The Wikipedia course for Igbo language lecturers and students in Alvan Ikoku College of education project will teach them how to use Wikimedia projects as a teaching tool to empower their students to add open educational resources in the Igbo language, as well as add content about Igbos and their culture.
This project will improve the quality of education in the Linguistic department, empower the students and lecturers to be digitally literate and also make knowledge available in the Igbo language for people that are not fortunate to acquire formal education to access knowledge relevant to them.
Working with the Wikimedia community on my education project
Wikipedia course for Igbo language lecturers in Alvan Ikoku College of education.
The Wikipedia course for Igbo language lecturers in Alvan Ikoku College of Education is a project that will aim at teaching the linguists the following:
- how to use Wikipedia to add content
- how they can harness it to benefit their students in terms of writing articles, doing research and adding educational content in the Igbo Wikipedia, about their culture and study.
The Wikimedia community to engage with:
I will engage with the Igbo Wikimedians User Group to execute this project
My purpose in engaging with the community:
*To collaborate with them and help facilitate the project.
*To mentor new members of the community.
*To Add their opinion and contributions about the project for a better outcome.
What to do before the education project starts:
*Finalise the event space, dates and time for the pieces of training with the school personnel in charge.
*Create my project page on meta and project dashboard.
*Contact people from the community who have shown interest to facilitate the project.
*Create online flyers for the project and post them in social media platforms.
*Send a program schedule checklist to the school and run it with the personnel in charge to ensure that everything needed for the training is sorted out.
*Prepare survey forms for participants feedback during the event.
What to do while my education project is developing:
*Show participants how to communicate with other Wikipedians online and how to ask for help.
*Collect data and Take surveys for every session.
What to do after the education project is completed:
*Thank the participants through an email or chat group created.
*Analyse and Evaluate the success of the project.
*Write my report to capture the targeted and achieved outcomes and include any additional relevant information about the project.
*Share the result of the project with the Igbo community and blog about it on Wikimedia space and other outreach engagement platforms.
*Follow up on participants and update and motivate them with information about projects and opportunities in the movement.
The surprising thing is this process helped me understand the assumptions made that need to be sorted out, as well as highlighting possible ways to resolve those assumptions.
What was the most challenging thing about this process?
My brainstorming on the effects of the problems was a bit difficult.
What was something surprising you discovered through this process?
This process helped me improve my project expectations and also eliminated some assumptions.
What was the most challenging thing about this process? The most challenging thing is turning my effects on impacts.
You can find my stakeholder analysis here
|Wikipedia course for Igbo language lecturers and students.||Project Duration: 6 Months July 2020 to December 2020|
|Expense type||Activity||Quantity/ number of Events||Unit cost||Total (Naira)||Total (USD)||Notes|
|Media and Advert|
|Media, Advert and Stationaries.||Designing & printing (contractor)||2||60000||120000||332.4099723||Designing and printing roll up banner|
|80000||80000||221.6066482||Production of Registration materials and stationaries|
|60||2900||174000||481.9944598||Printing completion certificates|
|3||35000||105000||290.8587258||Covering of event by media houses|
|Media coverage (contractor)||65000||65000||180.0554017||Photography|
|Total Media, Advert and Stationaries.||544000||1506.925208|
|Educationist workshop||1||65000||65000||180.0554017||Snacks and beverage for participants|
|Snacks||Students workshop||1||65000||65000||180.0554017||Snacks and beverage for participants|
|Closing/Graduation ceremony (Also winners of contest announcement)||1||100000||100000||277.0083102||Snacks and beverage for participants|
|120000||120000||332.4099723||Travels for Project Managers|
|Travels /Transport||Travels/Transport||5||20000||100000||277.0083102||Transport/Facilitation stipend for Volunteers|
|Equipment rental||3||45000||135000||373.9612188||Computers for training|
|120000||332.4099723||Prices for the Winning team of the contest.|
|3||7000||21000||58.17174515||Hiring of projector|
|3||6000||18000||49.86149584||Hiring of projector board|
|Logistics||Internet||3||25000||75000||207.7562327||Internet connection fees for the training rooms (monthly subscription)|
|20000||55.40166205||Internet fee for pre-event cordinations|
|40000||110.8033241||Internet for post-event (for report writing, evaluation, etc.|
|Project Management||Fee||0||250000||692.5207756||Fee for Project Management|
Project Monitoring and Evaluation
|Outcomes (Objectives)||Indicators||Data collection method||Timing||Owner|
|Design an interesting and practical course/module for the teachers on how to use Wikipedia as a learning and teaching tool as well as train them.||1. How many participants can explain how they can use Igbo Wikipedia.
