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U.S. Education Program professor blogs about his experiences
"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. Read the blog post.
Welcome, Jami Mathewson!
A 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 Canada.com
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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