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Reviewers[edit]

Today on my watchlist, I was notified that a user had added themselves as a reviewer for the article Economic liberalisation in India. After certain looking up, I came to know that the user, User:Rishabh K Pali has zero edits prior to this. While I have not checked global contribs, I have a question. Is there a minimum criteria in order for one to enable themselves as a reviewer? --Rsrikanth05 (talk) 11:27, 15 November 2014 (UTC)

I don't think there is a technical control related to this, but even odder is the way these logs are being stored; a bit hard to search in the global logs. That is part of course Education Program:Manhattanville College/Economics of Developing Countries (Fall 2014) ; as far as I can tell, being a 'reviewer' appears to be more of an assignment and doesn't actually do anything--any WikiEd folks have more info on this? — xaosflux Talk 12:18, 15 November 2014 (UTC)
Xaosflux is correct. Adding oneself as a reviewer is essentially just a way to keep track of which users volunteer to review the work of student editors on a given article, after they've done that work. Usually it's others from the same class who sign up as reviewers, and then they give suggestions on the talk page after the first round of editing. But anyone may sign up as a reviewer on a course page. The logs show up in the history of the article (just as they do when a user is assigned the article to edit), so that people who watch that article get an indication that student editors are planning to work on it. (The logs from the whole system are a bit hard to search. Better than nothing, though.)--ragesoss (talk) 21:12, 15 November 2014 (UTC)
I encouraged students in this class to review each other's work. New Wikipedians should poke themselves into other people's business as soon as possible. Blue Rasberry (talk) 20:19, 19 November 2014 (UTC)

Request for course instructor right: Khairdean (talk) (course page draft)[edit]

Name

Asim Khairdean - please see https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/User:Khairdean

Institution

Sawtry College

Collaborative working

The main focus is on how to work collaboratively - learning about Wikimedia projects. The course is for a secondary school in Cambridge - students will be aged 12-16 I have not got any edits on Wikipedia.

I have been using Wikiversity so far. Please see my User space https://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/User:Khairdean


Number of students

Classes are of around 25-30 students in each.

Start and end dates

From January to April 2015

@OhanaUnited, Neelix, Ktr101, Pharos, Pongr: @Sleuthwood, Etlib, Biosthmors, Kayz911: @Jami (Wiki Ed), Rjensen, Bluerasberry, Kevin Gorman: --Khairdean (talk) 15:32, 17 November 2014 (UTC)

@Khairdean: Should you be moving the course page from the existing IP sub-space into your own user sub-space? OhanaUnitedTalk page 19:28, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
@OhanaUnited: Do you mean like this: I copied the text onto a new page in my user space... User:Khairdean/Collaboration on the Web is that OK? Khairdean (talk) 14:14, 23 November 2014 (UTC)

Request for course instructor right: DrBuchholz (talk) (course page draft)[edit]

Name

Richard Buchholz

Institution

University of Mississippi

Course title and description

Mammalogy BISC 350. Advanced undergraduates, who will use this research and writing assignment to improve their understanding of mammals and the importance of scientific communication. I have contacted Kasey Baker, Jami Mathewson and Robert Cummings

Number of students

18

Start and end dates

23 Aug 2014 - 15 Dec 2014

@OhanaUnited, Neelix, Ktr101, Pharos, Pongr: @Sleuthwood, Etlib, Biosthmors, Kayz911: @Jami (Wiki Ed), Rjensen, Bluerasberry, Kevin Gorman: --DrBuchholz (talk) 20:27, 17 November 2014 (UTC)

@DrBuchholz: Can you double check your dates? Cause the end date is less than a month away. OhanaUnitedTalk page 07:10, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
@OhanaUnited: Date is OK, students have been working off line, and are expected to make only minor factual edits during this first attempt.DrBuchholz (talk) 18:11, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
I am approving this, I have been in communication with DrBuchholz and his class and familiar with his assignment. There were some bureaucratic issues that prevented him for bringing this forward earlier. - Kz Kayz911 (talk) 18:41, 19 November 2014 (UTC)
Yes check.svg Done Ok, sounds good. OhanaUnitedTalk page 19:26, 19 November 2014 (UTC)

Online Ambassador application: Jsunit99[edit]

Jsunit99[edit]

Jsunit99 (talk · contribs)

  1. Why do you want to be a Wikipedia Ambassador?
    Want to contribute to the new user's development, as well as promote the importance of Wikipedia for College students in their learning.
  2. In three sentences or less, summarize your involvement with Wikimedia projects.
    YOUR ANSWER (OPTIONAL)
  3. Please indicate a few articles to which you have made significant content contributions. (e.g. DYK, GA, FA, major revisions/expansions/copyedits).
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Instamojo_Inc. Updated the funding part. Have been a Tech enthusiast and I read articles on Funding and advancements everyday.
  4. How have you been involved with welcoming and helping new users on Wikipedia?
    No.
  5. What do you see as the most important ways we could welcome newcomers or help new users become active contributors?
    YOUR ANSWER (OPTIONAL)
  6. Have you had major conflicts with other editors? Blocks or bans? Involvement in arbitration? Feel free to offer context, if necessary.
    No, anything of this sort has never happened.
  7. How often do you edit Wikipedia and check in on ongoing discussions? Will you be available regularly for at least two hours per week, in your role as a mentor?
    Whenever there are some news related to Startups or Organizations, mostly funding, mergers etc. Yes, I can easily give upto 3 hours a week.
  8. How would you make sure your students were not violating copyright laws?
    Teaching them how to properly cite any information which they recieved from somewhere else. Citation is as important, if not more, than one's own writings. It supports as a proof for the article/edit.
  9. If one of your students had an issue with copyright violation how would you resolve it?
    Would make sure the student gives the author credits or properly address the owner.
  10. In your _own_ words describe what copyright violation is.
    Addition of writings that have been copyrighted without the permission of the author/copyright holder.
  11. What else should we know about you that is relevant to being a Wikipedia Ambassador?
    Have been a senior manager at Entrepreneurship Club since the last 2 years and have recently joined Wikipedia to start contributing. Experience working with various organizations.

