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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. 6015 Subject - EO
Title of the submission

The WikiMOOC, a new way to learn how to edit Wikipedia

Type of submission (lecture, panel, tutorial/workshop, roundtable discussion, lightning talk, poster, birds of a feather discussion)


Author of the submission

0x010C, Jules WMFr, Alexandre Hocquet, Nattes à chat

Language of presentation

French and/or English, according to attendees

E-mail address



0x010C, Jules WMFr, Alexandre Hocquet, Nattes à chat

Country of origin

France, Switzerland, Canada

Affiliation, if any (organisation, company etc.)

Wikimédia France

Personal homepage or blog
Abstract (up to 300 words to describe your proposal)


The WikiMOOC is a MOOC – a free Massive Online Open Course – designed to engage people in discovering Wikipedia and learning how to edit it. Two successful sessions (in 2016 and 2017) were conducted on the French version of Wikipedia, bringing together more than 10,000 attendees, including hundreds of now active editors. In this talk, the teaching team who designed the WikiMOOC wants to share its experience with the whole Wikimedia movement. In particular, we will introduce the challenges we faced and the associated questions:

  • Why was a MOOC created?
  • How did the teaching team (about 10 active Wikipedians) design the WikiMOOC with the support of Wikimedia France?
  • What are the main results and lessons learned from the two WikiMOOC sessions?

Initial findings from the first session showed that the WikiMOOC was quite successful in reaching underrepresented people on Wikipedia. In particular 36% of the attendees were female, 20% were Africans, and 43% were aged 50 and above. This provides initial evidence that MOOCs can be leveraged to promote diversity within our projects.

In the second part of the talk, we will discuss how to adapt, reuse and/or translate the WikiMOOC in other languages and for other Wikimedia projects (e.g., Commons). We identified several challenges that we believe need to be addressed to ease the design of multiple Wikimedia-related MOOCs, among which expensive MOOC hosting platforms, lack of integration among those platforms and MediaWiki, and little community support. To address such issues, we envision to design a dedicated Wikimedia MOOC platform that could effectively host MOOCs and online courses related to the Wikimedia movement and its projets. We will explain the rationale for building such platform, how we plan to collect needs from all Wikimedia actors (chapters, Wikimedians, etc.), and how to join the project.


Le WikiMOOC est un MOOC — un cours en ligne gratuit et massif — pour découvrir le fonctionnement de Wikipédia et apprendre à y contribuer. Après deux éditions réussies (en 2016 et 2017) sur la Wikipédia francophone, qui ont rassemblé plus de dix mille inscrits dont plusieurs milliers de participants actifs, l'équipe pédagogique qui a conçu le WikiMOOC souhaite offrir son retour d'expérience à l'ensemble du mouvement Wikimedia. Nous comptons notamment aborder nos motivations pour concevoir ce MOOC et les défis que nous avons rencontrés à travers les points suivants :

  • pourquoi faire un MOOC ;
  • comment l'équipe pédagogique, constituée d'une dizaine de contributeurs-trices bénévoles, s'est organisée le temps de la création du MOOC (huit mois), avec le support de Wikimédia France ;
  • comment le MOOC s'est-il déroulé et quels ont été les résultats.

Notre retour d'expérience est positif notamment car le WikiMOOC a touché des personnes qui sont connues pour être largement sous-représentée sur Wikipédia, indiquant que les MOOCs peuvent être un outil efficace pour promouvoir la diversité dans nos projets. En particulier, 36 % des étudiants étaient des femmes, 20 % vivaient en Afrique, et 43 % avait 50 ans ou plus.

