Grants:Project/UG CI/Les Classes Wikipedia (Wikipedia Classroom)/Timeline

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Timeline for Les Classes Wikipedia[edit]

Timeline Date
Notification of grant funding for the project 16 December 2017
The project Assistant during the pilot phase was reappointed Project Assistant of this new cohort 08 January 2018
The 6 Wikipedia trainers are selected among 10 candidates. 05 february 2018
Working session with the heads of Université Virtuelle de Côte d’Ivoire to discuss the practical arrangements. 07 march 2018
Training teacher 10 march 2018
Call for applications launched, via a Google form. 21 march 2018
Meeting with the new Student Office of Institut des Sciences et Techniques de la Communication – Polytechnique to introduce them to the project. 28 march 2018
Closing of applications 10 april 2018
Phase 1 of Evaluation From 11 to 13 April 2018
Phase 2 of Evaluation From 14 to 17 April 2018
Notification of the 64 selected candidates of Wikipedia Classroom 2018 18 April 2018

Monthly updates[edit]

January 2018[edit]

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 renewed.The call for applications for the recruitment of the 6 Wikipedia trainers was launched on January 31 via a Google form published in the mailing lists of the User Group and reached 75 people.

The project was well received by the volunteers of the User Group who have expressed an interest in contributing actively. January was the activation time of the project because since the UG board officially started its activities on January 15 after taking a monthly break. This was an opportunity for the project team to become familiar with the requirements of the Project Grants.

February 2018[edit]

This month was devoted to contact formally universities, recruit trainers and prepare their training. 3 universities have been formally seized to host the Wikipedia Classrooms : Université Virtuelle de Côte d'Ivoire, ISTC-Polytechniques and Atlantique International Business School. In parallel with administrative procedures at the universities, 6 trainers (2 of them are published their bio) were recruited from 10 applications. Their training is scheduled for March 10, 2018.

March 2018[edit]

3 universities involved[edit]

Three universities are involved in the program : Université Virtuelle de Côte d’Ivoire (UVCI), Institut des Sciences et Techniques de la Communication (ISTC - Polytechnique) and Ecole doctorale de l’Institut National Polytechnique Houphouët-Boigny (LABTIC).

Of the 3 colleges solicited in February by 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[1]. We were therefore able to achieve our goal of 3 universities.

Selection process[edit]

On March 7th, we were invited to a working session with the heads of Université Virtuelle de Côte d’Ivoire to discuss the practical arrangements. At Institut des Sciences et Techniques de la Communication – Polytechnique, after the agreement of the administrators was given, we had a meeting on March 28th with the new Student Office to introduce them to the project. A call for applications was launched on March 21st, via a Google form[2]. We registered a total of about 300 applicants from the 3 schools. The registration had been running until April 09, due to Easter holidays.

Teacher Training[edit]

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. 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.

April 2018[edit]

The activities of the month of April focused mainly on the selection of candidates. On April 18, the 64 selected candidates were notified by email of their selection. They are from the following universities: 30 from UVCI, 18 from LABTIC-LARIT and 16 from ISTC-P.

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 to their inability to secure or borrow a computer equipment. From this first filtering, came out 271 applications out of 314 registered (86.30% of serious applications). 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.

May 2018[edit]

The training sessions started this month of 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, message editing, etc. 85 contributions were recorded at the end of this 1st session.

On 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.

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. Along with these clear advances, we continued the steps for the effective launch of the training sessions with the Virtual University of Côte d'Ivoire (UVCI).


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  1. "GLAM/Newsletter/February 2018/Contents/Côte d'Ivoire report - Outreach Wiki". Retrieved 2018-04-12. 
  2. "Candidature pour Les Classes Wikipedia 2018". Google Docs. Retrieved 2018-04-12.