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Hello,

Just a quick note: in the other deliverables, we have tried to refrain from using contractions ("you'll"), except in dialogue. We should probably have added it to the Editorial guidelines, but I guess we didn't. Sorry if I sound like a prig. Best wishes//Hannibal 22:36, 8 October 2010 (UTC)

Thanks, Hannibal! Good to know. -Ldavis 17:01, 12 October 2010 (UTC)

Hi Lianna, and thank you for the invitation to the new meeting. Unfortunately, I work at the given time (I'm at my school right now). Hope I wll eventually be able to make it...:)--Saintfevrier (talk) 17:20, 22 November 2011 (UTC)

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December meeting[edit]

Hi, LiAnna. I'll join the next meeting! Thanks for telling me! See you! --Everton137 (talk) 02:46, 13 December 2011 (UTC)

And January meeting[edit]

LiAnna, thanks for the note! I was already wondering when the January meeting was going to be held. In December I was loaded with work from the end of the semester, but I'm very excited to be able to join in now. Domusaurea (talk) 23:37, 11 January 2012 (UTC)

Hi! I am also wishing to join this first meeting. Again, I've forgoten the last one. I use only Linux and I've heard there are some issues with it. Can you confirm? How is it possible to test? I'll try to add on my google calendar to not forget this time! Thanks, --Everton137 (talk) 13:21, 16 January 2012 (UTC)

Hey[edit]

Hey Ldavis, couple of minutes ago I left a mail to ldavis@wikimedia.org and glam@wikimedia.org too, please do have a look at Success story and that mail too and if possible please do reply. Thanks. Arnav Sonara (talk) 20:10, 17 January 2012 (UTC)

Doodle Times[edit]

Hi, I'm confused about the time zone on the Doodle. Is that UTC or UTC-8? I'm UTC-6. I didn't see any clarification on the page. Thank you, Crtew (talk) 19:06, 13 February 2012 (UTC)

Replied on your talk page. -- LiAnna Davis (WMF) (talk) 19:15, 13 February 2012 (UTC)

February Wikipedia Education Program Metrics and Activities Meeting[edit]

Please join us for the February edition of the Wikipedia Education Program Metrics and Activities Meeting. Join us on WebEx on Wednesday, February 22 at 16:00 UTC. See outreachwiki:Wikipedia Education Program Metrics and Activities Meeting for instructions on joining and a time zone converter. Thanks! -- LiAnna Davis (WMF) (talk)

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Sorry I have to miss this meeting! Let me know how it goes... =) Annie Lin (Wikimedia Foundation) (talk) 22:39, 17 February 2012 (UTC)

Scheduling March Wikipedia Education Program Metrics and Activities Meeting[edit]

It's time to schedule the March Wikipedia Education Program Metrics and Activities Meeting. If you're interested in joining us, please add your availability to this Doodle by Wednesday, 14 March, at 17:00 UTC. If you're interested in volunteering to lead the meeting, please leave a message on my talk page! -- LiAnna Davis (WMF) (talk)

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March Wikipedia Education Program Meeting[edit]

Please volunteer to lead the meeting! Leave a message if you can help.

The March Wikipedia Education Program Metrics and Activities Meeting will be on 21 March 2012 at 20:00 UTC. We will have updates from countries around the world and Ayush Khanna will present some results of data analysis he's done on students' contributions. Instructions for joining are on the page linked above. I hope you can join us on Wednesday! -- LiAnna Davis (WMF) (talk)

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  • LiAnna, I think you and Jami made a great team leading the meeting last month! I was very sick and primarily just listening in, but you both did a great job! I think you should just continue doing your thang and it will all work out. Hope all is well with you! Cindamuse (talk) 01:14, 16 March 2012 (UTC)
    • (edited to add: Thanks for the t-shirt. I really appreciate it!) Cindamuse (talk) 01:15, 16 March 2012 (UTC)
Thanks, Cindy! I appreciate the kind words, but we do want this to be a volunteer-led meeting, so I'm hoping that a volunteer will take the reins. :) -- LiAnna Davis (WMF) (talk) 16:57, 16 March 2012 (UTC)

Hi Lianna, sorry I missed the meeting... this was the first time I could have actually attended but I completely forgot. You see, I work at an evening high school (6-9:15 p.m. GMT+2) and I'm usually at work during the meeting. I'll be sure to set a reminder next time the time is convenient! Greetings from Kefalonia, Greece--Saintfevrier (talk) 22:31, 22 March 2012 (UTC)

My user page, Adville[edit]

Dear Lianna, I kindly ask you to help me to move what I wrote on my discussion page to my user page. I tried to write a presentation there, but was not allowed because I am "a new user trying to inser external links on a new page". I am a board member of Wikimedia Sverige an working with educational issues. This is my first month as that, but I hope to make a deference. So far I have succeded to get a "go" signal for me to talk with the teachers of the engeneer-institute KTH Royal Institute of Technology to be able to use Wikiversity. Now I "just" need to find interested teachers... Today I found the educational page here on Wikimedia outreach. I will look closer to it later on. Best regards, Adville (talk) 19:12, 29 March 2012 (UTC)

Doodle for April Wikipedia Education Program meeting[edit]

Please leave your availability for the April Wikipedia Education Program Metrics and Activities Meeting on this Doodle so we can find the best time for all of us.

