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Title of the submission

Taking Wikipedia in Higher Education to the next level

Type of submission (workshop, tutorial, panel, presentation)

Presentation and discussion

Author of the submission

Frank Schulenburg

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Frank Schulenburg

Country of origin

United States

Affiliation, if any (organization, company etc.)

Wikimedia Foundation

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Abstract (please use no less than 300 words to describe your proposal)

Outreach to university students around the world has much untapped potential to bring in new contributors who are educated, teachable, and diverse. Students are immersed in a culture of learning, so sharing that knowledge with the world is a logical next step deserving of facilitation and elicitation. Moreover, in the developing world, the university students are the key to unlocking the knowledge from the most literate and engaged population.

Over the last few years, we have seen a huge interest from educators to use Wikipedia as a teaching tool in higher education. Currently, professors at universities in the United States are participating in a 17-month pilot project (the "Public Policy Initiative") by asking their students to improve articles on the English-language Wikipedia as part of the curriculum. A growing number of volunteers are providing professors and university students assistance in the form of support materials and as Ambassadors, who are serving as mentors for the first-time Wikipedians.

Now, it is time to take Wikipedia in Higher Education to the next level. This presentation aims to outline the plan for the upcoming expansion of Wikimedia's Global University Program. I would like to discuss with the participants of this session:

  • What is the estimated impact of a Global University Program?
  • Which are the target locations for an expansion in 2011/2012?
  • What is the future of the Wikipedia University Ambassador program?
  • Which are the possible challenges?
  • How can we make this program sustainable and scalable?
  • What is the role of the Wikimedia chapters in this program?
Track (People and Community/Knowledge and Collaboration/Infrastructure)

People and Community

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Global University Program on Wikimedia's outreach wiki

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  1. CT Cooper 20:51, 13 April 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  2. Sadads 22:03, 13 April 2011 (UTC)[reply]
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  5. Marcus Cyron 15:38, 19 April 2011 (UTC)[reply]
  6. ARoth (Public Policy Initiative) 23:30, 28 April 2011 (UTC)[reply]
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