Submissions/Wikipedia at university: language learning

From Wikimania 2012 • Washington, D.C., USA

This is a rejected submission for Wikimania 2012.

Submission no.


Title of the submission
Wikipedia at university: language learning
Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)
Author of the submission
J. Gustavo Góngora Goloubintseff
E-mail address
Country of origin
Uruguay, based in Spain
Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)
Wikimedia España and Amical
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (at least 300 words to describe your proposal)

This presentation follows the line of my last two talks at Wikimania: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Wikipedia and Wikipedia and L2 (CALL). Its aim is to give response to the many ways which were laid open during the last edition of Wikimania. While its objectives are rather similar, this year the emphasis will be, as the title puts it, on "university". Wikipedia and its sister projects are playing an important role in language learning at different universities in Spain, especially as far as distance-education is concerned. According to my personal experience as a long-time Wikimedian, this phenomenon is gaining recognition at the different institutions. If I may, I would like to talk about the work we are doing at university and to explain all the projects we have in mind. During the last year, I have been involved in different workshops dealing closely with this issue. The Viquifabració Project (see website in Spanish), which encouraged Engineering students to write articles on Wikipedia regarding their field of knowledge, turned out to be successful. This was carried out with the support of professors from four different Spanish universities: ETSEIB, UC3M, JIU, and PUM. This is only one of the things that we have been working with throughout the last twelve months. There are several projects in mind concerning Wikipedia in language learning and in education. I will deal with these and other related-issues in my presentation.

Summarizing, the following points will be discussed:

  1. Wikipedia in context: University, goals, achievements and challenges.
  2. Wikipedia in L2 learning: input. List of activities. Surveys and data.
  3. Ideas for the future. How can you contribute?
Track (Wikis and the Public Sector; GLAM (Galleries, Libraries, Archives, and Museums); WikiCulture and Community; Research, Analysis, and Education; Technology and Infrastructure)
Research, Analysis, and Education
Length of presentation/talk (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
25 Minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
It depends upon scholarship provided
Slides or further information (optional)
Upon request
Special request as to time of presentations (for example - can not present on Saturday)
No special requests.

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  2. Airwolf (talk) 03:33, 18 March 2012 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Ldavis (WMF) (talk) 23:15, 21 March 2012 (UTC)[reply]
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  6. As a university language learner myself. CT Cooper · talk 20:04, 22 March 2012 (UTC)[reply]
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