I also need a volunteer to lead the meeting! Will you help? Leave a message. It requires no advanced preparation, just the ability to welcome everyone and move us through the agenda. -- LiAnna Davis (WMF) (talk)

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On-line contact[edit]

Hi, is it possible connect with you now somehow online? IRC/Facebook/other chat/Skype? Regards --Chmee2 (talk) 21:07, 4 April 2012 (UTC)

Join us Monday for April Wikipedia Education Program meeting[edit]

Greetings,

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I need your help to lead the next Wikipedia Education Program Metrics and Activities Meeting! Will you leave a message if you can help? It requires no advanced preparation, just the ability to welcome everyone and move us through the agenda.

The next meeting has been scheduled for Monday, April 23 at 20:00 UTC. See the meeting information page for joining instructions and a time converter. Hope to talk with you on Monday! -- LiAnna Davis (WMF) (talk)

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Message reply[edit]

Hi, I responded to your request at Talk:Wikipedia_Education_Program_Metrics_and_Activities_Meeting#Volunteers_needed.21 Pine(talk) 07:56, 18 April 2012 (UTC)

Clarification please[edit]

Lianna, can you clarify what you mean by "Group on the Working Group are not the only ones working on leading the program" here? Pine(talk) 00:04, 24 April 2012 (UTC)

I think I missed a few words while typing that. :) I've clarified there. Thanks for flagging it! -- LiAnna Davis (WMF) (talk) 00:12, 24 April 2012 (UTC)

Making the Wikipedia Education Program Meeting better[edit]

Thanks for expressing interest in the Wikipedia Education Program Metrics and Activities Meeting. I'm investigating ways to make the meeting more effective, and I'd love to get feedback from you as to what we could do to improve the meeting. Please weigh in on the discussion there! -- LiAnna Davis (WMF) (talk)

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I'm interested in joining the Wikipedia Education Program[edit]

Hi Ldavis,

my username on Wikimedia projects is Erasmo Barresi and the wiki I mainly work in is the Italian Wikisource (here's my talk page). I'm interested in participating in the Wikipedia Education Program, so last week (on 25 June) I filled out the form indicated in this page, but I have received no answer. Since the URLs of both the form I filled out and of the form you linked here contain the same words (in particular "wikimedia.org"), you can probably access my answers and contact me. If you can't or don't want, please do not ignore this message completely, but – if you know – tell me who can or wants. Thanks in advance.--217.203.247.186 10:36, 3 July 2012 (UTC) P.S.: I've also sent a message to education﹫wikimedia.org.

Email[edit]

LiAnne, I've emailed you on a Signpost matter. Tony1 (talk) 04:28, 8 July 2012 (UTC)

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Help[edit]

Something is not working with this new process because I'm not listed and I don't have access to my course page. I want to add my syllabus and list my students but I'm not able. I have followed all of the steps and have not received any feedback. Please help! Classes start. I've also written to Frank about this. Crtew (talk) 17:19, 20 August 2012 (UTC)

Hi, Chad! I sent you an email in response to this and added your Course Page to the Fall 2012 list. Jmathewson (talk) 18:26, 23 August 2012 (UTC)

Ping[edit]

Could you respond to the question at Talk:Wikipedia Education Program#New face of Wikipedia Education Program? Thanks, Pine 08:49, 27 August 2012 (UTC)

Hi Pine, I actually completely agree with Chmee2, and his comment is in response to edits made by others. There's a parallel discussion on this topic happening elsewhere on the Outreach wiki, so I added a link there so others could follow the discussion where it's happening. -- LiAnna Davis (WMF) (talk) 16:32, 27 August 2012 (UTC)

Two questions[edit]

Hi Lianna, I don't know who else to ask about these two questions. First, do we have a place for centralized discussion here on Outreach, and if not, could we make one and have it linked from the left nav? Second, what is the procedure for adding an entire new outreach project to the Outreach wiki or linking it from the Outreach homepage to the Meta project page, per this question? Pine 07:18, 5 September 2012 (UTC)

Hey Pine, I am not sure we have one -- I think most people just put a comment on the main page talk as that user did, then if nobody objects, be bold and make the change. :) -- LiAnna Davis (WMF) (talk) 16:15, 5 September 2012 (UTC)
OK, how would I change the left nav? It seems to me that we should have a link to a central discussion or village pump page, even if this new proposed program is declined. Pine 20:19, 5 September 2012 (UTC)
Edit MediaWiki:Sidebar. :) -- LiAnna Davis (WMF) (talk) 23:13, 5 September 2012 (UTC)

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Video[edit]

Hi LiAnna, I think that you may be interested in this video. Perhaps you could find a use for it in Wikipedia's education outreach to Spanish-speaking Wikimedians and students. Commons:File:¿Qué_es_Wikipedia?.ogv --Pine 01:36, 8 October 2012 (UTC)

