Spelman and Morehouse College receive award from Associated Colleges of the South to increase the involvement of underrepresented groups in the editing of Wikipedia


Dr. Alexandria Lockett, Assistant Professor of English, in collaboration with Jamila Lyn, Instructor of English at Morehouse, have been awarded a $10,500 grant from the Associated Colleges of the South (ACS) as part of a larger effort to introduce ACS colleges to blended learning initiatives that are both writing-intensive and include digital service learning. Students in Writing Intensive courses such as First-Year Composition (FYC), as well as Writing Across the Curriculum/Writing in the Disciplines (WAC/WID) at Spelman and Morehouse Colleges will use critical thinking, research, and writing skills to increase the scope of Wikipedia’s coverage of black women’s intellectual history and black people’s cultural history. The title of the grant, “Integrating Wikipedia Editing into Writing-Intensive Courses at ACS Colleges” will support a preparatory webinar and a three-day teaching with technology summer symposium, in which ACS instructors will learn how to leverage the Wikimedia Foundation’s rich Wiki.edu platform to develop, enhance, and manage first-year writing or other Writing Intensive (WI) courses. ACS faculty will learn to use Wikipedia as a writing space, showing students that knowledge is socially situated–accessed, produced and circulated in a community of practice.

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