Grants:Project/MSIG/Michel Bakni/Scientific Methodology

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Scientific Methodology for Wikipedians
  • Develop a MOOC (30h Theoretical + 10h Practical) to explain the scientific methodology for Wikipedianas keen to make studies and surveys to support the movement strategy team.
  • Teach the MOOC in virtual classroom for Wikipedians.
targetGlobal Wikimedia community
start date1 December
start year2022
end date30 June
end year2023
budget (local currency)11,800 EUR
budget (USD)11,600 USD
grant typeindividual
granteeMichel Bakni

Applications are not required to be in English. Please complete the application in your preferred language.

Project Goal[edit]

What will be the outputs of your project and how will those outputs contribute to advancing a specific Movement Strategy Initiative A MOOC consists of 40 hours of theoretical aspects + 20 hours of practical training, we plan to create the materials and then record the MOOC as it is given to a student in the class, then upload all the content to Wikiversity, to become an open-source material available for everyone.

The MOOC will be taught live using a virtual class tool, and willing Wikipedians can enroll in it.

In the near future, we are looking for:

  • The MOOC to be part of the research grant process, i.e., integrate the MOOC in the gran application in a way that people, who ask for research grants, and do not have a research background, can follow the MOOC. This change needs the collaboration of the grant team.
  • Periodically, for example, once a year or once every 18 months, the MOOC is to be repeated live, to give participants the advantage of the lecturer being available. This change needs the collaboration of the grant & strategy teams.
  • Translate the MOCC into preinclple lanaguges: ar, es, fr, ru, and zh, as well as provide support for anyone welling to translate it to another live language.

In the far future, with scientific knowledge obtained, we encourage the grant team to ask applies to submit their research into Peer-reviewed journals (It can also be a pre-request before the grant is accepted). Please note that the fee of the journal needs to be included in the grant. By doing so, the peer-reviewed literature regarding the movement will significantly be increased

What specific Movement Strategy Initiative does your project focus on and why? Please select one of the initiatives described here
  1. Regional & thematic hubs (25)
  2. Skill development infrastructure (33)

Project Background[edit]

When do you intend to begin this project and when will it be completed?
It will start in October 2022 and it will be completed By April 2023
Where will your project activities be happening?

Phase I: Preparation of the MOOC

This phase will last for a month, it includes creating the structure of the MOOC, the order of the subjects as well as the time estimated to cover each of them.
The MooC will covres 5 moduls:
  • Knowledge: types & sources
  • The research plans
  • Sources in the scientific contexts
  • Data analyzing
  • Scientific writing
The structure of the course is the followings:
  • 20 sessions of 2 hours for theoretical parts.
  • 10 hours of 1 hour for practical parts.

Phase II: Creating content

This phase will last for 2 months. The main objective is to create educational content which includes:
  • Slide files, to be visually presented.
  • Supportive text to explain the slides and enable participants to go further.
  • Exercises related to the subject being addressed.

Phase III: Record & upload:

This phase will last for 1 month & a half, the objective is to create a stable version of the MOOC for later uses, this phase includes:
  • Creating corresponded pages in Wikiversity.
  • Record the MOOC, 60 hours in total.
  • Upload the contents to Wikimedia Commons & Wikiversity.

Phase IV: A real-time course using a virtual class tool

the course will cover intenslvly a concluded version of the MOOC, 30% less than the complete course. The removed part will be available at the course page as extra support. The main objective is to make the course possible to follow within reasonable time.
10 session, 4 hours each 3 hour theoretical part + 1 practical part.
Create a virtual class for wikimedians to give the course.
Are you collaborating with other communities or affiliates on this project? Please provide details of how partners intend to work together to achieve the project goal.
What specific challenge will your project be aiming to solve? And what opportunities do you plan to take advantage of to solve the problem?
We are familiar with the problem of lacking research skills outside the Academic circles. This project aims to provide non-academic Wikimedians with the scientific skills needed to accomplish surveys and studies to support the strategy movement team especially studies related to Regional and thematic hubs.

