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This submission to the Wikimedia Foundation Grants Program was funded in the fiscal year 2012-13. This is a grant to an individual.

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Basic information[edit]

Grant details[edit]

Official project name
Video and Interactive Tutorials for Popular Wikipedia Features and Tools
Project start date (include month, day, and year)
1 April 2013
Project completion date (include month, day, and year)
1 October 2013
Please describe this project in 1 - 2 sentences
The requestee plans to use screen capture software to author video tutorials with potential interactivity, including, but not limited to quizzes (self-checks), for certain Wikipedia tools and processes (primarily regarding software-assisted editing and the patrol/anti-vandalism process, but the requestee is open to community input for tutorial topics). These videos will be appropriately licensed and published on Commons. This proposal has been discussed at length on a flow funder individual portal and in a subsequent request, but has since been determined to be more appropriate for a general grant request.

Financial details[edit]

Currency requested (you must specify a currency)
Amount requested in currency requested
USD 579.39
Equivalent amount in US$ on the date of this submission
US$ 579.39
List the exchange rate used to calculate the amount listed in USD
US$ 1 per USD 1
Project start date (include month, day, and year)

Grantee details[edit]

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Are you an organization, an individual, or an individual submitting on behalf of a group?
Project lead name
Jackson Peebles
Project lead username or email
Project lead title (position), if any

Goals and measures of success[edit]

Project goal[edit]

This statement describes what will be accomplished if the project is successful.
This project will create positive change by lowering the barriers-to-entry for Wikipedia participants with respect to software-assisted tools. Video tutorials will be an intuitive and user-friendly way to introduce the tools and the often complex policies that surround them. I (as flow funder) believe (and my academic research has supported) the notion that we increasingly need efficient and tool-supported means to do patrolling and other maintenance tasks. While the WMF has a strategic pillar (per its 2015 plan) to "improve quality", I would argue that maintaining our current content from damage is just as important. Though English Wikipedia is the primary target project, the subject matter of these tutorials sometimes do cross language barriers (e.g., the "Huggle" tool has many language editions); and we could imagine the creation of dubbed/close-captioned tutorials in natural languages besides English.

Measures of success[edit]

Provide a list of measurable criteria will you use to determine if your project was successful. You will need to report on the success of your project according to these measures after your project is completed.
We will consider this project to be a success primarily based upon usage, which could be monitored using a hit counter. Furthermore, while the proposed tutorials would be available via Wikimedia Commons, it is my intention to incorporate them into a Wikipedia Education Course that incorporates both the CVUA and Adoption programs, to some extent, along with additional editing/tool advice. Thus, successful completion of this program could also be factored in, when developed. The most important success would manifest itself in a great quantity of quality editors as well as a greater quantity of proper tool users; this can be calculated to some extent by comparing the rate of new tool user edits pre-and-post video and monitoring whether their edits are constructive.

Project scope and activities[edit]

This section describes what will happen if this project is funded.

List of activites
What will happen if this project is funded? Who will do what, and when?
Should this project receive funding, Jackson Peebles will immediately purchase, using his academic credentials, an Adobe Captivate license and the applicable headset. He will create tutorials on STiki, Huggle, Twinkle, and various user permissions (how to obtain them, what circumstances necessitate them, and how to use them properly), as well as other tutorials based upon community input. I anticipate this being an ongoing project that does not end on the "end date" but rather is perpetual. However, with software and adequate recording equipment, no further costs are anticipated, as this will be a voluntary project.

