A Wikipedia workshop is a public outreach event in which the participants are introduced to the basics of Wikipedia and how to edit it. Wikipedia workshops may vary in length from hours to days, and they may be organized with or without the assistance of the Wikimedia Foundation and its various outreach projects or the local Wikimedia chapter. (See a number of photos from various Wikipedia workshops worldwide at Wikimedia Commons.)
Wikipedia Academies are larger events held for one or two days which often are sponsored by an authoritative organization and include a large number of participants. (See a list of such Wikipedia Academies here.)
Wikipedia editors are encouraged to create workshops to help acquaintances or members of various groups learn about editing, formatting, policy and collaborating with others. This project page currently provides aid to both new workshop leaders and to workshop participants or any new Wikipedia editor looking for online resources. subpages include:
- A sample one-day workshop with generic sample outline with links to resources.
- Sample exercises with several sample exercises to be copied to sandboxes and worked on during the workshop.
- Wikipedia talk:Workshop which includes general program discussion and feedback.
- Wikipedia talk:Workshop archives of past discussions, as well as reports on past workshops, including the workshop agenda, if organizers would like to share it.
- Wikipedia:Workshop for Women is helping close the Gender Gap by suggesting workshop content and providing a list of related workshops, as well as a list of interested workshop leaders.
Below is a list of other Wikipedia training and outreach resources which may be helpful to your efforts to organize workshops and serve as another resource for your participants after the workshop.
Training and help resources
Wikipedia has some excellent training and help resources which workshop participants can refer to and continue to learn from after the workshop.
- Wikipedia introductory tutorial pages like the main Wikipedia:Tutorial pages, Wikipedia:A Primer for newcomers, Help: Wikipedia: The Missing Manual, Wikipedia:Annotated article, Wikipedia:The Wikipedia Adventure, Wikipedia Signpost Tutorials.
- Guides like Help:Getting started, Wikipedia:Researching with Wikipedia, Wikipedia:Academic use, Wikipedia:Mentorship.
- The Wikipedia:Teahouse which helps new editors become accustomed to community culture, ask questions, and develop community relationships.
- Wikipedia projects with training resources like Wikipedia:School and university projects, Wikipedia:WikiProject Public art/Beginners and Wikipedia GLAM "Getting Started" page.
- For educators and trainers: Wikimedia Education Materials for Teaching Wikipedia in the classroom and Wikipedia:Education noticeboard for developments in training.
- the "GLAM" edit-a-thon outline.
- The Wikimedia Bookshelf Project helps collect and create high-quality information materials in many languages.
- Wikipedia:Videos provides video resources for training. Also search YouTube for relevant videos.
The Wikimedia Foundation has organized some large outreach projects and various Wikipedia projects are related to outreach. Many of them have Wikipedia training pages and events.
- Wikimedia's main outreach page is at Outreach.Wikimedia. For a category overview see Category:Projects and Programs.
- The Global Education Program currently focuses on several nations and has a number of sub-programs and projects.
- The Campus Ambassador training is geared to outreach for students.
- The Galleries, Libraries, Archives and Museums ("GLAM") project is very active recruiting people from those areas. Also see English Wikipedia GLAM.
- The variety of Category:WikiProjects can be used to help steer new editors to communities of individuals worldwide with common mutual interests.
- The "Gender Gap" project has been doing outreach to attract more women editors.
- Meetups around the nation and the world are Wikipedia:Meetup listing at English Wikipedia and at Wikimedia Meetup listing.
- List and map of colleges and universities that have clubs in U.S. and worldwide.
- Regional mailing lists for communication and outreach.