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Online Ambassador application: Iazyges[edit]


X mark.svg Not done Application did not gain the required endorsements within a reasonable timeframe -- Samtar talk · contribs 16:33, 5 January 2017 (UTC)

The following discussion is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.


Iazyges (talk · contribs)

  1. Why do you want to be a Wikipedia Ambassador?
    I would like to help people become members of Wikipedia, especially those with significant knowledge like those in college.
  2. In three sentences or less, summarize your involvement with Wikimedia projects.
    I work a lot with MILHIST, I have done some work with WP:Dacia.
  3. Please indicate a few articles to which you have made significant content contributions. (e.g. DYK, GA, FA, major revisions/expansions/copyedits).
    Iazyges, my namesake article, I entirely rewrote, it is a GAN right now, I brought it from Start class to B class as of posting (MILHIST standards.)
  4. How have you been involved with welcoming and helping new users on Wikipedia?
    I work at the teahouse, I also regularly go through the new users list and check out productive new members.
  5. What do you see as the most important ways we could welcome newcomers or help new users become active contributors?
    Make them feel valuable and heard, while it is in overrated answers, one of the thing that can be most discouraging, from my experience, is when you feel that others don't or wont listen to you because you are new or have a low edit count.
  6. Have you had major conflicts with other editors? Blocks or bans? Involvement in arbitration? Feel free to offer context, if necessary.
    None, somehow I have avoided it, except perhaps for the current (as of posting) case against DevilWearsBrioni, where I mediated for DRN and am vaguely involved.
  7. How often do you edit Wikipedia and check in on ongoing discussions? Will you be available regularly for at least two hours per week, in your role as a mentor?
    Constantly, I spend roughly 8 hours of the day away and check on it every hour or so from phone, and the rest either on computer or sleeping.
  8. How would you make sure your students were not violating copyright laws?
    Checking on them, while I will likely not be able to check on all of them at once, I hope it will work as a preventative method (somewhat like a real teacher that randomly checks homework)
  9. If one of your students had an issue with copyright violation how would you resolve it?
    Confront them as kindly as possible, ascertain as to if it is knowingly violated and try to resolve from there, either by explaining more clearly, or by intervening.
  10. In your own words describe what copyright violation is.
    Copyright violation is taking either someone's work or works, and not crediting them with it (Presuming they require only attribution).
  11. What else should we know about you that is relevant to being a Wikipedia Ambassador?
    I have done some work in TWL, I am currently a coordinator for Fold3 and

Iazyges Consermonor Opus meum 04:01, 17 November 2016 (UTC)


(Two endorsements are needed for online ambassador approval.)

The discussion above is closed. Please do not modify it. Subsequent comments should be made on the appropriate discussion page. No further edits should be made to this discussion.

Course instructor rights request[edit]

I am teaching a course on the Ancient Near East and the Mediterranean and would like to incorporate a Wikipedia assignment into the syllabus. I have done a similar assignment in the past but not through Wikipedia: essentially students researched a topic and then created "Wiki" pages within our LMS. The result was informative but clunky and less than motivating for students. I think being able to critically engage not only with sources but with the Wikipedia collaborative community would improve this assignment tremendously. Rather than have students create new articles from scratch, since the course is introductory in level, I would select topics whose articles are stubs or problematic, and students would revise and expand these articles based on their research. Depending on the article, I'll also be most likely assigning multiple students to a particular article, working together but also focusing individually on different sections. I would love to collaborate with a Regional Ambassador or editor on this project, and look forward to hearing from you. I would also be happy to provide further information on the assignment. Thanks!

Ieremu (talk) 20:23, 16 January 2017 (UTC)

@Ieremu: That sounds great. Can I ask what school? The Wikipedia Education Program is organized geographically and that would help connect you with the right people. — Rhododendrites talk \\ 02:44, 17 January 2017 (UTC)
Ieremu, your plan sounds great. Getting students involved with WikiProjects and article improvement seems to be the best method for a) getting good results, and b) retaining them as editors (though that's more our concern, not yours!). Primefac (talk) 14:20, 17 January 2017 (UTC)
Oops! I knew I forgot something. I teach at Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff. Thanks for the encouraging comments and am looking forward to developing this assignment! Ieremu (talk) 14:57, 17 January 2017 (UTC)
@Ieremu: Thanks. (Rhododendrites's alter ego here). The Education Program in the United States and Canada is supported by the Wiki Education Foundation. We have a Dashboard tool which helps you to organize the course, track student work, and helps to create a timeline for steps in the assignment, and we have staff who can help you and your students at various stages. To get started just head to I'll ping my colleague, Samantha, in case she has anything to add. --Ryan (Wiki Ed) (talk) 15:35, 18 January 2017 (UTC)
Hey! @Ieremu: I'd love to send you some tips for getting started. You can start now by heading to - there's some next steps there. But if you shoot me an email I can get you more information and resources to look at. You can find me at Hope to talk soon. -Samantha (Wiki Ed) (talk) 17:06, 19 January 2017 (UTC)

A poster to advertise a class about/using Wikipedia[edit]

Has anyone ever designed such a poster? --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| reply here 12:31, 17 January 2017 (UTC)

Yeah, kind of, a couple of examples here: Wikimedia Commons Category:Wikimedia Australia workshops Leighblackall (talk) 04:03, 19 January 2017 (UTC)
I did a poster advertising a workshop for teaching scientists to edit Wikipedia. Here is the editable powerpoint version (OneDrive share link will remain active for one month). I've also seen a poster for Medical Schools by Blue Rasberry (discussion here). T.Shafee(Evo&Evo)talk 08:50, 20 January 2017 (UTC)

