Read about the Beaver Creek Fire, which started one year ago today

One year ago today, the Beaver Creek Fire started in Idaho after a lightning strike. In Becky Carmichael’s fall 2013 Natural Disturbances and Society course at Louisiana State University shortly after this disaster, student editor Lwebb02 created a Wikipedia article about the fire’s origin, spread, and impact on humans and nature. Join the 5,000+ readers who have learned more about the fire … Continued

Happy Coast Guard day to our student editors at the California Maritime Academy!

Did you know today is Coast Guard Day, established to commemorate the United States Coast Guard? To celebrate, here are some great contributions from our student editors in Michele Van Hoeck’s spring 2014 information fluency course at the California Maritime Academy, where graduates often pursue careers in either the Coast Guard or Navy. Port of … Continued

Happy British Columbia Day!

In honor of British Columbia Day, check out this article on Hells Gate, a popular natural tourist attraction in British Columbia. Student editors Danilar, Alexwarren89, Alkleff, AnastasiaU., and Eye101 significantly expanded the stub article during the spring 2012 term for Dr. Tina Loo’s North American Environmental History course at the University of British Columbia. Since their great improvement, 48,000 readers have … Continued

Celebrate the life and activism of Donaldina Cameron

In July of 1869, Donaldina Cameron was born. She would go on to be known as the “Angry Angel of Chinatown” for rescuing more than 3,000 Chinese immigrant girls and women from indentured servitude in San Francisco. Read more about her in this article expanded by User:Hughesax from Dr. Marilynn Johnson’s spring 2013 course about the history of the American West … Continued

Happy birthday to Alice Azure!

On this day in 1960, Alice Azure was born. She is a poet and writer of Mi’kmaq and Metis descent. Learn more about her search for her ancestral roots by reading her Wikipedia article, created by User:Jessica Ann715, a student editor in Dr. Siobhan Senier’s spring 2013 course at the University of New Hampshire about Native American writers.  … Continued

Student editors’ contributions from spring 2014 have already been viewed 96 million times

The Wiki Education Foundation’s first full term supporting the Classroom Program concluded last month, with 65 courses adding the equivalent of 7,300 printed pages to the English Wikipedia. Overall, 1,852 student editors enrolled in these courses, and 1,378 of them made at least one edit to the article namespace. One-third of the student editors completed … Continued

Anniversary of the Great New York City Fire of 1945

Today marks the 169th anniversary of the Great New York Fire, which killed 30 victims and destroyed 345 buildings. Student editors Luna002, Brodmont, Jeflicki, and Youngpenn created the Wikipedia article on this disaster for Ryan McGrady’s communications course at North Carolina State University in the spring 2013 term. Read about how the fire began, spread, … Continued

Student editor achieves Good Article status for “Women’s health in India”

Student editor Jasdeepsgill created the article on Women’s health in India for Dr. Gunseli Berik’s course, Gender and Economic Development in the Third World, at the University of Utah in the spring 2013 term. The article, which covers several problems with plaguing Indian women in relation to their access to healthcare, achieved Good Article status, … Continued

Wikipedia assignment prepares student editor for volunteer and research experiences in Africa

At Rice University, students pursuing a minor in Poverty, Justice, and Human Capabilities (PJHC) are required to take two core classes—each of which now has a Wikipedia component. Julika Kaplan, who just graduated with the minor alongside her major in Philosophy, thus had the opportunity to create two new Wikipedia articles as part of her … Continued