Wikipedia Education Program

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“Becoming involved in making the changes you want to see”: Leigh Thelmadatter

A university teacher by profession and a Wikipedia volunteer by hobby, Leigh Thelmadatter has contributed articles ranging from Mexican dishes and beverages to biographies and churches. Today, she works with students to improve Wikipedia’s coverage of Mexico and its culture, and travels across the country in search of information worth sharing.

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Students and teachers participate in the a massive three-day edit-a-thon at Tec de Monterrey, Campus Ciudad de Mèxico. Photo by Thelmadatter, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0.

Wiki Learning holds massive edit-a-thon at Tec de Monterrey in Mexico City

In March 2015, Tec de Monterrey’s Education Program (Wiki Learning) held a three-day edit-a-thon on three campuses in Mexico City. Nearly 300 students participated, creating or editing 200+ articles on Spanish Wikipedia.

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This open badge acknowledges the skills of students and teachers using Wikipedia. Pilot badge by Sara Mörtsell, freely licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0.

New badges recognize Swedish students and teachers who contribute to Wikipedia

Open badges acknowledge the skills and contributions of students and teachers using Wikipedia, in a new education program led by Wikimedia Sverige. Editing Wikipedia counts as learning! (…)

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Wikimedians from Central and Eastern Europe gathered in Kyiv, Ukraine for their third annual meeting."Closing ceremony photo" by Ilya, licensed under CC-BY-SA-4.0

Wikimedians from Central and Eastern Europe meet in Ukraine to plan next steps

Wikimedians from Central and Eastern Europe met in Ukraine last month. More than 20 different countries were represented in the conference. They discussed new ways to collaborate with each other on a wide range of themes, from education to multimedia, wikicamps — and solutions to the gender gap. (…)

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"5th WEP conf Cairo cropped" by Mohamed Ouda, licensed under CC-BY-SA-4.0.

Egyptian students made the most contributions to the Arabic Wikipedia in 2014

Over the last five academic terms, 978 students from the Arab World added more than 42.6 million bytes of content to the Arabic Wikipedia, as part of the Wikipedia Education Program. The highest contributions ever in one term came from the Egyptian students in Spring/Summer 2014, with more than 12.38 million bytes of new Arabic content. (…)

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"Group picture, Edinburgh” by Fedaro, under CC BY-SA 4.0

Education collaborative members meet in Edinburgh

Wikipedia is built upon diversity. A high quality encyclopedia cannot be achieved unless there are opportunities for everyone in the world to contribute to it and people from different cultures, genders and ages are well-represented in the community….

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In Egypt, Ain Shams’ Al-Alsun celebrates four terms of successful work on Wikipedia

This post is available in 2 languages: English  • Arabic English Students, ambassadors and professors celebrate as they wrap up the fourth term on Wikipedia. Two years ago the Wikipedia Education program had its first inception in the Arab world with Egypt’s Cairo Pilot. With such a large number of Arabic…

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“Wiki Learning” to be adopted at Mexico’s Tec de Monterrey

Project leaders Dr. Lourdes Epstein, Leigh Thelmadatter and Dr. Paola Ricaurte. Tec de Monterrey has officially adopted Wiki Learning throughout the school system, working with Wikimedia projects as part of its continuing effort to develop a 21st century pedagogy for the institution. Tec de Monterrey is Mexico’s largest private university…

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Armenian students enjoy editing Wikipedia

  Video of participants of the Wikipedia Education Program in Ayb High School, Armenia. Watch the movie with subtitles here. Educational programs are one of the primary programs being addressed by Wikimedia Armenia. To date, they have been implemented in seven high schools and select departments at various universities. Contrary…

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Wikipedia Education Program students keep editing in Arabic long after their assignments are finished

The Arab world Wikipedia Education Program (WEP) started with our pilot in Cairo in the Spring of 2012 and has ran each term since. We started with 54 students and 7 professors with the idea that students should edit Wikipedia as part of their coursework. (The idea came from the…

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