Wikipedia Education Program Update

Welcome to the Wikipedia Education Update — a newsletter from the Wikimedia Foundation that is distributed the first and third Tuesday of each month. Someone from our staff has talked with you about our Wikipedia Education Program to bring Wikipedia into higher education classrooms around the world, and we wanted to keep you in the loop on all of our exciting activities. If you would prefer not to receive these messages, simply reply to the email and ask for your address to be removed. Learn more about subscribing or read the archives.

Egypt program produces great results
Jordan workshopThe results from the second term of the Egypt program are in, and students are dramatically improving the Arabic Wikipedia for the better. Students at Ain Shams University and Cairo University added nearly 6 million bytes of content to the Arabic Wikipedia last term, and the are now making up 10 percent of the total active editors on the Arabic Wikipedia. The program has now expanded to Jordan, Algeria, and Saudi Arabia as well. Learn more about the program.

U.S. Ambassador featured on WMF blog
Chanitra BishopChanitra Bishop, a librarian at Indiana University Bloomington, started volunteering for the Wikipedia Education Program in its pilot phase in fall 2010, and she's been active in the program ever since, serving as a Campus Ambassador and Regional Ambassador. As a librarian, Chanitra interacts with students in teaching them both how to use and how to edit Wikipedia. Learn more about Chanitra's views on Wikipedia by reading this profile of her.

Program leaders gather to share learnings
Program leadersMore than 40 people gathered in Milan, Italy, last month for an Education Program Leaders Workshop. Participants shared progress and plans for education efforts happening in more than 25 countries worldwide. The enthusiasm for Wikipedia Education Program efforts is large, and participants were happy to discuss the breadth of activities happening worldwide. Learn more.

Canadian professor gives translation assignment
Julie McDonough Dolmaya, a professor at York University in Canada, asked her students last term to translate articles from the French Wikipedia into the English Wikipedia as part of their coursework. She's written a blog post reflecting on the pedagogical aspects of such an assignment for her blog. Read the post.


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