Talk:Education/Wikipedia Education Collaborative/Mentorship/Archived requests

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Kippelboy[edit]

I was one of the founding members of the project. I did step back due to a period of overwork but now I would like to rejoin to share our experiences in Barcelona and learn from all of you.--Kippelboy (talk) 09:52, 2 July 2015 (UTC)

  • Hi Kippelboy. Thank you for requesting the membership of Wikipedia Education Collaborative. Your request is now being reviewed by the Collab members and coordinators. A decision will be taken and announced on this page soon. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 01:44, 4 July 2015 (UTC)
YesY Approved. Please see your talkpage for details. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 23:27, 28 July 2015 (UTC)

Vassia Atanassova - Spiritia[edit]

I've been the non-formal leader of the wiki educational activities in Bulgaria, with organization and mentoring of almost all of the initiatives listed here: Education/Countries/Bulgaria, as well as being the lecturer in the "Wikipedia and Wiki Technologies" elective course in Plovdiv University, especially dedicated to Wikipedia and wikis as core subject of study. I am author/co-author of several research papers (in Bulgarian) on the usage of wikis/Wikipedia in education, and have participated/lectured in WEP sessions on three Wikimania-s (2011, 2014, 2015). Spiritia (talk) 12:24, 18 July 2015 (UTC)

Hi Vassia Atanassova - Spiritia! Thank you for requesting the membership of Wikipedia Education Collaborative. Your request is now being reviewed by the Collab members and coordinators. A decision will be taken and announced on this page soon. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 17:02, 24 July 2015 (UTC)
YesY Approved. Please see your talkpage for details. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 23:27, 28 July 2015 (UTC)

Sara Mörtsell (WMSE)[edit]

I've been the WEP manager of the Swedish chapter now for 1,5 years and in my second year we're seeing a nice increase of student activity. Translating the online training resources and the Education Extension to Swedish and for the Swedish Wikpedia has been useful to our program and I've also worked on developing a model for issuing digital (open) badges to recognize and validate the participants of the program. I'm excited that the focus of the Collab is on doing, and great things can be done! / Sara Mörtsell (WMSE) (talk) 12:16, 23 July 2015 (UTC)

Hi Sara Mörtsell (WMSE)! Thank you for requesting the membership of Wikipedia Education Collaborative. Your request is now being reviewed by the Collab members and coordinators. A decision will be taken and announced on this page soon. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 17:03, 24 July 2015 (UTC)
YesY Approved. Please see your talkpage for details. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 23:27, 28 July 2015 (UTC)

Roxana Sordo[edit]

I am an E.F.L. teacher and professor in Uruguay. I´ve been working in the Wikipedia Education Program in Uruguay since 2013. I have launched a Wikipedia Assignment Project at Instituto de Profesores Artigas called "Wikipedia: a Learning Community in Foreign Languages" which has received an award by the Education Board in Uruguay. We teach teachers-to-be digital and linguistic skills and we try to reduce the gender gap. I am interested in mentoring and translating material from English into Spanish. I have created rubrics, self-evaluation forms on reading strategies, and a Wikipedia article writing evaluation form. I am translating the Education Extension to Spanish and some Education brochures that will be useful for the Spanish-speaking communities. I am author/co-author of some articles on using Wikipedia as a teaching tool in Portal Uruguay Educa in June 2014 in Spanish and in August 2014 in English, at Foro de Lenguas and Education Outreach Newsletter in June 2014 and in June 2015. I have made some workshops and presentations about the Education Program in Uruguay. I have participated in the Education Program Pre-Conference and in a panel in Wikimania 2015. I have organized WLE Uruguay 2015. I have a Master degree in Education. I´d love to do some research on reading strategies, writing strategies and the gender gap. --Roxyuru (talk) 02:34, 24 July 2015 (UTC)

Hi Roxana Sordo! Thank you for requesting the membership of Wikipedia Education Collaborative. Your request is now being reviewed by the Collab members and coordinators. A decision will be taken and announced on this page soon. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 17:04, 24 July 2015 (UTC)
YesY Approved. Please see your talkpage for details. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 23:27, 28 July 2015 (UTC)

لا روسا[edit]

