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First Wikipedia Ambassador Survey results released
Public Policy Initiative Research Analyst Amy Roth has released the results of the first-ever survey of Wikipedia Ambassadors, conducted at the end of the spring term. More than half of the Ambassadors, both Campus and Online, responded to the survey, and the results showed that Ambassadors agreed that the Initiative improved Wikipedia's content and the use of Wikipedia as a teaching tool. Ambassadors also shared good stories about their experiences as well. Read a blog post about the survey results.
Brazilian course improves 11 Wikipedia articles
A course in the discipline of the History of Culture recently put the finishing touches on their Wikipedia articles in the Portuguese Wikipedia. More than 50 students, assisted by User:Jaider on campus and four Online Ambassadors from the Portuguese Wikipedia, improved the quality of 11 Wikipedia articles on course-related topics. See their course page for more information.
Wikipedia and education subject of WikiSym workshop
Regional Ambassador Matt Senate and Global Education Program Communications Manager LiAnna Davis will be leading a three-hour workshop at WikiSym on using Wikipedia as a teaching tool in higher education classrooms. Matt will draw on his experiences as an instructor and Campus Ambassador for the Public Policy Initiative to explain the benefits of integrating a Wikipedia assignment into the Syllabus. WikiSym, a conference on wiki research, is being held in Mountain View, California, from October 3-5. Learn more about WikiSym.
U.S. Education Program Association position opens
The Global Education Program is hiring! We are looking for a U.S. Education Program Associate, who will work through our existing Ambassador leaders to further grow and improve our U.S. activities. This is a 12-month, full-time, contract position. We strongly advise for you to apply within the next couple of days if you are interested. Get more details.
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Hi Wikipedia Campus Ambassadors, Online Ambassadors, and Regional
The Wikimedia Foundation officially announced a new job opening yesterday -
the "*U.S. Education Program Associate*," which will be a full-time 12-month
contract position starting as soon as possible. As the Public Policy
Initiative transitions to the Global Education Program - expanding beyond
public policy and expanding to more and more countries - we are looking for
someone to facilitate the continual growth and improvement of our activities
in the United States. For the fall 2011 semester alone, we will have around
1,600 students on board this program in the U.S. (that number is a rough
estimate), and that number will only increase in the subsequent semesters;
we also have a growing number of Campus Ambassadors and Online Ambassadors,
and we're looking to increase the number of Regional Ambassadors within the
next months. We've already built up solid volunteer leadership in the U.S.,
and we're now looking for a person who will support and mentor these
volunteer leaders, working through them to grow the U.S. wing of the Global
Education Program both quantitatively and qualitatively. The U.S. Education
Program Associate will be an integral part of the Global Education Program
I would like to warmly encourage you to apply for this position, if it can
fit into your life schedule and if it appeals to your interests. As a
Wikipedia Ambassador, you already have an edge in the application pool over
candidates who have never participated in the program themselves. Preference
will be given to applicants who have demonstrated success in a Wikipedia
Ambassador role, although other relevant volunteer or job experiences are
certainly also beneficial.
You should especially apply if you're interested in any of the following:
- Joining a collaborative, energetic, and small (but growing) team that
runs the Global Education Program at the Wikimedia Foundation
- Developing yourself professionally and personally: our explicit
intention with the U.S. Education Program Associate position is to provide
substantial professional mentorship to the person who occupies it. We want
you to grow on this job - as a team coordinator, a leader, a problem-solver
- and will help you with that!
- Introducing an innovative, real-world teaching approach to more
- Developing teams, mentoring volunteers, empowering others, and building
- Taking on unique and complex challenges
- Making a large impact - on the national level - in the world of higher
education, free knowledge, and online and offline communities
- Joining the non-profit organization that runs the largest free online
Please see here<http://wikimediafoundation.org/wiki/RFP/US_Education_Program_Associate>
for more details about the position and how to apply. Email me if you have
Thank you all.
Global Education Program Manager