This summer, the Wikipedia-course “Das kleine Wikipedia 1×1” (The Wikipedia Basics) took place at the University of the Third Age in Cottbus (Germany); organised by the project TAO with Wikimedia Germany. Results? A self-written, collaborative Wikipedia article and the confidence to continue contributing to Wikipedia.
Lienhard Schulz, a long time Wikipedia contributor and experienced course leader, first lead the participants through a 3×3 hour Wikipedia basics course, covering working methods, collaboration opportunities and quality assurance.
Following this, in further 3×3 hour sessions, the skills and techniques learnt were put into practice and deepened by working together on a new article. The participants decided upon the topic amongst themselves and in the end chose the Cottbus district, Branitz. The article could have easily contained enough information to write a dissertation!
The result of these intensive sessions was the joy and sense of pride about the self-written article plus the confidence to continue contributing to Wikipedia. The participants were able to consolidate the three key principles of the sessions: “Be brave”, “Look for examples” (qualitative good articles serve as an example for preparation of new articles) and “Find”. The 6×3 hour course format worked perfectly for the aims of the Silver Knowledge project.
For more information please contact Elvira Schmidt.
This Blog entry is based on the original entry by Lienhard Schulz on the WMDE-Blog.