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Welcome to the Newsroom! :) The newsletter is published at the middle of each month. The deadline is the 10th of each month. Submissions are welcome from anyone involved with Wikipedia/Wikimedia and education. Click the edit tab at the top of this page to add your news. Concerned about your English or your writing skills? We can write your article for you! Click here for help. Thank you for contributing to This Month In Education. :)


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9th grade students in Be'er Sheva, Israel conclude a year-long project on Wikipedia[edit]

By (Wikimedia Israel)

Snippet: 9th grade students in Be'er Sheva, Israel wrote articles about their city and region to strengthen their sense of belonging and responsibility for their city.

( User:AKoval (WMF) will add article contents from WMIL...)

Greek university giving credit for translation of Wikipedia articles[edit]

By Konstantinos Stampoulis (WCUG-GR)

Snippet: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki students in a postgraduate course will translate Wikipedia articles from Italian to Greek for academic credit.

Professors and students of the School of Italian Language and Literature with a Wikipedian.

Starting with the 2014/2015 academic year, will receive contributions from the postgraduate students in course on translation in the School of Italian Language and Literature, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Professor Eleni Kassapi, director of the course, has agreed that the school will be giving assignments for translation of Wikipedia articles from Italian to Greek, starting with articles on theory of translation and expanding to other subjects as needed. The school will formally include the activity in the course's curriculum, and the students will be awarded with a predetermined amount of ECTS-credits for their amount of work and each student will complete up to 180 hours. A course on translation from Spanish will get assignments to translate articles on Humanities from Spanish to Greek. The program started with a lecture on September 15, 2014 by Konstantinos Stampoulis, a member of Wikimedia Community User Group Greece.

Education programs exist in Aristotle University of Thessaloniki annually since 2010, in the Schools of Medicine and Mathematics. These programs are based on the translation of articles from English to Greek Wikipedia, giving priority to high importance and best quality articles. Although translation is not among the skills demanded from mathematicians or medicine doctors, those projects had a major impact on Greek Wikipedia, filling major gaps on those thematic fields. We have great expectations from this new project in the School of Italian Language and Literature, since this time the translation will be the work of future professional translators.

Read more about the Wikipedia Education Program in Greece here.

Wikipedia in Secondary and Adult Education: presentation at CIE2014 in Corfu, Greece[edit]

By Mina Theofilatou, Marios Magioladitis and Konstantinos Skiadopoulos.

Snippet: Three educators demonstrate how Wikipedia editing in adult education settings can generate interesting content while boosting self-confidence of learners.

Marios Magioladitis wearing a "Wikipedia belongs in education" T-shirt while presenting at CIE2014 in Corfu, Greece.

Wikimedia Education Programmes are primarily geared to the needs of primary, secondary and tertiary schooling. But what about adult education? Three educators discussed their experience using Wikipedia as a teaching tool in adult and second-chance learners' settings.

The paper "OERs in Secondary and Adult Education: Wikipedia" they co-authored was presented at the Conference on Informatics in Education (CIE) which was held 10 - 12 October 2014 in Corfu, Greece. The ultimate goal of the presentation was to encourage more educators to get involved in Wikipedia and Wikimedia editing by showing that subjects adult students are well acquainted with can generate ideas for interesting contributions!

Mina Theofilatou from Argostoli Evening Secondary School has used Wikipedia editing in her classes since 2007, with impressive results. With students from every imaginable walk of life, their contributions to Greek Wikipedia range from a photo of swimming sheep by a student shepherd, to an article on pyrography and icons created by the recent graduate Father Vassilios, to Kefalonia's Wind Farms in the context of a school project on Renewable Energy Sources. The school's latest project involved two "open science" galleries on Wikimedia Commons (read Wikimedia blog post here).

Kostas Skiadopoulos from Kastellani Middle School used a teamwork approach and encouraged his students to create articles on local sites of interest in Corfu.

Marios Magioladitis from Corfu Second-Chance School worked on Wikipedia with his students and then handed out questionnaires asking for their opinion on the experience. Most were excited and stated that Wikipedia editing was one of their favourite online activities!

The three intend to continue introducing new Wikimedia approaches to their teaching methods and will report again soon with their findings. :)

Read more about the Wikipedia Education Program in Greece here.

Wikicamp 2014 in Serbia and Hungary brings chapters together![edit]

By Ivana Madžarević and Miroslav Loci (Wikimedia Serbia)

Participants of Wikicamp 2014 from WMRS and WMHU.
Edit-a-thon at Wikicamp 2014 from WMRS and WMHU.

Snippet: Three days, two countries, and many highly-motivated participants, resulted in hundreds of photographs and 32 articles.

