Wikipedia Education Program/News/7 January 2014
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U.S. professor blogs about course experiences
University of Memphis professor Robert Connolly assigned his students to contribute to Wikipedia as part of their coursework for a class titled "Wikipedia as a Research Tool" last term. In a series of posts on his personal blog, Dr. Connolly writes about his students' experiences and highlights specific things he will change next time he runs this class assignment. Learn more about his experiences.
Online Ambassador profiled on Wikimedia blog
Many professors and students in the Wikipedia Education Program in the United States and Canada have interacted with Evangeline Han. An Online Ambassador since the first term of the pilot, Evangeline (User:Bejinhan) has helped hundreds of students make their first edits to Wikipedia. Even more impressive, Evangeline has done it all as a teenager. She started editing Wikipedia in 2009 at age 15, and she's become a prolific editor since then. Learn more about Evangeline by reading a profile of her on the Wikimedia blog.
Term wrapping up in Arab World
Students in Egypt, Jordan, and Saudi Arabia are finishing up the term and finalizing their Wikipedia assignments. At Ain Shams University, articles are being translated from English, French, Turkish, Korean, and Italian, while students in Jordan are writing diverse articles from local topics to technology. You can check out their progress on the course pages (in Arabic).
Next EduWiki conference slated for Serbia
Wikimedia Serbia is the latest chapter to host an EduWiki conference aimed at connecting local education leaders with Wikipedia editors to grow Wikipedia's use in education. EduWiki Belgrade will take place on March 23-24. The two-day conference will be split into a learning day and a conference day. Learn more about EduWiki by visiting their website.