Reflection on the second year of Education online activities
Our online activities organized during the pandemic have become a starting point for us to conduct offline activities the following year. Not only were we able to reach more people from various regions in Indonesia, but we also managed to engage some new participants to join our other activities, either activities held by Wikimedia Indonesia, or by the communities.
Online Meet-up (Temu Daring)
Enabling our contributors and communities to stay connected is one of our priorities during the pandemic. Online Meet-up is a way for us to bridge the absence of a physical meeting. In this event, the contributors can edit various Wikipedia topics. Some editors even used the opportunity to edit other Wiki projects such as Wiktionary and Wikibooks. We organized this activity every two months, even though the communities usually also organized the event independently once a month. We appreciate the enthusiasm the contributors and communities show in participating in this event. Until the end of this year, along with the communities, we have organized 18 online meet-ups with more than 400 participants.
Regarding WikiLatih, our flagship program, we always have to think of ways to collaborate with partners. We offer WikiLatih in two different formats for flexibility reasons. With these different formats, the partners could choose the best suitable format that perfectly fits their needs and interests.
Online course (WikiLatih Daring)
This year's online course has resulted in better outcomes than last year's. We managed to have 7 online courses this year. More than 400 people registered for the activities, forcing us to add more quota to the online courses (from 40 to 60 people every batch).
In the online course, we provided materials and sessions covering the basics of editing Wikipedia, from the steps to editing Wikipedia, the rules and policies on Wikipedia, communities, Wikipedia behavioral guidelines, Wikimedia Commons, and Creative Commons License. We also assisted participants in writing articles. Our team gave every assignment and article submitted by the participants' feedback. This way, they could identify their mistakes and revise them.
The numbers of people who managed to complete the course this year from each batch are as follows: (VI) 22 out of 42 participants successfully completed the course, (VII) 17 out of 39 participants successfully completed the course, (VIII) 29 out of 62 participants successfully completed the course, (IX) 30 out of 61 participants successfully completed the course, (X) 37 out of 60 participants successfully completed the course, (XI) 28 out of 63 participants successfully completed the course, (XII) 29 out of 62 participants successfully completed the course. As we have seen from the numbers, the percentage of participants that completed the course is always around 50% out of all the participants who joined the course. A certificate of completion was given to those who completed the course and souvenirs from Wikimedia Indonesia.
After the courses were completed, we encouraged the participants to join a group to keep themselves up-to-date with our activities. Many of the participants who completed the courses continued to join our other events.
Live (WikiLatih Kilat)
A simplified format of our WikiLatih Daring (online course) is our WikiLatih Kilat (Live). The event is in two sessions, 2 hours each, by Zoom. We usually had 20-25 participants that join this event. As usual, during the sessions, we explain about Wikimedia, the movement, and the basics of editing on Wikipedia. The materials were not as comprehensive as our online course, but they were enough to give some "sneak peek" at wiki projects and the movement. The participants also had the opportunity to try out some basic editing features, and create new articles.
This year, we encouraged the communities to have their own WikiLatih Live, especially focusing on their local language Wikipedia. We also persuaded them to use their local languages as the medium of instruction during the activity. This is what made this event quite different and more interesting. There were also quizzes at the end of each WikiLatih Live activity with prizes to appreciate the participants and make them more motivated to participate and contribute to our other activities.
From July 2021 to June 2022, we had 12 WikiLatih Live events. We had 10 WikiLatih Live events organized by the communities (Javanese, Nias, Sundanese, Minangkabau, Medan, Mandailing), 1 WikiLatih Live event organized by Wikimedia Indonesia in collaboration with our partner, EngageMedia, and 1 WikiLatih Live event organized by Wikimedia Indonesia in collaboration with National Commission on Human Rights.
Advanced (WikiLatih Daring Mahir)
Online Advanced WikiLatih is a two-hour online WikiLatih aimed at contributors who had mastered basic Wikipedia editing skills and wanted to improve their editing skills using codes. Therefore, this training focuses more on source editing, which is considered more “advanced” now since new editors nowadays tend to use the Visual Editor more than source editing. In this event, an experienced Wikipedia editor will guide the participants throughout the session by delivering materials that cover basic formatting using codes, templates, info boxes, and image galleries
This year, Online Advanced WikiLatih has been organized 4 times, and the participants were mostly alumni of the previous online courses. This is because we usually organize this event one or two weeks after an online course is completed or two sessions of WikiLatih Live are finished because we want the participants of those activities to join this event.
