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This is a Completed submission for Wikimania 2017 ready to be reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

Submission no. 6005 Subject - C5 and E2
Title of the submission
Speaking the Language of the Non-Wikipedians
Type of submission (lecture / lightning talk)
Author of the submission
Michal Lester
Language of presentation
E-mail address
Country of origin
Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)
Wikimedia Israel
Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)

Wikimedia Israel developed various tools for different types of audience to encourage them to edit on Wikipedia either on their own or through writing projects at their educational institutes. The obvious way to present Wikipedia to new audience is to let a Wikipedian train the new editors. However, this method is extremely limiting due to two factors: (1) We do not have many Wikipedians who can, or wishes to, volunteer (2) Wikipedians have developed their own jargon and methods of work that are not always clear to the average person who wishes to chime in. We therefore had to develop a method of teaching that explains Wikipedia to the non-Wikipedian. We had a lot of success, especially with teachers and students and we wish to share it.

What will attendees take away from this session? Hopefully they will learn new methods to engage more people in Wikipedia editing, especially educators and students.
Theme of presentation
  • WikiCulture & Community
  • Education
For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?
Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)
20 minutes
Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?
Slides or further information (optional)
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Is this Submission a Draft or Final?

This is a Completed submission for Wikimania 2017 ready to be reviewed by a member of the Programme Committee.

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  2. Amir É. Aharoni (talk) 18:32, 8 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  3. Daniel Mietchen (talk) 02:44, 10 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
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  5. Christina Rupprecht (WMDE) (talk) 11:25, 9 May 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  6. VMasrour (WMF) (talk) 19:51, 12 May 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  7. --Cornelius Kibelka (WMDE) (talk) 07:59, 17 July 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  8. ...Mardetanha (talk) 20:58, 27 July 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  9. FULBERT (talk) 16:19, 2 August 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  10. OrbiliusMagister (talk) 14:55, 11 August 2017 (UTC) Teacher to non-wikipedian pupils.[reply]