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U.S. student shares special Wikipedia story

University of San Francisco master's student Jacqueline McCrory wrote the Wikipedia article on habitat conservation plans for her class with Professor Aaron Frank in spring 2012 — and was then astonished to discover that she'd been assigned to read the article in a different class in fall 2012! Jacqueline talks about how her Wikipedia article experience gave her additional responsibility at work and kudos from professors in her department in a post on the Wikimedia Foundation blog. Read the post.

Jacqueline McCrory
Quebec professor's work featured in WMF blog
Simon Villeneuve's students

Professor Simon Villeneuve of physics and astronomy at Cégep de Chicoutimi, a college in Quebec, has been using Wikipedia as a teaching tool in his classroom since 2008. Overall, his students have created more than 150 articles on the French Wikipedia on topics related to astronomy and physics, and Simon has learned a lot about the best ways of doing Wikipedia assignments. Read a post he wrote for the Wikimedia blog about his work.

News coverage highlights Poland, Ukraine programs

An article in the Global Post highlights the work being done in Poland and Ukraine related to the Wikipedia Education Program. The Ukraine program ran a pilot last term that produced 23 improved articles. The Poland program is working with a university to replace a bachelor's thesis with a Wikipedia article. Learn more by reading the article.

Education project improves Catalan Wikipedia
Sagrada Familia nave roof detail, an example of modernism in Barcelona.

Esther Solé from Amical Viquipèdia wrote a post for the Wikimedia Foundation blog about the "Viquimoderisme" project to improve articles related to modernism on the Catalan Wikipedia. Around 100 art history students at the University of Barcelona are working with researchers to create new articles on Catalan modernism, a topic important to the cultural history of Catalonia. Esther's report highlights their learnings from the initial phase, and they're currently embarking on the second phase, in which a museum in Barcelona will also offer students access to resources they can use in their articles. Read more about the project.

Online student trainings deemed a success

A post on the Wikimedia Foundation blog highlights the successful development of an online training for students piloted on the English Wikipedia with the United States and Canada programs. In the post, author Sage Ross describes how early feedback and user testing has led to iterative improvements to the content of the training. This term, more than 400 students (about one third of all students participating in the program) have successfully completed the training. Read more about the online training.

Education Program featured in video
The Wikipedia Education Program, in video form!

Wikipedia Education Program Communications Manager LiAnna Davis and former Program Manager Annie Lin were featured in a video describing the basics of the education program. In the short video, Annie and LiAnna describe how the program works and talk about the impact the program has had in the last three years. Watch the video.

Brazil professor featured on Wikimedia blog
Professor Ruy de Queiroz

Professor Ruy de Queiroz of Brazil is one of the pioneers of using Wikipedia in his classroom. In 2005, he was browsing the Portuguese Wikipedia in logic and theory of computation — his study areas — and found the Portuguese version lacking in comparison to the English version. Over the last seven years, he and his students have added content to more than 125 articles on the Portuguese Wikipedia in an effort to improve access to information. Read more about his work.

ITESM Campus Ciudad de Mexico library sponsors photo contest related to Holy Week traditions in Mexico

This was first reported in This Month in GLAM [1] To see the photos directly [2] Winners will be announced in early May