Budget breakdown[edit]

Provide a detailed breakdown of project expenses according to the instructions here

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Number Category Item description Unit Number of units Cost per unit Total cost Currency Notes
1 Adobe Captivate Screen capture software (+ taxes); Academic license for which requestee is eligible License 1 316.94 316.94 USD Eligible for Academic License
2 Sennheiser USA PC 360 Headset used for video production (+tax) Item 1 262.45 262.45 USD
Total project budget
USD 579.39
Total amount requested
USD 579.39
Are there additional sources of revenue that will fund any part of this project? List them here.
Academic License reduces Cost of Software

Non-financial requirements[edit]

See a description of nonfinancial assistance available. You should inform Wikimedia Foundation (WMF) of any such requirements now. It is unlikely that non-financial assistance will be required, as use of the Wikimedia logo for a Wikimedia video should fall under appropriate usage rules.


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  • List of team members (names or usernames)::
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  • Evidence of past success in executing similar projects:

Jackson Peebles has been involved with the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies' online learning platforms (including work at global conferences and media production for the IFRC) and has utilized online learning platforms from the American Red Cross, Michigan Virtual University, Khan Academy, and numerous others. He has utilized Adobe Captivate in the past to create commercial tutorials. Jackson is a Wikipedia editor with reviewer, rollback, course instructor, and account creator permissions. He primarily focuses on welcoming new users, reverting vandalism, and minor copyedits. He is an undergraduate student who is majoring in Behavioral Science at Western Michigan University and a member of the American Red Cross DSHR System and the IFRC, where he has specialized in digital media on behalf of the international organization. See his personal website at http://www.jacksonpeebles.com. He has passed adoption and CVUA program and was previously endorsed in the flow funding process by Mr. Andrew West.


This section will describe how the proposed project is related to the Wikimedia mission and Wikimedia's strategic priorities. It will also provide information about other benefits to Wikimedia communities.

Fit to strategy[edit]

How will this project support the key organizational objectives of,
  • increasing reach (more people being able to access or contribute to Wikipedia or our other projects),
  • participation (more people actually contributing),
  • quality (more useful content or higher quality existing content),
  • credibility (more trust in our projects),
  • organizational maturity and effectiveness (how it will move your chapter or the Wikimedia community as a whole forward),
  • or financial sustainability (how it will help your chapter achieve more in the long run)?
This statement should address at least one of the strategic priorities listed here specifically. See WMF Grants Program criteria for decisionmaking.
It is reasonable to hope that this project stands to increase reach, participating, quality, and, as a result, organizational effectiveness and financial sustainability, incorporating all aforementioned key organizational objectives. Many edits from IP users or new editors are low-quality because of the learning curve attributable to using Wikipedia. However, well-intentioned editors, once acquainted with how Wikipedia works and can be edited properly, have, in my experience, gone on to contribute in vast quantities at a high quality, in turn eventually moving on to revert vandalism, thus improving the quantity of editors by not alienating them through the learning curve while producing better articles as a result of proper training, resulting in improved credibility due to decreased vandalism and improved edit quality. This, in turn, could conceivably increase the quantity and type of end-user, which could also result in increased donations as the community's trust and use in Wikimedia projects increases.


If your project will benefit a specific online community, please list that here. For example, English Wiktionary.
English Wikipedia, Potential Translation to Numerous Other Wikipedias

Provide a brief statement (about 1 paragraph) about how your project is related to other work in the Wikimedia movement. Does your project fit into a work area such as GLAM, Education, Organization Development, Editor Retention, or Outreach?
The requestee is straightforward about his real-life identity; one in which he takes part in many volunteer activities and has previous (academic) grant experience. More direct to the proposal, he also takes part in the Wikipedia education program. Finally, this project would undoubtedly contribute to Editor Retention.

If successful, does your project have the potential to be replicated successfully by other individuals, groups, or organizations? Please explain how in 1 - 2 sentences.
Yes. Anyone can create a tutorial or even interactive material given a proper format, ideas, and knowledge. While the objective is to make sure that these videos are of public, widescale-use quality, thus necessitating some mid-priced equipment, the community can easily get involved through translations (closed captioning can be translated directly in text when using Captivate) or their own videos.

Please list any other benefits that this project will produce.
This project may draw press coverage should the public find it to be useful in bridging the gap between editing and viewing.
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