"… Wikipedia has been making a concerted effort in recent years to build alliances with academia, aiming not just for a better reputation but soliciting editorial participation from students and teachers alike. Part of that has come in the form of the Wikipedia Education Program, a pilot program where college students contribute to Wikipedia articles as part of their class assignments.

According to a study just released by the Wikimedia Foundation, early results of the initiative seem positive, with U.S. students participating in the program adding more significantly more quality content than regular new users.

These students added 1855 bytes of content that stayed on Wikipedia (that longevity is an important marker as long-time editors can be rather ruthless with challenging newcomers’ contributions).”

(via Library Stuff)

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