This was a nice easy going day for a group of 11 people entirely new to Wikimedia Foundation projects. Supported by Leigh Blackall and Charles Gregory, the group started Userpages in Wikipedia, looked at the various WMF projects with a particular interest in the Book Creation tools, and at the end of the day started work on projects such as KSiobhan starting a Wikipedia page about the Newdegate Cave, or SapphireC starting a lesson plan for her year 9 class to edit the Huonville High School page. For Fionalowenthal the training day was a chance recover work lost to a deletionist who ruined attempts to start a Wikipedia page for LINC Tasmania (now in user space thanks to Charles' rescue work). It was a fun a relaxed day, ending in a strong sense that the people in the group will continue working in the WMF project spaces, and take their discoveries into their respective work places.
Thanks to PaddyMclaugh and EloiseAnne from Skills Tasmania, and to Chuq from Wikimedia Australia for volunteering their assistance in organising this training day.
Manypedia - a tool for comparing a specific Wikipedia page from a language edition Wikipedia (for example, English) with its equivalent page on another language edition Wikipedia (for example, Arabic), exploiting automatic translation and additional statistics about both pages such as number of edits and editors.
WikiTrip - a tool for visualizing the animated evolution in time of two kinds of information about the Wikipedians who edited the selected page: their location in the world and their gender.
Welcome to Wikipedia
Ten Simple Rules
Introduction to free licenses
Evaluating Wikipedia article quality
This 17-page guide covers creating a user account, editing basics, communication, and how articles evolve and are evaluated, and includes a quick reference to help you to remember frequently used wiki markup.
This editorial from PLoS Computation Biology focuses on how to contribute effectively as an expert, and is great for setting expectations before students begin editing.
This brochure helps you understand the basic concepts of free licenses, as well as terms like "CC-by-SA" and "public domain".
This reference guide covers specific steps you can take to get the most out of Wikipedia, as well as a look at how its quality system works.
These printable PDF documents are designed to be handed out to students, either as part of a packet at the beginning of a Wikipedia assignment, or throughout the term at appropriate points.
Wiki markup quick reference – This one-page quick reference (included in the Welcome to Wikipedia brochure) helps you to remember the most frequently used wiki markup codes.
References – This handout explains why references are important, what the expectations for sourcing on Wikipedia are, where to place references, and the basics of adding "ref" tags.
Reference formatting – This handout explains in more detail how to create footnotes for citing sources, and how to cite the same source multiple times.
How to get help – explains the recommended way to get help and feedback for classes supported by Wikipedia Ambassadors: by posting on their course talk page and notifying their mentor. It also includes a glossary of additional help resources students might use.
Plagiarism – explains what plagiarism is on Wikipedia—including "close paraphrasing"—in addition to why and how to avoid it.