Wikipedia:Ambassadors/Steering Committee/Campus Ambassador selection process
|For the current Campus Ambassador application process, see Wikipedia:Education program/Ambassadors|
IMPORTANT NOTE: The selection process detailed on this page only applies to the Wikipedia Campus Ambassador program in the United States.
The process for selecting Campus Ambassadors essentially has three "rounds": application review, Skype video screening, and in-person screening. Below is the more detailed step-by-step process and timeline. This process is completed by a Selection Group. Feel free to discuss on the talk page possibilities for the membership of the selection group, this is still an open question:
I. Application Review
1: Ask interested applicant to send in Campus Ambassador application to Selection Group
2: Randomly assign two Selection Group members to review each application as it comes in
4: For each application, the two reviewers briefly update the rest of the Steering Committee on the application's status
II. Skype video Screening
1. One of the two Selection Group members who reviewed the application emails the applicant to schedule a time for the phone screening
3. The phone screener evaluates the applicant using the Skype Screening Rubric and assigns a score to the applicant. Follow the instructions at the end of the rubric to determine whether the applicant makes it to the next round
4. The Selection Group or Steering Committee chair sends out an email to the applicants who do NOT make it to the next round, informing them of this decision
III. In-Person Screening, if possible
1. For each application, determine whether an in-person screening is possible (note: in-person screenings will not be feasible for certain applicants due to logistical reasons such distance and scheduling).
2. The Selection Group member who is most able to do the in-person screening emails the applicant to schedule an in-person meeting
4. The Selection Group member reports his/her decision to the entire Steering Committee
IV. Notifying the Selected Applicants
For a campus ambassador, teaching skills are paramount in the ability to effectively communicate Wikipedia to classes. In addition, Campus Ambassadors who will be paired with Professors immediately after their training, must be prepared to communicate with the Professors with a thorough understanding of teaching techniques and be able to facilitate the creation and development of Wikipedia assignments. Proof of this experience increases the likelihood that the Ambassador can creatively and effectively respond to concerns and interests of the professor, whose primary concerns will be the instruction of students. The following are examples of items that may demonstrate teaching skills and experience:
HOW TO EVALUATE: Ask applicants to give practice lesson for 5-10 minutes
In addition to teaching skills, Campus Ambassadors should also be able to demonstrate leadership abilities. Because of the importance of building a sustainable Campus Ambassador program and the importance of expanding it to major universities, Ambassadors are increasingly going to be expected to reach out to professors and students at their university and universities within their region. Previous leadership experience suggests that the individual has experience in organizing and communicating effectively with large groups of individuals with diverse interests and motivations. Especially for Ambassadors at Universities where cooperating professors have not been identified, the ability to reach out to and coordinate community efforts is absolutely necessary. Also the increased role in Ambassadors in creating campus student organizations, requires a familiarity with organizing and communicating with the general student body. These clubs have the potential to provide training grounds for future Ambassadors and additional infrastructure to support students and faculty participating in Wikipedia assignments.
The increased importance of web and new media in organizing student populations and the need for ambassadors to be able to digitally communicate with Campus and Online ambassadors throughout the world requires at least moderate proficiency in digital media and technical communication as well as a familiarity with social media and digital communication tools. Also the need for a campus ambassador to provide in person support for professors and students editing Wikipedia requires at least some familiarity with markup and programming languages in order to effectively communicate Wikipedia's own unique markup to them, and to provide basic troubleshooting.
Because Ambassadors will often be the first interaction University communities will have with the Wikipedia community, approachability, friendliness and patience are musts for Campus Ambassadors in order to represent Wikipedia and it's community in the best possible light. Also the continued exposure to various levels of experience with Wikipedia and online content development, will require patience and willingness to change approaches when working with students and professors.
Belief in Wikipedia's Philosophy
Because of the demand of volunteer time from the Campus Ambassador, a sustained interest in Wikipedia will increase the enthusiasm and effectiveness of Campus Ambassador activities. Though this need not be their primary motivation for participating in the Ambassador program - for example, they may be motivated by the opportunity to influence teaching and learning on campus - interest in Wikipedia and Free Culture ideas should be present.