Professor and program leader ‎in Cairo University in WEP in Egypt since Spring 2013. I am interested in translating material from spanish to arabic and vice versa to facilitate my work in the program and any international conference, introducing WEP in every ocassion and translating the page of Egypt Wikimedians on Meta into spanish, and updating our statistics in WEP from the beginning till the sixth term. Also, i wrote two Newsletter posts for March and May issues here and here. In Wikimania 2015, i had a prsentation about Pitfalls, Protocols and Prior Planning: a Panel on Making the Most of the Education Program with more than 14 Panelists. I participated on World café & Hackathon on Learning Patterns with Kacie Harold (Education Program Pre-Conference), with the translation class room as a main topic. I made a lot of workshops and presentations about the Education Program in Egypt and outside. I organized the WEP conference in Egypt (2013, 2014, 2015 at Cairo University).--لا روسا (talk) 20:27, 31 July 2015 (UTC)

Hi لا روسا! Thank you for requesting the membership of Wikipedia Education Collaborative. Your request is now being reviewed by the Collab members and coordinators. A decision will be taken and announced on this page soon. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 15:25, 6 August 2015 (UTC)
YesY Approved. Please see your talkpage for details. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 13:36, 16 August 2015 (UTC)

Raphael Berchie[edit]

I am an active Wikimedian from Ghana and a member of the Wikimedian User Grop Ghana. I am currently working on Wiki needs girls which is a pilot.The Team has already began talks with some institutions and began the process of forming clubs in some institutions and we hope to begin a WEP in Ghana latest in the last quarter of this year using the above mentioned project as the foundation.I am joining this group because I support the vision for Wikipedia in Education and want to make some contributions to it as a volunteer and subsequently host it in Ghana.I believe my membership will improve the diversity of the group too--Rberchie (talk) 22:17, 2 August 2015 (UTC)

Hi Raphael Berchie! Thank you for requesting the membership of Wikipedia Education Collaborative. Your request is now being reviewed by the Collab members and coordinators. A decision will be taken and announced on this page soon. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 15:27, 6 August 2015 (UTC)
Hi Raphael Berchie! I wonder if your activity within the Wikimedia movement included any education-related projects. Would you give any details around this if there are any? Thank you! --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 13:55, 16 August 2015 (UTC)
Hello Selsharbaty (WMF) I am the grantee and one of of the trainers for Wiki Needs Girls.This is a pilot and we are currently done with the schools in Accra and have began setting up a club on the campus. Upon completion we will use this model to help us scale up an education project I am currently in talk with some institutions in Ghana to start the Wiki Education project too in Ghana. Regards --Rberchie (talk) 00:03, 17 August 2015 (UTC)
NoN Not approved. Please see your talkpage for details. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 14:53, 26 August 2015 (UTC)

Netha Hussain[edit]

I am a Wikimedian since 2010. I am active on en-wiki, ml-wiki and Commons. In 2011, I worked as an online ambassador for the Wikipedia education program in India. I was involved in article selection for offline Wikipedia for Indian schools. I was a panelist at Pitfalls, Protocols and Prior Planning: a Panel on Making the Most of the Education Program at Wikimania 2015. Presently, I am working on a GLAM project involving uploading annotated pathology images for use for medical students. My interest is in creating educational content for medical students by partnering with GLAM institutes. --Netha Hussain (talk) 06:07, 19 September 2015 (UTC)

YesY Approved. Please see your talkpage for details. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 14:53, 28 September 2015 (UTC)

Liang-chih Shang Kuan[edit]

Board member of Wikimedia Taiwan since Winter 2013. I am interested in translating material from English to Chinese and vice versa to facilitate my work in Wikimedia Movement. In 2013 I joined the Pre Conference Education Program Workshopof Wikimania in Hong Kong and post an article of the workshop in Taipei Wikimedian collaborative blog Chinese. Last year I have translated the major part of the report Chapters Dialogue into Chinese, and also the major part of student online training of editing Wikipedia into Chinese. From the help of Anna Koval, I contribute one Newsletter post for August 2014 issue (see here). I have also applied and completed PEG grant for the translation of Edit Wikipedia brochure. I am also co-host monthly Wikimedia weekend writing meet up in Taipei since 2013 spring. --~~~~

