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Welcome to the Public Policy Initiative Update -- a monthly newsletter from the Wikimedia Foundation about our Public Policy Initiative to bring Wikipedia into higher education classrooms. To be notified of the latest issue, add this page to your watchlist or email LiAnna Davis, the Public Policy Initiative's communications associate, to be added to the distribution list.

Current Issue: 27 July 2011[edit]

First Wikipedia in Higher Education Summit a success[edit]

Wikipedia in Higher Education Summit

More than 125 professors, Wikipedia Ambassadors, students, and Wikimedia staff gathered in Boston at the beginning of July to share experiences and learnings from the Public Policy Initiative at the Wikipedia in Higher Education Summit. Professors who are new to the program became very excited about using Wikipedia in their classrooms, while experienced professors gained insight from others' experiences. Ambassadors and students also shared wisdom with each other and participants. Learn more about the Summit by checking out the Documentation page, with videos, slide decks, and links to news articles.

Fall recruitment in full swing[edit]

Because of the success of Wikipedia in higher education during the 2010-11 academic year, we'll be expanding the Wikipedia Education Program to include courses from disciplines outside of public policy and countries from outside of the United States. Interested in participating? Email Annie Lin for more information.

WMF blog highlights Public Policy student's work[edit]

Joseph Lapka, a master's student at San Francisco State University, wrote the Wikipedia article on regulation of greenhouse gases under the Clean Air Act as part of the Public Policy Initiative in the spring, for Professor Sheldon Gen's class. Joseph, who works full time as an environmental engineer as well, shares his story in a profile piece on the Wikimedia Foundation's blog. Read about Joseph's experience.

India Education Program going strong[edit]

Campus Ambassadors in Pune

The next term in India is just getting started, and already, 24 classes at universities in Pune have signed up to be part of our pilot program. Campus Ambassadors are busy meeting with their professors and determining the best ways of working Wikipedia into existing syllabi. Check out the full range of courses on the India Education Program page.