I too think we should conc. more on quality than quantity. If we get 4/5
interested students from a session (be it only 5% or 10%) then we should
take good care to support them & keep them motivated.. Good point..:-)

On Mar 12, 2012 11:04 PM, "Nitika" <ntan...@wikimedia.org> wrote:

> Hi Folks,
> Kritharth is a student at IIT and has been actively involved in Wikipedia
> monthly meet-ups in Delhi. It was through him that we got in touch with the
> organisers at Tryst - annual tech fest organized by IIT-Delhi. I'd really
> like to thank him for helping us organise this session and a big thank you
> to Noopur, Rajesh and Piyush for all their help.
> Two Wikipedia 
> sessions<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Workshop/Delhi_Workshop_1> 
> were
> conducted at IIT Delhi during their tech fest Tryst 2012. The underlying
> idea was to explain the basics of Wikipedia, 5 Pillars, few policies,
> anatomy of an article and provide some hands-on training on basic Wikipedia
> editing. Two sessions were conducted in a slight different manner since we
> wanted to test effectiveness of different methods. My mail will explain
> different approaches that were adopted for each of these sessions and
> outcomes of the same.
>    - First session on March 3rd, Saturday:
> About 50 attendees participated in a 3 hour long session. There were IIT
> students, students from other engineering colleges in NCR and some working
> fellows amongst the participants. 
> User:Hisham<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Hisham> started
> the session by introducing Wikipedia, who edits Wikipedia, 5 pillars, few
> Wikipedia policies. We then moved on to actual hands on editing and taught
> them basic Wikipedia editing. Some students raised really intelligent
> questions about referencing and NPOV. Though, we noticed that a lot of
> students lost interest and focus when we spoke about Wikipedia Policies in
> detail which took over half an hour. During the session we demonstrated by
> editing articles on Tryst - IIT 
> Delhi<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tryst,_IIT_Delhi>
>  and IIT 
> Delhi<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Indian_Institute_of_Technology_Delhi>
> .
> Just the fact that the participants willingly sat through such a long
> session and had several questions shows their genuine interest in learning
> more about Wikipedia. About 6 students (12%)  created their usernames after
> the session and 2 (4%) have attempted to make minor edits after the
> session. A big thank you to 
> User:Piyush.Aggarwal<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:Piyush.Aggarwal>
>  and User:RajeshPandey <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/User:RajeshPandey> for
> all their help and support.
>    - Second session on March 5th, Monday:
> There were about 40 participants. Once again, there was mix of IIT and
> non-IIT students. We organised the session a bit differently - after giving
> a brief introduction about Wikipedia and showing some basic editing we
> invited the uninterested participants to feel free to leave the session and
> requested only the interested lot to stay back for the remaining session.
> The participants were informed that in the second half of the session we'll
> be talking in greater detail about Wikipedia policies and do more hands-on
> editing training hence it made sense only for those students to stay back
> who'd like to get deeper knowledge about Wikipedia. Eventually we were left
> with 8 participants but in my opinion that's was the beginning point of a
> more interactive and interesting session. Each of these 8 participants were
> more involved when discussing about Wikipedia policies, they wanted to do
> more hands on editing and we were also able to provide them individual
> attention because of limited numbers. During the session we edited the
> article on Chacha Chowdhary<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Chacha_Chowdhary> and
> one of the participants started an article on tunde ke 
> kabab<http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tunde_ke_Kabab>
> .
> 11 participants (27.5%) created their usernames and 2 (5%) have made few
> edits post the session.
> It's great that we're able to get more people involved in Wikipedia
> activities - participants who were students outside of IIT also want to
> conduct similar Wikipedia sessions in their campus, 4 of the participants
> also joined us for the Delhi 7 meet-up. However, I want to focus on few who
> have shown interest in Wikipedia editing - provide them editing support and
> keep them motivated. I'm also thinking of a "Buddy System" to keep these
> interested participants going and providing them support. If you haven't
> already guessed what I mean by the name "Buddy System" please stay tuned,
> I'll soon send another mail about it - I need your ideas and thoughts
> (needless to say your support too :-)
> Thanks
> Nitika
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