Public outreach/Academy/Workshops

1:30pm – 3:30 pm Skills Workshops edit

Planning edit

Planning for the workshops will be done on Saturday, July 11, via skype, at 1:00 p.m. Eastern (U.S.) time.

Two-way "learning track" edit

  • Possible track for Web Authors and other professionals with social media expertise. Details here.

Physical set up edit

We will have two rooms with capacity for 30, plus Wilson Hall with capacity for 60, and possibly a 4th room with capacity for 30. Wilson Hall will be set up banquet style. The (smaller) break out rooms will be U-shaped.

Teaching assistants edit

  • The consensus is that the volunteers do not have to be scientists.
  • Frank has been in contact with some volunteers in the DC area who will be helping out in a 'teaching assistants' type role. As of July 5th, he reported the following were either in, or possible:
    • Swatjester (in)
    • MZMcBride (in)
    • Maralia (open)
    • Cyde (open)
    • Mindspillage (open)
  • On Thursday afternoon, July 9, John asked at WP:BOTREQ for someone's bot to post a request for volunteers to user talk pages of Wikipedians who self-identified as living in Maryland or DC.

Open questions edit

  • Are there enough NIH scientists with at least of bit of Wikipedia editing to make it worth having an intermediate workshop, or should there just be three novice/basic workshops? [Survey question #2 touches on the matter of experience, but doesn't ask for very much detail.]
  • Will volunteers (teaching assistants) arrive in the morning or at noon? (What time, exactly, and where, have they been told to enter NIH?) How will they get to the building?
  • How many teaching assistants, ideally, do we want?
  • Who is recruiting, and how?
  • How many teaching assistants are we likely to end up with?
  • What is process for NIH giving access to these volunteers?