Sharing two recent updates from Wikipedia Education Program – such a cool project! I had wanted to be involved in a beta project, but couldn’t get in on time. If you’re thinking about a new way to think about using technology to deepen student learning and engagement and help sharpen critical thinking, writing and research skills, take a look at this innovative program. Here are two projects that caught my eye –
U.S. professor blogs about her experiences
Alverno College professor Jennifer Geigel Mikulay wrote a post for the Wikimedia Foundation blog about her experiences incorporating Wikipedia into her classroom. She asks her students to write Wikipedia articles about public artworks or create videos posted on Wikimedia Commons to illustrate article content, and the best part is that all of her students are women, so she’s helping to address Wikipedia’s gender gap.
Learn more about her experiences by reading her post on the Wikimedia Foundation site.
More than 20 classes join Egypt program this term
The Wikipedia Education Program in Egypt is kicking off its second term, with courses at the University of Alexandria joining Cairo University and Ain Shams University in participating. More than 20 courses are already on board, with both new and returning professors using Wikipedia in their classrooms this term. At Ain Shams University, courses will be working to translate high quality articles from the English, German, Hebrew, and French Wikipedias onto the Arabic Wikipedia this term.
Take a look at some other Wikipedia Education Program projects.
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