Thanks, Pine! -- LiAnna Davis (WMF) (talk) 16:52, 9 October 2012 (UTC)

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Education blog[edit]

LiAnna, I have a suggestion. In addition to publishing This Month in Education as a talkpage newsletter and an email, could you have an education blog where you post these monthly newsletters at blog.wikimedia.org? There are several "sub-blogs" and to me it would make sense to have an education "sub-blog". --Pine 23:42, 1 January 2013 (UTC)

Hi Pine! I like this idea. I tag all of the education-related posts Wikipedia Education Program, but I think it would be interesting to post the newsletter to the blog as well. In terms of having a special category in the navigation, that would be interesting -- I imagine will will be doing some reorganization of the blog categories with the new reorganization anyway. Would you mind making the suggestion at Talk:Education_Portal/Newsletter? I just contribute to the newsletter; it's run by Leigh Thelmadatter and other community members, so it would be wrong for me to make a decision without discussing with everyone. :) -- LiAnna Davis (WMF) (talk) 17:57, 2 January 2013 (UTC)
Hi Lianna, it's been almost a month and there's been little feedback on the talk page. What do you think should be done? --Pine 19:28, 30 January 2013 (UTC)
I'm not sure. Maybe you could add a post to the Newsroom encouraging people to participate in the discussion? -- LiAnna Davis (WMF) (talk) 19:54, 1 February 2013 (UTC)

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Ok[edit]

Hi LiAnna,
I'll write a post in French about the Projet pédagogique au Cégep de Chicoutimi and try to translate it the best I can in English.
I'll post you the link as soon as I think it's okay.
Regards, --Simon Villeneuve (talk) 01:17, 30 January 2013 (UTC)

Great! I look forward to seeing the draft! -- LiAnna Davis (WMF) (talk) 19:04, 30 January 2013 (UTC)
Hi !
Before I translate my draft in English, can you take a look at it ? fr:Wikipédia:Projets pédagogiques/Cégep de Chicoutimi/WMFblog
I know you don't read French, but I think you can see if it's too short or long, if the pictures and the subdivisions are ok, etc.
I'll ask for the advice of others on the French Wikipedia too.
Thanks ! Simon Villeneuve (talk) 22:09, 26 February 2013 (UTC)
Done. Simon Villeneuve (talk) 15:13, 1 March 2013 (UTC)
Done. My username is Simon Villeneuve. --Simon Villeneuve (talk) 22:47, 6 March 2013 (UTC)

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WEP Question[edit]

Hi LiAnna,

I want to add the College list and other details in Institution List of WEP [Institution Page], but i don't see the way to do this, and i am also the complete College Ambassador Training program and tried for this page [Campus Volunteer Profile] but i got Permission error. So i don't understand what it means...... and i am also interested on Campus Ambassador, how can i proceed it? [| Prakash Neupane] Hey Prakash, since LiAnna is currently at Wikimania right now, I'll be happy to help. I have gone ahead and created a page for Islington College here, and I have also given you Campus Volunteer rights, since you have demonstrated the need for them. If you need any help, let me know, and I will be more than willing to assist! Kevin Rutherford (talk) 16:08, 9 August 2013 (UTC)

New instructor[edit]

A person has started a user page at User:Rbricker indicating that they're an instructor planning to use Wikipedia. Would you like to contact them? --Pine 00:19, 12 August 2013 (UTC)

He's actually already contacted us on the Education Noticeboard, so I think that he just performed a formality at this point. Kevin Rutherford (talk) 01:39, 12 August 2013 (UTC)

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Nice work![edit]

Pretend this is a barnstar.

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Thanks for help with Welcome to Wikipedia-2013 Telugu edition[edit]

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Dear Ldavis (WMF), Thanks for your help with Welcome to Wikipedia-2013 Telugu edition --Arjunaraoc (talk) 06:37, 24 December 2013 (UTC)
Awww, thank you, Arjunaraoc! :) -- LiAnna Davis (WMF) (talk) 17:19, 24 December 2013 (UTC)

Education Program technical update: New features of course pages (test message)[edit]

Several noticeable improvements to the EducationProgram extension (in addition to some small bug fixes) will go live on or around 2014-01-23:

Notifications

All participants in a course (students, instructors, volunteers) will receive Notifications whenever their course talk page is edited. Thus, editors can use course talk pages to send messages they want the whole class to be aware of, and the class participants are likely to see them.

Special:Contributions student notice

For users enrolled as students in courses that are active, a notice will appear at the top of Special:Contributions noting which course(s) they are enrolled in. This will make it easy for users who come across the work of student editors to find out that they are part of a course and identify other class participants.

Adding articles

Course instructors and volunteers will be able to assign article to student editors, instead of all articles needing to be added by the student editors themselves.

Adding students

Instructors and volunteers will be able to add users as students in courses, instead of all student editors needing to enroll for themselves. This makes it easier to maintain complete lists of students, and also makes the extension more suitable for tracking participation in edit-a-thons, workshops and other collaborative projects beyond the Wikipedia Education Program.


