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Learning Days Outcomes[edit]

Participant engagament and feedback[edit]

In the 10th issue of Learning Days, we hosted 96 community members, and 14 Wikimedia Foundation staff members. This was the second iteration of the Leadership track, and we were happy to see more community members stepping up to present something they learned. Of the total community members that participated, 29 (30%) nominated themselves to teach or share what they know, in the following way: 6 people co-present or co-facilitate a session; 20 community members presented a lightning talk, and another 4 presented a poster. Aside from these, there were 3 community members who fully led their sessions: Jan Apel and Elisabeth Mandl, from Wikimedia Deutschland, led the session Campaigning for new editors; Rosie Stephenshon-Goodknight led the session Group Consensus Building. In terms of content type, we 35% of the sessions we offered were training workshops, and 65% of sessions were interactive or participatory sessions.

This time, leadership sessions were distributed across both days. In this issue of Learning Days we used our comprehensive feedback form, that allows participants to share something they liked best about the session, something they would suggest to do different next time, and something they plan on doing in the next 30 days, based on what they learned. The analysis presented below stems from the feedback forms received for each day, as follows:

Learning Day Number of evaluations Percentage
Wednesday 47 70.15%
Thursday 18 43.90%

On Wednesday, the sessions Evaluation plans and making it count, How to plan a pilot, and Logic models and theory of change were among the most liked sessions, as well as those that inspired the most actions in the next 30 days. Tools rotation and Designing programs and events came in second place.

The idea behind asking participants for feedback on what they would do differently in the next 30 days is to assess how the information shared is useful or applicable to the participants context. To a large extent, the feedback in this area focused on applying new tools to the existing work.

A few examples are:

I will help community members in writing learning patterns.
I'm going to narrow the focus of my programming goals
I will present the skills learned to my community.
Think about the types of leadership we encourage or discourage.
Think of different forms of leadership and try to recognize it.
Trying to reuse old hashtags and see if we can get more effect even after something
Learning so much from my peers, will think about the ways we conceptualize retention.
I will build a staircase model for my own project, adding and developing history photography entries that are marginalized.
Talk about accounting software that might help my chapter, with my chapter


Learning from others
Teaching back at local community

On Thursday, the sessions Program lightning talks, Building a learning network, and Group consensus building were among the most liked sessions, as well as the ones that inspired the most actions or changes in the next 30 days. The comments in this section were predominantly about sharing experiences and learning valuable skills that they could share back with the local community.

Lightning Talks and posters[edit]