I just read this:
If WMF wants to shut something down, OK, but then it's WMF's responsibility
to replace it adequately. In the article, I see no mention whatsoever of :
1) *data retention *- how will WMF do this so that no data on courses and
enrolled students is lost? Please remember this is data manually collected
by hundreds of volunteer teachers.
2)* providing a feasible alternative* - although Dashboard is very helpful,
it doesn't really communicate with Wikipedia unless there is a bot
transferring the data from Dashboard to userpages and coursepages on a
respective wiki. Many people from our community actually prefer us using
the Education extension because it displays information about students
on-wiki. If Dashboard is to be the tool of choice for student courses, it
should be much easier to set up a bot to transfer this data.
The Czech team is fairly big and professionalized and we could probably
cope with (1) on our own and maybe (2), but it's 100 countries we're
talking about here and I'd expect a more coordinated solution.
What do others think?
předseda rady / chair of the board
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Dear Wikimedia+Education enuthusiasts,
You still have time to contribute to the Education Newsletter with news
regarding your Education Programs! If you are:
- starting something new
- learning something from your education activities
- feeling the need to share what is going on in your education program
- have concluded a program and want to share lessons learned
- want to open for discussion a topic that is key to education programs
You're welcome to
1. go to
2. write the title of your article
3. write the body of your article and save it (it will show to be added
to the "Draft" list of article for this month's issue of the newsletter)
Note: Most article are 3-4 paragraphs long and include at least 1
picture... but feel free to innovate on the format if you want to.
Read you soon!
Community Capacity Manager, Wikipedia Education Program
The Education mailing list filters rejected my original email. Those
filters have caused similar problems in the past. I hope that this attempt
to send my email to the Education mailing list is successful. Apologies to
those who receive the same information twice.
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Hello Wikimedia colleagues,
Some of you may remember the LearnWiki project . Regrettably, the
project goals were not completed within the planned timeline and budget. If
you would like to read that grant's final report, you may find it here .
I continue to believe that there would be value in offering more online
training to Wikimedians through videos, and possibly interactive tutorials
and other resources, that could help Wikimedians with novice to
intermediate skill levels to improve their proficiency with navigating
Wikimedia online cultures, principles, referencing, VisualEditor, the 2017
New WikiText Editor (which I like to call "NEWT") , and other topics.
Currently, there is a variety of training throughout the Wikimedia
ecosystem. Training varies across projects (e.g. Wikipedia, Wikidata,
Commons), languages (e.g. English, Arabic, Japanese), settings (e.g. GLAM
workshops, university classes, online individual study), formats (e.g. in
person, remote, video, interactive tutorial, lecture), and themes (e.g.
Wiki Loves Monuments, Women in Red, WikiProject Military History).
I plan to create and distribute a survey during the next few months to ask
individual Wikimedians and Wikimedia affiliate organizations about the
training practices that you have used to train yourself or others, how
effective you think that those training practices are, and what types of
training you would like to have available in the future. This survey would
inform the development of training materials and methods.
Improving the quality and diversity of training is a long term goal of
mine. This campaign is currently not funded by the Wikimedia Foundation or
any Wikimedia affiliate, although I believe that the survey data will
provide valuable input for possible projects, and people may request
funding for some of those projects (whether or not they are collaborating
with me). I do not plan to request WMF funds for myself in the foreseeable
future, but I may request funding for other contractors or grantees for
some projects that are related to this campaign and who collaborate with
me. While I work on this initiative, I anticipate that numerous Wikimedia
affiliates and program leaders will continue to develop and refine a
variety of training materials, some of which will be funded by WMF,
affiliates, and/or other organizations. I hope to collaborate with others,
incrementally and over the course of years, to improve the quality and
diversity of training throughout the Wikimedia ecosystem.
I believe that WMF is planning to launch the 2018 Community Engagement
Insights survey in March, and to publish results in May.  The CEI survey
results from 2017 and 2018 are likely to influence plans for development of
training materials, although the survey that is focused on training will be
separate from the 2018 CEI survey. I plan to collaborate with WMF Community
Resources and WMF Learning and Evaluation *if* they have availability and
willingness to participate in the design and analysis of the training
Further updates about the training survey will be provided during the next
few months. In the meantime, you are welcome to contact me with questions
or comments through email, IRC, or on my Meta talk page, especially if you
would like to help with the design of the survey.
Dear Wikipedia+Education Enthusiasts,
Are you still recovering from the end-of-year break and accumulated
workload? Worry not! We have a short newsletter for you this month:
And it starts with something you (and i) have probably never had thought
of: a video of recited poetry that explains math concepts, in Euskara (the
language of the Basque country).
With that inspiration, go ahead and read news from Sweden, Africa (through
WikiFundi regional project), and the celebration of 10 years of education
program in Serbia!
"But i want data", you say? The Education Survey Report is there for you!
Also in the news: It's high time to say good-bye to the Education
extension. Fear not, the Dashboard is here to help you!
Here is to a great 2018!
Community Capacity Manager, Wikipedia Education Program