2023:Program/Submissions/Common challenges: 10 mistakes students editors make (and how to help avoid them) - LBFDJQ

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Title: Common challenges: 10 mistakes students editors make (and how to help avoid them)


Ian Ramjohn

Brianda Felix

As Wikipedia Expert with the Wiki Education Foundation, Brianda supports students, faculty, and professionals as they learn to improve content on Wikipedia. Before Wiki Education, Brianda has worked in the education & nonprofit realm to support youth in historically marginalized communities in different capacities, starting with Cal State Fullerton’s Upward Bound program, and then at the Opus Project with the San Diego Youth Symphony. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in History and a minor in Latin American studies from UCLA.

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Type: Poster session

Track: Education

Submission state: submitted

Duration: 5 minutes

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Presentation language: en

Abstract & description[edit source]

Abstract[edit source]

New editors to Wikipedia tend to face common challenges, especially when it comes to writing articles. Over the past eight years we have supported 100,000 student editors through Wiki Education’s Student Program. We will outline 10 common mistakes we’ve identified, along with ideas for how to avoid or fix them.

Description[edit source]

Wikipedia articles have a style and structure that can prove challenging for new editors to match. Through its Student Program, Wiki Education brings in over 12,000 new editors a year to the English Wikipedia. Working to train and support these student editors has given us the opportunity to observe how new editors contribute to Wikipedia on scale that’s likely to be unparalleled in the movement. Based on these observations we detail 10 common errors made by student editors and discuss some ideas for how to avoid them or fix them easily. We believe that many of these challenges apply to new editors more broadly, and can be helpful for anyone supporting Wikipedians who are making their first substantive contributions in article space.

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Qn. How does your session relate to the event themes: Diversity, Collaboration Future?

New editors are crucial for the future of the Wikimedia movement, and finding constructive ways to support their efforts will provide better content and may help integrate them into the movement. By sharing our experiences, we hope to provide ideas for others in the movement who support new editors and to foster collaboration.

Qn. What is the experience level needed for the audience for your session?

Everyone can participate in this session

Qn. What is the most appropriate format for this session?

  • Empty Onsite in Singapore
  • Empty Remote online participation, livestreamed
  • Empty Remote from a satellite event
  • Empty Hybrid with some participants in Singapore and others dialing in remotely
  • Tick Pre-recorded and available on demand