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Date: Tue, 4 Oct 2011 00:01:48 +0530
Subject: [Wikimediaindia-l] WikiAcademy Mumbai 1 notes

Warning: This is a loooonggg email.
We held our first WikiAcademy in Mumbai on October 1, 2011 at the Center for 
Education and Documentation, Colaba. The session was attended by 24 attendees. 
Roughly, the sessions were:

1. Introduction2. Creating accounts on Wikipedia3. Introduction to the 
interface4. Rules related to Wikipedia (5 Pillars, AGF etc.)5. Go out and edit

This was our first experience with such an Academy and hence this note is a bit 
Many of the folks who came had used Wikipedia but had hardly ever edited 
Wikipedia. There was a lot of questioning around the reliability of Wikipedia 
as a resource. We had the services of Vickram Crishna to answer these 
questions. After the round of introductions, we got them acquainted with 
accessing Wikipedia, familiarising them with the English Wikipedia main page. 

The attendees were very interested in learning how to edit Wikipedia and wanted 
to learn right from the creating accounts on Wikipedia stage. This we did, only 
to realise the limitation existed on creation of not more than 6 accounts per 
IP address. We got around this limitation by allowing people to register with 
dongles that a few people carried with them. Next time, perhaps making an 
upfront request to allow more account creations from a single IP address before 
the Academy might be a wise thing to do. Any other suggestions?

Even after logging in the attendees appreciated a "Get to know your Screen" 
Pranav then shed some light on the rules of the Wikipedia (frankly, I have 
never read this until a few days before the Academy!). Kundan Amitabh also 
pitched in to help with a few that Pranav didn't know about. Kundan also urged 
them to not give up on Wikipedia if their articles or sections of articles were 
deleted. Keep trying! was the call! 

In the last go out and edit session, we allowed participants to edit what they 
liked. We moved among the audience helping where help was needed. We encouraged 
the users to use the various icons on the WYSIWIG editor rather than learn the 
Wikisyntax. We think that working on this for a few days will help them learn 
things on their own. 

There was a diverse audience with requests for specific follow up sessions. We 
think that we could have concluded more properly than we did. 
warm regards,Pradeep Mohandas
PS: Apologies for the delay in posting this!
Pradeep Mohandas
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