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Become a Wikipedia Editor

This course will be offered through the Bethlehem (NY) School District's Adult and Continuing Education program in Spring 2020. It is designed to encourage knowledgeable individuals to contribute to Wikipedia (for a start) and to build a local community of Wikipedians.

There are a large number of retired professionals in this area, as well as those who are not yet of retirement age. They may be interested in providing value to others by contributing to Wikipedia. I hope that they might also encourage others to become involved. There is not an extended mission statement for the Adult and Continuing Education program that I could find, but they do have a motto, "Work Hard, Play Hard, Learn Forever." I think this class will fit in!

How This Project Adds Value to the Community[edit]

I have had trouble identifying Wikipedians in the Albany, NY area, but believe there is great potential. There are many institutions of higher education in the area, and many retired educators who might be interested in participating. There is also a graduate program of information science, as well as an undergraduate informatics program at the local university. These students might be interested in learning more. However, outreach and the opportunity to enroll will not be limited to these audiences, so I think there could be wider engagement and learning about participation in building Wikipedia.

Problem Tree (Table)[edit]

(I abbreviate Wikimedia as W.)

Problem Causes Effects
Don't see self as a contributor to Wikimedia projects Negative press about Wikipedia, or the sense that it exists to lead one to other sources, and that using the content of its entries is not a good thing to do may cause people to disassociate from it Use Wikipedia, but guiltily
Don't consider their knowledge in connection with W. goals, may not recognize the value that they could bring to others Don't consider contributing
Don't understand they themselves can contribute Lack of knowledge about who can edit, only familiar with the articles, not structures such as the history and talk pages that would show the communal editing process Consume, do not produce
Don't know scope of W. projects beyond Wikipedia Other projects aren't as visible Only use Wikipedia
Don't realize they might be valuable contributors
May be interested in contributing, but don't know where to start Complex nature of information about contributing, range of resources can be overwhelming, no one has said, "I can get you started" Do nothing
Lack of opportunities to learn about editing Do nothing

Logic Model[edit]

Inputs Output


(need to invest resources to get participants)





Outcomes Impacts
What You Invest What You Implement What You Change What You Change Long-Term
Enthusiasm of instructor Those who enrolled in the course Review of training materials New editors People who edit in Wikipedia Increased number of at least partially confident Wikipedia editors locally who can engage others and participate in local editathons
Knowledge about teaching Willing to pay $35 for the course Discussions New content Sense of empowerment as an editor

Able to share information through their knowledge

Sense of enthusiasm they may share with others
Knowledge derived from this course Sandbox "play" Information for revisions to future iterations of the course Curiosity about other Wikimedia projects Contributors to other Wiki projects
Mentorship of other Wikipedians for students Contact between students and mentors Understanding of the Wikipedia community
Computer classroom Article editing Connections with other Wikipedians

Outputs: what you do and what you create and who you reach

Outcomes: changes in learning, actions, or conditions

Monitoring Plan[edit]

Initial Monitoring Plan
Outcomes (Objectives) Indicators Data Collection


Timing Owner
People who edit in Wikipedia Number of people contributing to

a class discussion who provide concrete


Class Discussion Start of Week 2 Trudii
Sense of empowerment as an editor Number of people contributing to

a class discussion indicating how they

felt empowered

Class Discussion

Start of Week 3 Trudi

Evaluation Plan[edit]

Main Purpose (Why): To determine if the course as developed is effective in meeting its goals.

Stakeholders to Share With (Who): Continuing Education Coordinator, Wikimedia Community (along with other course material)

Evaluation Plan Prep Work
Outcomes (Objectives) Indicators Data Collection Method Timing Owner
People who edit in Wikipedia Number of people who have continued

editing after the course ended

Survey 1 month after course ends Trudi
Sense of empowerment as an editor Number of people who

self-report a sense of


Survey 1 month after course ends Trudi
Curiosity about other Wikimedia


Number of people who contribute to one

other project

Survey 1 month after course ends Trudi

Evaluation Plan
Logic Model Evaluation Questions Indicators of Success Data Collection Method Owner
Impact (Long Term Impact)

Increased number of at least partially confident Wikipedia Editors

Objectives (sort-term and intermediate-term outcomes)

People who edit in Wikipedia

Sense of empowerment editing Wikipedia

Share enthusiasm with others

Have you edited in Wikipedia since the course ended?