2. The number of participants that added or edited an article in Igbo Wikipedia.
|1. Questionnaires and Interview
2. Use the project outreach dashboard page that keeps the log of all participants editing activities during the project.
|After the two series of training for teachers and students.
During the contest and the edit-a-thon
|To harness community members skills to achieve an impactful project as well as extend our community to include more educationists and students.||The number of participants that added their usernames to our membership page on meta.||1. New membership list or form.
2. The User Group’s membership page on meta.
1. The series of training
|Logic model||Evaluation questions||Indicators of success||Data collection method||When?|
|Impact (long term impact)|
|- Have empowered teachers and students with the skills and devices needed to access OERs and edit Wikipedia.||1. Did the project empower the College educationists and students with the skills of contributing content to Igbo Wikipedia?||60% of project participants added content to Igbo Wikipedia.||1. The project Outreach dashboard.||After the series of trainings and contest.|
|2. How many articles did they add or edit?||2. The User contribution logs in Igbo Wikipedia.|
|- Increased community engagement and collaboration skills among volunteers In the User Group and expand to have Wikiclubs in institutions of learning.||1. What skills did the community members that volunteered learn?||50% of volunteers learnt a new skill.||1. Questionnaires/ Survey||3 weeks after project completion.|
|2. Are there participants of the Education project that are currently members of the Igbo Wikimedians User Group.||40% of participants joined the Igbo Wiki User Group||2. User Group’s website|
|Objectives (short term and intermediate-term outcomes)|
|- Design an exciting and practical course/module for the teachers on how to use Wikipedia as a learning and teaching tool, train them.||1. On a scale of 1 to 10, how interesting and practical was the training?||60% of trainees chose scale 6 and above to the question of “How interesting and practical the training was”||1. Questionnaire/Survey||After the 4 series of training for Educationists and Students.|
|2. Can the Educationists teach their students subsequently how to use Wikipedia and give them assignments to add content in Wikipedia?||50% Educationists that participated in the training admitted that they can give their students assignments that required editing Igbo Wikipedia.||2. Interviews||During the graduation ceremony, after the series of training and contest.|
|To harness community members skills to achieve an impactful project as well as extend our community to include more educationists and students.||Did members of the Igbo Wikimedians User Group take part in the project? If yes, in what capacity?||Five number of volunteers and above from the Igbo Wiki UG volunteered in different capacity during the project.||1. Volunteer forms||A month after the project completion.|
|2. Interview with the Volunteers.|
Problem statement/Advocacy message
Igbo language and culture is our identity; Our history, culture and language should not disappear. It should be documented and freely accessed by anyone. Also, the less privileged in the remote areas of Igboland should know about the world and be literate through access to all forms of knowledge in Igbo, the language they understand.
The Igbo Wikipedia has approximately 1500 articles, and most of them are biographies, which does not sum up the world knowledge, neither does it reflect our history and culture. Also, it is predicted by UNESCO that the Igbo language will go into extinction in the year 2050 if we don't embrace our language and culture.
The Igbo Wikimedians User Group, an affiliate of the Wikimedia Foundation is making efforts to promote Igbo language and culture through projects targeted at adding content in Wikimedia platforms to provide Online Educational Resources in the Igbo language.
So as educationists and students in Igbo language discipline. We must learn how we can harness Online Educational Resources (OERs) as well as contribute to OERs using the Igbo Wikipedia as our platform.