Wikipedia Education Program/News
Welcome to the Wikipedia Education Program Update -- a newsletter from the Wikimedia Foundation about efforts to bring Wikipedia into higher education classrooms. The newsletter is released on the first and third Tuesday of each month. To be notified of the latest issue, add this page to your watchlist or email LiAnna Davis (ldaviswikimedia.org), the Wikipedia Education Program Communications Manager, to be added to the distribution list.
Current Issue: 3 December 2013
Education program kicks off on English Wikinews
Wikipedia isn’t the only Wikimedia project students contribute to as part of their coursework. Over the last few terms, more and more journalism classes have started doing classroom projects on English Wikinews. In a post on the Wikimedia blog, The Wikinewsie Group’s Laura Hale offered an explanation of what students can accomplish on Wikinews and why the students benefit from this learning opportunity. Read Laura’s post.
Planning the future of course pages
Have you used the Education Program MediaWiki Extension? If so, you may notice there’s room for improvement with course pages. With our new developer Andrew Russell Green, we've started planning out the future of our course pages and other software features for Wikipedia assignments. Let us know what improvements to the software you would most like to see. Check out the planning page.
Arabic Web Days video features education program
Arab World Education Program Manager Tighe Flanagan was invited to participate in a Google Hangout conversation as part of an Arabic Web Days program. Arabic Web Days is an initiative of tech companies across the Arab World to improve the availability of information in Arabic on the internet; while more than 5 percent of the world’s population speaks Arabic, only 3 percent of the digital content available today is in Arabic. The Wikipedia Education Program Arab World is trying to change that by adding more content in Arabic to Wikipedia. Watch the video of the Hangout (in Arabic).
Past issues from the Public Policy Initiative are available on the English Wikipedia at WikiProject U.S. Public Policy.