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Education Program leaders who meet the membership criteria are encouraged to request membership of the Wikipedia Education Collaborative. To request membership please follow these steps:

  • Add your username to the list of current requests below;
  • Give us a brief overview of your work with the Wikipedia Education Program so far (please add relevant links).
  • Let us know why you would like to join the Collab and what you hope to do as Collab member.

Thank you!

Current requests[edit]

Richard Nevell[edit]

Hello,

I am one of Wikimedia UK's Project Coordinators. As part of my work I support UK university courses which incorporate Wikipedia as part of their teaching and assessment. This involves advising course leaders on Wikipedia matters, connecting them with our volunteer community, and bringing course leaders together to share good practice and ideas. I am also WMUK's point of contact for our Wikipedian in Residence at the University of Edinburgh and provide direct support to the resident. I am an admin on the outreach dashboard so I can help with administrative tasks. Richard Nevell (WMUK) (talk) 14:34, 23 August 2016 (UTC)

Hello Richard! Thank you for your membership request to join the Education Collaborative! As you may know, the Collab is currently discussing membership criteria. We hope to have some updated procedures in place by January 2017. We apologize for leaving your request in limbo for such an extended period of time.

In the meantime, we want to encourage you to be part of the conversations. The Collab mailing list is a public list that you are welcome to join. You can participate in conversations there, ask questions, or simply listen to see what’s happening in the group. You are also welcome at any virtual meetings (approximately once a month). Similarly, feel free to be part of the conversation about the future of Collab membership since it directly impacts your request. You can give feedback publicly on the list, on wiki (link coming soon), or privately to me via email (vmasrour Template:A wikimedia dot org). VMasrour (WMF) (talk) 18:08, 22 November 2016 (UTC)

Joalpe[edit]

Cheers from Brazil! Let me start this request by congratulating the Wikipedia Education Collaborative community for the achievements that were listed on the "Milestone Infographic" and for definitely having made one of the coolest meeting visual record I have ever seen (the "Stockholm Banner"). I strongly identify with the idea that success is reached when we talk with a unified voice and take seriously diversity. I am a professor at the Project Wikipedia in the University and a primary contact for the Wikipedia Education Program in Brazil. I am a member of the User Group Wikimedia in Brazil.
I have used Wikipedia and its sister project in the context of education and scientific-dissemination activities for three years. I have been a professor in a school of journalism since 2014 and have relied on Wikipedia assignments since then (report in Portuguese here). My teaching activity has attracted media interest in Brazil (for instance, I was featured in one of the largest media venues in the country, with a report titled "Wikipedia has the potential to change school assignments"), including a note on the Wikimedia Education Newsletter. Relatively distinctive features of my teaching activity are at least twofold. Firstly, I have generally dealt with larger class sizes than what is common in educational uses of Wikipedia, according to a case review I did in 2014 (short version of the review table here). Secondly, my focus has mostly been on topics pertaining to social justice and politics in Brazil.
More recently, I have led an initiative of scientific dissemination, especially related to improving content in and fostering a community of editors around mathematics and neuroscience in Wikipedia in Portuguese. Local media has called this initiative "Brazil's very own Wikipedia Year of Science" (report in Portuguese here), and a note on this work is expected to appear soon on the Wiki Education Foundation blog. In the context of this initiative, we added around 500,000 bytes of content in the last four months, including high quality multimedia content (for example, the movie on this entry on spike sorting, that was considered Media of the Day). A major local public funding agency has awarded us a grant for the first ever Brazilian Wikipedian-in-residence (featured on the WMF blog here to contribute to this initiative. I have also created and contributed to a collaborative blog on the use of Wikipedia in scientific dissemination, [difusaoneuromat.wordpress.com here]. Both education and scientific-dissemination activities are ongoing.
Educational and scientific-dissemination activities have sparked my interest in doing research and on writing in news op-eds on Wikipedia. I have published two academic pieces and have been successful in getting three research grants related to these activities (report in Portuguese here). In 2015, I gave a talk on Wikipedia and Education at the Brazilian edition of the technology festival Campus Party. I have published five media op-eds on Wikipedia and education (report in Portuguese here), including the piece "In Defense of Wiki-education," in 2015.
I took part of two edit-a-thons and have been conducting a GLAM project right now (report in Portuguese here). In March 2016, I was involved in an edit-a-thon on "Women and Media," in which feminist journalists edited on gender issues. In a partnership with a Museum of Veterinary Anatomy, I have been part of a project to upload hundreds of high-quality images on animal anatomy.
I have translated entirely the Wiki Ed Dashboard into Brazilian Portuguese (report in Portuguese here). I have made some progress in the version in Portuguese from Portugal, but it has been harder than I thought it would be.
I hope this long message has provided a good sense of how enthusiastic and involved I have been with the idea that Wikipedia belongs to education. I am eager to be part of the Wikipedia Education Collaborative community!
--04:26, 31 July 2016 (UTC)Joalpe (talk)

Hello Joalpe! Thank you for your membership request to join the Education Collaborative! As you may know, the Collab is currently discussing membership criteria. We hope to have some updated procedures in place by January 2017. We apologize for leaving your request in limbo for such an extended period of time.

