Wikipedia Education Program/News/5 June 2012
Outreach event successful at U of São Paulo
Wikipedia Ambassadors working this semester at University of São Paulo were of huge help in organizing a presentation at the university last month about the Wikipedia Education Program in Brazil. Around 30 professors and students engaged in a very interesting discussion about open access and open educational resources, focusing on the challenges of the academia contributing collaboratively with free knowledge and how to reduce the prejudice about Wikipedia inside the university. Check out the slide deck the presenters used.
Article assessors desperately needed this week
Help! We're looking for a large group of volunteers who are willing to assess the quality of a select group of student articles from last term. The assessments are part of a large research project to determine predictors for success in courses. We need at least one person to assess two versions of each article listed before June 15. Can you help out for an hour this week?
Czech Republic program reflects after one year
Volunteers from Wikimedia Czech Republic kicked off their Wikipedia Ambassador program one year ago, with great success. Students have created hundreds of articles on the Czech Wikipedia as part of their coursework, assisted by volunteer Ambassadors, and the Czech team is gearing up for more articles in the future. Read more about the progress of the Wikipedia Ambassadors in the Czech Republic.
Cairo Pilot nears end of academic term
The first term of the Cairo Pilot has gone extraordinarily well. Students are making final edits to Wikipedia now as they finish their last month of courses, but already the students have had a noticeable impact on the content on the Arabic Wikipedia. Students have enhanced articles related to the 2012 French presidential elections, events that happened in Egypt in 2011, and more. In some classes, students are translating articles, whereas in others they are writing original content. Learn more about the Cairo Pilot by reading this blog post.