Mini Training of Trainers (WikiPelatih Mini)
Mini WikiPelatih 2021 is an activity whose purpose is to gather the active volunteers of Wikimedia Indonesia who contribute to Wiki projects and also Wikimedia Indonesia activities, to enable them to learn new things and to connect with each other by sharing their stories and experiences.
The event was divided into two sessions, with a duration of 2,5 hours for each session. The participants were given some materials that were related to Open Educational Resources (OER), The Wikipedia Library (TWL), and information literacy on the internet. In this event, we facilitated a group discussion, and we also had a Q&A session.
We opened a registration form for this event, and after a selection process, we had 44 participants attending this event. Even though the event went well and the attendees participated enthusiastically, we have not been able to measure the level of impact this activity had for the participants and our program in a more certain way.
At the beginning of this year's WikiGuidebook program, we proofread some local language modules to ensure the quality of the translation, they are Banjarese, Gorontalo, Madurese, and Nias language modules. One volunteer from each of the communities was involved to do the proofreading. At the end of the year, we managed to finish the layout and the design of these four modules. These modules are now available on Commons and also in print.
In addition to the local language modules, we localized the three Reading Wikipedia in the Classroom series by the Education Team of Wikimedia Foundation into Indonesian this semester. The localization process took place from August to October by two volunteers of ours. We were also in touch with the Education Team of WMF to ensure we were on the right track with the localization because we also had to ensure that the modules would best suit the needs of the teachers or educators in Indonesia. At the end of this year's program, the modules are already available on Commons and in print.
One important thing we were aware of and needed to address was various misconceptions about Wikipedia in education, especially at the high school and college levels. For this reason, we had the initiative to organize an online seminar entitled "Wikipedia's Misconceptions in Education" which is open to the public. We had 4 academics and experts in their fields who were also active contributors to the Indonesian and local language Wikipedia to provide their perspectives on the misconceptions of Wikipedia that had been circulating in society or the Education field. There were 447 people registered for this event, and there were 173 participants who joined the event from various backgrounds: teachers, scholars, students, etc.
Another Webinar that we had this year was a webinar that we organized in collaboration with Dian Nusantara University (UNDIRA). UNDIRA would like to learn more about Wikimedia projects, especially Wikipedia, and the correct way of gathering information from Wikipedia, mainly for their students. The title for this webinar was “Can We Quote Wikipedia?”, which is the most common question asked by many students and academics. We have a volunteer who is a senior Wikipeda editor to deliver the material during this session. There were 86 participants that attended this webinar, consisting of lecturers and students from UNDIRA.
Office Hour (Bincang PDK-Komunitas)
Office Hour, or what we usually call "Bincang PDK-Komunitas WMID (Community-Education Talk)" is an attempt to provide our community members and volunteers a space for them to discuss anything with the Education team of Wikimedia Indonesia. The session also provides us with a space to deliver information to the community members and volunteers. Office Hour is usually organized on Friday evening, every once in a while.
This year, we only held three Office Hours for our communities. In the first session, we talked about our Education program and how the communities and contributors could participate. In the second session, we talked about partnership and collaboration. We gave our community members and volunteers an explanation of the steps that they would need to take if they ever wanted to have a partnership or collaboration with Wikimedia Indonesia. We discussed the Welcoming Newcomers feature for our local language Wikipedia communities in the third session. We invited Benoît (Trizek) from the Growth Team of the Wikimedia Foundation to deliver a presentation about the Welcoming Newcomer feature that had recently been deployed on local language Wikis.
The three sessions of Office Hour are usually followed by Q&A, as well as discussion sessions. So far, the Office Hour sessions have been highly informative and interactive. We hope that in the following semester, we can continue to have Office Hour every two months in an attempt to communicate with our communities.
Online Talk Show (Gelar Wicara) and Instagram Live
Online Talk Show is an event where we invite several volunteers to share their stories or experiences and broadcast them on one of our social media channels. This year's first online talk show was back in July. We invited 4 alumni of the Education internship program to share their stories about when they did the offline and online internships. This also became our opportunity to promote our internship program to the public. Then the second talk show we had was in August. We invited the winner of the Best Newcomer Award of Wikimania 2021, Carma Citrawati, from the Wikimedia Indonesia Community in Denpasar (Bali). She shared her experience of digitizing and translating Balinese lontar manuscripts and developing WikiPustaka.
