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The Public Policy Initiative Update

Welcome to the Public Policy Initiative Update -- a weekly newsletter from the Wikimedia Foundation. Someone from our staff has talked with you about our Public Policy Initiative to bring Wikipedia into higher education classrooms, 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.

New sample syllabus brochure available
Sample syllabusInterested in a week-by-week breakdown of how professors might be able to incorporate Wikipedia assignments in their classes? Check out one of the newest Bookshelf materials -- the sample syllabus. Covering 12 weeks' worth of classes, the sample syllabus includes assignment suggestions, when Campus Ambassadors should be in the class, and key milestones students should have met at certain points in the semester, based on years of experience using Wikipedia as a teaching tool. Download your copy of the sample syllabus today.

ReadWriteWeb covers the Public Policy Initiative
Technology blog ReadWriteWeb's audience of early adopters learned about the work professors are doing to incorporate Wikipedia into their classroom with an article published last week. Read the article "College Credit for Improving Wikipedia - Just Don't Cite it in a Paper!"

 "Evaluating Wikipedia Article Quality" available
Evaluating Wikipedia article qualityAnother new title is now available from the Bookshelf materials. "Evaluating Wikipedia Article Quality" is a brochure that gives an overview of how articles evolve and what to look for when determining whether an article is of high or poor quality -- in other words, a way for students to gain key media literacy skills. Professors are encouraged to share the guide with their students, whether or not they are using Wikipedia assignments. Download the PDF of Evaluating Wikipedia Article Quality.

More articles featured on Did You Know?
Public Policy Initiative participants have now been featured more than 20 times on the main page of Wikipedia in the Did You Know? section, designed to highlight the newest and most recently expanded articles. Recently featured articles are listed on the Trophy Case page.

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