In the meantime, we want to encourage you to be part of the conversations. The Collab mailing list is a public list that you are welcome to join. You can participate in conversations there, ask questions, or simply listen to see what’s happening in the group. You are also welcome at any virtual meetings (approximately once a month). Similarly, feel free to be part of the conversation about the future of Collab membership since it directly impacts your request. You can give feedback publicly on the list, on wiki (link coming soon), or privately to me via email (vmasrour Template:A wikimedia dot org). VMasrour (WMF) (talk) 18:09, 22 November 2016 (UTC)

May Hachem93[edit]

Hi,
I am May Hachem, I want to join your collab because I have been volunteering for three years, I believe I have a lot to help others with and I believe also I need to learn a lot from the Collab memebers. Below is my 3 years experience in Wiki Education Program, Thank you!

  1. An active editor of the Arabic Wikipedia, an Education Program leader, and a co-founder of Wikimedia Egypt Chapter.
  2. Joined Wikipedia in May 15, 2013, through Wikipedia Education Program as a student.
  3. Granted the editor rights on July 30, 2013 and starting serving as a Wikipedia ambassador since October 2013.
  4. Euro news interviewed me about my activity to narrow the gender gap in this episode of their weekly show ‘learning world’: (starting at 4:10) http://www.euronews.com/2015/01/09/learning-as-easy-as-a-b-free/
  5. Trained +600 students within the last three years in 7 different language departments.
  6. Lunched the program in Al- Azhar University in Nov. 2014. It was the first student’s activity in Al- Azhar campus
  7. Given +25 workshops since the beginning of my volunteering including edit-a-thons and training of other volunteers, including online workshops.
  8. Run the first women and society course in the middle-east which added 48% of the bytes during spring/summer September 2014 according to this link: https://meta.wikimedia.org/wiki/Grants:PEG/User:Samir_I._Sharbaty/Egypt_Wikimedia ns_User_Group/WikiWomen_Prize/Report
  9. Co-created the Wiki Women prize on wiki aiming at encouraging more women to edit Wikipedia and adding more women-related content, which has lead to massive contributions during the contest, i.e. +5 million bytes added to Wikipedia in one month.And the prize was held due to the success my WikiWomen Course did.
  10. Featured on the following blog posts on the WMF blog: http://blog.wikimedia.org/2014/12/22/egyptian-students-on-wikipedia-in-2014/ http://blog.wikimedia.org/2013/12/09/egypt-gender-gap/
  11. Organized Wiki Loves Monuments competition in Egypt.
  12. During the competition the number of uploaded pictures, three times exceeded the expected number of contributions.
  13. The result was: 6223 file, 16882.9 megabytes, uploaded by 212 users in 30 days.
  14. Organized Wiki Women Competition. Organized Wiki Loves Africa Competition.
  15. Organize Wiki Education Program Semi- annual conferences in Egypt to celebrate students' achievements.
  16. Supported the Arab World Education Program in Egypt: Organized Edit-a-thons for Egyptian students, events, contests, education program conferences, etc. Last November, in the light of Wiki Loves Africa Competition, organized a photography trip to Lion Village.
  17. This year I started the WikiWomen Scientist project and translated 90% of the articles which were edited in the English version of the project into Arabic.
  18. I also started the program in a new campus, Alexanderia University, The students of medicine edit articles about everything related to women physiology.
  19. I helped Wikipedians in Jordan to re-start Wiki Education Program in Jordan. And their first edition was successfully finished. I assisted them remotely through a Facebook group and giving the students instructions and helping ambassadors to work effectively.
  20. I work with a group of Students in Palestine remotely as part of WikiWomen Project.
@TFlanagan-WMF: Would anyone please review my request? --May Hachem93 (talk) 09:22, 5 November 2016 (UTC)

Hello May! Thank you for your membership request to join the Education Collaborative! As you may know, the Collab is currently discussing membership criteria. We hope to have some updated procedures in place by January 2017. We apologize for leaving your request in limbo for such an extended period of time.