In the second semester, we had Instagram Lives. Our second semester's interns organized them. The first Instagram Live had both of them talking about one of our activities, Online Course. They invited other interns from GLAM Wikimedia Indonesia who participated in the Online Course to share their experiences. In the second Instagram Live, our interns invited other interns from other projects, GLAM and Technology, to talk about their internship experiences.
We had a lot of fun organizing Instagram Lives despite the technical difficulties. We think it is a simple and easy way to reach more people, especially those who are students looking for an internship opportunity. By involving our next interns, we plan to organize more lives that touch on different subjects that are still related to our program or Wikimedia movement in general.
WikiGap - Women's Wiki Month 2022
"This event has made me aware that the number of articles on women figures on Indonesian Wikipedia was still so small. I hope that WikiGap also enables readers to gain more information about women figures on Wikipedia."
Miernalarasati (the editor of the best article on WikGap I-2022)
"I also have this feeling that the amount of information available about women on Wikipedia was still small once I saw the list of women figures that we were about to edit or create. Therefore, by participating in WikiGap 2022, I at least have contributed to closing the gender gap on the internet."
Nurhidayah Tanjung (the editor of the best article on WikGap II-2022)
As a part of our aim to close the gender gap on Wikipedia, in March 2022, we organized our annual activity, WikiGap. The WikiGap event was organized as a part of a series of events in our Women's Wiki Month 2022. As a part of this event, we collaborated with the Swedish Embassy in Jakarta.
For Women's Wiki Month 2022, we had an opening session in which we invited the Ambassador of the Swedish Embassy, Mrs. Marina Berg, and the Education Officer of Wikimedia Sweden, Josefine Herlloth Larsson, to give a speech.
This year's WikiGap was held in two sessions: WikiGap I on March 7 & 10, and WikiGap II on March 14 & 17. The participants of this year's WikiGap were more than 70 people who proceeded to edit and write articles about women's figures on Indonesian Wikipedia. The committee then chose the 6 best articles out of 52 articles. While the editors of the top articles from each session, Miernalarasati, and Nurhidayah Tanjung, got invited to have a special lunch session at the Embassy of Sweden in Jakarta.
On March 31, Wiki Women's Month ended. We had a closing session that we broadcasted on YouTube in which we invited the representative of the Embassy of Sweden, two participants of WikiGap, and one of the trainers for the WikiGap event to share their stories of WikiGap and Wiki Women's Month.
Education Internship (Magang Pendidikan)
"In my opinion, the internship program of Wikimedia Indonesia offers a very flexible working time. It enabled me to easily manage my study and internship time!"
Haekal Rheza Afandi, Education intern
"My favorite part of my internship period in Wikimedia Indonesia was when I had to organize Instagram Live! It was a new experience for me! Being able to speak live in front of many people was really fun!"
Rahmasari Putri Azzahra, Education intern
We had two batches of Education Internships this year. Each batch lasted for 3 months. During the internship period, the interns were involved in various activities organized by the Education Team of Wikimedia Indonesia.
Our first internship program was held online. Our intern was mainly in charge of organizing the process of proofreading the translation results of our modules for the Madurese, Nias, Gorontalo, and Banjarese languages. He was responsible for contacting our volunteers, giving directions on proofreading, supervising the entire process, and reporting back to the Education team. Apart from his main responsibility to handle the module proofreading process, he was also involved in many other activities to develop his capacity to communicate with other volunteers of Wikimedia Indonesia, such as community meetings, online WikiLatih, and online meet-ups. He was also given opportunities to deliver materials for our online course to our participants to improve his public speaking skills.
In the second batch, we had our internship program for 3 months, in a hybrid format. The interns must also come to our office at least twice a week. Our interns were mostly in charge of our social media content, organizing Instagram Lives, and writing our activity documentation and blog posts. They also participated in our other activities to grow their connections with other volunteers. Both of them also delivered materials for our online courses to the participants. Thus, they were able to improve their communication skills.
Establishing communication with volunteers and involving them in our activities is a priority
Our physical ability to see each other during our online phase was limited. Some of our communities got a few new members to join their communities, and others did not have the same luck. It was difficult to establish a bond within the communities, between the old members and the new members during the online stage. However, the Education team of Wikimedia Indonesia tried to keep in touch with some volunteers by involving them in our activities and the person in charge.
Looking back to the evaluation of the previous program is significant
It is not a bad thing to look back and learn from the experience once in a while. The Education team of Wikimedia Indonesia kept the evaluation results and participant surveys of our previous activities close. We always tried to look for what we lacked in our previous activities to improve our next ones.