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
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What resources do you use most in the classroom?
Professors and Ambassadors are encouraged to chime in to a discussion on wiki about which
of the non-human resources provided are most useful for students. Do your students like
specific handouts? Do they watch any screencast videos? What handout do you wish we had?
What could you not live without? Please share any thoughts.
Blog post highlights U.S. student's contributions
Davidson College student Dana Westerkam took two terms' worth of psychology classes
from Dr. Greta Munger, and in both classes, Dana wrote Wikipedia articles for class. In a
new Wikimedia Foundation blog post, Dana explains her experiences writing the articles on
confabulation and insight, and says why she prefers Wikipedia assignments to traditional
assignments. Read about Dana's experiences.
Media coverage of program grows in Arabic, English
Articles published in U.S. and Egyptian press last month discussed the Wikipedia Education
Program. An article in Youm7, a Cairo news site, describes the work students at Ain Shams
University have been doing to increase the quality and quantity of content on the Arabic
Wikipedia. Several news sites in Utah also covered the work being done by Dr. Gunseli
Berik at the University of Utah to incorporate Wikipedia as a teaching tool into her
classroom. See the list of articles.
Welcome, Sage Ross!
Sage Ross re-joined the Wikimedia Foundation staff last month in a role assisting with
communications about the Wikipedia Education Program. In his new role, Sage is responsible
for answering questions about the program on-wiki, communicating successes and learning
points, and developing and updating a series of help resources for students and
professors. Sage edits outside of work as User:Ragesoss, and he was a team member
instrumental in setting up the Wikipedia Ambassador Program on the English Wikipedia.
Leave Sage a note welcoming him on his talk page.
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