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Wikipedia Global Education Program

At the ISSOTL (International Society for the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning) international conference last month, I learned about Wikipedia Global Education Program — a Wikipedia initiative working to bring Wikipedia into higher education classrooms around the world. I am going to incorporate a Wikipedia project into my spring honors course, Irish Music, Peace, Politics, and Popular Culture. I’ll update this aspect of the CFD Blog, as I proceed through that experience!

In the meantime, here is information on the initiative from their site:

“The Wikipedia Education Program’s vision is to mobilize and empower the next generation of human-knowledge generators to contribute to Wikimedia projects. Based on the learnings from the Public Policy Initiative, a pilot program to use Wikipedia in university classrooms in the 2010–11 academic year, the Global Education Program strives to expand Wikipedia’s use as a teaching tool worldwide.

Professors who participate in our program assign their students to edit Wikipedia articles as part of their coursework. Students are assisted by trained Wikipedia Ambassadors, who help both in the class and on the Internet.”

This is from a recent post:

U.S. Education Program professor blogs about his experiences
“I was never a fan of Wikipedia. In fact, I was quite skeptical when I first heard about the Wikipedia Global Education Program. How things have changed.” So begins a blog post on the Wikimedia Foundation Blog from Jonathan Obar, a professor at Michigan State University who participated in the Public Policy Initiative in the spring and who is serving as the Education Program’s Advisor in Canada. In the blog post, Jonathan talks about how he’s come to realize that Wikipedia is the most innovative tool for e-pedagogy he’s found. Read the blog post.

I get the Global Education Update — a newsletter from the Wikimedia Foundation that is distributed the first and third Tuesday of each month. To be added to the distribution list and notified of the latest issue, you can email LiAnna Davis (ldaviswikimedia.org), the Global Education Program Communications Manager.
Learn more about subscribing or read the archives.

Here are a few highlights from the most recent Update:

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 class tops 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.

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About judithcoe

I am a music professor, faculty development champion, SoTL practitioner mentor and trainer, technology geek, fulbright alum, cultural ambassador, digital explorer, artist, and observer with a passion for Irish land- and seascapes, music and literature, Blasket Island people and culture, and the sea.

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