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This Month in Education

Volume 6 | Issue 1 | February 2017

This monthly newsletter showcases the Wikipedia Education Program. It focuses on sharing: your ideas, stories, success and challenges. Check out our past editions. You can also volunteer to help publish the newsletter. Join the team!

In This Issue

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Featured Topic


Newsletter update

Common Challenges: Time is not an unlimited resource

From the Community


Medical students' contributions reach 200 articles in an innovative elective course at Tel Aviv University.

Wikilesa: Working with university students on human rights

An auspicious wiki beginning at university in the Basque Country

The Wikipedia Education Program kicks off in Finland

The Brief Story of Mrgavan WikiClub

Citizen Science and biodiversity in school projects on Wikispecies, Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons

From the Education Team


WMF Education Program to be featured at the Asian Conference for Technology in the Classroom

Opportunities to grow in Oman

An invitation to participate in the "Hundred Words" campaign!

Education Collab Updates its Membership Criteria

In the News


What Students Can Learn By Writing For Wikipedia

Online communities are supercharging people's careers

Using open source to empower students in Tanzania

Signpost Special Issue: Wikipedia in Education


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Newsletter update

The newsletter gets a fresh update, thanks to your ideas and contributions! For future editions we can use: more volunteers, more discussion, more great articles. read more...


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Common Challenges: Time is not an unlimited resource

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Tighe touches on a common challenge that impacts education programs: The greatest resource that our Movement has is human power and energy. The volunteers and staff that run education programs work extremely hard and are very passionate about their jobs. The amount of energy and work one human being can put into an activity does have limits, however. It’s not an unlimited and “free” resource, although we oftentimes think of it that way. read more...

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Medical students' contributions reach 200 articles in an innovative elective course at Tel Aviv University.

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On October 2013, an innovative, for-credit, elective course dedicated to Wikipedia opened at Sackler School of Medicine, Tel Aviv University. The semester-long course (13-14 weeks), called "Wiki-Med", had a simple idea in mind – give students an opportunity to sharpen their academic, digital and collaborative skills, while contributing high quality medical content to Wikipedia; or in other words – ensure students' academic work makes a difference and has a positive impact not only on them, but also on the broader community, by curating their work in Wikipedia and its sister projects. read more...

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Wikilesa: Working with university students on human rights

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During 2015-2016 we carried out four activities called "Wikilesa", designed to edit existing information on Wikipedia about the Human Rights Violations that took place in Argentina during the last Military Dictatorship (1976-1983). With our partner Cosecha Roja, a specialized news portal about justice and human rights, we trained teachers, university students, activists and researchers to learn how to use Wikipedia and how to edit existing information, improve and create new content. read more...


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An auspicious wiki beginning at university in the Basque Country

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The pilot cooperation program for the autumn term at the Basque Public University was completed in December 2016. A fruitful edit-a-thon in a privileged setting propelled the run-up to the deadline. Following a positive outcome, the wiki program is set for a follow-up in the winter term.read more...


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The Wikipedia Education Program kicks off in Finland

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Universities are getting ready to join the Education program in Finland during 2017. read more...




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The Brief Story of Mrgavan WikiClub

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This is the story of the establishment of a WikiClub called Mrgavan WikiClub, located in Mrgavan town, Armenia. This could not happen if a student from the Mrgavan High School - Christian Ginosyan did not propose to open a WikiClub in his village. read more...




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Citizen Science and biodiversity in school projects on Wikispecies, Wikidata and Wikimedia Commons

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Argostoli Evening School has been active on the Wikimedia projects for ten years now. This year's tenth-grade project on the wild flora of Kefalonia introduces the principles of Citizen Science to school projects by getting the students involved in editing Wikispecies and exploring biodiversity read more...




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From the Education Team

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WMF Education Program to be featured at the Asian Conference for Technology in the Classroom

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Nichole of the WMF Education Team has been accepted as a featured speaker for the 2017 Asian Conference on Technology in the Classroom. She will present a 90 minute workshop that will give educators a basic understand of why Wikimedia projects belong in the classroom and the basic tools and resources available to start a project. read more...


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Opportunities to grow in Oman

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The WEP was represented by Tighe Flanagan at the Free and Open Source Software Initiative, hosted by the Sultan Qaboos University in Oman in February 2017. The organizers and attendees were eager to learn more about using Wikipedia in the classroom as a teaching tool. The presentation focused on some unique characteristics about Arabic Wikipedia. read more...


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An invitation to participate in the "Hundred Words" campaign!

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We would like to invite you to participate in the "A Hundred Words" Campaign! In this campaign, we are creating a picture card deck that any facilitator can use for ice breakers during events and activities across the movement. To participate in the campaign, you simply choose a picture from Wikimedia Commons and submit it to a corresponding word from our word list or pin it to our Pinterest page. read more...

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Education Collab updates membership criteria

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The Education Collab moves to open membership. read more...


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In the News

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Students Can Learn By Writing For Wikipedia

NPR Higher Ed article on the value of having students edit Wikipedia. The article features WikiEdu and LiAnna Davis! read more...

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Online communities are supercharging people's careers

A Business Insider article about the value of sharing expertise in online communities. Features May Hachem! read more...

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Using open source to empower students in Tanzania

A nice article about how open source technology is helping students in Tanzania have access to quality educational opportunities. It mentions Wikipedia as part of a free digital library collection that is available to students offline. read more...

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Signpost Special Issue: Wikipedia in Education

A monthly overview of recent academic research about Wikipedia and other Wikimedia projects, edited jointly with the Wikimedia Research Committee and republished as the Wikimedia Research Newsletter. This month's edition focuses on research about the role of Wikipedia in education. read more...

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