United States Education Program

Frank Schulenburg named executive director of Wiki Education Foundation

The Wikimedia Foundation and the Wiki Education Foundation released a joint announcement today with the news that Frank Schulenburg was named the first executive director of the Wiki Education Foundation. Frank, formerly the senior director of programs at the Wikimedia Foundation, will begin this role next week. More information about…

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Louisiana State University faculty member supports student Wikipedia editing

If you teach in the science department at Louisiana State University and want to incorporate a Wikipedia assignment into your classroom, Becky Carmichael is the person to meet. She began volunteering as a Wikipedia Ambassador in the Wikipedia Education Program in the United States in 2011, during her graduate studies…

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Student editors in the US and Canada add more content than ever in fall 2013

In the seven terms of the Wikipedia Education Program in the United States and Canada, students have added 55 million bytes of content to the English Wikipedia, much of it high quality. The Wikipedia Education Program in the United States and Canada recently wrapped up its seventh term. The program,…

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Why the student learning aspect matters in the Wikipedia Education Program

Editor’s note: The following is an op-ed, meaning the views expressed herein are the personal views of the author. Jami Mathewson I’ve been working with the Wikipedia Education Program in the United States and Canada for almost two years. In the program, university professors assign their students to edit Wikipedia…

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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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Communications students at Schreiner University reflect on their Wikipedia assignment

Professor Mary Grace Antony Students at Schreiner University enrolled in their Spring 2013 New Media Technology and Communication course to find that Professor Mary Grace Antony wanted them to expand Wikipedia articles. Antony found out about the Wikipedia Education Program through the National Communication Association Wikipedia Initiative. “It seemed like…

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Rice University students take multiple classes with a Wikipedia-editing assignment

Nadhika Ramachandran At Rice University, students pursuing a minor in Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities (PJHC) must complete two core courses addressing poverty, justice, and human development. Since Spring 2010, Professor Diana Strassmann has given students in her courses the same final assignment: to create or expand Wikipedia articles about…

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Online training for newcomers

In-person trainings are effective — but they do not scale. Getting newcomers started effectively on Wikipedia is one of Wikimedia Foundation’s biggest challenges, and has been — in one way or another — the central focus of the Wikipedia Education Program. When we launched the Wikipedia Ambassador Program in 2010,…

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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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