Wikipedia talk:Online Ambassadors/Mentors

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Paste it on a new line below the first "|-" in the table[edit]

Shouldn't this read "Paste it on a new line below the last "|-" in the table"? Aren't we to add our names at the bottom of the existing list? Perhaps I'm not Mentor material after all.--Wetman (talk) 20:57, 29 January 2011 (UTC)

No, the top. That way, the new people are the first ones students see when they start choosing mentors. It's arbitrary, though; you can place your profile wherever you wish.--Sage Ross - Online Facilitator, Wikimedia Foundation (talk) 23:26, 29 January 2011 (UTC)

Hi, I'm a new Wikipedia Campus Ambassador,and I am looking for an online ambassador to support that class I am working with. This is a graduate course at the University of Washington called Housing and Social Policy. If you are interested, please post your user name on our Course Page. The class has about 25 students and begins this Wednesday. The first Wikipedia assignment is due in a couple of weeks. Thanks. Jktanaka (talk) 20:55, 26 September 2011 (UTC)




Request for Online Ambassadors[edit]

Hello all, if anyone is interested in helping out our graduate level Environmental Law Course at the University of San Francisco, please post your username on our Course Page. We would really appreciate a few more mentors as we have a class of 25 students and only 3 Online Ambassadors thus far. The students are just now picking their article topics because our only class started a week ago. This class only meets for 4 sessions (every other Saturday from 9-4 over a 9 week period) and it is always a challenge to fit everything in over such a short time period. Feel free to reach out to students if you are interested in their article topic. I have told students that they can also feel free to reach out to our volunteer online mentors. Thanks!!! Jodi.elizabeth (talk) 18:03, 22 March 2011 (UTC)

Opening Mentorship to GLAMs[edit]

I would like to propose that we open up the Online Ambassadors mentorship program to representatives of GLAMs (Galleries, Libraries, Archives & Museums) as mentees - see WikiProject GLAM for background. This would of course only be for those Online Ambassadors who would wish to take on such additional responsibilities, and there is also some discussion of this at outreach:GLAM/Discussion#Taxonomy of Ambassadors.--Pharos (talk) 21:19, 4 April 2011 (UTC)

What do folks think about me adjusting the front side of this page to allow GLAM mentees to sign up on a trial basis?--Pharos (talk) 04:49, 11 April 2011 (UTC)

Two tables[edit]

Can someone explain to me the difference between "online ambassadors" and "additional online ambassadors"? Perhaps we can find better terminology to distinguish, if there's a difference at all. Rob SchnautZ (WMF) (talkcontribs) 20:02, 22 May 2012 (UTC)

Online Ambassador Approval Process[edit]

It's came to my attention from User:Pharos that there has been a vacuum and lull in the Online Ambassador Approval Process since the demise of the Steering Committee and the advent of the Education Working Group. At the most recent Meeting I volunteered to take responsibility for this action as no one was doing it. As I was trying to assemble a small team to do this in a more steamlined fashion to prevent burn-out, I came across an idea. Idea: Have the current online ambassadors be the approval team for potential online ambassadors. This is a good idea because a) they have best knowledge of the position, b) are the biggest stakeholders in their success, and c) are most active in the landscape to talk to new ambassadors.

What do you think? Since I took the reins because there was no one else doing it, and no objections at the time. I'm not sure the best way to go about selecting people, but I do know 2 other things. It's important, and I'm not the best person to decide. You are.

You can reinvent the process, or follow the old one which I've linked below. Maximilianklein (talk) 18:46, 3 June 2012 (UTC)

  • Comment. Sorry, Max, but your proposal is actually identical to the current process. Nothing new here. In essence, the current OAs have always been the application approval team. The Online Ambassadors at large either approved or disapproved of applicants, based on their response to a selected list of questions. We were generally looking for proven experience and involvement in welcoming and assisting new editors, significant content contributions, ability to interact well with others, and availability. The Ambassador Selection Team was established in an effort to alleviate any fears of potential OAs who hesitate tossing their hat in a potential RFA three-ring circus. If they failed to meet the approval of the selection team, applying through email allowed applicants to "save face". In order to effectively develop any sort of team involved in the WEP, it is essential to lay a solid foundation. The history of the WEP has shown that any attempt to form a team or subcommittee without first establishing the role and responsibility of each player will result in widespread apathy and resentment. The lack of players that showed up to review applicants was most likely a reflection of apathy in the camp. I would recommend developing processes that serve to address the apathy and provide ways in which to empower, rather than coerce editors to participate. Sadly, this was the reality over the past school year, after which several editors just threw their arms up in disgust. Best regards, Cindy(talk to me) 21:04, 3 June 2012 (UTC)

Useful old resources[edit]

Formation of new subcommittee of Online Ambassadors to run Online Ambassador selection[edit]

  • sign up

switching to Special:OnlineAmbassadorProfile[edit]

Hey folks. Now that the education program extension is up and running, we can move away from this ill-maintained list and instead make profiles using Special:OnlineAmbassadorProfile. See my post here for details. The nice thing is that it will automatically track which classes you are supporting (based in which ones you've signed up as an ambassador for on the course page), and only list current courses.--Sage Ross (WMF) (talk) 15:45, 14 January 2013 (UTC)