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Students benefit, survey results show
Students at universities in the United States and Canada found that contributing to
Wikipedia as a class assignment through the Wikipedia Education Program improved their
media literacy and technology skills, according to survey results from the fall 2011 term.
About two-thirds of the respondents agreed that doing a Wikipedia assignment was a
beneficial experience, with almost 20 percent of them strongly in favor of a Wikipedia
assignment in place of a traditional term paper. See more of the survey results.
Canadian class adds two Good Articles
University of Alberta - Augustana Psychology Professor Paula Marentette asked her students
to expand two articles on course-related topics this year for her Language Acquisition
class. The result? The seven students in her class worked together to get two articles,
vocabulary development and joint attention, to Good Article status on the English
Wikipedia. In a blog post published on the Wikimedia Foundation blog, the students
describe their reaction to the assignment, and Dr. Marentette describes the learning
outcomes for her students. Read the post.
Cairo Pilot student writes French election article
A student in Professor Hoda Abaza's French class at Ain Shams University, one of the
courses participating in the Cairo Pilot of the Wikipedia Education Program, has created
an article on the French presidential elections in 2012 from scratch. The student's
work is part of an extracurricular assignment, and the article has attracted attention and
praise from editors in the Arabic Wikipedia community. The page received more than 2,000
hits, most of them on the day of the election last week. See the article.
Brazil students start editing in sandboxes
Five courses at two universities in Brazil are participating in a pilot this year, and
students have already started editing in their sandboxes for some classes, including an
electromagnetism class taught by Professor Edivaldo Santos. Professor Santos chose 14
articles for students to improve on the Portuguese Wikipedia, and already, students have
started making edits to the articles in sandboxes, such as the Helmholtz Theorem
See a full report on the current status of the Brazil pilot for more information.
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