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A collection of solutions and best practices in the Wikimedia world.

Learning patterns are a simple way to document an important lesson. They explain how to reproduce a successful strategy for executing or evaluating an activity, such as running an edit-a-thon, or how to run a survey.

In a bit more detail, a learning pattern is (1) a guideline that provides advice on how to do something and (2) a template with clear title and consistent format so people can quickly find the information they need when they browse through the library of learning patterns. If you've been involved in a Wikimedia activity, you've probably learned some valuable tips, tricks, advice, or considerations about what works and what doesn't for that kind of activity. You can read more about learning patterns and this project here on the Wikimedia blog.

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New editors are discouraged by old users' interventions and (secondary) cannot organize their work with ease. Less computer-literated people have a hard time trying to contribute.

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How to teach primary students how to position their own pictures to improve Wikipedia articles.

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Wikipedia faces the challenge of approaching properly the gender gap issue in terms of its content.

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{{Evaluation/Resource/Summary | time= 20 June 2017 | title = Design of a proposed distance learning resource | title link= Learning patterns/Design of a proposed distance learning resource | summary= How to generate a proposal for training on issues of digital culture and [[:en:open educational resources | creator= User:Melina Masnatta (WMAR) | image = File:MechaDuck.png }}


The learning curve for creating articles is far too high.

Last updated: 20 June 2017

{{Evaluation/Resource/Summary | time= 20 June 2017 | title = Choosing to meet up virtually or in person | title link= Learning patterns/Choosing to meet up virtually or in person | summary= When a meeting is being scheduled, someone needs to decide if the event will take place via [[:en:teleconference | creator= User:Bgibbs (WMF) | image = File:Planeando_editatón_en_el_Museo_Soumaya.jpg }}

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For teachers, a Wikipedia writing assignment is much more work than other writing assignments. They have to double check the content of the article, grammar, spelling and the validity of the sources.

Last updated: 20 June 2017

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Patterns about how to plan, run, grow and scale education programs.

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Patterns about evaluating the impact of a project, program, initiative, or event using data (edit counts, interviews, surveys).

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Patterns to learn about organizing online initiatives or events, on-wiki collaborations, or tools to encourage participation

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Patterns about structuring formal organizations (such as Wikimedia chapters, user groups, and thematic organizations) effectively.

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Patterns about encouraging contribution by under-represented demographics in Wikimedia projects.

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Patterns related to the most popular Wikimedia outreach programs: Editathons.

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Patterns about communicating the outcomes and impact of a project—what was done, how it was done, what happened as a result, and why it matter.

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Patterns about designing and conducting surveys, or analyzing survey data.

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Patterns about designing wiki pages —including visual design, content, bots, templates, gadgets and extensions.