Wikipedia Education Program/News/1 October 2013
Welcome to the Wikipedia Education Program Update -- a newsletter from the Wikimedia Foundation about efforts to bring Wikipedia into higher education classrooms. The newsletter is released on the first and third Tuesday of each month. To be notified of the latest issue, add this page to your watchlist or email LiAnna Davis (ldaviswikimedia.org), the Wikipedia Education Program Communications Manager, to be added to the distribution list.
Nepal kicks off Wikipedia Education Program pilot
The Wikimedians of Nepal user group ran a small pilot of the Wikipedia Education Program this summer at Islington College in Kathmandu. Around 150 students expressed interest in participating in the education program pilot, but the team narrowed it to 25 of the most promising students. Ambassadors trained students in editing, and they each worked on three different articles on the Nepali Wikipedia, including adding photos they'd taken and writing the article. Students who successfully completed the assignment even received a "Wikipedia Drivers License"! Read more about the pilot program in Nepal https://eduessayhelper.org/blog/education-nepal.html.
Learn about education programs in 60+ countries
Did you know that educational efforts are underway in more than 60 countries worldwide? Some of these editions of the Wikipedia Education Program are small efforts in one or two classrooms, while others are large and experienced programs. Education Program Manager Sophie Österberg has been creating an in-depth look at the activities in each country. See the work being done in each country and update with additional information if you know it!
Provide feedback on Welcome to Wikipedia brochure
Have you used the "Welcome to Wikipedia" brochure to teach students how to edit? We're looking to do an overhaul of the brochure in the coming months, and we're actively seeking feedback about what you like and don't like about the current version of the brochure. Feedback is welcomed either on wiki or via email. See more information and leave your feedback.
NY Times covers med school's Wikipedia class
The University of California at San Francisco's medical school is offering a class on Wikipedia editing that students can take for credit this term. Offered in conjunction with the Wiki Project Med Foundation, the course is believed to be the first from a medical school in which students get credit for writing Wikipedia articles on medical topics. Read a New York Times article on the course.