I'll still post a more complete report, but my brief feedback on the
train-the-trainer session for librarians is as follows:
The participants were eager and collaborative, and about as well
prepared as I expected: most had done at least some of the pre-course
exercises; a few had done them all, and a few had not doone them.
Their level of computer literacy was somewhat varied, but good enough
in all cases to follow the material.
The venue was good, and on request, they provided an effective PA
system for day 2. Internet was dodgy on day 1, and really a bit too
slow on day 2, so for future events, we should probably increase the
data capacity. The hands-on work was successful despite this:
All the participants edited their user pages and added language tags.
All or almost all users edited a non-English Wikipedia page. All users
installed the citation tool on their user preferences, and except
those who only had IE6 (ITOCA: maybe you should install Firefox on
those laptops ;-D), all managed to autofill and post a citation.
All users were given kiwix and the Schools Wikipedia Collection either
directly onto their computers, or on DVD, and all the users either
installed it, or watched their neighbour install it if they did not
have admin access on their computer.
Informal feedback from the participants was positive, but I've also
asked them to provide anonymous feedback via ITOCA.
our last meeting is again from August. I want to organise a new Wikimedia
South Africa meeting this month.
I propose to hold the meeting in the Lourensford Estate, Somerset-West,
Cape Town, on *Saturday 27 October at 9h30*. This is during the "Kamers vol
Geskenke <http://www.kamersvol.com/>" on that farm, so I'm sure it will be
nice. I know the wine farm and can arrange for a VIP treatment.
I'm also planning to organise a "wikimeet" for the Afrikaans community that
*Please let me know if you want to join.*
As you know, I'll be presenting a training session on Wikipedia in two
weeks. I'm working on the pre-training exercises for the course
attendees this weekend. I'm developing it at
Please post your comments and criticism on
(or just mail me, if you have a problem editing there)
I plan on finishing the material tomorrow, leaving me two weeks to
finish the actual coursework and handover material for the trainers
whom I'll be training.
The Wikimedia Foundation in collaboration with ITOCA is organising a two day workshop aimed at increasing awareness of Wikipedia and its core principles, encouraging learners to use Wikipedia efficiently and well, and attracting new contributors. The workshop will run from 29 – 30 October 2012.
Selected participants from academic and research institutions, NGOs and community libraries will be trained in a train-the-trainer two-day workshop on Wikipedia, at ITOCA in Centurion, South Africa. This course is supported and funded by the WIKIMEDIA Foundation and run by ITOCA. The sponsorship for successful applicants/ will cover the cost of registration, accommodation, light refreshments, lunches and dinners for each participant.
Kindly find attached the announcement with more information.
If you are interested in attending kindly reply before 12 October, 2012 (seats are limited).