Wikidojo is an activity of collaborative writing of an article at a live meeting of Wikipedians.
Taken from Vassia Atanassova's original talk "The Wiki Educator's Survival Kit: Some Tried and Tested Teaching Experiences from Bulgaria", held on the 20th of December 2014 at the CEE Meeting in Kyiv, idea by Nikola Kalchev: It was successfully implemented for the first time at the 2015 Central and Easter Europe Meeting in Voore, Estonia.
- Step 0: Read What is Coding Dojo? and imagine it for editing Wikipedia.
- Step 1: Get n people together in a room (ideally, n>= 7). Determine one Wiki page for creation or editing
- Step 2: Appoint one 'pilot' and one 'co-pilot'. The 'pilot' controls the keyboard and the 'co-pilot' gives ideas. The rest n-2 people watch the two and learn from their experience.
- Step 3: After ~7 minutes the 'pilot' leaves, the 'co-pilot' becomes 'pilot' and a viewer becomes 'co-pilot'.
- Step 4: Repeat Step 3 until everyone has been 'pilot' at least once
- Expected result: knowledge / skills sharing + balanced article
A Wikidojo is a collaborative practice, inspired by coding dojos – exercises for computer programmers, which consists of a group of Wikipedians with different levels of experience in editing wikis. The group consists of a 'pilot' – the only person in the room who might use the keyboard, a 'co-pilot' – the only other person who is allowed to speak, and observers. Every seven minutes the pilot becomes an observer, the co-pilot becomes a pilot and one observer becomes co-pilot. Ideally the group would consist of 10 people, so that the whole Wikidojo takes 70 minutes, with 20 minutes of a 90-minutes session remaining for discussion. The article to be edited is being chosen by the organiser and presented to the participants at the beginning of the session. The editing is being projected on a screen.
By writing an article collaboratively, editors learn about other editor's style of editing – e.g.
- when sources are added (before writing a sentence, after it, or never);
- how others search for sources;
- what kind of sources are acceptable for others;
- how others cite their sources;
- what templates are being preferred;
- how others decide on which categories to add;
Especially when participants from different wikis work together, they can compare the rules and best practices, known from their wikis, to those of foreign wikis.
Useful tips for organisers
- Prepare the setting
- Select the topic/s in advance
- Familiarise the participants with the rules
- Have a facilitator to watch the time, and keep order
- Leave enough time for discussion
- Get feedback
- Make it fun!
- A video interview about Wikidojo, feat. Vassia Atanassova & Nikola Kalchev
- Baseball in a Wikidojo, an article about Wikidojo on http://wikistrategies.net/
- In July 2020, the online meetup group MetaCAugs is experimenting with the Wikidojo format. here is the page composed in the first session. These sessions are expected to continue on a weekly basis (on Tuesdays).
- Also in July 2020, Ward Cunningham and Pete Forsyth are guiding an experiment in using Wikidojo with Federated Wiki. This is a somewhat interesting fit, because FedWiki operates on the principle of a strict one-to-one relationship between people and wikis; but we are finding our way. dojo.fed.wiki is our hub for this activity; we expect to continue on a weekly basis on Sundays.