Simmons to host first ever Wikipedia in Higher Education Summit
Simmons College will host the first ever Wikipedia in Higher Education Summit this Friday and Saturday. The summit will celebrate the volunteers who participated in Wikimedia's university based program initiatives, and will be the last event for the Wikimedia Foundation's Public Policy Initiative. The event will serve as an opportunity for professors, students, and Wikipedia Ambassadors to discuss the future of university based programs.
The Public Policy Initiative was started by the Wikimedia Foundation to improve the online encyclopedia by asking professors and students to contribute to articles on the site. The foundation provides professors with lesson plans and also trains Campus Ambassadors and Online Ambassadors who serve as mentors for the students.
The day will begin with a key note address from Simmons College Library and Information Science alumnus David Ferriero '74, 10th National Archivist of the United States. Dominic McDevitt-Parks, a Wikipedia Campus Ambassador for the College and a Wikipedian in Residence at the National Archives and Records Administration, will introduce Ferriero at 9:00 a.m. on Friday. The summit will take place in the Linda K. Paresky Conference Center on the third floor of the Main College Building.
Simmons Communications Professor Marlene Fine taught one of 29 classes this spring that incorporated the Public Policy Initiative into the class syllabus. Students in Professor Fine's Public Relations Seminar were assigned to write and edit articles on Wikipedia. Campus Ambassadors McDevitt-Parks and John Sadowsky were present in the classroom to help students navigate and edit the platform.
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