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Can beginners write high-quality articles? Czech students prove yes again!

Another winter term is coming to an end at Czech universities and we can again evaluate how students of Faculty of Science, Charles University in Prague, succeeded in improving Wikipedia articles about Czech protected areas this year. A total of 36 enrolled students of “Nature and Landscape Protection” (6 more students than last year) took part in the cooperation between the faculty and WikiProject Protected areas, organized under patronation of Students Write Wikipedia program and Wikimedia Czech Republic. Read whole story.

Blog profiles design professor in Brazil

Professor Iara Camargo

The Wikimedia Foundation blog recently published a profile of Iara Camargo, a professor of design in Brazil who participated in the Wikipedia Education Program last term. She joined students in her Editorial Design course in improving articles on the Portuguese Wikipedia about subjects such as designers, design concepts, and publishing houses. Iara wrote an article on book design as part of her work with her students. Learn more about her experiences by reading the post.

U.S. student achieves Good Article on Mu wave

Ingrid Haugen

Ingrid Haugen, a recent graduate of Roosevelt University in Chicago, was excited to learn that in her final term of work, she would be taking a class participating in the Association for Psychological Sciences Wikipedia Initiative. Ingrid's professor, Lisa Lu, asked Ingrid and her classmates to work together to improve articles related to brain and behavior on the English Wikipedia. Ingrid chose to work on the article Mu wave, and though her and her classmates' efforts, the article achieved Good Article status in December. Learn more about Ingrid's work.

Program update from Wikimedia Argentina

Vikipetã mbo'eha kotýpe, the booklet in Guarani

Wikimedia Argentina has been hard at work on encouraging the use of Wikipedia in education for several years. In 2010, they published a brochure in Spanish titled "Wikipedia en el aula", or Wikipedia in the classroom. Last month, they released a translated version of the brochure in Guarani, an indigenous language spoken by people in northeastern Argentina, southern Brazil, western Bolivia, and Paraguay. The Spanish version is so popular that the Argentine government highlighted it in a space on their education website. See more about the program.