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Difficulty with Scribus for Welcome to Wikipedia and Evaluating Wikipedia article quality publications[edit]

I have already translated these two publications as well as Introduction to free licenses to Arabic in 2010. The same problem I faced was that Scribus does not support RTL languages. The solution then was to use Microsoft Publisher. Currently I do not have a Microsoft Publisher and Scribus has the same problem with RTL languages. Can you help me in this regard? HaythamAbulela 04:00, 15 January 2014 (UTC)

I do not have access to InDesign, but I have a translation software (SDL Trados) that can open such extensions for translation I tried to open the indd file for Editing Wikipedia brochure and it did not open, and the file type (indd) is not supported. The problem would be pagination and changes in photo alignment. HaythamAbulela 01:05, 16 January 2014 (UTC)
I tried it and it opened, showing an error message as follows (The selected IDML file was not created by InDesign CS4 and will not be processed.) I will try, but still the final file shall be an IDML which I cannot preview.HaythamAbulela 03:53, 16 January 2014 (UTC)

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New features for course pages[edit]

Several noticeable improvements to the EducationProgram extension (in addition to some small bug fixes) will go live on or around 2014-01-23:

Notifications

All participants in a course (students, instructors, volunteers) will receive Notifications whenever their course talk page is edited. Thus, editors can use course talk pages to send messages they want the whole class to be aware of, and the class participants are likely to see them.

Special:Contributions student notice

For users enrolled as students in courses that are active, a notice will appear at the top of Special:Contributions noting which course(s) they are enrolled in. This will make it easy for users who come across the work of student editors to find out that they are part of a course and identify other class participants.

Adding articles

Course instructors and volunteers will be able to assign articles to student editors, instead of all articles needing to be added by the student editors themselves.

Adding students

Instructors and volunteers will be able to add users as students in courses, instead of all student editors needing to enroll for themselves. This makes it easier to maintain complete lists of students, and also makes the extension more suitable for tracking participation in edit-a-thons, workshops and other collaborative projects beyond the Wikipedia Education Program.


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Education Program technical update, February 2014[edit]

We've started working on "editor campaigns", a system that we expect will eventually be able to replace our current Education Program extension (and be useful for many other purposes as well). The early work with that project will focus on a system for signup up new editors for editing campaigns (such as courses, but also edit-a-thons, Wiki Loves Monuments, etc.). Because of that, progress will be slow on the current course page system. However, we have several improvements that should be available within the next few weeks.

Anyone can edit the main text of course pages

As part of the effort to make course pages behave more like regular wiki pages, we've enabled editing of course pages by anyone. Users who currently have the right to edit courses will have access to all the fields (so that they can change the start/end dates, and change the enrollment token). Users who currently cannot edit courses will be able to edit only the "page text" portion. This change should take effect on 2014-02-27.

Simplified course editing interface

We've considerably simplified the interface for editing course pages, removing the options to rename courses. Changing the title of a course would also move the course page, creating confusion and leading to a number of bugs. Several other parts of the course editing interface were not very useful, so we've removed them to make it easier on newcomers. This change should take effect on 2014-02-27.

Additional Notifications

Two students participating in the Facebook Open Academy mentorship program are currently working on additional Notifications for course pages. For the first of these, users will be notified whenever someone else adds them to a course.

Once again, if you have feedback about these new features, or other questions or ideas related to course pages, please let me know!--Sage Ross (WMF) (talk) 17:38, 21 February 2014 (UTC)

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Education Program technical update, April 2014[edit]

Since the last update, development of the editor campaigns project has been continuing, and it's almost at the point that it will be useful to users running edit-a-thons and other non-course outreach events. (If you are planning such an event soon and would like to beta test it for tracking the contributions of newcomers, get it touch.) In the meantime, we've made a few small improvements and bug fixes to the Education Program extension:

Default course end date

The default end date for courses is now approximately six months in the future, instead of immediately. This will prevent the common problem where a user creates a new course page but does change the default dates, resulting in a course that is immediately considered "ended" and thus cannot be enrolled in.

Notifications when you get added to a course

Whenever a user gets added to a course by someone else, they will now receive a Notification.

Disabling individual student profiles

The student profile special page (Special:Student/Username, not to be confused with Special:Students) is a page that lists the courses a student editor is enrolled in, and is also supposed to list the articles that user is working on. However, the list of articles can include incorrect data in cases where an instructor or volunteer assigned the articles to the student editor. These profiles are being removed from the extension altogether. This change should go into effect Thursday, May 1. (Logs are still available to find out which courses a user is enrolled in.)

Article edit notifications for students coming soon

A nearly complete patch from Facebook Open Academy student Jeff Lloyd will add a new type of Notification: students will be alerted to edits made by others to the article(s) they are assigned (as well as the corresponding talk pages). Expect to see this feature within the next several weeks.

Duplicate courses and API deletion

Bugs in the course page creation process (now fixed) led in some cases to duplicate listings for the same course at Special:Courses. This happens when the same course page had two (or more) different course ID numbers. It is possible to clean up such duplicate entries using by making calls to the API. I've documented this process and written a Python script for it.

