[Open-education] Fwd: [Wikimedia Education] Wikipedia Education Program is now on Facebook!

Marieke Guy marieke.guy at okfn.org
Thu Feb 26 17:48:51 UTC 2015

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Subject: 	[Wikimedia Education] Wikipedia Education Program is now on 
Date: 	Thu, 26 Feb 2015 19:14:13 +0200
From: 	Samir Elsharbaty <selsharbaty at wikimedia.org>
Reply-To: 	Wikimedia Education <education at lists.wikimedia.org>
To: 	Wikimedia Education <education at lists.wikimedia.org>

Hello everyone,

We are happy to announce a new channel of discussion and collaborative 
work. Wikipedia Education Program Facebook group 
<https://www.facebook.com/groups/WikipediaEducationProgram/>. Please 
join us in the group and add your facebook friends who are 
involved/interested in Wikipedia in Education.

Here's part of the education newsletter post announcing it:

Since the beginning of the program, volunteers around the world were in 
contact with each other and with the education team 
<https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education/About/Staff> at the 
Wikimedia Foundation using several ways including the Wikimedia 
Education mailing list 
<https://lists.wikimedia.org/mailman/listinfo/education>, regular 
meetings in which program leaders worked together such as Wikipedia 
Education Collaborative 
<https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education/Wikipedia_Education_Collaborative> meetings, 
and social media website accounts for local and regional programs like 
Arab World Education Program <https://www.facebook.com/arwep>, Czech 
Republic Education 
program accounts on different social media websites, Armenian WikiCamps 
<https://www.facebook.com/groups/wiki.camp>, Wiki Education Foundation 
<https://www.facebook.com/WikiEducationFoundation> and other similar 
examples, While the global education program stayed away from social 
media websites for a while.

There was a growing need for an easier method for program leaders, 
professors, students, staff and everyone to discuss their ideas, chat, 
brainstorm and work virtually on their new projects. Social media 
websites are believed to be quicker, easier way, and reachable from 
mobile and tablet devices than other talkpages and mailing lists. The 
new Facebook group will not replace the existing mailing list and other 
contact options. It will work alongside with them trying to reach out to 
everyone who is involved or interested in Wikipedia in Education.

Join us in the new Facebook group 
<https://www.facebook.com/groups/WikipediaEducationProgram/> and meet 
the people who brought success to Wikipedia in Education around the 
world. Discuss, work together and seek help from elder users and the WMF 
education team.

Meet you there!

Samir Elsharbaty,
Communications Intern, Wikipedia Education Program
Wikimedia Foundation
selsharbaty at wikimedia.org <mailto:selsharbaty at wikimedia.org>
education.wikimedia.org <http://education.wikimedia.org>
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