Wikimedia Serbia and Wikimedia Hungary organized Wikicamp Palic-Szeged 2014 (Вики Камп Палић-Сегедин) for the first time ever this summer. The goal of this three-day event was to promote networking and to develop stronger relationships among the chapters.

During the last weekend of August, 20 volunteers, many of them students at the University of Belgrade from various faculities, gathered at Palić and Szeged. Activities included workshops on editing Wikipedia, an edit-a-thon, a photo tour, and a creative workshop for problem solving relevant case studies. Participants "camped" in student dorms at the University of Szeged.

Three days, two cities, and many highly-motivated participants, resulted in hundreds of photographs and 32 articles on Serbian Wikipedia on topics related to Serbia and Hungary, such as history, geography, religious architecture, and political science.

All articles and attendees are listed here (in English and in Serbian).

Many photos are available on Commons; and more are still being uploaded.

More information about this collaboration will soon be published in the Wikimedia Blog.

Read more about the Wikipedia Education Program in Serbia here.


Swedish teacher wins national award for teaching with Wikimedia projects[edit]

By Sara Mörtsell (Wikimedia Sweden)

Ylva Pettersson talks about her teaching and Wikipedia, from 2012 (Swedish).

Snippet: Teacher awarded with national honorary prize for using Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects.

The Swedish Foundation for Computers in Education (Datorn i Utbildningen), awarded teacher Ylva Pettersson with the jury's honorary prize for her long term work with Wikipedia in Education and pioneering teaching using Wikiversity and Wikibooks with students to openly share their learning and knowledge with the educators' community in Sweden, and contributing to the positive development of ICT and media in education. Ylva was awarded with the "Gold Apple" award (Guldäpplet) by the Foundation for Computers in Education in 2012. She is also a Wikipedian on Swedish Wikipedia and board member of Wikimedia Sweden.

Read Wikimedia Sverige's blog post here.

Read DIU's press release here.

Read more about the Wikipedia Education Program in Sweden here.

Bulgarian students will explore Wikipedia in a new lecture course on "New Media and Participatory Culture"[edit]

By Spiritia and Laveol (Bulgarian Wikipedia)

Snippet: Bulgarian university offers a Wikipedia research course.

Prof. Nelly Ognyanova and Vassia Atanassova with the students of the "New Media and Participatory Culture" course. 16 October 2014

In the 2014/2015 academic year, Wikipedia will become again the core subject of research in a Bulgarian university lecture course. After the "Wikipedia and Wiki Technologies" course in Plovdiv University, now the topic of Wikipedia is introduced in the "New Media and Participatory Culture" lecture course for the students in "European Studies" major in Sofia University, read by the prominent media law expert Prof. Nelly Ognyanova.

The lecture course aims to present the new media - blogs, social networks and new interactive forms of information dissemination and communication. Traditional and new media are compared in search of answers to the questions about the democratization of media in the digital society, about new media as instruments of civil participation, as well as regarding their performance in their mission to inform society.

Every year, guest lecturers from the areas of traditional and new media, journalism and creative writing are invited to take part: professor on cultural anthropology Prof. Ivaylo Ditchev, writers Georgi Gospodinov and Marin Bodakov, journalist Polina Paunova.

In the 2014/2015 edition of the course, the invited guest lecturer is Vassia Atanassova, PhD (User:Spiritia), administrator of the Bulgarian Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons, and she will be assisted by Wikipedia editor Petar Galev, who is a PhD student of Prof. Ognyanova. Their aim will be to teach students of the specifics of Wikipedia and its place and role within the ecosystem of new participatory forms of media, of sharing knowledge as a way to live and consume media content, as well as the critical thinking needed to survive in the jungle of web information. Students will be given the chance to get thorough hands-on experience by writing articles in Wikipedia, by contributing with freely licensed illustrative content, as well as with investigations of the use and appearance of Wikipedia in news, court cases or academic studies in Bulgaria.

Read more about the educational Wikimedia projects in Bulgaria here.

Bulgarian college teachers "became nodes" in the Wikipedia Network[edit]

By Vassia Atanassova (Bulgarian Wikipedia)

On October 13, 2014, a 3-hour lecture was given to teachers from the College of Telecommunications and Post in Sofia, discussing various issues related to Wikipedia and wikis. In Bulgaria, this probably was the first lecture dedicated to Wikipedia, which was especially targeted to teachers, rather than students. The lecture, titled "Network Aspects of Wikipedia", read by Vassia Atanassova, PhD, is part of a stream of professional development lectures under the heading of "Abstract Networks", which researchers from the Institute of Mathematics and Informatics and other institutes of the Bulgarian Academy of Sciences are delivering to the CTP.

The aim of the lecture was to reveal the philosophy and technology of Wikipedia: Wikipedia as a hyperlinked and referenced network of knowledge, free resources and language versions, as well as a network community of readers, volunteering contributors, software developers. It was discussed as a socio-technical system, where interesting phenomena of synergy and stigmergy take place, and help changing the landscape of the Internet.

