Wikipedia Education Program/News/6 December 2011
Education Program covered on public radio
KALW, a public radio station in San Francisco, California, covered the Wikipedia Education Program on its "Crosscurrents" show last week. The journalist, Nicole Jones, interviewed University of California at Berkeley Professor Brian Carver, some of his students, and Wikipedia Education Program Communications Manager LiAnna Davis. The segment discusses the benefits of using Wikipedia as a teaching tool in higher education classrooms. Listen to the segment.
U.S. student's work featured as Media of the Day
Alverno College Professor Jennifer Geigel Mikulay's Advanced Media Studies students are participating in the Wikipedia Education Program this term, but their contributions to Wikipedia are a bit unique: the students are creating videos to accompany articles. In fact, student Katy Lederer's video was featured last week as the Media File of the Day on Wikimedia Commons. Katy's media depicted a time-lapse video of the brise-soleil of the Milwaukee Art Museum opening and closing from several different angles. Watch Katy's video.
Psychology of Language class at top of Canada leaderboard
The Leaderboard for the Canada Education Program is in action, documenting the work of more than 600 students enrolled in five participating courses this term. The Leaderboard was recently updated to show the activity among the different courses. All told, students have already contributed more than 1.1 million characters to the English Wikipedia -- that's the equivalent of 725 printed pages. See which class is on top.
ASA encourages sociologists to edit Wikipedia
Following the lead of the Association for Psychological Sciences, the American Sociological Association has launched an initiative to encourage its members to edit Wikipedia. The Sociology in Wikipedia Initiative's aims are twofold: to have professors improve articles on sociological topics, and to join the Wikipedia Education Program to ask their students to do the same. Learn more about the ASA initiative.