Production of a training catalogue
 'February 2015 to October 2015 to produce the catalogue'

The training catalogue responds to a need expressed by members and the various types of public that we come across. Its key aim is to help us provide the skills required to use the different Wikimedia projects. The catalogue therefore summarizes the different offers that we can provide for association volunteers, private or public organizations and individuals.

A survey was sent out to all members in late 2014 to find out what were their needs in terms of training. Their answers allowed us to draw out 6 themes:

  1. Editing Wikipedia;
  2. Using Wikimedia Commons;
  3. Discovering Wikimedia projects;
  4. Using Wikipedia in classrooms;
  5. Using Wikisource and the bookscanner;
  6. Train the trainers.
  • Wikimédia France has got an agreement from the French ministry of work, which is the legal authorization to train publics.
  • Ten trainings have been organized in the last 6 months.
Arrangements for involving communities off line/on line

The training catalogue was based on the needs expressed by the association members, who were also asked for their opinions throughout the production process (design, choice of training themes and proof-reading). A training session is planned for each local group before July 2016, based on the various training sessions presented in the catalogue (a flexible one-day format with a discovery of the Wikimedia projects in the morning, followed by learning to contribute in the afternoon).

An educational toolkit for teachers
 June 2015 to September 2015
Couverture de la présentation.

At the beginning of the academic year in September 2015, the association and several of the encyclopaedia’s volunteer contributors put a toolkit online. The toolkit is for teachers and others involved in education and may be consulted directly on Wikipedia. Developed as an educational pack, it lists the advantages to be gained for students of an enlightened use of the encyclopaedia (developing a critical mind, collaborative work, documentary research, introduction to copyright, etc.). There are also examples of projects run by higher education and secondary school teachers and help booklets.


The creation of the toolkit is part of a wider effort by the association to raise awareness of Wikimedia projects in class, from primary school to university, since agreement was obtained on 9 October 2014 recognizing Wikimedia France as an educational association complementary to state education. Since the educational toolkit was put online, we have already been approached to set up four training sessions for trainee teachers and teacher librarians. The educational kit is therefore part of a strategy to bring Wikimedia projects closer to state school teachers.

Arrangements for involving communities off line/on line

When the association started work on designing the educational kit, it seemed natural to upload it on Wikipedia. There was already a toolkit known as “Educational projects” that was not up to date. We therefore chose to contact the portal’s historic contributors (Belgians, Canadians, French, etc.) to get them involved. They brought ideas and the teachers we contacted gave us a great deal of help. The educational pack also has a discussion forum in which it is possible to exchange ideas with volunteer contributors to Wikipedia. Finally, the volunteers from the education working party were also involved.