Hi Liang-chih Shang Kuan! Thank you for requesting the membership of Wikipedia Education Collaborative. Your request is now being reviewed by the Collab members and coordinators. A decision will be taken and announced on this page soon. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 14:58, 28 September 2015 (UTC)
YesY Approved. Please see your talkpage for details. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 04:00, 2 October 2015 (UTC)

Melina Masnatta[edit]

Education coordinator of Wikimedia Argentina since 2014.  Specialist in technology and education, makes researches, designs and develops programs for foundations and educational ministries. Professor and researcher at the University of Buenos Aires and the Latin American Social Sciences Institute. And member of the board of Girls in Tech Argentina (actually we are developing a program to teach programming to teenagers for reduce the gender and digital gap). I always want to share and help to spread education issues. I wrote in the Newsletter about Massive distance learning courses, Gender gap in educationEducational Edithaton and Digital Education policies. I have had an active participation in the Education Pre Conference Wikimania 2015. I believe in the collaborative work to grow up in our actions.

YesY Approved. Please see your talkpage for details. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 17:19, 27 October 2015 (UTC)


Venus Lui[edit]

I'm from Wikimedia Hong Kong, the Project Coordinator of the Wikipedia Education Program, since 2014. I'm interested in the Education Program related to literature and linguistics, as the articles related to literature and linguistics on Wikipedia are not as numerous as other topics. I have just finished the very first Wikipedia Education Program in Hong Kong and we have collected 17 new entries in the pilot program. I am planning to start the second Education Program in the coming January. I am also interested in GLAM-Wiki, and I was one of the Program Committee of GLAM-Wiki 2015. Currently, I am working on both Wikipedia Education Program and GLAM-Wiki Project in Hong Kong.

Please see the link here for the details about the Wikipedia Education Program in Hong Kong. https://outreach.wikimedia.org/wiki/Education/Newsletter/June_2015/The_First_Wikipedia_Education_Program_in_Hong_Kong

--Venus Lui (talk) 17:14, 8 November 2015 (UTC)

Hi Venus Lui! Thank you for requesting the membership of Wikipedia Education Collaborative. Your request is now being reviewed by the Collab members and coordinators. A decision will be taken and announced on this page soon. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 13:54, 9 November 2015 (UTC)
YesY Approved. Please see your talkpage for details. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 11:54, 18 November 2015 (UTC)


Felix Nartey[edit]

I am from Ghana, the community manager for the Wikimedia Usergroup here and a grantee for the Wiki Needs Girls campaign which trained female/girls mostly youth to edit Wikipedia and to surge their interest towards becoming tech-savvy. I also attended the pre-conference at WMCON 15 where i joined the session on the education program, I learnt more about the program and have since been working on pilot projects to ensure success when we finally roll out fully.

I have led a pilot Kiwix installation project with the aim of acquainting high school students (our target group) to the platform and to better understand or identify possible problems that may arise before we fully roll out an education project which is in the works for early next year. A link to my report for the Kiwix Installation Project. I am interested in contributing my knowledge and skills to support the cause of this group and to learn from the best. --Flixtey (talk) 14:14, 15 December 2015 (UTC)

Hi Felix! Thank you for your interest in the Wikipedia Education Collaborative. I have two questions for you:
  • What achievement(s) have you had in the education program that you feel most proud of? Have you led Wikipedia courses or worked on any activity that involved both Wikipedia and Education?
  • 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.
Thank you and I look forward to your response! --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 13:13, 4 January 2016 (UTC)
  • Hi Selsharbaty (WMF), I led a team that trained about 50 female high school students at the Accra Senior High School on how to contribute to Wikipedia. It took three different sessions in three different days to complete the training, we deliberately broke the training to enable the students make sense of what was taught at each point and avoid clustering their minds with something they weren't conversant with. During the training we realized the difficulty in getting them to understand some basic things due to their inability to comprehend with basic functions such as right click, CTRL button, etc. In short we had to do training in this area aside our main cause. The students appreciated our efforts and insisted we created a whats-app group after, for when they encountered problems. We did and through this medium have continued to mentor them along the way. We have however now trained the responsible teacher hoping to set up a club responsible for Wikimedia activities in the school sometime this year.
  • I possess writing skills and mentoring experience both on and off the Wikis. I will however be glad to work with other members on translation and design and learn all i can whiles on the team. --Flixtey (talk) 17:53, 4 January 2016 (UTC)
NoN Not approved. Please see your talkpage for details. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 20:12, 14 January 2016 (UTC)

Timboliu[edit]

Hello,

My name is Tim Ruijters. Since 2011 I have been active on the Dutch Wikiversity. I put a lot of energy in finding more Dutch people to collaborate in learning project. In almost 4 years I created 5000 pages. Unfortunately I wasn't able to convince many people to join me. In 2015 some people from Wikipedia joined the project, but according to them all 5000 pages did not meet the standards and all pages were deleted. At first I was furious: in just a few weeks they destroyed all my work, but after a few weeks I realised that I should look at it as a learning experience.

