That is very useful information for me to hear.
I think that Wikimedia Armenia is similarly finding that they can be
successful on projects other than Wikipedia; in their case I believe that
their younger students are having success with Wiktionary.
On Tue, Jul 12, 2016 at 4:44 AM, Leigh Thelmadatter <
If we only think about WEP as writing a Wikipedia
article as a class
assignment, then yes, the overriding qualification is writing ability...
same as for any other volunteer doing that work.
Fortunately, there are other ways to participate... just like any other
I think what it really comes down to is designing a program/activities
that meet the needs and strengths of students. We saw a long time ago that
what works for the US and Canada does not necessarily work for other parts
of the world. Even at the national level, a single model may not work.
At Tec de Monterrey, little of our activity is writing new articles as
part of coursework and there are various reasons for this based on our
system and culture. Instead, we focus on students doing their community
service requirement (WP is a popular option for this) and Semana i (i Week)
... when students work on projects instead of going to class. We do
translations, photography, video, audio and animation. (still working on
convincing someone to look into hacking opportunities). These activities
have worked very well for us so far, and we have excellent contribution
Date: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 20:49:11 -0700
Subject: [Wikimedia Education] Which kinds of students are successful
in education programs?
Hi Education Program participants,
I am wondering, for purposes of the "LearnWiki" video series, which
kinds of students tend to be successful in Wikipedia Education Program
courses. The impression I am getting is that age is less important than
writing ability. I have heard that some middle school students with strong
writing abilities can do well on Wikipedia, while 1st and 2nd year college
students can struggle if their writing skills are weak. Would you agree
with that assessment?
Are there any "skill checks" that you would recommend educators do with
their students to make sure that they have the skills necessary for a WEP
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