Wikimedia Wikimeet India 2021/Request for Comments/Online training: Challenges and possible solutions

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What are the challenges/difficulties you have faced during an online training session and how do you think those can be solved? Is there any workaround? Please share your experience and opinion.

Opening remarks[edit]

Opening remarks attempt to provide some context. Feel free to edit this.

Online events or online training is relatively a new medium which we are exploring together. Many things are different, you do not have in-person interactions, one may feel lonely, there might be difficulties for a trainer or the participants to interact. One person speaking, and others listening — might be a good model for an in-person event, but does it work well for a remote training?

Let's discuss the challenges you faced or you think you/anyone may face, or more importantly what are the possible solutions/workarounds?

Please see WikiProject remote event participation (Best practices and other sections)

See also
Platform for online event (RfC, if you want to discuss online platforms)


Please discuss here. Please add relevant links. Although, English might be common language to discuss, feel free to write in any language. Please sign your post using ~~~~

internet connection[edit]

  • The challenge in India may be an Internet connection. The power failure now-a-days causing slow internet in my case and I've experienced this at a number of places. Apart from this, lack of technical knowledge may create another problem. In offline meetups, anyone from the participants directly solves the issues if we face anything, but in this case, maybe it would take time or may irritate people. - Sangram Keshari Senapati (talk) 12:51, 21 November 2020 (UTC)
    • A suggestion : Like e-mail clients, we have to create new techs. For example, to wikisource, if there is a option to download a book/ or few pages to do proofread offline, it will save time and data. becoz loading a image page to do proofread in online takes time where as if it is in offline it will be so easy. Usually, i wake up in early morning to get speedy internet connectivity! but you know i am lazy!! and also missing my morning walk. --Info-farmer (talk) 01:15, 28 November 2020 (UTC)
  • I agree with Sangram, that internet connectivity is big issue for many of us. But familiarity with the portal/software we use to communicate also becomes huge problem as not all of us are familiar with most of the softwares(google hangout/teamviewer/etc). QueerEcofeminist [they/them/their] 18:07, 21 November 2020 (UTC)

interwiki best practices[edit]

  • I suggest for the second objective (//Provide an online platform for wiki-learning and skill-share advanced editing, etc.//) : For example, among Indic Wikiscource community, the interface, tools are different. We have to interact with each other and try to understand the best practices(E.g.floating wiki markup) from each other and then we have to evolve new techs for the speedy good edits.See the paragraphs are looking good in hi.WS without the 'gap' template (Don,t forget to preview ---> {{gap}}). Where as in ta.WS, we are using that template. So, plan to save the editors time. Explore our hurdles.--Info-farmer (talk) 00:54, 28 November 2020 (UTC)