Submissions:2015/Here comes (a significant fraction of) everybody
- Here comes (a significant fraction of) everybody
- Type of submission
- Adam Hyland
- E-mail address
- Wiki Education Foundation
Students in the Education Program represent a small but significant and growing bloc of Wikipedia editors. As individual editors, few return to the site after their class is completed, just as many volunteers leave after a short period of engagement. Nonetheless, students as a collective represent a sizable chunk of active editors during the spring and fall term. I explore this trend using contribution data from students and active editors, and information on edited pages.
To see student impact more locally, I mapped student contributions to subject areas, estimated by proximity to a root category (e.g. "Biology"). This helps show where students cover subjects generally undercovered by the community. Comparing student contributions to the edit rate of the subject area gives a practical measure of student impact.
- Length of presentation
- 20-25 minutes
- Special schedule requests
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