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.

Wikipedia Ambassadors trained in Cairo
Cairo Campus Ambassador trainingThe Cairo Pilot is gearing up for the start of the term in Egypt. Local Arabic Wikipedians led a training of 10 new Campus Ambassadors (pictured at left) in Cairo in mid-January, and another 10 Campus Ambassadors will be trained later this month. Another 16 Online Ambassadors have signed up to help students on-wiki. Seven classes are participating, and all of the professors participated in a faculty orientation in January led by two local Arabic Wikipedians and U.S. program professor Rochelle Davis. Only 3-15 of the best students from each class will be participating this term, limiting the number of students to a manageable number. See more information (in Arabic) on the course page.

U.S. program features 40 classes this term
The U.S. Education Program will feature about 40 classes, a slight decrease over last term thanks to the stricter participation requirements in place for this term (see the last issue of the Update newsletter for more on those). Students in many courses are already registering user accounts and selecting articles they will be working on. Many Campus Ambassadors have already visited classes to make their first presentations. Learn more about the courses participating this term by checking out the list of courses.

Blog post features classroom project in Mexico
Students from MexicoRegional Ambassador for Mexico Leigh Thelmadatter wrote a blog post in both English and Spanish on the Wikimedia Foundation blog highlighting her efforts to bring Wikipedia assignments into classrooms in Mexico. Leigh's students have been actively translating English Wikipedia articles to the Spanish Wikipedia, and the interested students have joined a new student club on campus. Her students even collaborated on an edit-a-thon with the Children's Museum of Indianapolis, seen in the picture at right. Read Leigh's post.

Ambassador leads online workshop about Wikipedia
Louisiana State University Campus Ambassador Rebecca Burdette is leading an online workshop through Educause about using Wikipedia as a teaching tool in higher education classrooms. Rebecca, the associate director of LSU's Communication across the Curriculum department, will cover how to integrate Wikipedia into the curriculum. Learn more about the online workshop.


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