Educational Projects Report

Original Editor - Carlos Areia

Top Contributors - Carlos Areia and Kim Jackson  


The following page is the Educational Projects Internship Report from the intern Carlos Areia as part of his Educational Projects Assistant role between July-September 2014.

Is is important to note that some of the statements used in this report are my opinions regarding to the findings through the internship and are not linked to any kind of scientific background or research.

There are lots of links that you can use in this report, in order to access them, please download the following pdf:

Physiopedia educational projects Report- Carlos Areia

Educational Projects inside Physiopedia

What is a Physiopedia Educational Project?

An Educational project, allows teachers to involve their students in Physiopedia, by completing their assignments within our website; for instance, the student instead of delivering the work on a traditional format to the educator (paper, word or pdf file) creates a new page or updates an old one inside Physiopedia and gets evaluated in the same way.

Who benefits?


  • Easier to motivate the students to develop quality assignments because peers, clinical instructors, educators, future employers and patients can view their work. And this cannot be attained in the classroom environment alone
  • student exposure to international clinical practice
  • academic institution support and appreciation to clinical instructors (CI’s) for contributions to the training of future clinicians
  • initial peer publication and review for clinical instructors.

2- Students:

  • Physiopedia provides a means for early-career professional publication.
  • Get practice in reviewing and disseminating professional literature related to current evidence-based practice (EBP) guidelines
  • Their work gets to be viewed by everyone interested
  • understanding of and practice in basic page editing functions using wiki syntax;
  • international learning opportunities in physical therapy through wiki use;
  • initial peer publication and review for students


  • Opportunities to enable collaborative learning among a global initiative
  • Their valuable effort and work gets recorded in a growing Physiotherapy wiki and its accessed worldwide


  • Development of the website
  • Growing Physiotherapy database, projects, participants and overall available and reviewed information
  • Various perspectives/ideas/projects around the world, all working toward the same goal


What pages are available to support educators and students taking part on Educational Projects?

1- Educators:

a. Educators Guide -
“This guide explains how Physiopedia can be used in teaching and learning, and also outlines ideas on how educators could incorporate Physiopedia into the learning activities of their class.”
This page helps educators how to work with wiki and how to incorporate them in teaching and learning; as well as how Physiopedia contributes and give the opportunities to them and their students

b. Project ideas -
This page will give Educators an idea of what kind of projects can be done within Physiopedia, and how the Educator can interact with them.

c. Educators Step by Step Guide-
Once the Educator have decided to use Physiopedia in their class this page guides him toward a step by step guide. Firstly teaches the educators how to get started in Physiopedia, how to create their account familiarizing with editing; and afterwards how to get their students familiar with Physiopedia too and instruct them what to do, among others.

d. Educators FAQ -

2- Students

a. Physiopedia tutorial pages–
In this link its possible to find a series of tutorial pages providing simple guides to the most common activities of Physiopedia readers and authors. Please note that these tutorials are in development.

b. Project related pages
Tutorials and help in each project, for example other similar pages and created in previous projects.

c. Contacts

Everyone in Physiopedia helps, just give us a touch.

Current Physiopedia projects

Physiopedia educational projects - Current projects

Future projects

Physiopedia educational projects - Future projects

Previous projects

Physiopedia educational projects - Previous projects

Physiopedia and wikipedia

Wikipedia Educational projects overview

1- Training for educators:

During the orientation, wikipedia guides the educators through their learning step by step and teaches them not only how to fully use and enjoy wikipedia features but also how to teach and guide their students to work inside wikipedia. Wikipedia also provides to the educator material (online brochures, among others) so they can give to their students to help them learning how to work with this website.

2- Case Studies

There is a page available with examples of assignment that educators used to meet learning objectives for their courses. In these pages they will also explain how they assessed or graded these assignments. These case studies can help forming a plan for how you can use Wikipedia as a teaching tool in your class :

Case Studies: Assignments
● Copyediting, Adrianne Wadewitz, United States
● Definitions, James M. Lipuma and Davida Scharf, United States
● Write an article, Juliana Bastos Marques, Brazil
● Write a Featured Article, Jon Beasley-Murray, Canada
● Translation (Spanish), Leigh Thelmadatter, Mexico
● Translation (Arabic), Dalia Mohamed El Toukhy, Egypt
● Photos, Jiří Reif, Czech Republic
● Illustrations, Bruce Sharky, United States
● Videos, Jennifer Geigel Mikulay, United States
● Extend a Stub, Edis Kittrell, United States
● Research and edit, Lila Pagola y Cristina Siragusa, Argentina
● Creating local content, Lila Pagola y Pablo Género, Argentina
● Internship, Edward Galloway and William Daw, United States

