Dear friends,

On behalf of Wikimedia Israel, I'm pleased to announce a new partnership
and expansion of our Education initiative - WikiCampus.


WikiCampus it is a new initiative by Wikimedia Israel and the
Interdisciplinary Center in Herzliya (IDC) [1]. As part of the
collaboration, during the upcoming academic year, dozens of courses (and a
total of hundreds of students) will take part in the Wikipedia assignment
program.


Until now, we ran many Wikipedia assignment collaborations directly with
teachers in universities and colleges in Israel. For the first time, this
pilot will be lead directly by the Rector’s office, and teachers will be
encouraged to integrate article writing assignments into academic writing
assignments.


In 2015, some 150 articles were written or expanded by students (not
counting programs with high schools). In the first half of 2016, students
added 583 articles to Hebrew Wikipedia - more than a 300% increase (!) and
we hope to see another major increase in the upcoming year thanks to
WikiCampus.



This is the first time that an academic institution is embracing this
program with great motivation and enthusiasm. We hope that this
collaboration will be a model for other chapters and academic institutions
to adopt.



Many thanks to Prof. Karine Nahon [2], WMIL's board member and an associate
professor in the Lauder School of Government, Diplomacy and Strategy at the
IDC for her help with initiating this collaboration!

[1] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Interdisciplinary_Center_Herzliya
[2] https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Karine_Nahon



*Regards,Itzik Edri*
Chairperson, Wikimedia Israel
+972-54-5878078 | http://www.wikimedia.org.il
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