The Global Eduaction Program Update

Welcome to the Global 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 Global 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. 

U.S. program professor blogs about his experiences
Jonathan Obar"I was never a fan of Wikipedia. In fact, I was quite skeptical when I first heard about the Wikipedia Global Education Program. How things have changed." So begins a blog post on the Wikimedia Foundation Blog from Jonathan Obar, a professor at Michigan State University who participated in the Public Policy Initiative in the spring and who is serving as the Education Program's Advisor in Canada. In the blog post, Jonathan talks about how he's come to realize that Wikipedia is the most innovative tool for e-pedagogy he's found and how excited he is to be a part of the program. Read the blog post.

Welcome, Jami Mathewson!
Jami MathewsonA warm welcome to Jami Mathewson, the newest member of the Global Education Program team. As the U.S. Education Program Associate, Jami will facilitate the growth and improvement of our activities in the United States, to make sure that the U.S. wing of the Global Education Program remains high quality. In particular, she will work through the Wikipedia Regional Ambassadors (volunteer leaders in the Wikipedia Ambassador program) to both deepen and broaden the support that we give to professors, Campus Ambassadors, and Online Ambassadors in Wikipedia's use in the classroom. Leave a welcome message for Jami on her English Wikipedia talk page.

Canadian newspapers cover Education Program
An article originally written for by Jordan Press was picked up by newspapers all across Canada last week. Featuring the pioneering work of Jon Beasley-Murray at the University of British Columbia, the article explains the benefits of using Wikipedia as a teaching tool in higher education and quotes professors and librarians about their experiences using the site. To see this article and other news coverage, visit the media center on the Outreach wiki.


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