After this event I started working on my own website www.kizumba.nl and just recently I founded Part-up wiki (https://partup.miraheze.org/wiki/Main_Page). Part-up (www.part-up.com) is a Dutch initiative that supports people working online.

I like working on Part-up wiki, but I also would like to create a Dutch Wikiversity. In my opinion Wikiversity should not only be a place for learning material, but also a place where people can learn: ask questions, have discussions.

This year I want to give the Dutch Wikiversity a restart, but now I'm going to do this together with the Dutch community and by starting with a vision.

Today I started a discussion in the pub to form a team and create a vision. See https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:De_kroeg#Zusterprojecten. I'm very happy that Sandra Rientjes, director of the Dutch chapter, is willing to support this team.

One of my biggest achievements in education is that I started a team, called P21, that consists of teachers and parents, who share information about teaching 21st century skills. See https://part-up.com/partups/21st-century-skills-D3wRQLqRbSxXXHHnL (Dutch) for more information.

Regards,

Timboliu (talk) 14:17, 20 January 2016 (UTC)

Hi Timboliu. Thanks for your interest in the Wikipedia Education Collaborative. Would you please let us know about your plans after joining the Wikipedia Education Collaborative and how do you think joining the Collab would help with your education project plans? Thank you!--Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 19:32, 27 January 2016 (UTC)
NoN Not approved. Please see your talkpage for details. --Selsharbaty (WMF) (talk) 14:14, 9 February 2016 (UTC)

Nahid Sultan[edit]

Hi
I'm Nahid Sultan from Bangladesh. I've been working in the Wikipedia education programs in Bangladesh since 2014. I've conducted a number of Wikipedia University Workshops in all of the seven divisional cities (ee. am the first person to do so) of Bangladesh. I'm currently leading the "awareness building secondary school education programs", which aims to increase Bangla Wikipedia readers and mentoring the wiki-clubs in various universities. Other than that I do chapter works voluntarily — working for Wikimedia Bangladesh as a 'Community Outreach Director' and serving as a secretary of it's executive committee. Here's an example of Wikipedia University education program in Bangladesh: User:NahidSultan/bnwiki10 report to GP. Thanks in advance. ~ Nahid Talk 14:44, 10 March 2016 (UTC)

Hi Nahid Sultan. Thanks for your interest in the Wikipedia Education Collaborative. Sorry for the delay in my response to your request. Would you please let us know why you would like to join the Collab and what you hope to do as Collab member? Thank you! FKoudijs (WMF) (talk) 16:38, 30 March 2016 (UTC)
Hi FKoudijs, Sorry for replying late as I stopped monitoring this page. I'd like to join the team because I believe I could convey my experience to newbies and share my learnings with others. As a collab member I'd like to- focus on establishing best practices for education programs, working with tools (i.e. updating/simplifying complex templates and marking pages for translation) and resources. Thanks. ~ Nahid Talk 14:17, 17 April 2016 (UTC)
@NahidSultan: Hi Nahid, thanks for reaching out with your programmatic experience and what you hope to bring to the collab as an active member. I apologize for the late reply since Floor left the team, I did not get a ping on this page! It sounds like you have a few years of programmatic experience and you would like to contribute to the broader movement, primarily through communications and resources. We ask that each collab member be able to dedicate 3-5 hours of their time each month to tasks aligned with our collab goals. If this is something you are able to commit to and interested in, please let me know. Thanks! TFlanagan-WMF (talk) 15:32, 17 May 2016 (UTC)
Hey Tighe, No problem and Thanks for replying back. As I'm still a student, I believe 3-5 hours/month won't be a problem for me. On a side note, I could also manage social accounts as I'm currently doing it for bnwiki, Wikimedia Bangladesh and have done it through @wikipedia_15 twitter handle during the celebration. Regards, ~ Nahid Talk 16:04, 17 May 2016 (UTC)
YesY Approved @NahidSultan: Hi Nahid, thanks again for your quick replies. I'd like to schedule a call to follow up on this conversation with some next steps. Can you please email me at tflanagan ﹫ wikimedia.org to schedule? In the meantime, I will move this to the archived request page. Thanks! TFlanagan-WMF (talk) 14:51, 20 May 2016 (UTC)

