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Polytechnic of Namibia[edit]

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Peter Gallert
  1. Name: Peter Gallert, Work: Course designer of a media literacy module at the Polytechnic of Namibia in Windhoek.

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  • First-year students used their sandboxes to either create or improve an article about Southern Africa.
  • Main module objectives were;
    • Acquiring the syntax capabilities to edit Wikipedia
    • evaluating the reliability of sources
    • mini-research on a local topic.
  • We restricted students to obviously notable concepts (geography, historic events, political office holders, requested articles).
  • Acceptable work ("pass") was incorporated in main space after the respective course has ended.

This project was suspended in 2012 and will not be reinstated in its old format. The reason is that we could not manage the fast growth of this course (2015: 3,500 students), and the implications this had for the Wikipedia community. The evaluation of the 2012 student work is still backlogged.

As of the first academic term 2015 (start: February 2015) the exercise is back in the course but its delivery is voluntary. We will report back whether the uptake of the voluntary exercise was worth the effort of developing the Wikipedia-specific course material.

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Namibia Knowledge Portal[edit]

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  1. Name: Peter Gallert, Work: Wikipedia ambassador doing outreach to rural Namibian Schools

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  • Underutilised computer labs at six pilot schools in rural Omaheke Region are used to convey computer and Internet training, including basic courses on Wikipedia editing

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