I'm hoping you & yours are all well, safe and healthy in these
unprecedented times we have all found ourselves in.
I'm writing you today with my 'educator & researcher' hat on, with a
special request to help Piotr Konieczny & I spread the word about a new
global research we are conducting.
While using Wikimedia-related assignments (Wikipedia, Commons, WikiBooks,
WikiSource, Wikidata, Wiktionary etc) in the classroom has been used all
over the world for over a decade, very little research was conducted about
what instructors who have tried it actually think about the experience.
We are hoping that answering the questions in the survey will help us
- Whether this teaching approach is effective (or not)
- What are some of the challenges experienced by instructors
- How the process could be improved
The questions are meant for any instructors running a wiki assignment,
whether it is in k-12 or higher education, formal or informal educational
setting. We are hoping the results will allow us to globally share
experiences and learn from one another, so we can make it smoother, easier
and more effective for educators joining these efforts.
It is important to note that this would be the first time (that we know
of!) that an academic research of this type has been conducted around the
world, so we really need your help in spreading the word about it in your
local communities. We're hoping that any of you, supporting such
initiatives around the world over the years, would forward it to your local
Education contacts and ask them to participate. The more instructors
participating, the better.
We realize that it would have been great to have the questionnaire in a
variety of languages, but in order for us to process the data properly and
not via third-party translations and keep the anonymity and privacy of
participants, it was decided to release the survey just in English.
Here is a link to the survey - https://tinyurl.com/yd6dfata
Thank you all in advance, and of course, if there are any questions, Piotr
& I are here.
Stay healthy & safe!
*Shani Evenstein Sigalov*
* Lecturer, Tel Aviv University.
* EdTech Innovation Strategist, NY/American Medical Program, Sackler School
of Medicine, Tel Aviv University.
* PhD Candidate, School of Education, Tel Aviv University.
* Azrieli Foundation Research Fellow.
* OER & Emerging Technologies Coordinator, UNESCO Chair
<https://education.tau.ac.il/node/3495> on Technology, Internationalization
and Education, School of Education, Tel Aviv University
* Member of the Board of Trustees
* Chairperson, The Hebrew Literature Digitization Society
* Chief Editor, Project Ben-Yehuda <http://benyehuda.org>.
Hope you are all doing well. Sending love and good thoughts.
It is time to submit your articles for the July edition of the Education
newsletter. The articles could be submitted as a short summary of your work
this month and we are excited to read about the amazing work you have done
or planning to do, and share it with others.
We are still looking for a nomination for EduWiki leaders for this month,
Do you know any community members of the Wikimedia education community that
we should meet? Nominate them for a feature by following this
The last date for submitting your article for the education newsletter is
20th of July. Please submit your article at the Education newsroom:
Let me know if you need more time to publish your article/s.
If you have missed the June edition of the newsletter, find it here:
Program Coordinator, Education
Join us for the July education office hours on 16th July 2020 at 12:00 PM
UTC! The office hours are a dedicated time and an online space to have
conversations and discussions related to Wikimedia and education
activities, listen and learn from each other's projects and experiences.
We will be having discussion around Community communications collaborators,
get more information here: https://w.wiki/WKR and also how to use Wikidata
in education. If you are interested, join us! You can find more details to
join the meeting here:
Looking forward to seeing you all then, Please let me know if you have any
Do you want to reach out to the education team for a 1:1 consultation?
Request for a slot for consultation for your education work (
<https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education/About/Office_Space> ) by
filling this google form ( http://bit.ly/EduOfficeSpace )
Program Coordinator, Education
(Apologies if you already received this; I tried to send it earlier this
week but I think it didn't go through.)
Fellow education program leaders,
The Wikipedia & Education User Group has a request for you: Please share
the usernames of your participants with us!
Here’s why: We would like to quantify the impact the global education
program is having on the Wikimedia projects’ new active editor numbers. We
think the percentage of new active editors to all language Wikimedia
projects coming from all the educational efforts happening around the world
is likely impressive, but we have no way of knowing without having access
That’s where you come in. Whether your program is new with only a handful
of editors or a long-established program with hundreds of participants, we
want you to be counted. We are measuring our collective program’s impact,
and getting data from as many programs as possible, no matter their size,
Here’s what we need:
* You are best positioned to determine your own definition of which editors
come through your education program. Education programs look different
around the world; we trust if you say this person started editing through
your education program that they are part of our global education community.
* The timeframe we are looking for is January 1, 2019, through June 30,
2020 (or today, if you’re sending us names before then). Please share all
usernames of new editors who joined through your education program between
the start of 2019 through the first half of 2020.
* We only need usernames; we do not need the leading User: or which
Wikimedia project(s) they edited.
* Please send these by June 30, 2020.
