Grants:Project/UG CI/Les Classes Wikipedia (Wikipedia Classroom)/Midpoint
Welcome to this project's midpoint report! This report shares progress and learning from the grantee's first 3 months.
- Engagement of the User Group member's
- Partnerships with schools
- Selection of Fellows
- Starting classes
Methods and activities
Engagement of the User Group member's
- The project was officially presented on January 15, 2018 in front of twenty members of the User Group.
- The meta pages of the project have been edited, including biographies of project members. The pilot project team was appointed again.
- 6 trainers (2 of them published their biographies) were recruited from 10 applications. The teacher training took place on March 10th. 4 Wikimedians of the UG were taught to deliver training and familiarized themselves to the Syllabus of Les Classes Wikipedia.
Partnership with Schools
- Contacting universities formally
- Working session and preparation meetings with heads of Université Virtuelle de Côte d’Ivoire were held to discuss practical arrangements.
- At Institut des Sciences et Techniques de la Communication – Polytechnique, after obtaining authorization from the administration staff, we had a meeting on March 28th with the new Student Office to introduce them to the project.
Selection of fellows
- A call for applications was launched on March 21st, via a Google form.
- On April 18, the 64 selected candidates were notified by email of their selection. Their evaluation was conducted in two phases. The first phase took place from April 11th to 13th. It consisted in sorting the candidatures, in order to exclude duplicates and less serious applications. The latter phase considered either the unavailability of candidates or their inability to secure or borrow a computer equipment. From April 14 to 17, the 6 trainers evaluated each application based on some criteria. Trainers assessed candidates motivation to participate and their Wikipedia and literary culture. Each candidate received 2 ratings given distinctly by 2 trainers. Out of these ratings an average score and ranking was established.
- The training sessions started on May 2018. On May 19th, INP-HB started with a class of 8 students. Activities were focused on account and user page creation, discussion, visual editor, wikicode, talk page discussion, etc.
- On May 26, we launched the Wikipedia Classes at ISTC-Polytechnique. That launching session aimed to introduce students to the encyclopedia and the Wikimedia movement.
- On May 18, we also hosted an information session on Wikipedia for Abidjan Catholic University (UCAO) students in License 1, as part of the Communication course led by a member of User Group.
- We registered a total of about 300 applicants from the 3 schools after the call of fellows.
- 271 applications out of 314 registered (86.30%) were serious applications. 64 of them were selected in the end. They are from the following universities: 30 from UVCI, 18 from LABTIC-LARIT and 16 from ISTC-P.
- On May 18th, INP-HB started with a class of 8 students. Activities were focused on account and user page creation, discussion, visual editor, wikicode, message editing, etc. 85 contributions were recorded at the end of this 1st session. We also hosted an information session on Wikipedia for Abidjan Catholic University (UCAO) students in License 1, as part of the Communication course led by a member of User Group. In May 26, we launched the Wikipedia Classes at ISTC-Polytechnique. Fifteen participants took part in the event with 5 members of the User Group. The meeting aimed to introduce the encyclopedia and the Wikimedia movement to students.
- 7 volunteers, engaged in the project as assistant (1) and trainers (6).
- 4 Wikimedians of the UG were taught to deliver training and familiarized themselves to the Syllabus of Les Classes Wikipedia. It is worth mentioning that this Syllabus is our own version, derived from the original WikiEducation Syllabus. It was translated and adapted based on the findings and lessons from the pilot phase last year.
- 3 universities have been formally seized to host the Wikipedia Classrooms : Université Virtuelle de Côte d'Ivoire, ISTC-Polytechniques and Atlantique International Business School. Of the 3 colleges contacted in February via e-mail, we received a feed-back from UVCI and ISTC-P. Only AIBS did not responded. However, the Ecole Doctorale de l’Institut National Polytechnique Houphouet-Boigny (LABTIC) showed an obvious interest for this project on March 8, following a #1Lib1Ref training session in their premises. We were therefore able to achieve our goal of 3 universities.
|Actual Fund Spend||Activity||X OF||USD (560,486)||Notes|
|Communication - Marketing|
|Communication - Marketing||Designing & printing (contractor)||150 000||268||Designing and printing roll up banner|
|9 000||16||Printing training kit|
|-||-||Printed documents set|
|18 000||32||Printing completion certificates|
|Total Communication/ Marketing||177 000||316|
|Snacks||Trainers' training workshop||50 400||90||Snacks and beverage for 6 participants|
|Total Snacks||50 400||90|
|Travel / Equipment / Human ressources coordination|
|Travel / Equipment / Human ressources coordination||Trainers' training workshop||15 000||27||Transport allowance for workshop attendees|
|40 000||71||Workshop trainers' compensation|
|Launching ceremony||35 000||62||Launching ceremony's staff compensation|
|Weekly training sessions||65 000||116||Compensation for the trainers of Wikipedia Classroom|
|Graduation ceremony||-||Graduation ceremony's staff compensation|
|Coordination||400 000||714||Project coordinator's compensation|
|459 900||821||EPSON video projector|
|Surge protector multi-socket|
|240 000||428||Wireless routeur|
|Internet connection fees for the training rooms (monthly subscription)|
|75 000||134||Telephone credit|
|Total Travel / Equipment / Human ressources coordination||1 329 900||2373|
|TOTAL||1 557 300||2 778|
|Funds received||1 692 049||3 019|
The best thing about trying something new is that you learn from it. We want to follow in your footsteps and learn along with you, and we want to know that you are taking enough risks to learn something really interesting! Please use the below sections to describe what is working and what you plan to change for the second half of your project.
What are the challenges
- Internet connection is slow and not enough
- Lack or insufficient number of computers for participants
- Unavailability of classrooms
- Inconsistent participation of students
- Insufficient references on selected topics
What is working well
- The involvement of some administration staffs
- The engagement of the members of the User Group
- Communication about the project
Next steps and opportunities
- Finalizing courses
- Organizing an Edit-athon to edit articles, improve stubs, etc.
- Editing the project report
- Requesting a 6 month extension for the 2018 - 2019 session
Globally, we have a good opinion of the grant process. The process of attribution is certainly long, but once selected, things seem to accelerate, which is a good thing. Only downside to note is that if is not clearly mentioned that the mid-report is due 3 months after the start of the project. Running a project of one year, we thought that it would logically be be due after 6 months of activities.