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Learning Pattern Library

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About learning patterns

Learning patterns are a simple way to document an important lesson. They explain how to reproduce a successful strategy for executing or evaluating an activity, such as running an edit-a-thon, or how to run a survey. Share what you know: write a learning pattern!

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In a bit more detail, a learning pattern is (1) a guideline that provides advice on how to do something and (2) a template with clear title and consistent format so people can quickly find the information they need when they browse through the library of learning patterns. If you've been involved in a Wikimedia activity, you've probably learned some valuable tips, tricks, advice, or considerations about what works and what doesn't for that kind of activity. You can read more about learning patterns and this project here on the Wikimedia blog.

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Learning patterns contain the advice or opinions of one or more Wikimedia contributors (and sometimes Wikimedia staff members).

Please be aware that patterns may represent anything from widespread practices or to minority viewpoints, so consider these suggestions with discretion and within context. For additional suggestions for best practices for collecting data about Wikimedia contributors, you may ask a question on the Portal Q&A board or contact a member of the Evaluation portal team.

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Recently updated learning patterns

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Wikipedia faces the challenge of approaching properly the gender gap issue in terms of its content.

Last updated: 06 April 2017

{{Evaluation/Resource/Summary | time= 18 February 2017 | title = Design of a proposed distance learning resource | title link= Grants:Learning patterns/Design of a proposed distance learning resource | summary= How to generate a proposal for training on issues of digital culture and [[:en:open educational resources | creator= User:Melina Masnatta (WMAR) | image = File:MechaDuck.png }}

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Last updated: 26 September 2016

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New editors are discouraged by old users' interventions and (secondary) cannot organize their work with ease

Last updated: 30 August 2016

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For teachers, a Wikipedia writing assignment is much more work than other writing assignments. They have to double check the content of the article, grammar, spelling and the validity of the sources.

Last updated: 12 June 2016

{{Evaluation/Resource/Summary | time= 07 April 2016 | title = Community check-up: when online and offline communication becomes effective | title link= Grants:Learning patterns/Community check-up: when online and offline communication becomes effective | summary= For a project as diffused as the [[:wmph:Philippine Cultural Heritage Mapping | creator= User:Sky Harbor | image = File:WMPH Cultural heritage mapping project logo 1.png }}

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How to teach primary students how to position their own pictures to improve Wikipedia articles.

Last updated: 03 February 2016

{{Evaluation/Resource/Summary | time= 02 July 2015 | title = Choosing to meet up virtually or in person | title link= Grants:Learning patterns/Choosing to meet up virtually or in person | summary= When a meeting is being scheduled, someone needs to decide if the event will take place via [[:en:teleconference | creator= User:Bgibbs (WMF) | image = File:Planeando_editatón_en_el_Museo_Soumaya.jpg }}


The learning curve for creating articles is far too high.

Last updated: 06 June 2015

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