Learning patterns

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A collection of solutions and effective practices in the Wikimedia world.

Learning patterns are a simple way to document an important lesson. They explain how to reproduce a successful strategy for executing or evaluating an activity, such as running an edit-a-thon, or how to run a survey.

In a bit more detail, a learning pattern is (1) a guideline that provides advice on how to do something and (2) a template with clear title and consistent format so people can quickly find the information they need when they browse through the library of learning patterns. If you've been involved in a Wikimedia activity, you've probably learned some valuable tips, tricks, advice, or considerations about what works and what doesn't for that kind of activity. You can read more about learning patterns and this project here on the Wikimedia blog.

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Patterns about how to plan, run, grow and scale education programs.


Patterns about evaluating the impact of a project, program, initiative, or event using data (edit counts, interviews, surveys).


Patterns addressing the Wikipedia Gender Gap—including outreach campaigns, publicity and advocacy, and research studies.

    Online engagement  

Patterns to learn about organizing online initiatives or events, on-wiki collaborations, or tools to encourage participation

    Organizational effectiveness  

Patterns about structuring formal organizations (such as Wikimedia chapters, user groups, and thematic organizations) effectively.


Patterns about encouraging contribution by under-represented demographics in Wikimedia projects.


Patterns related to the most popular Wikimedia outreach programs: Editathons.


Patterns about communicating the outcomes and impact of a project—what was done, how it was done, what happened as a result, and why it matter.


Patterns about designing and conducting surveys, or analyzing survey data.

    Wiki design  

Patterns about designing wiki pages —including visual design, content, bots, templates, gadgets and extensions.