It would be interesting to see whether there's something we can learn
about Wikiversity and Wikibooks functioning and promotion, and about OER
promotion by Wikimedia chapters in general.
We wrote a short report on the Czech Ambassador Program, just in case anyone is interested... :-)Czech Ambassador Program(key notes (as of 20 February 2012))* The program has been officially running for approx. 8 months now; mainpage available at http://ambasadorstvi.wikimedia.cz (Czech only)* We are a small group of approximately 5 ambassadors and a few sympathisers. We have consulted our goals with each other (on a meeting in Prague) and with other similar initiatives (mainly people from the US ambassador program)* We currently operate mainly in Prague (Institute for Environmental Studies, Faculty of Science, Pedagogical Faculty), to a lesser extent in Olomouc (Philosophical Faculty). New project is currently being prepared in Brno (Philosophical Faculty). Some more projects are in the state of development (two secondary schools in Prague).* The ambassadors are free to decide their project‘s rules. We have developed two different strategies: ** The first brings high-qu
ality articles, but is very time-consuming, as it involves regular meetings with students and helping them, as well as a lot of editing work. Example: Institute for Environmental Studies** The second brings average-quality articles (at best), but needs little maintenance (for example, just a help page for the students + explaining how to ask for help on Wikipedia + some editing work). Example: Immunology at Faculty of Science* We found out that the best way to start new projects is to advertise the ambassador program as much as possible. It has proven of almost no use to „tell the teachers“ into establishing their projects. The motivation of the teacher is highest when he/she personally contacts us.* We have published a long interview with Petr Broz (user:Chmee2) in a national newspaper „Právo“ about Wikipedia, putting stress on his ambassador project at the Institute for Environmental Studies. * New teachers are contacting us, willing to start their own ambassador
Statistics for the winter term 2012:* Institute for Environmental Studies, Charles University – finished, 30 high-quality articles **see English report at: http://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedie:WikiProjekt_Chr%C3%A1n%C4%9Bn%C3%A1_…
* Immunology at Faculty of Science, Charles University – in progress, currently 6 articles **see list of articles at: http://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedie:Ambasadorstv%C3%AD/Pokroky_z_imunolo… * Art History at Philosophical Faculty, University of Palacky – in progress, currently about 40 articles that need some editing work (data incomplete)**see list of articles at http://cs.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedie:Ambasadorstv%C3%AD/Filozofick%C3%A1_…
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From: Leigh Thelmadatter <osamadre(a)hotmail.com>
Date: Fri, Feb 24, 2012 at 4:44 AM
Subject: Wikipedia Signpost article
To: Teachers Wikipedia <teaching-with-wikipedia(a)listserv.olemiss.edu>
Pharos has put something I wrote as a draft article for the Wikipedia
Signpost to push for an education column in the publication.
Please take a look at the draft here
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Education_report and feel free
Hope you can join us in 20 minutes for the Wikipedia Education Program
Metrics and Activities Meeting. It's a monthly open meeting where we
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