Great going Pune Pilot project...nicely compiled story..


On 9 June 2011 16:03, CherianTinu Abraham <> wrote:

> *Times of India : "Online encyclopedia promotes itself as
> teaching-learning tool"*
> *PUNE:, the largest online encyclopedia in the world, has
> invited teachers and students in India to incorporate Wikipedia as teaching
> and learning tool in classrooms through its Wikipedia India Education
> Programme. The initiative coincides with the start of this academic year,
> with Pune as its pilot project. Various colleges and universities are being
> united to participate in the initiative, with students having the
> opportunity to contribute by editing articles related to their syllabus on
> Wikipedia, in lieu of conventional paper or report submissions.*
> *
> *
> *Hisham Mundol, who leads India Programmes, said, "Information about India
> and that which is contributed by its people is not adequately represented on
> Wikipedia. We want to change that by increasing the number of editors from
> India. The Wikipedia India Education Programme will promote this by
> encouraging teachers in Pune to join a global community of educators who use
> Wikipedia as teaching and learning tool in classrooms."*
> *
> *
> *The Wikipedia team has therefore chosen 22 campus ambassadors in Pune to
> help them in this programme.*
> *
> *
> *"The campus ambassadors are essentially volunteers who would work with
> teachers to incorporate Wikipedia and train students on how to write
> articles on Wikipedia. They would support both students as well as teachers,
> during the course of the semester. During the course of the initiative, we
> will provide teaching material and example lesson plans, expecting the
> professors to assign their students Wikipedia articles to write or improve,
> as part of the class," said Mundol, adding that the project will cover a
> wide range of subjects such as engineering and economics and media and law
> and architecture and medicine and biology and any other area of academic
> interest.*
> *
> *
> *The team proposes to replace student reports and papers with Wikipedia
> articles. "We will thus work with teachers and professors through campus
> ambassadors to identify potential articles on Wikipedia that can be created
> or improved through class work for that particular semester. Through the
> initiative, we also hope to create educational materials in the form of
> quality articles, including those about topics important to Indians, as well
> as people all across the globe," said Mundol.*
> *
> *
> *According to Mundol, Pune was chosen as the pilot city for having the
> world's largest number of colleges and universities, which are attended by
> more than 200,000 students. "The pilot project in Pune is being used to
> experiment and learn from before any roll-out of a large-scale program
> throughout India," added Mundol.*
> *
> *
> *The Wikipedia team feels that students would get a lot out of the editing
> assignments. "As opposed to writing a paper that they work on alone and that
> which is seen by a single person, the students will now work collaboratively
> with other Wikipedia editors. Thousands of people all over the world could
> then refer to their contributions for educational purposes. As for the
> educators who participate, they would engage and become part of a wider
> global community of educators who are on the forefront of implementing new
> teaching and learning practices, thus engaging with a larger, global
> academic community," said Mundol.*
> Regards
> Tinu Cherian
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