We will propose a theoretical and practical training material for interested Wikipedians to address both the philosophical aspect of the question, as well as the practical needs to implement the scientific approach to create high-quality reports and surveys to support the movement strategy team.

We will also invite all Wikimedians who applied for a research grant regarding the regional hubs to enroll in a live virtual course to help the develop their skills.
Does this project aim to apply one of the exmples shared in the call for grants and if so which one?

Project Activities[edit]

What specific activities will be carried out during this project? Please describe the specific activities that will be carried out during this project.
  1. Plan a MOOC of 60h (40h theoretical aspects + 20h practical training)
  2. Develop materials for both theoretical and practical parts of the MOOC
  3. Record the MOOC (voice +video)
  4. Upload to Wikimedia Commons and Wikiversity.
How do you intend to keep communities updated on the progress and outcomes of the project? Please add the names or usernames of these individuals responsible for updating the community
We intend to integrate the MOOC to become a part of the movement strategy research kit, If anyone intends to do research or a survey for the Strategy movement team. It will be appropriate for the team to propose the MOOC to the user (if he does not have the required scientific eligibility).
Who will be responsible for delivering on this project and what are their roles and responsibilities?
Me (Michel Bakni), A plan, develop, record, edit and upload the MOOC.

Additional information[edit]

If your activities include community discussions, what is your plan for ensuring that the conversations are productive? Provide a link to a Friendly Space Policy or UCoC that will be implemented to support these discussions.
If your activities include the use of paid online tools, please describe what tools these are and how you intend to use them.
Do your activities include the translation of materials, and if so, in what languages will the translation be done? Please include details of those responsible for making the translations.
No, for the time being, but provide French and Arabic translation for the MOOC is possible in the next year.
Are there any other details you would like to share? Consider providing rationale, research or community discussion outputs, and any other similar information, that will give more context on your proposed project.


After your activities are complete, we would like to understand the draft implementation plan for your community. You will be required to prepare a document detailing this plan around a movement strategy initiative. This report can be prepared through Meta-wiki using the Share your results button on this page. The report can be prepared in your language, and is not required to be written in English.

In this report, you will be asked to:

  • Provide a link to the draft implementation plan document or Wikimedia page
  • Describe what activities supported the development of the plan
  • Describe how and where you have communicated your plan to relevant communities.
  • Report on how your funding was spent

Your draft implementation plan document should address the following questions clearly:

  • What movement strategy initiative or goal are you addressing?
  • What activities will you be doing to address that initiative?
  • What do you expect will happen as a result of your activities? How do those outcomes address the movement strategy initiative?
  • How will you measure or evaluate your activities? What tools or methods will you use to evaluate your activities?

To create a draft implementation plan, we recommend the use of a logic model, which will help you and your team think about goals, activities, outcomes, and other factors in an organized way. Please refer the following resources to develop a logic model:

Please confirm below that you will be able to prepare a draft implementation plan document by the end of your grant:

  • ...

Optionally, you are welcome to include other information you'd like to share around participation and representation in your activities. Please include any additional outcomes you would like to report on below:


How you will use the funds you are requesting? List bullet points for each expense. Don’t forget to include a total amount, and update this amount in the Probox at the top of your page too!

Activity Cost per hour ($) Number of hours Total cost
Plan and preparation of content 35 150 5250
Recording and editing 35 100 3500
Teaching (virtual live classroom) 35 40 1400
Software (Zoom subscription) - 200 200
Materials for preparation (Stationary, Small hardware) - - 500
Books - - 250
Expences (5%) - - 500


Completing your application[edit]

Once you have completed the application, please do the following:

  • Change the application status from status=draft to status=proposed in the {{Probox}} template.
  • Contact strategy2030(_AT_) to confirm your submission, as well as to request any support around your application.


An endorsement from community members (especially from outside your community) will be part of the considerations when reviewing your application. Community members are encouraged to endorse your project request here!