WIKIPEDIA EDUCATION PROGRAM
The Wikimedia Foundation has been experimenting over the last year with a small pilot project to support college and university instructors who assign their students to contribute to Wikipedia. In a nutshell, instructors assign their students to write Wikipedia articles as part of the class, often supported by a team of volunteer Wikipedia Ambassadors who provide guidance both in-person and virtually.
Now through the Wikipedia Education Program, we're rolling out to more countries and all academic disciplines. We're looking for instructors who want to run Wikipedia assignments in their classes for the upcoming term, as well as volunteers who want to be trained as Wikipedia Campus Ambassadors—students, university staff, or local Wikipedia supporters—who teach the basics of Wikipedia to students in person.
We have a range of resources for designing Wikipedia assignments and introducing students to different aspects of Wikipedia. Instructors who run major Wikipedia assignments can be designated Wikipedia Teaching Fellows and are eligible for support from trained Wikipedia Ambassadors.
Wikipedia Campus Ambassadors provide face-to-face Wikipedia training and support on university campuses, particularly in classes where the instructors are incorporating Wikipedia-editing into the curriculum. You don't need to be a Wikipedia expert beforehand to volunteer for this role; you just need a passion for teaching and enthusiasm about Wikipedia.
I'm interested in starting a Wikipedia student club
Another way to support Wikipedia in education is to start a Wikipedia student club. These clubs are starting up all over the world, and we have a step-by-step guide to getting started.