Education/Wikipedia Education Collaborative/Mentorship
Mentoring group is a sub-group of the Wikipedia Education Collaborative. Participant mentors include WMF members and a group of established and experienced program leaders from all over the world. They will advise interested volunteers anywhere in the world to help them improve their education programs.
Tighe Flanagan (WMF)
Wikimetrics, number crunching, documenting
Shani Evenstein, Israel
Wiki-EDU initiatives in Israel, Wiki-Med Course, collaborations within academia and with the Ministry of Education, working with the Education extension, curriculum development and course design from small groups to an entire campus
shani.evengmail.com, Phabricator: Esh77
Melina Masnatta, Argentina
Massive distance learning course, Gender gap in education, Educational Edit-a-thon and Digital Education policies
melina.masnattagmail.com, Phabrocator: MelinaMasnattaWMAR83
The scope of mentoring covers many areas. For example, mentors can help with:
- Highlighting most important materials
- Reflecting on lessons learned
- Recruiting and motivating volunteers
- Reaching out to professors
- Running the education extension and metrics (impact analysis)
- Funding the program
- Managing and organizing courses
- Tutoring students on interacting with the Wikimedia community
- Creating and translating necessary brochures
- Community program progress
These are only examples, so do contact us in case you need help with other issues.
- To request membership of Wikipedia Education Collaborative please add your request on the membership page.
- Membership is open to all interested program leaders and volunteers who support the vision for Wikipedia in education, and who want to contribute to the goals of the group (see below).
- A member should be a leader of an active education program with a history of concrete success reported by adding metrics to the dashboard, posting updates on the education newsletter or the WMF blog, or other ways in which other community members can assess your activity levels.
- Members of the Collaborative aim to represent a diverse set of programs, languages, and geographies as well as experiences and opinions. For the list of current members, see below.
- The Wikipedia Education Program team at the Wikimedia Foundation are coordinating members of the Collab. Their role is providing guidance and support as needed.
- New members should be ready to volunteer time (estimated at around 3 to 5 hours per month) to the Collab. Being active in their own program or on Wiki is a separate activity.
- Invitations for in-person meetings (to be held once a year in a central location) will go to the members who have shown the highest activity level over the last six months. WMF will aim to have a number of participants join every in-person meeting, but final numbers will depend on Collab members’ activity levels and WMF budget available.
- Anyone interested in joining the Wikipedia Education Collaborative can request membership on this page. The request will be approved according to the eligibility of the applicant, the collaborative needs for new members and the approval of the existing collab members/coordinators.
The following volunteers are alumni members of the Collaborative. Their contributions helped the Collab grow.
- Nepal - Prakash Neupane
- Catalonia (Spain) - Mariona Aragay
- Uruguay - Fernando da Rosa Morena
- Wikimedia Foundation - Samir Elsharbaty (WMF)
- Wikimedia Foundation - Anna Koval (WMF)
The following volunteers were the founding members of the Collaborative. Their contributions helped the Collab begin.
- Arab World Education Programs @ WMF - Tighe Flanagan
- Armenia - Lilit Tarkhanyan
- Catalonia (Spain) - Alex Hinojo
- Czech Republic - Vojtech Dostal
- Israel - Shani Evenstein
- Mexico - Leigh Thelmadatter
- Nepal - Prakash Neupane
- Serbia - Ivan Matejić
- Ukraine - Vira Motorko
- UK - Toni Sant
- Wiki Education Foundation (US / Canada) - Jami Mathewson
- Wikipedia Education Program @ WMF - LiAnna Davis
- Wikipedia Education Program @ WMF - Sage Ross
- Wikipedia Education Program @ WMF - Anna Koval
- Wikipedia Education Program @ WMF - Floor Koudijs
- Wikipedia Education Program @ WMF - Rod Dunican
- Helping current and prospective members of education programs around the world.
- Developing a mentoring plan for education program leaders.
How does it work
We recommend selecting a mentor from your geographic regional as a good starting point. This helps in terms of understanding the cultural context and knowing the local Wikimedia community.
The contacted mentor will make sure that your queries are answered and might also meet with you online via Skype or Google Hangouts.
Sometimes mentors contact potential mentees as well.