Wikipedia Education Program
Welcome to the hub for the Wikimedia Foundation's Wikipedia Education Program.
The Wikipedia Education Program's vision is to mobilize and empower the next generation of human-knowledge generators to contribute to Wikimedia projects. Based on the learnings from the Public Policy Initiative, a pilot program to use Wikipedia in university classrooms in the 2010–11 academic year, the Wikipedia Education Program strives to expand Wikipedia's use as a teaching tool worldwide.
Professors who participate in our program assign their students to edit Wikipedia articles as part of their coursework. Students are assisted by trained Wikipedia Ambassadors, who help both in the class and on wiki. You can get a quick introduction to how the program is structured at Wikipedia Education Program/A-Z. Additional resources are available at the Education portal.
The Canada Education Program has been running for several semesters in multiple provinces.
Students Write Wikipedia program (summary in English) piloted in the winter term 2011/2012 with almost 100 participating students. After promising results from both the winter and summer term (more than 200 participants, three major Czech universities), the program is going to kick off its second year in October 2012. Projects are being prepared.
In Italy Wikimedia Italia has realized various action in secondary schools for the 2011-2012. These initiatives are mainly located in Lombardia, Emilia Romagna and Toscana. In Lomabardia we are working with the local institution for public schools and we have organised a contest named "Autori in Wikipedia" (en., Editors in Wikipedia) where high-schools students can participate creating, translating or improving Wikipedia articles, more info on Italian Wikipedia. In Emilia Romagna, with the partnership of regional Department of tourism we have started the project "Adotta una parola va a scuola" (en., Adopt a word goes to school) where students both from primary and secondary schools choose a Wikipedia article regarding their local area (e.g. a local monument, a church, a park, a typical dish) and adopt the realative article improving and minting it, more info here. In Toscana we have partnered with the "Isituto degli Innocenti" and we are intervening in various schools with lectures (2 hours long) about Wikipedia. We also have a dedicated mailing list scuolawikimedia.it and you can subscribe here if interested. For further information about the scholastic initiatives of Wikimedia Italia you can write to: infowikimedia.it
As part of the program called "Википедија на вашиот факултет" ("Wikipedia At Your Univeristy"), Wikimedia Macedonia has been holding courses on Macedonian universities (UKIM, EURM, SEEU, UTM) for the past two years and is still expanding and attracting interest and participation. Learn more about it at the program page at official website of Wikimedia Macedonia (in Macedonian).
Programs involving student editing are in place at ITESM-Campus Ciudad de México and National Autonomous University of Mexico. Both campuses have student clubs and various programs for students to edit for credit. These include class assignments and social/community service credit for International Baccalaureate and undergraduate university students. Projects include article creation and translation (mostly English to Spanish) as well as organized events such as working with the Children's Museum of Indianapolis and articles related to the Festival Internacional Cervantino.
Program involving student editing is in place at Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology since 2008. Previously ineffective tech review-creation task was replaced with Wikipedia articles creation and improvement. Several good and single featured article were also created by students as part of the program.
The course of lectures and masterclasses "Wikipedia Inside: Theory, Methodology, Practice" at Open University of Skolkovo. Learn more about the course: w:ru:Проект:ОтУС. Video: http://community.sk.ru/otus/opuswiki/b/weblog/default.aspx
Since 2011 Wikimedia Austria support a very small pilot named Wiwiwiki Organizational Behaviour of nine various courses on Vorarlberg University of Applied Sciences. It is still expanding and attracting interest.
A small pilot in Brazil has kicked off. Five professors have joined the program and there are five courses in São Paulo and Rio de Janeiro universities participating of this pilot.
A pilot at two universities in Cairo will introduce students to Wikipedia editing.
Inspired by the Wikipedia Education Program, the "Education + Knowledge" department of Wikimedia Deutschland is running a small pilot of five classes. These take place in various universities throughout the summer 2012 term as part of the broad efforts of "Education + Knowledge" on increasing participation in Wikimedia projects.
The Pune Pilot wrapped up in late 2011, and program leaders are evaluating program changes to make before launching a new pilot.
The national chapter, Wikimedia UK, has been building contacts across the Higher Education sector and is looking to support university educational assignments. Contact martin.poulterwikimedia.org.uk for details. Interested academics, support staff or Wikipedians are invited to the EduWiki conference in September 2012.
Greek Wikipedians have started putting together projects which have run during 2010-2012 by active wikipedians (either in Βικιπαίδεια-Wikipedia in Greek or in Βικιβιβλία-Wikibooks in Greek). These projects have run by wikipedians who are teachers of secondary education / university professors / other active wikipedians which have served as catalysts for such programs and have acted individually with minimum support. The scope is to create a community of active supporters of Education Projects in Wikipedia, as well as to develop step-by-step instructions which will assist newcomers to catch up quicker and to provide them with support. More information as the Program develops in Η Βικιπαίδεια στην εκπαίδευση.