In the meantime, we want to encourage you to be part of the conversations. The Collab mailing list is a public list that you are welcome to join. You can participate in conversations there, ask questions, or simply listen to see what’s happening in the group. You are also welcome at any virtual meetings (approximately once a month). Similarly, feel free to be part of the conversation about the future of Collab membership since it directly impacts your request. You can give feedback publicly on the list, on wiki (link coming soon), or privately to me via email (vmasrour Template:A wikimedia dot org). VMasrour (WMF) (talk) 18:10, 22 November 2016 (UTC)

Gabriela Boková[edit]

Hey, I´m education manager in Wikimedia Czech Republic and I love my job :D In February 2016, I started to coordinate programs Students write Wikipedia and Seniors write Wikipedia. I´m working on a development of these programs and in the same time, I´m taking care about education for our lectures and volunteers. Now I´m focused on a global project WikiTeachIn created by Education Collaborative Group and I transform it for Czech conditions. I would like to develop the cooperation on the global level, do the things together, share the best practices and know-how and get an inspiration.

Thank you for your membership request to join the Education Collaborative! As you may know, the Collab is currently discussing membership criteria. We hope to have some updated procedures in place by January 2017. We apologize for leaving your request in limbo for such an extended period of time.

In the meantime, we want to encourage you to be part of the conversations. The Collab mailing list is a public list that you are welcome to join. You can participate in conversations there, ask questions, or simply listen to see what’s happening in the group. You are also welcome at any virtual meetings (approximately once a month). Similarly, feel free to be part of the conversation about the future of Collab membership since it directly impacts your request. You can give feedback publicly on the list, on wiki (link coming soon), or privately to me via email (vmasrour Template:A wikimedia dot org). VMasrour (WMF) (talk) 18:11, 22 November 2016 (UTC)

Sailesh Patnaik[edit]

Hello! My name is Sailesh Patnaik. I am an active Odia Wikimedian and contributing to Wikimedia projects from 2012. I have been very active in outreach programs and has conducted workshops , presentations, and edit-a-thons to spread awareness about Wikipedia(Please find here). As a community member, I was a keen observer of WEPs for Odia Wikipedia at KISS and IIMC and has also participated in it. I have also done Education programs in Utkal University,CET and KIST college.

I have maintained good relationship with Indic community and has also led the organizing team of national events like WikiLovesFood and Wiki Conference India, Being a collab member my priority will be to spread awareness on WEP among the Indic community and I would be happy to help communities on wiki or off wiki ,and record their activities. I find that Netha is already working on WEP awareness for India, together we can work to bring this program to various communities by engaging their enthusiastic Wikimedians and community leaders.

I have been associated with Wikipedia Education Program as the distribution leader of the newsletter team from September 2015 and has successfully delivered its 2 quarterly newsletters. --Saileshpat (talk) 00:11, 21 May 2016 (UTC)

Hello Sailesh! Thank you for your membership request to join the Education Collaborative! As you may know, the Collab is currently discussing membership criteria. We hope to have some updated procedures in place by January 2017. We apologize for leaving your request in limbo for such an extended period of time.

In the meantime, we want to encourage you to be part of the conversations. The Collab mailing list is a public list that you are welcome to join. You can participate in conversations there, ask questions, or simply listen to see what’s happening in the group. You are also welcome at any virtual meetings (approximately once a month). Similarly, feel free to be part of the conversation about the future of Collab membership since it directly impacts your request. You can give feedback publicly on the list, on wiki (link coming soon), or privately to me via email (vmasrour ﹫ wikimedia dot org). VMasrour (WMF) (talk) 18:12, 22 November 2016 (UTC)

Hi Vahid, Hope you're doing well!! Face-smile.svg

It's been one year, and I haven't heard about this membership. Some of the information given above are now outdated, and I have come across more collaborations in this one year. In August, I am going to revive the Kalinga Institute of Social Sciences education program for the Odia Wikipedia. Waiting for your reply... --Saileshpat (talk) 14:09, 18 April 2017 (UTC)

Archived requests[edit]

What happens after submitting a request?[edit]

  • After submitting a request it will be checked by Collab members and coordinators. Sometimes other members may ask the candidate some questions.
  • A coordinator will give an approval on the request if there are no concerns.
  • Collab coordinators will reach out to the new member with information about their new position and how to engage with current members in the Collaborative.

Example questions to be asked by Collab members[edit]

  • Why are you interested in joining the Wikipedia Education Collaborative?
  • What achievement(s) have you had in the education program that you feel most proud of?
  • The Wikipedia Education Collaborative is proposed to be an active group. You will be required to do at least 3-5 volunteer working hours per month in order to be considered an active member, besides any other paid/volunteer work you do. Do you understand this and think you will have the time needed to dedicate to the Wikipedia Education Collaborative?
  • Do you have any special abilities or interests you can help the Collaborative with? e.g. Translation, design, writing skills, technical skills, mentoring experience, etc.