À la suite de ce retour d'expérience, nous aborderons la question de l'adaptation, réutilisation ou traduction du WikiMOOC dans un contexte éducatif, dans d'autres langues ou sur d'autres projets (par exemple Commons). Nous avons identifiés plusieurs défis à relever pour faciliter la création de MOOCS liés à Wikimédia, comme le coût des plateforme d'hébergement, l'absence de compatibilité entre ces plateforme et avec MediaWiki, et l'absence de support communautaire dédié, et présenterons notre projet de plateforme MOOC Wikimédia que nous avons initié. Cette plateforme visera à accueillir les cours en ligne et MOOCs liés mouvement Wikimédia, tel le WikiMOOC, et ce dans toutes les langues et à propos de tous les projets Wikimédia. Nous détaillerons motivations et objectifs de ce projet, ainsi que notre plan pour sa conception, notamment la collecte des besoins des différents acteurs du mouvement (chapters, Wikimédiens) qui participeront donc activement à sa conception.

What will attendees take away from this session?

You will learn how we achieved the creation of our two WikiMOOC sessions, the essential steps we went through, the problems we faced and some take home useful tips if you want to create or use the MOOC in your own language or project.

Theme of presentation


For workshops and discussions, what level is the intended audience?


Length of session (if other than 25 minutes, specify how long)

25 minutes

Will you attend Wikimania if your submission is not accepted?


Slides or further information (optional)
Video of the presentation.

Special requests

The usual suspects (video projector, wifi, hdmi or VGA connectors for my laptop)

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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  1. Simon Villeneuve (talk) 12:49, 19 March 2017 (UTC) (ça serait cool en français, surtout que les organisateurs semblent rechercher des présentations dans cette langue)[reply]
  2. Geugeor (talk) 13:08, 21 March 2017 (UTC) (Ne m'inscrit tout de même...)[reply]
  3. Trizek (talk), in English please, to share the experience; Francophone people can have detailed information anytime ;)
    @Trizek: FIY, we asked a question about translation here. But I agree with you: if there is no translation, doing the lecture in English is the best option ;-). Jules WMFr (talk) 14:45, 21 March 2017 (UTC)[reply]
    As you prefer Jules WMFr. But do you really need to convince Francophone people about a MOOC that has already been done twice in this language? :) Trizek (talk) 16:52, 21 March 2017 (UTC)[reply]
    Well why dont we envisage doing it in both language? Pourquoi ne pas le faire dans les deux langues? Quelqu'un parle en français et moi je peux traduire en Anglais (je suis bilingue). non-signé : User:Nattes à chat
    This morning, we had an idea: we can do the lecture in French (it appears that Wikimania organizers want some lectures in French) and have subtitles in English on a slideshow. It could be an innovative way to do the conference. Jules WMFr (talk) 15:17, 22 March 2017 (UTC)[reply]
    I'm afraid it will be less interactive. :/ Trizek (talk) 16:07, 23 March 2017 (UTC)[reply]
    I have to agree with Trizek, in particular given that Nattes can do the talk in English (yay!) However, would it be possible to give the talk twice (once in English and once in French as part of a dedicated French session/workshop?) Binabik (talk) 06:23, 25 March 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  4. Ragesoss (talk) 00:35, 25 March 2017 (UTC) (English preferred)[reply]
  5. --Gnom (talk) 13:22, 26 March 2017 (UTC) (EN and FR are both fine) Let's make Wikipedia green![reply]
  6. Shameran81 (talk) 22:24, 28 March 2017 (UTC) (English please)[reply]
  7. African Hope (talk) 17:21, 5 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  8. MB-one (talk) 13:21, 8 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  9. Amir É. Aharoni (talk) 18:39, 8 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  10. GastelEtzwane (talk) 22:35, 10 April 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  11. VMasrour (WMF) (talk) 20:58, 3 May 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  12. Christina Rupprecht (WMDE) (talk) 11:26, 9 May 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  13. Stefanos Stefanos (talk) 02:32, 15 July 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  14. Camelia (talk) 10:10, 26 July 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  15. Mardetanha (talk) 21:00, 27 July 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  16. JGDove99 (talk) 15:54, 7 August 2017 (UTC)[reply]
  17. Stinglehammer (talk) 18:03, 11 August 2017 (UTC)[reply]