Invite a public speaker
To invite a public speaker for a Wikipedia presentation has some posivite effects. He can explain the special Wikipedia culture of your prefered Wiki, answer questions in the point of the community and his presentation is authentic. A presentation is helpfull to explain delicate problems like copyright and what's up if a student breach it. There are three field-tested ways to recruit such a public speaker:
- Recruit one of your facilitators.
- Invite a person from the public speakers list.
- You may also ask a Wikimedia chapter to support or if they know anyone in the local area.
In particular the first option is worth considering. A facilitator knows, beside the other elements, the specific profile of your project. So he can give an individual presentation, can answer a lot of the individual questions and how to realize the goal of the course.
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Tell people about our vision – Show your audience the numbers – Tell people how you have benefited from contributing to Wikipedia – Tell people why Wikipedia needs their help – Some themes that might be interesting to build your presentation around
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Create a timetable for your project – Recruit facilitators – Goals for your students – Teach important basics about Wikipedia – Invite a public speaker
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