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|This page in a nutshell: Universities should offer course credits for editing Wikipedia|
Academic incentives to edit and improve Wikipedia are needed. Many editors spend hundreds of hours on this project and contribute their skills in article development in the pursuit of human knowledge. These contributors do this on a purely voluntary basis and receive no remuneration and little credit. Attracting additional volunteer contributors is a slow process and there remains a large need for many thousands of additional volunteers to work for many years in order to develop this project into the true sum of human knowledge.
To help attract talented contributors, a university (one or many) should develop a curriculum and course of study (either undergraduate or graduate, and possibly both) that will reward exceptional Wikipedia editors with course credit. Up to a year of upper-level undergraduate credit can be awarded and up to 24 graduate level credits.