If you have feedback about these changes, or other questions or ideas related to course pages, please let Anna Koval or me know!--Sage Ross (WMF) (talk) 19:23, 22 April 2014 (UTC)

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Arab World Education Program at WISE Doha 2015

By Walaa Abdel Manaem (Wikipedia Education Program Egypt) & (Egypt Wikimedians user group)

Walaa with Mr. Rashid El Telwaty and Ms. Suad Alhalwachi
Walaa with Dr. Sherifa Atallah
Walaa with Mr. Rashid El Telwaty, Ms. Bonnie Chiu, Mr. Jake and Ms. Naadiya Moosajee.

Snippet: Education Leaders at WISE Doha 2015 introducing Wikipedia Education Program in Egypt to WISE Conference attendees, as an example of a program in the Arab World, to share their experience to inspire other universities and institutions starting new programs in the area.

WISE 2015 Sessions and Plenaries were designed around three main pillars such as the UN Sustainable Development Goals; education and the economy; fostering innovation in education systems. Each pillar examined a variety of key topics including: the linkages between education, employment, and entrepreneurship; education reform and innovation in the MENA region and Qatar; emerging models of education financing, attracting, rewarding and retaining quality teachers; and the importance of investing in early childhood development.

Representatives of Wikipedia Education Program Walaa Abdel Manaem and Reem Al-Kashif participated in WISE Doha 2015 in Qatar, the annual World Innovation Summit for Education is the premier international platform dedicated to innovation and creative action in education where top decision-makers share insights with on-the-ground practitioners and collaborate to rethink education. Also, WISE 2015 was the first global education conference following the ratification of the UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in September 2015. Contributions ranged from Arabic Brochure of Editing Wikipedia for students in WEP in Egypt and everybody who would like to edit Wikipedia without ‎problems, The Arabic version of Welcome to Wikipedia reference guideline, PDF of brochure handed out during Arabic Wikipedia Convening, Doha, Qatar, 2011 and Introduction to Wikipedia. These contributions are related to show a case study of Wikipedia Education program in Egypt and how it worked since February 2012 till the November 2015, as the seventh edition ended last October. All discussions were about the program's mechanism and what were the motivations keeping it going. The program helped increasing gender diversity and supported the featured content on Arabic Wikipedia. Wikipedia Education Program, like any other initiative, has achievements and dark sides, for that reason, the representatives had to locate both of them and how they influence the Arabic community and how the community interact with this phenomenon.


Read more about the Wikipedia Education Program in Egypt here.

Read more about the Wikipedia Education program in the Arab World here (in Arabic).

Wikipedia in Higher Education in Israel: A new for-credit elective course focusing on contributing to Wikipedia at Tel Aviv University

By Shani Evenstein (WMIL)

Amir explains about the new translation tool to students

Snippet: A first-of-its-kind, for-credit, elective course that focuses on contributing to Wikipedia has opened at Tel Aviv University and is now available to all B.A. students on campus

On October 19th a new for-credit elective course called "Wikipedia: Skills for producing and consuming knowledge"[1] has opened at Tel Aviv University (TAU). The semester-long course (13 weeks) is available to all B.A. students on campus and this semester about 50 students from various disciplines are taking part in this first-of-its-kind course in Israel.

Working in small groups to correct copyrights and Non-NPOV violations

The course draws from "flipped classroom" concepts and uses "blended learning" methods, which practically means combining in-class lectures, workshops and small-group activities, as well as online individual learning. Both the Moodle learning management system (LMS) and the Wikipedia Education Extension are used to monitor the students' work and progress throughout the course.

The course has 2 main assignments - expanding an existing stub, as well as writing a new article, in the hopes that the content added during the course will assist not only the students themselves, but also future generations of learners as well as the general public. Though the course focuses on adding quality content to Wikipedia, it also aims to help students sharpen their academic skills and their 21st century skills, highlighting collaborative learning, joint online research and interdisciplinary collaborations in the process of constructing knowledge.

This course was initiated and is led by Shani Evenstein, an educator, Wikimedian and member of the Wikipedia Education Collaborative, in collaboration with the Orange Institute for Internet Studies, as well as the School of Education at TAU. The syllabus for the new course builds on the success of Wiki-Med, a for-credit elective course, which was designed in 2013 and is led by Evenstein at the Sackler school of Medicine for the third consecutive year. While Wiki-med is focused on contributing medical content to Wikipedia and is only available to Medical Students on campus, the new course is designed to accommodate students from different academic disciplines and varying backgrounds.

Wikipedia course for BA students at Tel Aviv University - Course Logo.png

The course was chosen to be part of TAU's cross-discipline elective courses system ("Kelim Shluvim") and was approved by the Vice-Rector, who heads the program. In that, the course marks an important precedent in the collaboration between Academia and the Wikipedia Education Program, as it is the first time a higher institution acknowledges the importance of a course focusing on Wikipedia on a university level, offering it to all students, rather than a faculty level or individual lecturers as mostly practiced. It is our hope that other higher education institutions will follow this example and offer similar courses to students both in Israel and around the world.

