Education/Newsletter/June 2018

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This Month in Education

Volume 7 | Issue 6 | June 2018

In This Issue

Featured Topic

Academia and Wikipedia: the first Irish conference on Wikipedia in education

From the Community

Ashesi Wiki Club: Charting the cause for Wikipedia Education Program in West Africa

Wikimedia Serbia has received a new accreditation for the Accredited seminars for teachers

Côte d'Ivoire: Wikipedia Classes 2018 are officially up and running

Basque secondary students have now better coverage for main topics thanks to the Education Program

What lecturers think about their first experience in the Basque Education Program

From the Education Team

Education Extension scheduled deprecation

In the News

Wikipedia calls for participation to boost content from the continent

Wikipedia in the History Classroom

Wikipedia as a Pedagogical Tool Complicating Writing in the Technical Writing Classroom

When the World Helps Teach Your Class: Using Wikipedia to Teach Controversial Issues

Featured Topic

Academia and Wikipedia: Critical Perspectives in Education and Research was the first conference convened in Ireland solely focused on the role of Wikipedia in education. A day-long event, it took place on 18 June 2018 in Maynooth University, with a full day of papers from both Irish and international (from Africa, Asia, Europe, Australia, and North America) researchers and teaching professionals. read more...

From the Community

The WEP at Ashesi University was a novelty on the West African sub-region. This fully fledged WEP included a campus based Wiki Club. Beyond this, OFWA is poised at going beyond this WEP and Wiki Club to do more Open Education stuff in Ghana and beyond with Wikipedia and its sister projects at the core. read more...

Wikimedia Serbia has received a new accreditation for the seminar Usage of wiki tools for teaching and learning for the next three school years. Accreditation is issued by the Institute for the Improvement of Education, which represents the official body of the Government of the Republic of Serbia established for the purpose of monitoring, securing and improving the quality and development of the education more...

After a pilot phase, from November 2016 to July 2017, WikiEducation started again in Côte d'Ivoire few months ago, leveraging lessons learned from the previous edition. Things started slowly in February but, since June, the education program has been up and running in 3 Universities. read more...

Basque Wikimedians User Group Education Program has two different goals: on the one hand, we want to involve as much students as possible in article creation; on the other hand, we want to improve basic topics for secondary school students, based on their official curriculum. 1.710 articles has been identified in this project, and the growth in this first year is obvious, thanks to students and wikimedians. read more...

Basque Wikimedians User Group Education Program has made it’s first year and we have asked lecturers and professors what they think about the program, what they would improve and how the evaluate their student’s work and our job. Most of them would like to repeat next year, and they are quite happy with the idea, despite sensation of low level contribution by their students. read more...

From the Education Team

It's high time to move to the Programs & Events Dashboard! read more...

In the News

Article focuses on Wikimania and covers education work in Africa. read more...

Charles West of the University of Sheffield, UK, reports on an assignment which involved Wikipedia editing and critical assessment of Wikipedia. read more...

This paper describes a series of pedagogical activities that instructors can use with Wikipedia. While there is research that details student contributions to Wikipedia, these activities use features on Wikipedia to teach about ethos, audience, edits/revisions, and style guides as they relate to technical writing. read more...

This research considers how a Wikipedia assignment can effectively overcome common challenges in teaching controversial topics including peer relations, teacher–student power dynamics, and (mis)perceptions of “the other.” read more...

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