Submissions/Using Wikipedia as a Teaching Tool – the Wikipedia Public Policy Initiative and the path to an effective and sustainable collaborative environment with the world of higher education
This is an open submission for Wikimania 2010.
- Title of the submission
Using Wikipedia as a Teaching Tool – the Wikipedia Public Policy Initiative and the path to an effective and sustainable collaborative environment with the world of higher education
- Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)
Presentation (followed by a discussion)
- Author(s) of the submission
Pete Forsyth, Rod Dunican, Frank Schulenburg
- E-mail address or username (if username, please confirm email address in Special:Preferences)
frank [at] wikimedia [dot] org
- Country of origin
United States of America
- Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)
- Personal homepage or blog
- Abstract (please use no less than 300 words to describe your proposal)
Students are the fuel of Wikipedia. With the growing interest by their students' in Wikipedia, and Wikipedia's increasing quality and reach, many professors have taken more and more interest in Wikipedia in recent years. We view this as an opportunity to reach a large, well-organized, and eager audience of potential contributors to Wikipedia.
We at the Wikimedia Foundation are not the first to recognize the opportunities; there have been numerous independent and innovative projects strengthening ties between Wikipedia and academia. With the Wikipedia Public Policy Initiative, we seek to experiment and document best practices, so that Wikipedians worldwide can use the model for working with academics and educational institutions to improve Wikipedia's quality.
The presentation will give you an overview about the Wikimedia Foundation's outreach strategy in the field of higher education; it will introduce the new concepts of "Wikipedia Campus Ambassador," "Wikipedia Online Ambassador," and Wikipedia student clubs. It will also give you an overview about new software features and concepts that will help new contributors through their first 100 edits.
At the end of this presentation, you will have a better understanding of the Public Policy Initiative's vision, and how it may lead to future partnerships with educational institutions to help Wikipedia continue improving quality and content. The presentation will be followed by an open discussion about the future of using Wikipedia as a teaching tool in higher education.
- Track (People and Community/Knowledge and Collaboration/Infrastructure)
People and Community
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