Read more about the Wikipedia Education Program in Israel here.

The collaborative production in open educational environments: Is Wikipedia an answer?

By Melina Masnatta, Wikimedia Argentina

Snippet: University professors become Wikipedians in an online course during just a week.

How to be a Wikipedian in a week (educactional MOOC for university professors)

Educators with different profiles and from different latin america countries, but most of them professors at the University of Buenos Aires (UBA) from different faculties, have just participated in the online training and free course "Educational scenarios with technology. Among the real and the possible" organized by the Center for Innovation in Technology and Pedagogy (CITEP) of this university.

Different educational activities were carried out simultaneously. During the week and under the topic “Open movement”, Wikimedia Argentina participated with three different proposals: starting with an interview of Patricio Lorente accompanied with a short text to know more about the movement. To make an immersive experience we designed " Knowing Wikipedia by first-hand or Wikipedia in the first person" to work directly on the platform translating articles from english to spanish from a list created especially for that purpose. Along with this specific proposal, educators participated in a videoconference with Galileo Vidoni (available in Spanish), where participants could talk and learn more about how are the first steps to become a Wikipedian and the importance of the movement at the local and regional level.

A professor´s educational experience with Wikipedia explained with a tweet. He said: "I´m translating, enjoying and learning with Wikipedia". Know more experiences on Storify.

With only seven days and without being mandatory, different educators discovered how to edit on Wikipedia, indeed many of them mentioned that they had it as a pending to learn and participate on the free encyclopedia, but never had the time or the real chance. The enthusiasm was also present on social networks, where they shared the experience with the hashtag #escenariostec.

The result

More than 100 educators got involved and exchanged their experience in an online forum with more of 280 messages that reflected their learning process while experiencing with the activity. 80 of them were new users, and they created 61 new articles in spanish. An important fact: 78 of them were women, which means that working with educators is a key issue to continue closing the digital gender gap.

Finally from CITEP, they shared the following insights regarding the question that ran through all the activities that took place during the week dedicated to the open movement. Some thoughts can be sum up as follows:

The collaborative production in open environments: chaos or construction? (...) For the teacher also means accepting new challenges: encourage students to produce knowledge in an environment of divergent nature, it requires permanent operations and convergence. In a space that fosters interventions unmarked, the teacher needs to frame depending on the purpose of education and teaching purposes. (…) Wikipedia is the best example of the challenges posed by the digital era in the educational field, it forces us to rethink the relationship between technology and the production of knowledge and allows us to confirm that the collaborative work does not lead to chaos, if not to the construction. (. ..) [Authors: Angeles Solectic and Miri Latorre]

We share some of the voices of the protagonists in social networks with storify (available in Spanish). Read more about the Wikipedia Education Program in Argentina here.

Collaboration with Masaryk University turns official

By Vojtěch Dostál (Wikimedia Czech Republic)

Masaryk University employees are being trained in using and editing Wikipedia
Marek Blahuš, Wikipedian in residence at Masaryk University

Snippet: The second largest university in the Czech Republic has employed a Wikipedian in residence, leading to a boom of Wikimedia activities in the city of Brno.

Collaboration between Wikipedia and Czech institutions has always been a priority for Wikimedia Czech Republic, but the year 2015 has taken this to another level. First, an official memorandum of collaboration with the National Heritage Institute (NPÚ) was signed in May 2015, to be followed by official collaboration with Masaryk University in Brno (the second largest city and university in the Czech Republic), which was contracted in November 2015. In fact, Wikimedia activities in Brno have been blooming for several years now, mainly as a result of the community's own development, but aided substantially by the external interest in Wikipedia by Masaryk University alumni society, demonstrated as early as March 2013.

In February 2015, the university employed one of the most experienced Czech Wikipedians – Marek Blahuš (Blahma) – who was appointed to become the university's first "Wikipedian in residence". Marek Blahuš has been in the center of the Wikimedia community in Brno for about two years, organizing regular Wikipedia meetups, the 2014 edition of the annual WikiConference (more in English here) and creating the Czech-Slovak Wikipedia translation tool, which has famously led to the creation of >9000 articles on Czech and Slovak Wikipedias (more in English here). His current work as Wikipedian in residence is funded by Masaryk University and runs under the patronage of Wikimedia Czech Republic as well as Masaryk University's rector Mikuláš Bek.

Since February, Wikipedia has taken a prominent role within Masaryk University. Marek Blahuš started a "Masaryk University Wikipedians team", gathering local Wikipedians and facilitating contacts with the university, aided by his status of a graduate and current employee in its language center. Articles about Masaryk University alumni and faculties have been identified and improved after consultations with Masaryk University archives and libraries which provided helpful resources. Wikipedia citation templates can now be directly generated from the university's on-line archive of theses. In September, a public conference called "Masaryk University Is Getting High on Wikipedia" took place on university grounds, featuring the experienced Wikipedian Jan Sokol (Sokoljan), who is a philosopher, university teacher and a former presidential candidate. The talks focused on the use of Wikipedia in university education, in line with the successful Czech "Students Write Wikipedia" program. One of the teachers, Jiří Rambousek, expressed his desire to organize a Wikipedia Club as a regular meetup where articles would be improved in a collaborative effort and new editors introduced to Wikipedia.

