Wikimedians and educators have taught students around the world to contribute to Wikimedia projects. This toolkit contains resources they have tested and refined over the last ten years. Within each section of the toolkit you will find strategies and solutions to plan, grow and scale up your program.
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The idea behind the Wikipedia Education Program is simple: educators and students share free knowledge by contributing to Wikipedia and Wikimedia projects in an academic setting. Wikipedia is being used as a teaching tool in education around the world (see list of countries). In some parts of the world, the academic setting is a traditional classroom and the editing is for a course assignment. In some parts of the world, students contribute to Wikimedia projects for community service, or as part of a club or a camp, or at campus edit-a-thons, hackathons and workshops. And in some parts of the world, teachers learn Wikipedia editing as part of their teacher training.
- Success factors:
→ Start small, grow smart.
→ Work with the community.
→ Teach to student ability.
→ Focus on motivation.
→ Use tech tools to make work easier.
→ Set goals and track progress.
How to use this toolkit Edit
Use the navbar to navigate through the different sections in this toolkit:
Each section correspondes to a different step in the program.
- Plan. This section has different guides to get you started on your program: planning your program, partnerships and participants, finding resources and designing for growth.
- Run. When your program starts, several issues can come up. We are here to give you support... and ideas! In this section you'll find a guide to tech support, ideas for teaching and assignments and a guide to problem solving.
- Evaluate. When your program ends, in whole or in part, be ready to measure your results. We go back to the beginning: what did you plan to achieve? What results did you get in the end? You'll find help on global metrics and other evaluation tools and resources. Here you'll also find strategies for storytelling.
- Connect. We want you to be part of our network of teachers and professionals that are already part of Wikipedia Education Program all over the world. Talking to peers will help you run your program, find new ideas and expand your impact. You will also find reports and news from other education programs, as well as be able to connect to leaders who coordinate other Wikimedia programs.