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New Organizers Workshops[edit]



Learning Days participants accepted to the Traditional Track will engage together in a series of 3 workshops to improve their movement leadership skills. Sessions will focus on developing the knowledge and skills needed to be a Wikimedia organizer. Participants will hear practical advice from several WMF staff and experienced Wikimedians. Topics include overviews of programs, grants, and affiliates; critical capacities for involvement in the Wikimedia Movement; activities and events that are good entry points; evaluating success of projects and events; and demos of the most common tools available to organizers.

Time allocated:

Objective: Learn more about events and activities that are good entry points to the movement, how to plan and monitor your work as a Wikimedian

  • Workshop 3 - Core tools and sharing Ideas - 1 hour

Objective: Learn how to use the core tools for Wikimedia project management and tracking

Facilitators: Alex Stinson, WMF Woubzena Jifar, WMF Dumi Ndubane, WMF Edward Galvez, WMF James Baldwin, WMF Vahid Masrour, WMF Sam Oyeyele, Wikimedia Nigeria Georges Fodouop, Wikimedians of Cameroon Kelly Doyle, Wikimedia District of Columbia Olga Lidia, Wikimedia Bolivia

Slides/Presentations -

Organizing A Highly Successful Photo Contest by Sam Oyeyele

Experienced Organizers Workshops[edit]



Learning Days participants accepted to the Leadership Track will engage together in a series of 3 workshops to improve their movement leadership skills. Sessions will focus on listening and reflection to improve Wikimedia communities and programs. Topics include listening skills, collective problem solving, community listening using surveys, and engaging in reflective thinking. The workshops are designed to tap into the collective wisdom of the group and to foster a spirit of collaboration and sharing.

Time allocated:

  • Workshop 2 - 2 hours
  • Workshop 3 - 1 hour

Specific learning objectives:

  • Develop movement leadership skills with a focus on listening and reflection techniques and practice
  • Tap into the collective knowledge of the group to grow as experienced organizers and identify opportunities to collaborate


  • Dana McCurdy, WMF
  • Winifred Olliff, WMF
  • Jackie Koerner, independent academic and Wikipedia visiting scholar


Slides from the Survey workshop

The handout from the Survey workshop

Volunteer Recruitment and Engagement[edit]



Learn about best practices for recruiting, engaging, and developing the skills of volunteers from three experienced Wikimedians. Each will present examples from their own communities and experience. Following the presentations, we will open the floor to questions from the audience. So, please come with any questions you have for working with volunteers!

Time allocated:

1 hour

Specific learning objectives:

  • Participants will learn best practices and practical advice from fellow Wikimedians about working with volunteers


  • Dana McCurdy, WMF


  • Reem Alkashif, Ain Shams University, Egypt
  • Anmol Wassan, MediaWiki/Education Program, India
  • Walaa Abdel Manaem, Co-Founder, Wikimedia Egypt

Presenter: Anmol Wassan[edit]


It is very essential to get students edit Wikipedia on a regular basis even when we are not giving them assignments. But how do we do that? Forcing every student to edit Wikipedia can be very harmful. It is very important to keep a student’s mind healthy and motivated. One of the approaches that can be followed is contributing to Wikipedia by doing non-wiki activities. Participants will get to know how students can become motivated Wikipedians by playing soccer, dancing, singing etc. After the students make their first contribution by making the article on their school/college, to keep them adding more stuff to their school article, we let them do what they love the most. While they are doing non-wiki activities, we ask one of them to click a photograph. Then in a collaborative session, we teach them how to upload images to Commons and ask the students to upload the image on their school wiki page. This way they won't feel editing Wikipedia a burden, but a new tool to play with.

Specific learning objectives:

  • Participants will learn different non-wiki activities and their contribution towards keeping students motivated.
  • Participants will learn how to apply non-wiki activities to student’s contribution to Wikipedia.
  • Participants will learn new and innovative ways to implement an Education Program.


Presenter: Walaa Abdel Manaem[edit]


Planning for Learning with Wikimedia Projects[edit]



Editing Wikimedia projects leads to acquiring knowledge and skills related to digital literacy, information literacy and other 21st century skills. However, most programs that take place in an educational setting do not consider or measure student learning. This workshop will ask the question: “How do we measure student learning during Wikimedia education activities?” Understanding the answers to these questions will lead to higher quality education programs, a stronger reputation for Wikimedia in the education sector, and more opportunities for advocacy and partnerships around Wikimedia programs.

This workshop will be a practical and hands on guide to planning learning activities like workshops, lessons and units. It is relevant to program leaders who conduct any activities that have a learning component like workshops, presentations, trainings, etc. At the end of this workshop, participants will be able to draft outcomes, performance tasks, and activities that lead to student/participant learning.

Presenter roles:

  • Nichole Saad, lead presenter

Lightning Talks (Round 2)[edit]

https://etherpad.wikimedia.org/p/Lightning-Talks Lightning Talks are short, 5 minute presentations in which community members talk about their experience with wiki projects--what they learned, how they how they measured success, and how other Wikimedians can apply these lessons.

Day 2
Time Presenter Topic
13:00 - 13:05 Vahid Masrour, Abbey Ripstra Introductions
13:05 - 13:10 Viswanathan Prabha How Negative Publicity can be a Honeypot
13:10 - 13:15 Jackie Koerner Bias Awareness
13:15 - 13:20 Carla Lopez Consensus Building
13:20 - 13:25 Michelle Boon Women Tech Storm
13:25 - 13:30 Armine Aghayan GLAM Partnerships: from Catalogues to Wikidata
13:30 - 13:35 Olushola Olaniyan Volunteer Communication, Engagement, and Development
13:35 - 13:40 Kelly Doyle Academia and Wikipedia's Gender Gap
13:40 - 13:45 Chris Schilling Data-based decision-making for program planning
13:45 - 13:50 Fernando Da Rosa Education program in Uruguay
13:50 - 13:55 Habib M'henni
13:55 - 14:00

Program Planning and Making Metrics Count[edit]



Wikimedia Programs are known to have brought the largest amounts of new editors in the past years, as well as the largest amounts of new content added to the Wikimedia Projects. This, powered by the movement tradition of replicating other successful programs has led to multiple implementations of these outreach initiatives. Since 2013, the Learning and Evaluation team at the Wikimedia Foundation has been collecting data on programs to better understand how they work towards movement goals. We now have two program reports that should help as a resource for community leaders that want to start a new program in their local context. How can you better use this data to design your own Wikimedia Program? What systems are in place to learn from others in the movement? In this session, we will look at successful programs globally and analyze why they work, looking at the logic behind them. We will work together to bring out a formula that could help participants think through the characteristics of their community, the problems they would like to solve and how to create programs that help solve them. We will look at existing program data and work in groups to pick a program with SMART targets, based on that information.

Time allocated:

120 minutes

Specific learning objectives:

  • Participants will learn how to use data to design a program that works on a local level.
  • Participants will learn how to share back their experience to the wider movement.

Presenter roles:

  • María Cruz, presenter.