To share your usernames:
* If you are using the Program & Events Dashboard (
https://outreachdashboard.wmflabs.org/), simply send an email to
lianna(a)wikiedu.org (offlist) with a link to your campaign. If not every
program within that campaign is an education program, include in the body
of the email which program(s) should be considered part of your education
* If you do not use the Program & Events Dashboard, please collect
usernames into a spreadsheet and upload that spreadsheet here:
https://www.dropbox.com/request/PMJHRjgXuxJsM7yEmdGf (note: you do not need
to have a Dropbox account to submit a file here)
If you have any questions, please email LiAnna (lianna(a)wikiedu.org).
On behalf of the Wikipedia & Education User Group,
I hope this message finds you well and healthy. I wanted to share with you
the news that the Education team has completed the pilot stage of the
Wikimedia & Education Greenhouse online course. We published a brief recap
of the last unit along with some highlights in the June newsletter, I
hope you have a chance to check it out! As mentioned in the article, one of
the next steps we have taken is making all the content of the online course
available on Wikiversity for anybody interested in conducting Wikimedia
In this online course you can find resources and activities around the
topics of knowledge equity, Sustainable Development Goal 4 (Quality
Education), national education policies, project management skills, and
advocacy - all connected to Wikimedia and education. There are practical
assignments in each module of the course that allow you to create a project
proposal for a Wikimedia education project by the end of the course. You
can find the proposals developed by the participants of the first cohort
there as well to use as inspiration. There is also an opportunity for
interested participants to work towards achieving a special badge that
recognizes their learning achievements on this course.
We are grateful for all the valuable feedback and enthusiasm we have
received from the first cohort of participants in the course and we are
excited for everyone to take advantage of these resources on Wikiversity
now. As usual, please do reach out if you have any feedback or questions!
All the best,
*Melissa Guadalupe Huertas*
Wikimedia Foundation | Program Officer, Education
user: MGuadalupe (WMF)
Check out our newsletter: This Month in Education
Hi everyone, I hope you are doing good, I am introducing Community
Communications Collaborators and some updates on Outreach Wiki in this
Apply for Community Communications Collaborators (CCC) by signing up in
this form: https://bit.ly/eduwikiccc
Find the roles for CCC here: https://w.wiki/WJw
Join us for the education office hours on 16th July to know more about
the project: https://w.wiki/WJy
In 2018, our team worked on revamping the Education space on Outreach Wiki.
The current space includes a new user-friendly design and many platforms
for the community and affiliates involved in Wikimedia Education projects
to share their work. Over the last two years, we have adopted a new logo
for Wikimedia Education, we are promoting the Education brand with the help
of the community through the resources and guidelines that can be found here
While the new pages make the Education space accessible, there is still
some work to do, and for this we want to encourage and support the
Wikimedia education community to take ownership of the Outreach Wiki space.
We are setting a goal for the education space in Outreach Wiki to be
curated entirely by community members across the Wikimedia movement:
education leaders like you who will lead in documenting, organizing,
sharing, and archiving the work done by our diverse Wikimedia education
We are introducing:
Community Communications Collaborators (or CCC) are a dynamic group of
Wikimedians working along with the education team at the Wikimedia
Foundation. Together we will support education leaders and other
stakeholders in our movement with better networking and communication
practices for growth. To encourage participation and to recognise the works
of the collaborators, we have decided certain rewards on completing
different milestones. Find more about CCC, roles and recognitions here:
We encourage volunteers from all regions and genders to be a part of this
project! We expect the group of Community Communications Collaborators to
represent the diversity of our movement and the call for participation will
be open until we achieve this goal. Respecting the privacy of the members,
personal information provided will not be shared with an external audience.
To apply for this opportunity, please complete this form:
Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns, I will be happy
to answer them. Looking forward to working closely with you in this
project. Feel free to share this in your network.
This survey will be conducted via a third-party service, which may subject
it to additional terms. For more information on privacy and data-handling,
see the survey privacy statement :
Program Coordinator, Education
I am happy to tell you, that Wikimedia Poland`s annual conference is not
postponed: it will take place online (3rd-5th of July) via Zoom, is free
and ... some of the events will be in English! E.g. live session about
wiki-education on Sunday, 5th of July. Here is the link with details about
events and registration:
Z poważaniem · Kind regards
Specjalistka ds. projektów edukacyjnych · Education Specialist
tel: +48 790 290 924
Wesprzyj wolną wiedzę! <https://opp.wikimedia.pl/>
Przekaż 1% podatku lub wpłać darowiznę na rzecz Wikipedii
ul. Tuwima 95, pok. 15 Łódź, Polska
W toku korespondencji oraz współpracy możemy przetwarzać Państwa dane
osobowe. Administratorem tych danych jest Wikimedia Polska. Informacje na
temat przetwarzania, jego celów i przysługujących Państwu uprawnieniach
znajdują się w Polityce Prywatności Wikimedia Polska