Proposal for the further development of the Education Portal
Based on what I have seen so far and a few discussions on and off wiki, I would like to put the following proposal up for discussion:
A central hub in English and decentralized education portals in various languages
The further development of the Education Portal could take place along the following lines:
There would be a main education portal (the existing Education Portal on the Outreach wiki), mainly in English, dedicated to the international exchange of experiences and best practices, mostly within the Wikimedia community, but not necessarily limited to it. It would serve as a 'hub' for a series of other, decentralized and localized education portals (such as Education Portal on French Wikipedia, and others).
The localized education portals would be dedicated to the provision of information and the exchange of best practices within one language area or around the education programme(s) in one specific country or group of countries. They would serve as the main information platforms that help educators to get started. These education portals could take shape either on the Outreach wiki or elsewhere, e.g. chapter wikis or wikipedia project pages in various languages. They would be autonomously managed, the only requirement being that they link to the main education portal on the Outreach wiki and that they function as portals or hubs in their own specific area.
Development of the Main Education Portal (central hub) based on three pillars
- Develop the Best Practices section („Tips and Tricks“) in a collaborative approach of the chapters / organizations that are most advanced in the respective areas and by actively involving the future "users" of the information wherever possible.
- Develop the inventory of Projects and Programs based on yearly progress reports (by country). This can also be seen as a first step towards common (minimal) reporting standards thanks to a common template for yearly progress reports and an occasion to collect inputs for the further development of the portal and programming of exchange meetings / conferences.
- Continue with the chosen approach; get better coverage from European chapters.
- Distribute the newsletter also via the education mailing list.
- Add a section about updates to the portal (Best Practices that have been newly added, Overview of Yearly Reports, etc.), starting from Jan. or Feb. 2013.
3) Real Life Meet-ups
- In order for the community of practice to thrive we'll need real life meet-ups or conferences. Workshops can be organized to jointly develop the Best Practices section of the portal.
- Upcoming meet-ups: Qatar, early 2013 (confirmation pending); Hong-Kong, August 2013.
Please let us know what you think and to what extent you would be able to further contribute to the portal, the newsletter, and the Community of Practice. Beat Estermann (talk) 21:36, 14 November 2012 (UTC)
Don't know where to start
Hi all, I'm interested to promote Wikipedia/MediaWiki as a tool to write Javanese script (not to be mistaken with the computer script) among students and adults, but don't know where to start. Right now I'm proposing a MediaWiki User Group, but don't know where to proceed after that. Any thoughts/questions? Bennylin (talk) 14:03, 22 January 2013 (UTC)
I've just discovered the excellent work already unfolding within this Education Portal on Outreach Wiki via the Wikimedia Education mailing list and am keen to connect/help/collaborate etc. What do you think about adding some kind of Village Pump / Colloquium type page for this portal? There's lots of good suggestions from Beat above that warrant more discussion. Sincerely, James Jtneill (talk) 13:31, 20 March 2013 (UTC)
Catalyuna is not a country. Therefor, I changed the name to say Spain. (Unless these activities took place in the Catalan region of France.) It seems inappropriate to treat an area of a country like a separate country when no other projects are listed that way. Before anyone puts it back, there should probably be a decision regarding standardizing regional usage. Thus, Australian project would not be listed as Australia, but as New South Wales and other non-nation wide based projects should also be listed on the regional level.--LauraHale (talk) 08:13, 6 August 2013 (UTC)
Call for feedback on Welcome to Wikipedia brochure
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