Wikipedia and its sister projects were also presented in the context of traditional and new media, and special attention was paid to the controversies of usage of Wikipedia in the classroom. The meeting was on the crossing point of Wikipedia and higher education and the discussion covered all the pros and cons, all the whethers, whens and how tos of using Wikipedia and wikis in educational context.


Data Collection Round II has started: be part![edit]

By María Cruz (Learning & Evaluation team, Wikimedia Foundation)

Snippet: WMF data collection continues through November 3. Education program leaders urged to report program impacts.

Help us build a bird's eye view of Wikimedia programs.

The Learning & Evaluation team started the data collection initiative last year, with the goal of gathering data about Wikimedia programs. That time, 60 program leaders from 30 different countries reported their program's inputs, outputs and outcomes. Of those 60 reports, only 6 reports were from education programs.

With your help, we can build a bird's eye view of the movement's programs and projects, understand what works best for each aim, and help grow the awesome! Last year, our team put together the Program Report (beta). For this round, we have increased the number of programs to include GLAM initiatives and Wiki Loves Monuments as well.

If you coordinated a program or project from September 1, 2013, to September 30, 2014, you can submit your program's data to this II Round. You can first preview the reporting items on this doc, and when you are ready, fill in the reporting collector by clicking here.

If you have already reported on your programs, or have been collecting data in a different way, we can have you share in another format. Reach out to us at eval@wikimedia.org, or leave a message on my talk page.

Bear in mind that deadlines are already close! Data submissions for Education Programs are due by November 3rd. Please review all deadlines (starting October 20) in the Announcement in the News & Events section of the Evaluation portal on Meta wiki.

Help us showcase your efforts to promote Wikimedia! Submit your data today!


Education Program Extension enabled on Catalan Wikipedia[edit]

By Mariona Aragay, (Amical Wikimedia)

Snippet: Catalan Wikipedia becomes the 13th Wikipedia to enable the Education Program MediaWiki extension.

Education Program Extension on MediaWiki.org

In September 2014, the Education Program Extension was enabled on. The Education Program Extension was developed by the Wikimedia Foundation to assist educators and Wikimedians in their joint efforts to support classes of students editing articles on Wikipedia. It is currently enabled on 15 Wikimedia projects: 13 language versions of Wikipedia and on 2 other Wikimedia projects, including English Wikinews and German Wikiversity.

During the summertime, Catalan editors agreed to install the extension and on September 27 the official request was made. The extension is currently being translated and adjusted by the Catalan editors community, who are eager to put it to use as soon as possible. Educational programs are currently growing fast at the Catalan Wikipedia, as more Universities join the EduWiki projects and start new others. Thus, this newly-enabled tool is hoped to be of help in order in consolidating Educational Programs in the Catalan region.

Read more about the educational Wikimedia projects in Catalonia here.


Education Program Extension enabled on Ukrainian Wikipedia[edit]

By Yuriy Bulka (Wikimedia Ukraine)

Snippet: Ukrainian Wikipedia becomes the 12th Wikipedia to enable the Education Program MediaWiki extension.

Education Program Extension on MediaWiki.org

In May 2014, Ukrainian Wikipedia joined the Education Program Extension-enabled wikis after having an on-wiki discussion resulting in a request to enable the extension, which was already fully translated into Ukrainian by a dedicated Wikipedian prior to the request. The Education Program Extension was developed by the Wikimedia Foundation to assist educators and Wikimedians in their joint efforts to support classes of students editing articles on Wikipedia. It is currently enabled on 15 Wikimedia projects: 13 language versions of Wikipedia and on 2 other Wikimedia projects, including English Wikinews and German Wikiversity.

Currently, the extension is not yet actively used by educators in Ukraine as Ukrainian Wikipedia community prepares documentation and on-wiki infrastructure, however, with the start of the semester several introductory wiki-trainings have been held in Lviv and Kyiv, and more are planned. In the past, Wikimedia Ukraine has signed agreements with several Ukrainian universities (including Taras Shevchenko Kyiv National University, Kyiv Polytechnic Institute, Kharkiv Polytechnic Institute and others), however Wikimedians in Ukraine were struggling in maintaining the growth of the program. Recently, new contacts were established and the idea of the Wikipedia Education Program in Ukraine is met with enthusiasm among educators very often. Thus, the WEP community in Ukraine hopes to use the Education Program Extension to boost the program in Ukraine in the following years.

Read more about the educational Wikimedia projects in Ukraine here.


Education Program Extension enabled on Dutch Wikipedia[edit]

By Romaine

Snippet: Dutch Wikipedia becomes the 11th Wikipedia to enable the Education Program MediaWiki extension.

