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A lot of students feel that their learning in school is...

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kind of useless, because they put all this effort and time into coming up with 

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a great research paper, and they turn it in, and it just ends up in somebody's drawer.

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But with a Wikipedia assignment, they put it onto an article,

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on Wikipedia and thousands if not tens of thousands of people end up seeing their work

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Wikipedia is an encyclopedia that anyone can edit.

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On Wikipedia everything is published live,

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so as students are working to develop their articles,

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They are getting constant feedback sometimes from the Wikipedia editing community.

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Our students are learning how to edit Wikipedia as part of their coursework

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and they are assisted by Wikipedia ambassadors who are trained by our program.

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More than 500 classes have participated world-wide so far,

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We are constantly adding new classes.

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Back in fall 2010, we had a student who was participating in a course at Georgetown University

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where he re-wrote the article on the National Democratic Party of Egypt

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This was before the revolution in Egypt

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about two months before it.

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When the revolution started happening, as the protestors were taking to the streets in Cairo

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People all around the world turned to Wikipedia to learn about the political party

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that president Mubarak was affiliated with. 

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And what they found there was the article that this student had written.

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I did, I wrote the article - the whole thing

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and it's something that isn't in a stasis.

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I mean it's information that's changing. 

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I quoted news articles which again are very temporal and related to now

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and yeah I will go back in a few months to make sure that

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when the next president is elected, if it's not what I say in the article

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that I change it to make sure! (laughs)