Do you feel confident editing in Wikipedia (Likert scale)

Have you suggested editing in Wikipedia to another person?

Have you offered to teach another person how to edit in Wikipedia?

60% say yes

60% say moderately confident or confident

60% say yes

40% say yes

Survey Trudi


Internal Stakeholders[edit]

  • Continuing education program coordinator
  • Experienced Wikipedia editors (to serve as mentors)
  • Potential students/enrolled students

External Stakeholders[edit]

  • Others in the community who might be interested in learning to be a Wikipedia editor
  • Those running local institutions/programs that might become the subject of Wikipedia articles (and not necessarily only local)
  • Members of enrolled students' families who are curious about what the person is doing
  • Librarians at the local public library, who may get more requests for reference assistance
  • Others in the Wikimedia Education environment who might be interested in the outcome of such a course, and possibly using the material developed or borrowed

Stakeholder Engagement Plan[edit]

Stakeholder Type Contact Interest/


Strategy Mediums of




Continuing Ed Coordinator Public sector, individual Direct Promoter: without her agreement,

this course will not exist

Engage Email Contact her in the middle of the course to report on how it is going, update her at the end. Goal is to make her receptive to adding it to the schedule again
Experienced Wikipedia Editors Individuals Will need to use group mechanisms to recruit. Possibly ask in the Teahouse Potential defenders if I frame it well, otherwise apathetics Engage Messages via forums on Wikipedia Once course is listed with dates, post in forums learned about in this Greenhouse course to explain project and request experienced editors who are willing to assist. Ask for their advice to keep them engaged.
Potential Students Individuals Indirect, this is a large group of people and the more that can be reached, the better Latent: If they become interested, they will enroll and allow the course to run Engage Possible article in regional and local newspapers/on regional newspaper's blog First, once the course is approved by the Continuing Ed Coordinator, ask her if it is ok to promote. If it is, contact the two papers to explore options. Once the course flyer is mailed, try to activate those options.

On 1/26, sent to:

Librarians at the local public library Organization Direct to either director of the library or the head of reference Potential defenders: with their interest in information for all Communicate, then Engage if there is an opening to do so Email, offer of phone call Once the course is listed and the flyer is mailed, reach out regarding possible reference questions, see if there is a way to promote the class (bulletin board? other?)
Representatives of local Institutions that might be subjects Organizations Direct Latents (heads of organizations) or apathetics (PR folks) Communicate as needed, possibly engage (editathon at their orgaization)?) Phone call or email Depends on topics students in the course are working on

Email to public library (item 4 above, sent 1/26/20) [no response received]

I am  a librarian at the University at  Albany (and a Slingerlands resident), and I have a BCSD Continuing Education course being offered this spring, "Start Contributing to Wikipedia" (  page 8). If there is sufficient enrollment, it will begin April 21. I am writing for two reasons:

1. While this is being offered by the School District and not the Library, I wonder if there might be any way to promote the class through the Library? Library users would be excellent potential Wikipedia contributors. Is there a bulletin board where I might post information? Are there any other ways to promote it there?

2. If the course gets sufficient enrollment to proceed, there might be queries connected to the Wikipedia article research learners will be doing in the course, and I thought I would give a heads-up about this. The class is limited to 15 students, and runs for just three weeks.

Thank you, and I hope to hear from the appropriate person on your staff. If  you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact me. My home phone is xxx and my office phone is xxx.

Trudi Jacobson


Course runs for 3 weeks in April, 2020: 1 meeting of 90 minutes/week

Items Cost In-kind Contribution Funding Needed
Mentors $0 $0 $0
Training Materials $25 $25 $0
Neighborhood Listserv $0 $0
Flyers $25 $25 $0
Newspaper Blog $0 $0
Space $75 $75 $0
Computers provided $0
Wifi provided $0
Contact Local Organizations $10 $10 $0
Report Writing $75 $75 $0
Assessment Survey
Software $0 $0
Development $150 $150 $0
Totals $360 $360 $0

Advocacy Messge[edit]

Advocacy Message Audience for this message: Range of people from the local community

Advocacy Communication Piece