campus for McMaster University's Medical School. Currently she is also the lead of the Inspired Teaching team in the McMaster Faculty of Health Sciences Program for Faculty Development (@MacPFD).