Romaine[edit]

Hello! Since 2014 I am active in education in the Netherlands and Belgium. I have done projects at 6 universities/colleges, organised 4 courses, and organised or participated in 26 education sessions/trainings/workshops. In Belgium I support/organise education activities as board member, together with my colleague board member. In the Netherlands I am involved in most of the education projects, as organiser or provider of practical support, and by doing this supporting the parttime staff member in Wikimedia Nederland. For the Dutch Wikipedia, used in both countries, as well as an English version, I developed and maintain the infrastructure used for project management in education and GLAM projects to have a smoothly process during courses and other sessions (Dutch/English). In earlier years I extensively tested the education extension implemented on the Dutch Wikipedia, made a list of feedback to improve in the extension, and maintain the onwiki infrastructure surrounding the extension. Further I have set up the complete documentation about the education program for the Netherlands and Belgium.

Most activities in education in the Benelux (Belgium/the Netherlands) have been organised together with Maastricht University. Currently I organise a course in Maastricht University, and because of the past years of collaboration I got involved in the lustrum activities of the university as this year the university exists 40 years. They like to organise a writing week for students in September, and I suggested to also hold a knowledge session/workshop for the staff of the university so they better know how they can collaborate with Wikipedia. Upcoming courses/sessions also will be in Maastricht in Autumn, and in Kortrijk. Other universities that have shown interest are or are thoughts about, are Rotterdam, Gent, Brussels (VUB & ULB) and Louvain.

After talks at the past Wikimedia Conference 2016 in Berlin, I have fully translated the Wikipedia Education Program Dashboard to Dutch. Further we think to publish multiple educational brochures in Dutch/French.

And now I discovered the Wikipedia Education Collaborative that sounds interesting to me to bring the education projects to the next level. In the collab I am looking for inspiration for other approaches, sharing ideas, learn how the measure indirect output and more metrics, having a soundboard, all of this because it feels too much I/we tried to invent the wheel, and I now would like to know how other teams do it. Further I hope to inspire others with how we have organised our education program. What I would like to do in the collab is to make "Wikipedia in Education" more described from the non-default view why it is important to use Wikipedia in education. Of course it is obvious to have Wikipedia used in education, but this should be better presented in Wikimedia's communication, so that those universities that are not yet convinced, get easier convinced and at least inspired by our provided information.

All documentation about the past projects is carefully documented, and can be found at: Wikipedia:Benelux Education Program (or in the Dutch version), where all activities are organised by university. Thank you. Romaine (talk) 05:53, 13 May 2016 (UTC)

@Romaine: Thanks for the detailed summary of your experience and for expressing interest in this group! It also sounds like one of your main goals would align with our communications goal that we identified as a group in March. We ask that members of the collab make a commitment to helping with collab activities and tasks (aligned with the overarching goals) of approximately 3-5 hours a month. Please let me know if you have any additional questions about membership. If you are still interested in participating and can commit some extra time to the group, we'd be happy to have you join us. TFlanagan-WMF (talk) 15:23, 17 May 2016 (UTC)
@TFlanagan-WMF: I am certainly willing to participate and commit, I had read the pages you link to, and I noticed that I miss some background information that probably has come along on meetings or communication in the group. At this moment I do not have questions, as I have read these pages before I posted the message here. For the rest I think I will get a better picture when the process develops. And yes, I am still interested in participating with the commitment expected in time and participation. Thanks - Romaine (talk) 17:25, 17 May 2016 (UTC)
YesY Approved @Romaine: Hi Romaine, I'd like to schedule a call to follow up on this conversation and talk about next steps. Can you please email me at tflanagan ﹫ wikimedia.org to schedule? In the meantime, I will move this to the archived request page. Thanks! TFlanagan-WMF (talk) 14:51, 20 May 2016 (UTC)