Hey,FYI I think there is no need of individual article for Tryst.  See 
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia_talk:WikiProject_Education_in_India#College_festivals_notabilityKonarak
 Ratnakar | kondi
Date: Mon, 12 Mar 2012 10:42:43 -0700
From: hideeponh...@gmail.com
To: wikimediaindia-l@lists.wikimedia.org
Subject: Re: [Wikimediaindia-l] Report: Wiki workshop @ IIT Delhi

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..:-)


Deepon
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 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 
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 and IIT 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 and 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 and one of the participants started an article on 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 :-)

ThanksNitika
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