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Type of site
Educational, self study
Available in Multilingual
Headquarters Miami, Florida
Owner Wikimedia Foundation
Created by Wikimedia community
Slogan(s) "set learning free"
Alexa rank 19,1873 (November 2016)[1]
Commercial No
Registration Optional
Launched August 15, 2006 (2006-08-15)

Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project[2][3] that supports learning communities, their learning materials, and resulting activities. It differs from more structured projects such as Wikipedia in that it instead offers a series of tutorials, or courses, for the fostering of learning, rather than formal content.


Wikiversity's beta phase officially began on August 15, 2006, with the English language Wikiversity.

The idea of Wikiversity began with the initial development of the Wikiversity community within the Wikibooks project, however when it was nominated for deletion from Wikibooks, soon there was a proposal to make Wikiversity an independent Wikimedia project,[4] with the fundamental goal to broaden the scope of activities within the Wikimedia community to include additional types of learning resources in addition to textbooks.

Two proposals were made. The first project proposal was not approved (2005) and the second, modified proposal, was approved (2006).[5]

The launch of Wikiversity was announced at Wikimania 2006 as:

.... the idea here is to also host learning communities, so people who are actually trying to learn, actually have a place to come and interact and help each other figure out how to learn things. We're also going to be hosting and fostering research into how these kinds of things can be used more effectively.[6]
Wikimania, 2006

Project details

Wikiversity is a center for the creation of and use of free learning materials, and the provision of learning activities. Wikiversity is one of many wikis used in educational contexts,[7] as well as many initiatives that are creating free and open educational resources.

The primary priorities and goals for Wikiversity are to:

The Wikiversity e-Learning model places emphasis on "learning groups" and "learning by doing". Wikiversity's motto and slogan is "set learning free",[9][10] indicating that groups/communities of Wikiversity participants will engage in learning projects. Learning is facilitated through collaboration on projects that are detailed, outlined, summarized or results reported by editing Wikiversity pages. Wikiversity learning projects include collections of wiki webpages concerned with the exploration of a particular topic.[11] Wikiversity participants are encouraged to express their learning goals, and the Wikiversity community collaborates to develop learning activities and projects to accommodate those goals. The Wikiversity e-Learning activities give learners the opportunity to build knowledge. Students have to be language aware in order to be able to correct their classmates. By doing this, students develop their reflection skills. Secondly, they enable students to be autonomous deciding what to write or edit, also when and how to do it. Students are able to free resort to any mean of support. At the same time, it fosters the Cognitive development engaging students to collaborate between them. However, as the project is still in its early stages,[12][13] its learning model is still in development.

Learning resources are developed by an individual or groups, either on their own initiative, or as part of a learning project.[14] Wikiversity resources include teaching aids, lesson plans, curricula, links to off-site resources, course notes, example and problem sets, computer simulations, reading lists, and other as devised by participants – but do not include final polished textbooks. Texts useful to others are hosted at Wikibooks for update and maintenance.[15] Learning groups with interests in each subject area create a web of resources that form the basis of discussions and activities at Wikiversity. Learning resources can be used by educators outside of Wikiversity for their own purposes, under the terms of the GFDL and a Creative Commons license (like Wikipedia).

Wikiversity also allows original research (in contrast to Wikipedia which does not).[16][17] Such research content may lack any peer review.[16] WikiJournal is a project that provides quality control by having expert peer review of all included content. This activity started with WikiJournal of Medicine in 2014.[18] WikiJournal of Medicine can also peer review and publish Wikipedia content, making it easier for scholars to cite it in external works.[19]


There are currently fifteen different Wikiversities - Arabic, Czech, English, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Portuguese, Russian, Slovene, Spanish, and Swedish; Wikiversity projects in other languages are being developed at the "beta" multilingual hub.

For newly established specific language Wikiversities to move out of the initial exploratory "beta" phase, the new Wikiversity community must establish policies governing research activities. Wikiversity may act as a repository of research carried out by the Wikimedia Research Network, or others who are involved in wiki-based, or other research. Wikiversity hosts original research in addition to secondary research, unless a specific language group decides upon no research. It is expected that researchers will respect and update guidelines for appropriate research through a community consensus process.[20][21] Currently the English Wikiversity hosts more than 376 research pages.[22]

See also


  1. " Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2016-11-17.
  2. Jimbo Wales (2006). "Welcome speech". Wikimania.
  3. Jimbo Wales (2006-08-04). "Wikimedia Opening Plenary". Retrieved 2014-01-17.
  4. Reswik (2006-08-22). "Wikiversity:History of Wikiversity". Wikiversity. Retrieved 2014-01-17.
  5. Wikimedia Foundation contributors (2013-03-25). "Resolution Wikiversity". Wikimedia Foundation. Retrieved 2014-01-17.
  6. Wikimania contributors (2007-02-17). "Opening Plenary (transcript)". Wikimania. Retrieved 2014-01-17.
  7. Perrin, Donald; Downes, Stephen; Muirhead, Brent; Perrin, Elizabeth; Betz, Muhammad (January 2007). "Wikis and Wikipedia as a Teaching Tool". In Konieczny, Piotr. International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning (PDF). 4. p. 19. ISSN 1550-6908. by Piotr Konieczny; International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning;January 2007, Vol. 4, No. 1.
  8. Wikiversity contributors. "Approved Wikiversity project proposal". Wikiversity.
  9. "Wikiversity:Learning". Wikiversity.
  10. "Wikiversity learning model". Wikiversity.
  11. Wikiversity learning projects portal, Wikiversity
  12. Foster, Andrea (2005-12-16). "Wikipedia, the Free Online Encyclopedia, Ponders a New Entity: Wikiversity". The Chronicle of Higher Education.
  13. Nystedt, Dan (2007-08-04). "Wikiversity Gains Momentum". PC World.
  14. Kennedy, Ian; Pass, Delia; Cadir, Roxan. One Laptop Per Teacher: Content and Curriculum for (in-service) Teacher Training. Ed/ITLib Digital Library. pp. 2564–2569.
  15. "Wikiversity:What Wikiversity is not". Wikiversity.
  16. 1 2 Page 95 in: Michael Nentwich, René König (2012). Cyberscience 2.0: Research in the Age of Digital Social Networks, Volume 11 of Interaktiva, Schriftenreihe des Zentrums für Medien und Interaktivität, Gießen. Campus Verlag - Interaktiva Series. ISBN 9783593395180.
  17. Singh, S. (2013). "Use of Wikiversity and role play to increase student engagement during student-led physiology seminars". AJP: Advances in Physiology Education. 37 (1): 106–107. doi:10.1152/advan.00096.2012. ISSN 1043-4046.
  18. Masukume, Gwinyai; Heilman, James; Häggström, Mikael (24 May 2016). "Why getting medical information from Wikipedia isn't always a bad idea". The Conversation. Retrieved 26 May 2016.
  19. Thomas Shafee (2016-10-18). "Wikipedia is already the world's 'Dr Google' – it's time for doctors and researchers to make it better". The Conversation. Retrieved 2016-11-08.
  20. "Scope of research on Wikiversity (in development)". Multingual Wikiversity hub.
  21. "Wikiversity research guidelines (in development)". Multilingual Wikiversity hub.
  22. "Category:Research". Wikiversity.
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