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US, Canada students contribute massive amount of quality content to Wikipedia

43.4 million bytes. That’s how much content students from the Wikipedia Education Program in the United States and Canada have contributed to the English Wikipedia in the three years of the program’s existence. What does 43.4 million bytes look like? It’s approximately 29,000 printed pages, 58 reams of paper, 9.6…

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Students learn about history as a living, changing thing

One of my favorite responsibilities at Brooklyn College is teaching a two-term course surveying Western theater history (ancient Greece to the present) for aspiring artists and arts administrators. In many ways, this course is a hard sell. Inevitably, a few students believe that this course will not be “useful” to…

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Physics professor assigns students to edit Portuguese Wikipedia

Professor Rafael Pezzi Professor Rafael Pezzi, a professor at the Universidade Federal do Rio Grande do Sul, read about a new program to support university faculty members in Brazil who were interested in incorporating Wikipedia editing into students’ assignments. Rafael was intrigued by the idea, and thought it might be…

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Student assigned to read a Wikipedia article that she wrote

Every graduate student gets assigned a lot of reading, but not every graduate student gets assigned to read something they’ve written. That happened to Jacqueline McCrory in fall 2012, thanks to the Wikipedia Education Program. As a master’s student in Environmental Management at the University of San Francisco and an…

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Multilingual learning through the Wikipedia Education Program

In the summer of 2011, I got an invitation to attend the Wikimedia Foundation’s education summit in Boston. The summit opened my eyes to the ways other professors were using Wikipedia in the classroom, and to the additional potential suggested by the Wikipedia community. I came back to New York energized and…

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Design professor encourages students to improve Portuguese Wikipedia

Iara Camargo had one term of teaching experience when a professor in her Ph.D. program at the University of São Paulo forwarded her an open call from the Wikipedia Education Program in Brazil. The program was looking for faculty members who were interested in assigning students to write Wikipedia articles…

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Psychology student achieves Good Article status through encouragement from longtime editors

“Editing Wikipedia is an enormous responsibility — one that I welcome,” says Ingrid Haugen. Word had made its way to Ingrid in 2011 about the Association for Psychological Sciences Wikipedia Initiative — a project calling upon APS members to improve the information available on Wikipedia about pyschology-related topics, either by editing themselves or…

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Wikipedia Education Program Sweden kicks off

Herein will follow an update from the Swedish education program. Perhaps to call it an update would be to overestimate its size and current importance. A first glimpse of what is to hopefully become something rather exciting is perhaps a more appropriate label. To actually have as a part of…

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Improving evolution articles on the Portuguese Wikipedia through class: Professor Yuri Leite

“I think that the knowledge produced by high-qualified college students should be available to anyone,” Professor Yuri Leite says. That’s why he has encouraged his biology students at the Universidade Federal do Espírito Santo in Vitória, Brazil, to contribute to Wikipedia as part of their course assignments. The idea came to him…

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Wikipedia as a ‘miniature classroom for yourself’

In 2005, a high school freshman from Clarksville, Maryland, named Kevin Li discovered Wikipedia. Kevin was amazed that anyone would spend the time to write detailed articles on such a wide range of topics. Today, Kevin is a college senior at Washington University in St. Louis, and he has joined the ranks…

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