Education Program Extension on MediaWiki.org

In March 2014, the Education Program Extension was installed on Dutch Wikipedia. The Education Program Extension was developed by the Wikimedia Foundation to assist educators and Wikimedians in their joint efforts to support classes of students editing articles on Wikipedia. It is currently enabled on 15 Wikimedia projects: 13 language versions of Wikipedia and on 2 other Wikimedia projects, including English Wikinews and German Wikiversity.

This extension can be used for all kinds of courses, varying from short event like edit-a-thons to longer academic courses. Several volunteers are currently writing documentation for future users of the extension and their specific roles (teacher, student, etc.). Currently Wikimedia Netherlands is studying how to set up a programme together with educational institutions. In the meanwhile, the extension is already been used for edit-a-thons.

Read more about the Wikipedia Education Program in the Netherlands here.


New classes and activities at Tec de Monterrey[edit]

By Leigh Thelmadatter (Tec de Monterrey/Wiki Learning)

Snippet: Eight classes, video documentation, over 1000 photos and a photo contest at Tec de Monterrey

Group photo of the intermediate English class taught by Jlkmaestra

During the past month, seven clases at Tec de Monterrey, Mexico City Campus have begun projects, mostly translation of articles from English to Spanish and photography. These classes range from 2 at the intermediate level (Remedial III) to advanced (Sello A). Their work is being documented both at the education extension in es wiki here] and in Outreach Wiki here as the education extension is project-specific. One course in advanced German, Alemán IV (taught by JesúsHerreradelRío), has completed a translation assignment, the first from German to Spanish at the school. This was a little more time consuming than the usual English-Spanish translations as es.wiki does not recognized much of the German-language coding (such as for references and images) and it was necessary to change these manually.

Servicio social Wikipedian Xiuhcoatl Xiuhuitl helps a primary school teacher correct a Wikipedia article

On September 26, a basic training session was held on campus for primary school teachers. This is part of the Mati Wiki project, which has the aim of expanding a current program in the use of smart phones for primary school mathematics to other activities. The pilot program will select ten students from each of three primary schools to write articles and otherwise document the neighborhoods where the schools are found. The purpose of this training session was to familiarize teachers with how to get involved with Wikipedia and provide support to participating students.

Tec de Monterrey has approved a project to start video documenting Wiki projects at the school. This has begun with the filming of the aforementioned German class and training for primary school teachers as well as a communications class taught by Paula Ricaurte.

The community service (servicio social) students working with Wikipedia this semester have so far completed over 70 articles in es.wiki and have uploaded over 1,000 photographs to Commons.

The third annual "Día de Muertos Estilo Wiki" (Day of the Dead Wiki Style) is scheduled to run from Oct 20 to November 8. Day of the Dead is an important cultural tradition in Mexico, with the aim of honoring the dead and ancestors. The aim of the contest is not only to document how it is observed in its numerous variations but also to encourage students and professors to consider Wikimedia Commons and Wikipedia as learning platforms for class projects. This year, the contest as been expanded from Campus Ciudad de México to two others in the metropolitan area, Campus Santa Fe and Campus Estado de México, supported by local campus libraries whose staff received formal Commons training on Oct 16 to support participating students. The contest rules are here (in Spanish)

Read more about the Wikipedia Education Program at the Tec de Monterrey here.


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Wikipedia, a Professor's Best Friend[edit]

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In the Chronicle of Higher Education, Polish Professor Dariusz Jemielniak explains why he encourages his students to edit and develop Wikipedia and why he suggests that academics engage with the site as authors as well. Read the full article here.


Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales visits school in Wembley[edit]

Jimmy Wales.

A report of Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales's visit to a secondary school in Wembley in the United Kingdom to speak to students about the secret of his success (failure) and the impact of technology including Wikipedia in education. Read the full article here.


Wikipedia grows up on college campuses[edit]

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Radio talk show host in California Bruce Maiman writes in the Sacramento Bee talking about how college students are changing how Wikipedia develops. Included are interviews with Diana Strassmann, a Rice University professor and chairwoman of the Wiki Education Foundation, LiAnna Davis, also of the Wiki Education Foundation, and Tighe Flanagan, of the Wikimedia Foundation's Wikipedia Education Program. Read the full article here.


Get to Know the Wiki Education Foundation[edit]

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The New Media Consortium reviews the history of the Wiki Education Foundation, their recent contributions to Wikimania London, and their support for classroom projects in the United States and Canada. Read the full article here.

WikiEducation: fear it or love it?[edit]

Dr. Nicola Davies explores the value for students learning how to write and edit a Wikipedia article by undertaking the 12-week Wikipedia Education Syllabus in Australia. Read the full article in Education Today.