Wikipedia Education Program/News/18 December 2012
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U.S. student profiled on Wikimedia blog
Washington University senior Kevin Li's work on Wikipedia was featured on the Wikimedia Foundation's blog earlier this month. Kevin, a student in Joan Strassmann's Behavioral Ecology course, contributed an article on worker policing to the English Wikipedia. Kevin started the article, and it has now achieved Good Article status. Read more about Kevin's experiences.
Education Program kicks off in Sweden
Sophie Österberg, the education manager for Wikimedia Sverige, has written a detailed update on the kick-off of the Wikipedia Education Program in Sweden. She and the rest of the team in Sweden have been meeting with instructors and institutions to determine the best ways of working Wikipedia into the curriculum in Sweden. Wikimedia Sverige has also produced T-shirts and brochures for the program, and they're excited about the results so far: many instructors have expressed interest in being part of the program, and they've started to build relationships. Learn more about the Swedish education program's activities.
Brazilian professor's work featured on blog
Professor Yuri Leite of the Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo in Vitória, Brazil, has been using Wikipedia in his courses since 2009, when he taught a class on the Charles Darwin book "The Origin of Species" and had his students update the article on the book on the Portuguese Wikipedia as he went along. Now, his students have contributed to improving the information on evolution available on the Portuguese Wikipedia for several terms, and Yuri looks forward to continuing to grow the available articles. Read more about his motivations for doing the project.
Fundraiser highlights program participant
Adrianne Wadewitz is a pioneer in teaching with Wikipedia. She asked her students to contribute articles as part of coursework before there was a formal program, and she has participated in the program as both a professor and a Campus Ambassador. This year, Adrianne's work is being recognized as well by the Wikimedia Foundation fundraisers, who featured her in a blog post and video interview about the impact of Wikipedia. Adrianne talks about her experiences teaching with Wikipedia in the interview. Watch the video.
Cairo student creates "class struggle" article
A student in Dr. Hoda Abaza's French translation class at Ain Shams University in Cairo created the article on the Arabic Wikipedia on "class struggle" as part of her coursework. User:Sherine_ashraf translated the extensive article from the French Wikipedia, including 42 citations. Read the article.