We are excited to announce that last week Andy Mabbett officially joined the DMLL team as Coventry University’s Wikimedian in Residence.

Andy will be working with students and academics across Coventry University to support the use of Wikimedia projects in teaching and learning.

Most people will have heard of Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia, which is one of the many projects that form part of Wikimedia. Other Wikimedia projects include Wikimedia Commons (free media repository) and Wikidata (free knowledge base).

Part of the Wikimedian in residence role is to look at how knowledge produced at Coventry University can be made openly available to the public through use of open licensing, and training students and academics to contribute knowledge to Wikimedia projects. The residency will also build understanding of the global role Wikimedia plays in sustaining open knowledge and free access to education.

We will have more information about related opportunities and events coming soon. In the meantime, if you have questions or ideas about the role of Wikimedia in education at Coventry University feel free to get in touch: dmll@coventry.ac.uk

Illustration comparing accessing Wikipedia as passive versus editing Wikipedia as active learning

In case you want to know more about the potential of Wikipedia as a resource for active learning and/or the role of a Wikimedian in Residence, you can find below a couple of interviews we recorded last summer when Martin Poulter – another experienced Wikimedian in Residence – visited the Lab.

Top image: multicolored bokeh lights by Thor Alvis on Unsplash.

Bottom image: Wikipedia – Active vs Passive learning by @bryanMMathers is licenced under CC-BY-ND.