Jsunit99 (talk) 11:45, 19 November 2014 (UTC)

Endorsements[edit]

(Two endorsements are needed for online ambassador approval.)

Sorry, I don't think you have enough experience to be an online ambassador. OhanaUnitedTalk page 03:32, 22 November 2014 (UTC)

Request for course instructor right: Louibu (talk) (course page draft)[edit]

Name

Louisa Bufardeci

Institution

Photography Studies College

Course title and description

Image Cultures 1 This course develops an understanding of the various histories of photographs with an emphasis on Australian photographs. The students are first year undergraduates. They will each be invited to write a Wikipedia article on one Australian photographer who is not yet represented on the site. This is the major assignment for the course. I have not arranged to work with an experienced editor or WikiProject yet but am open to doing so.

Number of students

Numbers are not yet available but based on previous years it might be around 40.

Start and end dates

26 February - 4 June 2015

@OhanaUnited, Neelix, Ktr101, Pharos, Pongr: @Sleuthwood, Etlib, Biosthmors, Kayz911: @Jami (Wiki Ed), Rjensen, Bluerasberry, Kevin Gorman: --Louibu (talk) 23:28, 19 November 2014 (UTC)

Wiki Education Foundation Monthly Report for October 2014 is available[edit]

Hello everyone, The Wiki Education Foundation monthly report for October 2014 is available as a PDF, on-wiki, and on our blog.

Thanks!

Eryk (Wiki Ed) (talk) 01:25, 20 November 2014 (UTC)

Campus Ambassador application: Amandastra[edit]

Amandastra (talk · contribs)

  1. Why do you want to be a Wikipedia Ambassador?
    I'd like to learn from the Ambassador community and to be listed as a resource for my University.
  2. Where are you based, and which educational institution(s) do you plan to work with as a Campus Ambassador?
    Boston, MA. I work for Harvard University and also serve as a resource for Simmons College.
  3. What is your academic and/or professional background?
    I am a librarian at the Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America and also have a Master's in history.
  4. In three sentences or less, summarize your prior experience with Wikimedia projects.
    I am a librarian and have worked with several classes and hosted edit-a-thons. I have also presented to other librarians about using / supporting Wikipedia. I am interested in thinking more about Wikipedia and critical theory / pedagogy.
  5. What else should we know about you that is relevant to being a Wikipedia Ambassador?
    I'm particularly interested in helping reverse the gender imbalance among Wikipedia editors and in helping history and women's and gender studies classes.

@OhanaUnited, Neelix, Ktr101, Pharos, Pongr: @Sleuthwood, Etlib, Daniel Simanek, Biosthmors, Kayz911: @DStrassmann, Rjensen, Bluerasberry, Kevin Gorman: --Amandastra (talk) 21:09, 21 November 2014 (UTC)

Discussion

Online Ambassador application: Sarvesh[edit]

सर्वेश मिश्रा[edit]

सर्वेश मिश्रा (talk · contribs)

  1. Why do you want to be a Wikipedia Ambassador?
    I want Distribute My Knowledge To Others.
  2. In three sentences or less, summarize your involvement with Wikimedia projects.
  3. Please indicate a few articles to which you have made significant content contributions. (e.g. DYK, GA, FA, major revisions/expansions/copyedits).
    YOUR ANSWER
  4. How have you been involved with welcoming and helping new users on Wikipedia?
    YOUR ANSWER (OPTIONAL)
  5. What do you see as the most important ways we could welcome newcomers or help new users become active contributors?
    YOUR ANSWER (OPTIONAL)
  6. Have you had major conflicts with other editors? Blocks or bans? Involvement in arbitration? Feel free to offer context, if necessary.
    NO
  7. How often do you edit Wikipedia and check in on ongoing discussions? Will you be available regularly for at least two hours per week, in your role as a mentor?
    YES
  8. How would you make sure your students were not violating copyright laws?
    BY REGULARLY CHECKING
  9. If one of your students had an issue with copyright violation how would you resolve it?
    FIRST I WARN THE STUDENT AND FOR FURTHER TAKE ACTION
  10. In your _own_ words describe what copyright violation is.
    NOT GIVING CORRECT INFORMATION ABOUT FILES.
  11. What else should we know about you that is relevant to being a Wikipedia Ambassador?
    YOUR ANSWER (OPTIONAL)

सर्वेश मिश्रा (talk) 13:26, 23 November 2014 (UTC)

Endorsements[edit]

(Two endorsements are needed for online ambassador approval.)