The program is actively preparing for 2016 when we expect Wikimedia Czech Republic to take a more active role in overseeing the initiatives as well as the creation of a position of a "Wikipedian in Brno" – person officially in charge of the wide array of Wikimedia activities happening in the city. The chapter's annual plan includes initiatives to increase the number of university courses which incorporate Wikipedia into the curriculum, public presentations of Wikipedia at various events, scanning and uploading of images from institutional and personal archives, and much more. Let's wish that our plans come true!

Read more about the Wikipedia Education Program in the Czech Republic here.

Wiki expeditions, animation clips about alebrijes and more at the Tec de Monterrey in Mexico

By Leigh Thelmadatter (Wiki Learning-Tec de Monterrey)

Group photo of Reto Wikimedia participants at Tec de Monterrey, Mexico City Campus

Snippet: Student participation is more than just text!

For the Fall 2015 Wiki Learning-Tec de Monterrey held two wiki expeditions in Mexico City and began a collaboration with the Museo de Arte Popular. We also received our first grant!

Wiki expeditions[edit]

The 32-campus Tec de Monterrey system has each semester an event called "Semana i" (i Week), when students forego normal classes for an entire week to work on challenging projects called "retos." For the Mexico City and Santa Fe campuses, one option for students was to work with Wikimedia, with the aptly named projects "Reto Wikimedia." Both campuses opted to do wiki-expeditions to different parts of Mexico City. The Mexico City campus had the larger group with almost 90 students registered, who covered the two southern boroughs of Xochimilco and Tlalpan. The Santa Fe group had 35 participants, and covered the San Ángel neighborhood found not far from this campus.

Both campus took photos of landmarks with the Mexico City campus also focusing on photos of everyday life in the south of the city. The Mexico City campus tallied 5264 photos, 8 videos and 36 articles, including articles related to the area into French, Swedish and Danish. The Santa Fe group tallied 605 photos, and ten articles in Spanish on landmarks in San Ángel.

In addition, the Mexico City campus had a special speaker the borough chronicler of Xochmilco, Sebastián Flores Farfán. A short montage video of the event is in the works.

Some student photos:

Some video clips of the event:

Animation clips with the Museo de Arte Popular[edit]

Animation about alebrijes

Wikiservicio, students working with Wikimedia for their community service requirement, added a new component. To attract more students and encourage more students to do all of their community service hours with Wikimedia, a collaboration was set up with the Museo de Arte Popular (MAP)... the first of many we hope! Six students from the digital art and animation major (see last newsletter) have continued working with Wikimedia, but focusing their efforts in creating short animation clips in relation to the mission of promoting and preserving Mexican folk art. One clip has been completed and can be see to the right of this text. So far, the video has subtitles in English, German, French and Punjabi. A second clip is nearing completion at the time of this writing.

Classes and Wikimetrics[edit]

Fifteen students completed work with Wikiservicio doing translations, writing new articles and doing photography projects. As of this date, 7 have indicated interest in working with Wikiservicio on campus and another six with MAP.

Five university level classes and one high school class on the Mexico City (South) campus have had projects, all in writing and translation, with some video work.

Wikimetrics for the semester are:

According to Wikimetrics tool....

  • 9,589,918 bytes to Spanish Wikipedia
  • 3,098 edits to the mainspace of Spanish Wikipedia
  • 367 pages created in the mainspace of Spanish Wikipedia

Manual count

  • 302 student and teacher participants
  • 281 Spanish Wikipedia articles created or expanded
  • 6,057 photographs
  • 10 videos
  • 9 articles in English Wikipedia
  • 2 articles in French Wikipedia
  • 1 article in Swedish Wikipedia
  • 1 article in Danish Wikipedia

First grant Wiki Learning received its first grant from the Wikimedia Foundation. The long-term goal of this grant is to establish a system for financing Wiki Learning. The grant, which totals a modest 12,500 Mexican pesos, will be used for swag, such as t shirts, stickers, buttons, etc, especially for Semana i activities and promotion of wiki activities to other campus. The money will also be used for incidental travel expenses, especially for projects needing to move expensive camera equipment.

Read more about the Wikipedia Education Program in Mexico here.

Wikimedia Argentina, about the global and local in the digital and academic communities

By Christian Cariño (Wikimedia México) and Melina Masnatta (Wikimedia Argentina)

Snippet: Aprender para Educar writes about Wikipedia Education Program in Argentina.

The digital free magazine Aprender para Educar (Learning to educate) of the National Technological University (UTN) is recognized in the community of education and technology in Argentina to write about innovation issues in Spanish, which is not common in the academic dissemination and teacher training field.