3- Education Newsletters

Every month wikipedia provides a “This Month in Education” Newletter.
For instance in Volume 3, Issue 6, June 2014 we can find these topics:
● Macedonian internet marketing students learn about Wikipedia and suggest ways to improve its fundraising
● Haifa University students write Wikipedia articles for academic credit
● Editing about Literary Theory in UNAM
● Professor training continues as part of the Wiki Learning program
● Wikimedia Learning & Evaluation will launch a quarterly newsletter
● The Wikipedia Library
● Czech education program presented at BarCamp, a free conference of Czech language
● Wikimedia Deutschland: Summary of activities in June 2014
● 6th International Integrity and Plagiarism Conference
● VLE content reuse at Wikimania
● Updates from Wikipedia Education Program and the Education Collaborative
● Articles of interest in other publications


Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning. They invite teachers, students, and researchers to join them in creating open educational resources and collaborative learning communities.

Wikiversity and Wikipedia

A project is a collection of pages: this is one of the fundamental differences between Wikiversity and Wikipedia. Wikipedia's articles are single-page entities. Wikiversity's learning projects are multi-page entities. There is good reason for this: they have found that when people create educational resources, a single page simply doesn't work. Wikiversity deals with multi-page entities (projects), because this is what its educational mission requires.

Wikiversity portals:

Every portal has very content regarding the theme, with featured and current projects, division of subthemes, research news, facts, committees, and many other valuable information inside each portal:
● Engineering and Technology
● Interdisciplinary Studies
● Humanities
● Life Sciences
● Physical Sciences
● Practical Arts and Sciences
● Professional Schools
● Social Sciences

Physiopedia and Wikipedia similarities/Differences

1- Similarities

a. Multi-page content projects: both wiki and physiopedia work in their educational projects to complete and create various pages regarding a theme, multi-pages resources.
b. Involving Universities/students and basically everyone that wants to contribute

2- Diferences

a. Organization
In my opinion i think that the wikipedia organization is better than Physiopedia’s, to be honest, there is plenty of content that is hard to find inside Physiopedia (but neverthless it’s there). Wikipedia is a little bit tidied up and plenty of their educational projects are related to that, almost everything in a theme/subject can be linked so valuable content dont’t be lost; for instance university and student work regarding a theme can be linked in both wikiversity and wikipedia page (as well as other valuable links like videos, more projects, facts and interests). This means a lot of work but in that way we don’t lose any content created by students.

b. Helping the students/researchers involved
For what i have found in wikipedia projects they give plenty of links and helping guides to students in order to help them achieve the proposed goal (in Physiopedia there are some Educational projects that do it also, but i think that in not in like this step by step and tutorial way.)

c. Resources
Wikipedia has a wide range of available resources to use, and in almost every page it is possible to realize that they take advantage of this huge online resource system to link everything to everything (for example choose a random theme and search for it inside wikipedia, and probably in the end of that page you randomly searched you will find boxes with more related content , and some of it created through educational projects; as well as external and internal links, videos and audio, books, etc… etc…)

d. References
This is the point that i think Physiopedia is better than wikipedia. Sure that there are pages in wikipedia that have a wide range of updated references and content, however there are many pages that lack of references (or at least good and reliable ones). This depends of course on the page creator but Physiopedia has a more regular kind of referencing (which is normal, regarding that we are all Physios, unlike wikipedia where are very different areas with different kinds of referencing (i think)).
Physiopedia is more strict in this point, wikipedia is more about quantity and Physiopedia more about the quality of the references (in a average analysis of the pages of course).

3- Wikipedia and Physiopedia comparison


Educational Projects Assistant Internship

What have I learned through this internship?

The Educational Projects Assistant Internship was once an insightful experience. I have learnt that Physiopedia is more than just a website; it is more a Physiotherapy community where everybody shares their knowledge and thoughts, all around the world. And that is simply amazing. I have also learned how to effectively conduct an educational project, create and review wiki pages, among many other useful things.

