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Learning pattern categories[edit]

Pattern category keywords
online engagement
organizational design
gender gap
wiki design
wmf grantmaking

We currently recognize the following 11 categories of learning patterns. These categories are not mutually exclusive: a single pattern can belong to more than one category. And they aren't meant to be complete: if you have a pattern (or an idea for one!) that doesn't seem to fit into any of these categories, you can suggest additional patterns on the talk page.

The learning patterns library is intended to be publicly editable, including the category system. The WMF Grantmaking team encourages editors to create and apply new categories once a category may have ten or more members. If a category has fewer than ten members but you want to create a category anyway, you can create a hidden category. We also encourage editors to break categories that have twenty or more members into smaller subcategories. If you have questions about this, please contact Maria Cruz. If you create a category, please make sure of the following:

  • add it as a child of Category:Learning patterns;
  • add a name for the category to the list at right (all lowercase, three words max);
  • add a short description of the category below.

Event patterns[edit]

Patterns related to Wikimedia events, such as Edit-a-thons, meetups, and conferences.

Survey patterns[edit]

Patterns related to designing and conducting surveys, or analyzing survey data.

Online engagement[edit]

Patterns related to organizing online initiatives or events (such as social media campaigns), organizing on-wiki collaborations (such as WikiProjects) or designing online tools that encourage participation (such as editing games).


Patterns related to encouraging contribution by under-represented demographics in Wikimedia projects. Examples include gender gap outreach, global south contribution drives, and education programs.


Patterns related to working collaboratively in teams.

Evaluation patterns[edit]

Patterns related to evaluating the impact of a project, program, initiative, or event using data (edit counts, interviews, surveys, etc.).

Reporting patterns[edit]

Patterns related to communicating the outcomes and impact of a project--what was done, how it was done, what happened as a result, and why it matters.

Organizational design patterns[edit]

Patterns related to the structuring formal organizations (such as Wikimedia Chapters and User Groups) in an effective way.

Gender gap patterns[edit]

Patterns related to the Wikipedia Gender Gap--including outreach campaigns, publicity and advocacy, and research studies.

Wiki design patterns[edit]

Patterns related to the design of Wiki pages, portals, and sites--including visual design, page content, information architecture, bots, templates, gadgets and extensions.

Grantmaking patterns[edit]

Patterns related to proposing and submitting WMF Grants.