Rice courses, students are most active in Wikipedia Education Program

Rice is No. 1. And No. 2. And, according to the Wikipedia Education Program leaderboard, Rice also holds 12 of the top 25 spots of the most active and prolific students participating in courses with assignments requiring students to contribute to Wikipedia.

WikipediaThis year, students in the Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities classes taught by Diana Strassmann, professor in the practice of humanities, have been writing and editing articles for Wikipedia as part of the Wikipedia Education Program; this program seeks to bring the online encyclopedia into higher-education classrooms around the world.

Twice a week statistics are posted for those participating in Wikipedia courses. Tabulations list “the number of edits made to live Wikipedia articles, the total amount of content (in bytes) added to articles and the number of days each student has been active.”

Rice’s Poverty, Gender and Development course holds the top spot among course rankings, and the Poverty, Justice and Human Capabilities course ranks second. Brown College junior Malcolm Pyles, a biochemistry major, is in first place among students for all of the U.S. and Canada for his article on women’s education in Nigeria.

See the leaderboard statistics at http://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_Education_Program/Fall_2011/Editor_Statistics_US.

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About Jennifer Evans

Jennifer Evans is a senior editor in the Rice's Office of Public Affairs.