Educational projects conducted by Physiopedia

The “Educational Projects” project is a great idea to expand the site and increase this community with new and young members/students as well as theirs educators and the university. It is important that everyone accesses the latest reviewed information; specially students, that need to learn what is now the “gold-standard” Physiotherapy, what methods and treatments are effective and what is more used and why it is used. These are questions that can be answered in Physiopedia, but there is much more that the Physio worldwide community can do; and in my opinion Educational Projects are the way to do it.
Why should a students work be lost in the teacher drawer? In this way their work can get exposed, used and corrected not only by the teacher but by everyone; and if every Physiotherapy university starts to work in a wiki based works, not only Physiopedia content grows but also the university, that gets their students work published and know by this community; which is also great for the teacher and students. All the support is provided from Physiopedia staff to everyone, and there are no fees or payments needed to contribute and access this valuable information.
On the other hand in my opinion Physiopedia site loses some valuable information created through Educational Projects, I think we should learn from Wikipedia and wikiversity in that point, there is many information and external links attached to the page. Maybe it is a good idea to create some automatic boxes that link pages through theme (it is just an idea); other point that I find important inside Physiopedia website is a little bit confusing and pages show too much information, for instance and; and with the increasing of Universities adhering to Educational projects and consequently the creation of more pages I honestly think that it is time to tidy up these pages a bit (like create categories-subcategories).

Getting Universities involved

Universities that have already collaborated with Physiopedia:

-University of Nottingham
- Temple University - Department of Physical Therapy
- Des Moines University
- Queen Margaret University
- Vrije Universiteit Brussel
- University of St. Augustine
- Bellarmine University
- University of Limerick
- University College Dublin
- Texas State University - San Marcos
- Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland
- Medical College of Georgia

Message to universities

Physiopedia is a worldwide Physiotherapy wiki based site (similar to Wikipedia, but specialized in our profession), our aim is to give access to the latest and updated Physio information to practitioners, students, teachers, carers and everyone interested in this subject.
Although relatively recent, this website has grown through the years and we want to get Physiotherapy universities involved all around the world in this community. Therefore Physiopedia as created the “Educational Projects”, there are currently universities already working with us through these projects but it is our goal to gradually increase, grow and recruit more universities.

But what is an Educational project?

An Educational project, allows teachers to involve their students in Physiopedia, by completing their assignments within our website; for instance, the student instead of delivering the work on a traditional format to the educator (paper, word or pdf file) creates a new page or updates an old one inside Physiopedia and gets evaluated in the same way. They can also perform other activities, like presentations, videos and others.

What do we expect from teachers, students and the universities involved?

There is no cost in developing and participating in this worldwide community, we only seek to develop the website so we can give quality information to everyone and grow our content either quantitative and qualitatively.
These projects involve several steps, but the main objective is that students expose their university works/papers inside Physiopedia, which can be a little bit challenging at first, but once you get a hand of it, it is pretty simple and automatic. In this way the student work is exposed and correct in an online wiki-platform instead of being lost in the drawer. So these are the main steps to develop an Educational project inside Physiopedia:
1- Create an account inside Physiopedia (students and teachers)
2- Learn how to work with wiki editing (students and teachers)
3- Create the Educational project page (teacher)
4- Create or update the page proposed in the project (students)
5- Correct the students work (teachers)
6- Share and expose your work

Examples of activities done inside Physiopedia Educational projects:
-Create or update a Physiopedia page
-Share a presentation (video or powerpoint) inside an existing page
-Share your opinion/critic on a Physiotherapy book/journal/article, etc….


In my opinion this internship was very important not only in my professional but also in my personal development, I think that Educational Projects is a new and original project that every university should be involved because it can not only benefit the students and teachers directly involved but also the University Physiotherapy Department/School. It is also important for Physiopedia that everyone contributes so the updated and rigorous literature is always available in this worldwide physiotherapy website.
Looking at the future I think that these projects are going to get gradually more and more adherence, and one day most universities are going to share their works inside Physiopedia. It is time to change Education methodologies and share your valuable work online.


I want to thank Rachael Lowe for the opportunity of this internship and her great support through it.
I also want to say thank you for the whole Physiopedia community for their valuable efforts and work in developing this great website; every day Physiopedia is growing thanks to everyone involved.