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New Learning Day at Wikimania 2016![edit]

We are happy to inform that we will be hosting a new Learning Day!
We will host a series of workshops, on Wednesday, June 22 and Thursday, June 23, during the hackathon/pre-conference day at Wikimania 2016, in Esino Lario, Italy.
Due to limited space, attendance to this Learning Day is by invitation only. Participants will have the opportunity to further engage in topics such as tracking and reporting, storytelling, organizational development, and other topics in evaluation. If you have received an invitation email, please be sure to confirm your attendance and remember to fill out the survey! If you have not yet been contacted by someone on the Learning and Evaluation team, and would like to take part, please email us at eval (_AT_) wikimedia  · org. Beware that the Learning Day takes place on the days prior to the actual conference.


A more detailed agenda for the day will be posted soon here, so follow this page for updates.

[Closed Pre-Conference sessions]

9:00 - 9:30 Walk-in greetings

9:30 - 10:20 Orientation

10:30 - 11:50 Project Management Tools & Support

12:00 - 12:30 Lunch

12:30 - 13:30 Lightning Talks

13:45 - 14:30 Tools Rotation

14:45 - 15:00 Energizer

15:00 - 16:20 Storytelling and Social Media

16:30 - 17:00 Plenary Review

17:30 - 19:00 Idea Lab Mixer

[Open workshops]

10:30 - 12:00 Creative Program Design
14:00 - 15:30 Outcome Mapping Workshop

*Times and session order subject to change

Lightning Talk schedule[edit]

Time Presenter Topic
12:35 Marios Magioladitis Collaborations to reduce gender gap
12:40 Sydney Poore Cochrane-Wikipedia Initiative and the Guided Checklist for Health Topic Experts
12:45 Santiago Navarro Sanz Learning translation while editing Wikipedia
12:50 May Hachem Wiki edu program in Egypt and WikiWomen
12:55 Rosie Step-Goodknight How to design a successful virtual edit-a-thon
13:00 Anna Torres How to involve the staff of the cultural institutions as active participants in our cultural activities
13:05 Sara Mörtsell Wikipedia Bonanza-session in Sweden
13:10 Jason Evans Lessons learned during residency program at the National Library of Wales

Looking forward to a new day of Learning Together!


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  2. JAnstee (WMF) (talk) 21:24, 11 May 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  3. I JethroBT (WMF) (talk) 23:48, 27 May 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  4. Spiritia 22:13, 6 June 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  5. Sara Mörtsell (WMSE) (talk) 13:30, 7 June 2016 (UTC
  6. Sydney Poore/FloNight (talk) 02:06, 9 June 2016 (UTC)[reply]
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  9. Daria Cybulska (WMUK) (talk) 09:44, 9 June 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  10. Rubén Ojeda (WMES) (talk) 09:49, 9 June 2016 (UTC)[reply]
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  13. Biplab Anand (Talk) 15:57, 9 June 2016 (UTC)[reply]
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  15. Mohammed Bachounda (talk) 23:45, 15 June 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  16. Magioladitis (talk) 07:30, 16 June 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  17. Jason.nlw (talk) 08:33, 16 June 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  18. Karla Marte(WMUK) (talk) 09:30, 16 June 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  19. Basak (talk) 17:49, 16 June 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  20. --Anna Torres (WMAR) (talk) 18:43, 17 June 2016 (UTC)[reply]
  21. --May Hachem93 (talk) 20:54, 17 June 2016 (UTC)[reply]

Instructions for sharing knowledge[edit]


Estimated preparation time: 3 - 5 hours.

Poster dimensions

The maximum dimensions for your poster size A1. Following are the technical specifications for the poster:

  • Size: A1 (594 x 841 mm "or" 23.4 x 33.1 in)
  • DPI: preferably 150-300 DPI
  • Color mode: Preferably CMYK (most graphic editing software programs have the color changing mode and CMYK is great for lossless printing)
Creating your poster

In terms of content, the kind of poster we are looking for is academic poster [1], a presentation of information that is educational to others, and serves a learning purpose, rather than a promotional or marketing end. Once you chose the topic you want for your poster, lay out the story in a way that lets other people know what happened, what were the key results, and what is your key advice to them, if you have any. Find more detailed guidance on this Learning Pattern, and also looking at posters submitted by others in previous Learning Days:

There are many programs you can use to create a poster. We have found that Microsoft PowerPoint, LibreOffice Presentation, and LibreOffice Draw are the most easy to use, and make good looking posters. Other programs like Adobe InDesign & Illustrator have more features, but they are also more difficult to learn, and they are expensive. Another option is to use Google Draw.

