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U.S. and Canada program moves to Wiki Ed Foundation
Later this month, the Wikipedia Education Program in the United States and Canada will
officially move from being directed by the Wikimedia Foundation to being directed by a new
nonprofit, the Wiki Education Foundation. The Wiki Education Foundation is run by
volunteer academics and Wikipedians. Jami Mathewson will continue as program manager for
the United States and Canada, but as an employee of the Wiki Education Foundation now. For
more on the transition, see a blog post from Wiki Education Foundation board member Mike
New video offers advice on avoiding plagiarism
In light of the plagiarism research reported last month, we've updated the guidance we
offer students during the online training with a new video. Many students struggle to
understand how close is too close when it comes to paraphrasing, or fail to understand how
important it is to properly attribute quotations to appropriate sources. This video
clearly explains what plagiarism is, why it's bad for Wikipedia, and what happens when
editors get caught plagiarizing. Watch the video.
Program aligned with themes at WISE conference
The World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE) took place in Doha from October 29-31.
More than 1,000 attendees from all around the world — including Wikimedia Foundation Arab
World Education Program Manager Tighe Flanagan — took part in the three-day event, which
featured keynotes, panels, and discussions with leaders and innovators in the education
sector. Digital/web literacy and open education were constant themes during the summit.
Tighe also explored the possibility of expanding the Wikipedia Education Program Arab
World into universities in Qatar. Take advantage of the WISE 2013 video archives and see
what people were saying.
Feedback sought on new Welcome to Wikipedia draft
As part of the revamp of the Welcome to Wikipedia brochure, feedback is being sought on a
new draft. The complete overhaul of the brochure focuses the new text on what brand new
contributors really need to know before adding content to Wikipedia. See the draft and
offer your feedback.
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