Campus Ambassador application: MidwestCuttlefish[edit]

MidwestCuttlefish (talk · contribs)

  1. Why do you want to be a Wikipedia Ambassador?
    I'm already doing some of the work of a Campus Ambassador, and I'm hoping to benefit from the training and resources for Ambassadors to help me in my role as Wikipedian in Residence of DePaul University.
  2. Where are you based, and which educational institution(s) do you plan to work with as a Campus Ambassador?
    Chicago, Illinois, at DePaul University
  3. What is your academic and/or professional background?
    I have a degree in History and Communication, and I work as a Wikipedian in Residence.
  4. In three sentences or less, summarize your prior experience with Wikimedia projects.
    I started editing in earnest in 2013 as a student intern for University of Pittsburgh's Archives Service Center. I then edited as the Wikipedian in Residence of two branches of Pitt's library system. Now, I work for DePaul University Archives and Special Collections, editing as the Wikipedian in Residence.
  5. What else should we know about you that is relevant to being a Wikipedia Ambassador?
    I have been a student participant in a Wikipedia assignment, and assisted instructors in multiple courses to use Wikipedia as a classroom tool.


(Two endorsements are needed for online ambassador approval.)

Request for course instructor right: M0SN24-TD (talk) (course page draft)[edit]


Darcy Thompson


Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Lund University

Course title and description

Dictatorship, Democracy and Human Rights in the Middle East. This course is a graduate level course for students in the Middle East Studies master's programme. It focuses on governance in the Middle East and North Africa region broadly defined, and aims to introduce students to major topics and theoretical contributions relating to the persistence of authoritarianism in the region, the history, process and prospects for democratisation in the Arab world, and the ongoing struggle for human rights. Students will study political regimes, social structures, religious institutions, state and non-state actors as well as processes of change and development in the region.

Working in groups of two or three persons, students are to create (or significantly improve - depending on if a page has already been created on their topic of choice) a Wikipedia entry on a topic that relates to the main themes of the course. Students must submit a topic idea, and justify its worth and relevance both to Wikipedia (by identifying gaps in existing article coverage) and to the course. In order to ensure that the articles are comprehensive enough, the length of each article is to be between 2500 to 3000 words. Students are asked to do a preliminary 'review' of their topic on wikipedia in order to be able to identify its worth, as well as to familiarise themselves with the insight provided in that length of article. After researching 'Wikipedia university course assignments' extensively, I came across the works of Deva Ramanan at the University of California Irvine, Piotr Konieczny at the University of Pittsburgh and Dean Taciuch at George Mason University. These ideas were very useful for me in the process of envisioning how such an activity could be integrated into a course.

Within my course, this assignment will count for 40% of the total grade - and students are expected to work on it over the course of the entire course (3 months). The aim is for each of the articles created in the class to achieve an ‘A-Class’ status – which I think is certainly possible at the graduate level.

Number of students

22 students, from around the world (some from the Middle East region itself) as the programme is international.

Start and end dates

January 06 to March 30 2017

@Helaine (Wiki Ed) and Pharos: @Bluerasberry and Kevin Gorman: --M0SN24-TD (talk) 00:18, 19 January 2017 (UTC)

WikiJournal of Medicine promotion[edit]

WJM Poster (hyperlinked).pdf
WikiJournal of Medicine logo.svg

The WikiJournal of Medicine is a free, peer reviewed academic journal which aims to provide a new mechanism for ensuring the accuracy of Wikipedia's biomedical content. We started it as a way of bridging the Wikipedia-academic gap.[1] It is also part of a WikiJournal User Group with other WikiJournals under development.[2] The journal is still starting out and not yet well known, so we are advertising ourselves to WikiProjects that might be interested.

Engaging Wikipedians

  • Original articles on topics that don't yet have a Wikipedia page, or only a stub/start
  • Wikipedia articles that you are willing to see through external peer review (either solo or as in a group, process analagous to GA / FA review)
  • Image articles, based around an important medical image or summary diagram

Engaging non-Wikipedians

We hope that an academic journal format may also encourage non-Wikipedians to contribute who would otherwise not. Therefore, please consider:

  • Printing off the advertisement poster an distribute in tearooms & noticeboards at your place of work
  • Emailing around the pdf through contact networks or mailing lists (suggested wording)

If you want to know more, we recently published an editorial describing how the journal developed.[3] Alternatively, check out the journal's About or Discussion pages.

  1. ^ Masukume, G; Kipersztok, L; Das, D; Shafee, T; Laurent, M; Heilman, J (November 2016). "Medical journals and Wikipedia: a global health matter". The Lancet Global Health. 4 (11): e791. doi:10.1016/S2214-109X(16)30254-6. 
  2. ^ "Wikiversity Journal: A new user group". The Signpost. 2016-06-15. 
  3. ^ Shafee, T; Das, D; Masukume, G; Häggström, M. "WikiJournal of Medicine, the first Wikipedia-integrated academic journal". WikiJournal of Medicine. 4. doi:10.15347/wjm/2017.001. 
WikiJournal of Science logo.svg

Additionally, the WikiJournal of Science is just starting up under a similar model and looking for contributors. Firstly it is seeking editors to guide submissions through external academic peer review and format accepted articles. It is also encouraging submission of articles in the same format as Wiki.J.Med. If you're interested, please come and discuss the project on the journal's talk page, or the general discussion page for the WikiJournal User group.
T.Shafee(Evo&Evo)talk 08:37, 20 January 2017 (UTC)