Wikimedia:Starting an education program/Narrow your focus

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Narrow your focus


The biggest mistake new education program leaders make is trying to do too much. Because there are so many connections between Wikipedia and education, it's easy to get pulled in different directions by well-intentioned people. What education program leaders globally have found is the key to success is to choose a specific program and stick to it.

The primary goal of the Wikipedia Education Program is to add high-quality, diverse content to Wikipedia or other Wikimedia projects. Don't be distracted by other goals, like educating students about Wikipedia, creating open educational resources, or retaining editors. While these are all laudable goals, they will just distract you from the primary goal of content creation. If you're interested in these other goals instead, choose a different program that's focused more seriously on those goals.

Narrowing your focus includes more than just setting your primary goal as adding high-quality, diverse content. You'll also need to choose your target audience. Some target audiences might be:

  • High school students
  • University students
  • Ph.D. students
  • Students in a specific discipline (e.g. gender studies)

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