We want to train as many educators as possible. We take into consideration their own interests and their own availability when we plan the training program. Not everyone can follow at the same pace. Not everyone lives in an area with a local Wikipedian around. We also consider our own resources. We are volunteers and we have to create something that can work even when we are not available ourselves.
Our training program for educators was created as a MOOC that could be run on a simple website, that could be customized easily and we could use all the features we needed. WordPress and the LearnPress plugin was a good choice. The course was divided into 10 weekly modules. Every module contained a video from the series for Wikipedia in education prepared by the WMF (subtitled by ourselves), video tutorials on how to edit, help texts on how to edit, editing tasks for the trainees, texts on using Wikipedia in education, and a weekly YouTube Live meeting with the trainees.
The trainees did not have to complete everything to move to the next module. They could follow at their own pace. Sixty of the educators completed the course. 80% of them spent 1-3 hours per week, and 20% spent 4-5 hours per week reading, watching the videos and editing. We have found that the most useful resource for them was the editing video tutorials, followed by the Wikimedia in Education videos, while help texts and other material were less useful. That proved that when we aimed to create a course where people should learn through small chunks of information where that can spend little time, it was right. We will continue our training program with small videos for educators and their students.
Contributors to the project
Marios Magioladitis Konstantinos Stampoulis (Geraki) Adamantios Dritsas (DADRITS) Konstantinos Skiadopoulos (KSkiadopoulos) Angelos Giannelos.