Whichever program you choose, make sure to set the size of your poster file before you start adding words and pictures. This will help you make sure that the fonts you are using are the right size, and that the pictures you include have a high enough resolution to print properly. Here are some links that may help you create a poster of the correct size:

Finalizing your poster

Once your poster is complete, please print it to PDF format and open it in a PDF reader to make sure that everything is displaying correctly. Are your pictures blurry? Is your text aligned? Once you are happy with the way your PDF looks, please send the PDF to eval@wikimedia.org.

If you have questions, or experience trouble making your poster

Please email Subhashish (spanigrahi@wikimedia.org). Remember that the deadline for submitting your poster for printing is Sunday, June 12. If you have questions or requests for us to help you, please email no later than Monday, June 6.

  1. Academic poster, on English Wikipedia

Lightning Talk[edit]

Estimated Preparation Time is 1-3 hours.
Share with your peers something inspiring about your project experience. Give a 3-5 min talk and share:

  • What you did
  • How you measured success and
  • What you learned

There will be time for questions at the end of your talk.
To create a successful lightning talk, make sure you have some visual support. You can use a poster you submitted, a few slides (not more than 3 or 4 is recommended), or a page you want to show to support your story.

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June 22 - 23: Wikimania 2016 Learning Day (Watch the Evaluation News page for an upcoming event page!)
June 22: Idea Lab Mixer at Wikimania.
June 24 - 26: Wikimania 2016, in Esino Lario

Learning Days Outcomes[edit]

Participants feedback[edit]

Feedback form distributed to Learning Day participants at WMCON 2016.

For this issue of Learning Days, we continued to use the feedback form from previous Learning Days. This template allowed participants to submit feedback on each session, and take notes for their own use back in their local community. This template had three areas to complete:

  • Liked best, for session highlights.
  • Next time, for areas of improvement.
  • Next 30 days, for specific applications of the knowledge shared during Learning Days.

Of the 36 participants that took part in Learning Days, 17 people (47%) offered feedback on all sessions.

The sessions on Wednesday in which participants expressed the
most interest and shared the most feedback, were:
  • Lightning Talks (59 responses)
  • Project Management Tools & Support (59 responses)
  • Tools Rotation (52 responses)
  • Story Telling & Social Media (47 responses)
On Thursday there were open workshops for:
  • Creative Program Design
  • Outcome Mapping

In the Next Time section, people requested to have better structure of questions for discussion. Other feedback with regard to areas of improvement included: giving more time to certain sessions or activities and making slight presentation adjustments. Most of the comments in this section regarded the room environment, referring mostly to small room size and difficulty hearing.

As far as incorporating the knowledge shared during Learning Days, many people said they plan to implement these skills in the next 30 days.
  • 93% want to implement something from the Tools Rotation session
  • 75% want to implement something from the Project Management Tools & Support session
  • 71% want to implement something from Story Telling and Social Media session
  • 69% want to implement something from the Lightning Talks

In the analysis of feedback forms, we identified different ways in which program leaders hope to spread these capacities: apply similar goals, use the suggested tools, share the experiences and knowledge they gained with their community, and start similar projects.

Some quotes from feedback form:

The examples in the Story Telling and Social Media session matched my own experience on wiki-project, and gave me confidence to continue.
I hope to use some of the tools that were suggested at our table.
I liked seeing solutions to problems that I've had.
I would like more in depth social media strategy.
After hearing these awe-inspiring stories, I plan to start working on a similar project.
I will consider how to better structure learning patterns, being mindful of my context.
I would have liked if they taught more technical aspects and gave more time to the Tools Rotation session, that'd be great.
I enjoyed inspiring ideas that made me feel like I could and want to achieve similar things too.
The experiences were involving and influential.

Lightning Talks[edit]

This Learning Day, nine community members presented a lightning talk, a 3 to 5 minutes flash presentation to share an idea, project or program to inspire others. Of the presenters who engaged in this way; most created a poster for visual support, a few had slides, others shared an online portal (on or off wiki). Revisit posters and presentations here:

Lightning Talk Posters and Presentations

Presentations shared in other sessions[edit]