Cristina Velazquez, general editor of the magazine invited Wikimedia Argentina to write an article that generally describes their activities in the Education Program, after reading the proposal she decided to publish it as the main article of the 12th edition.

To describe the education program, WMAR wrote two notes completing one another, as doing a zoom: from the local to the global and from the global to the local, showing how a movement of this magnitude does not stand alone, it is part of a huge network.

Melina Masnatta, education manager in WMAR and Patricio Lorente, chair of the Wikimedia Foundation Board of Trustees wrote those two notes.The first one focuses on the Education Program, implementation, challenges and obstacles that they had at the beginning, plans to integrate it into the classrooms in Argentina and how different Wikimedia Projects are also relevant in education. The most important thing, Melina adds, is to strengthen the values that inspire them, show how the free culture give meaning to education in general and digital culture in particular.

Meanwhile in the second part, Lorente focuses on the global movement, the community pillars, the agenda of today's challenges and the effort of their volunteers as protagonists. It is not easy show the world what drives us and why we work as volunteers in different countries. In education very few people understand the value of building free knowledge. There is still a great prejudice or negative perceptions of Wikipedia in the classroom because teachers ignore how Wikipedia is built.

Everybody reads Wikipedia, but few people edit it. We can change this fact by spreading in spaces such as the Journal of the UTN and inviting more people to collaborate and be the protagonist of this huge collective work for humanity.

Read more about the Wikipedia Education Program in Argentina here.

Online ambassador played a prominent role in helping Egyptian students to nominate their excellent content

By Walaa Abdel Manaem (Wikipedia Education Program Egypt) & (Egypt Wikimedians user group)

Bassem Fleifel

Snippet: Online ambassador helped spanish students course in Cairo University to nominate their articles, scoring an exceptional record of WEP excellent content.

Bassem Fleifel, an online ambassador of Cairo university spanish course, played a prominent role to help all students to encourage them to nominate their excellent content to be a featured and good articles in Arabic Wikipedia. Those articles are History of bread (Featured article); Walt Disney; Daniel Radcliffe; Al-Andalus; Poet in New York; and Popol Vuh.

The seventh term, the program started in Cairo University with promoting posts on Wikipedia and social media websites to help new participants understand the general idea of the program as well as holding meetings with professors from the departments of History, chinese, English language and Spanish language. Walaa Abdel Manaem (program leader in Cairo University) and Bassem Fleifel (online ambassador) have held some workshops in campus and online for the whole students to teach them "How to edit Wikipedia". On the other hand, Prof. Abeer Abdel-Hafiz has exerted great efforts with her students in addition to introducing Walaa to new classes of senior students for whom she has organized general seminars about Wikipedia and the education program. At the same time Walaa was assigning her Spanish department students of the first and second year to edit Wikipedia.

This term, Prof. Abeer let the chance to her students to choose any articles they would like to translate from the Spanish Wikipedia to the Arabic Wikipedia or working on articles about history. They already have chosen some articles to translate with the target of nominating them to be a featured and good articles.

Most of students worked on articles about different topics like history, writers, actors, history of food and drink, mayan literature, islam and politics, etc. This course itself achieved an exceptional record of Wikipedia Education program excellent content and the best term ever in the history of WEP in Egypt in general and in the Faculty of Arts, Cairo University in specific. Walaa has held 2 online webinars to follow up with her students in addition to the workshops held at the campus. Regarding numbers, 38 students joined this course, of which 35 are female and 3 are male students. They worked on 1748 articles adding more than 12,282,943 million bytes to the article namespace on the Arabic Wikipedia, with the help of the online ambassador, who also participated as a student.

See the course page of this group on the Arabic Wikipedia here.

Full statistics of WEP in Egypt the first term in 2012 till the seventh term in 2015 which include numbers of created articles, featured and good articles, featured portals and lists.

Read more about the Wikipedia Education Program in Egypt here.

Norwegian Masters students in History and Archeology twists their brains on Wikipedia

By Jorid Martinsen (Wikimedia Norge)

Jorid Martinsen teaching students at the University of Oslo about Wikipedia.

Snippet: This fall masters students in History and Archeology at the University of Oslo take on the task of Wikipedia editing as one of the main parts in a subject on communication of History.

The University of Oslo is Norway’s largest higher education institution, and it is the first time Wikimedia Norway collaborates with this University in forming and using Wikipedia editing as a integrated part of higher education. The collaboration started by Wikimedia Norway contacting assistant professor John McNicol, who already had gotten some media attention on his eagerness to make students skilled in knowledge sharing.

Starting off with a two hour lecture on the secret world of Wikipedia and a two hour editing workshop in mid-September, and in October the students will evaluate the life of their articles. Has there been many additional edits on their articles? Discussions? Request to delete everything? For Wikimedia Norge it is fun to see the students both engaging in Wikipedia editing and using the ways of Wikipedia to discuss how knowledge is formed.

Read more about the Wikipedia Education Program in Norway here.

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  1. Link to the course page at the TAU website (in Hebrew) - http://www2.tau.ac.il/yedion/syllabus.asp?course=1880180101&year=2015