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EduWiki Conference 2013
at the Future Inns in Cardiff Bay
Friday 1 - Saturday 2 November 2013

Convened by Toni Sant: for WMUK
Contact:, +44 (0)7885 980 536
Hashtag: #EduWiki || Facebook event page (please share)

Cardiff Bay at night

View the EduWiki 2013 flyer

EduWiki Conference 2013 was the second annual conference organised by Wikimedia UK focusing on Education projects.

Please contact Toni Sant (Wikimedia UK's Education Organiser) if you have any personal questions or concerns, otherwise feel free to comment on the talk/discussion page.

About EduWiki 2013

Wikimedia UK is the national charity supporting the eleven Wikimedia projects (including Wikipedia, Wikiversity, Wikibooks, and Wikinews) in their mission to give free knowledge to everyone in the world. EduWiki is its annual education conference, bringing staff from universities, schools and other sectors together with wiki contributors. Together we explore how Wikimedia sites can support innovative, active, low-cost activities for learners, promoting subject skills and general information literacy. As well as these educational objectives, our collaborations can advance the goal of global, freely-available lifelong learning.

Wikipedia and its sister sites are increasingly used as platforms for educational assignments, in the UK and internationally. The conference is a chance to discover opportunities; report lessons learned; and explore how the free, open, learner-centred ethos of Wikimedia overlaps current trends in formal education.

Themes addressed in the 2013 event included:

  • Plagiarism and the "Wikipedia problem"
  • Open resources and open practice
  • Learners as producers
  • Design and assessment of on-wiki assignments
  • Digital literacy and wiki-literacy
  • Wikipedia for younger audiences
  • Learning analytics
  • Open education and open access to research
  • Language education and writing skills

See the Times Higher Education article "Delete the Wiki Worries and get Close to the Edit" for more background.

Video summary

Conference Schedule

Highlights included:

Invited keynote speakers are: Gareth Morlais (Welsh Government) - Rod Dunican (Wikimedia Foundation) - David White (Oxford University)

A detailed conference schedule is available here.


Panorama of Cardiff Bay, location of EduWiki Conference 2013


Future Inn Cardiff
Hemingway Road
CF10 4AU
Tel (venue): 02920 487 111

Slides from presentations

See also: commons:Category:EduWiki Conference 2013 presentation slides

Reflections and coverage

Tweets from the two days Storified by Brian Kelly and Martin Poulter: (Day 1) (Day 2)

Comments from participants

I wanted to thank wikimedia UK for organizing EduWiki 2013. I think they did a fantastic job with the conference, managed to get the right people there, opened doors to make things happen and left me motivated to continue to do educational outreach for Wikinews. Combine that with good wifi and decent food, I cannot wait for next year's conference. My only request would be less rain. - Laura Hale

I just want to get back to you in order to thank you for the great Education conference you all organized. I will take home a lot of inspiration and try to include some of the points - together with Charles - in our planned education activities in Switzerland for the next year. Furthermore I appreciate a lot that we got a slot to present KIWIX in front of all attendants. All the best - and hope to see you soon. - Muriel Staub

Thanks to @wikimedia for a great #EduWiki conference. Even more motivated to start a monthly Wiki Wednesday meet up on our #Lampeter campus - Kate Fisher

I'm now convinced of the importance of Wikipedia in open educational practices. - Brian Kelly

Thank you to Wikimedia UK, and all the contributors for organising this event. All the presentations were engaging and the attendees and contributors a great bunch of people!

Cracking conference!


Here are some facts and (loose) statistics about the EduWiki 2013 delegates:

  • 80 people registered for this conference.
  • 68 registered delegates attended (51 male / 17 female)
  • 23 delegates work in educational institutions in the UK (have email addresses ending in
  • 17 students from the University of Cardiff registered to attend; 10 showed up on the first day only.
  • 12 delegates declared their Wiki*edia username at registration.
  • Non-UK delegates traveled from 8 countries: Australia, France, Germany, Israel, Norway, Spain, Switzerland, USA.

Next steps

As collated during the wrap-up session of the conference:

I'd like to but the main barrier I face is The help I want is
Get a community for Wikikids in English!! m:Wikikids Institutional culture/ Lack of colleagues' awareness Spread the message
Build up a strong partnership with Jisc in Wales Time! WMUK staff will meet JISC team of 11 on 21 January. Lis Parcell, who was at EduWiki, has been instrumental in the organisng the meeting.
Improve Wikinews education platform Time Running training sessions for Wikinews
Build on the knowledge I've picked up at this conference and share it with colleagues & customers Keeping a grip on a very big, fast-moving topic Easy signposts to appropriate resources; Jisc to communicate more internally (and externally) about its Wikimedia work
Edit more. Create educational assignment Time to organise the course page Make a user's guide on how to 1) Get instructor's rights; 2) Set up the course page; 3) the various tools on the course page
Create something that helps open groups to work together and gives an overview of what is happening technical ability advice, technical help [No contact details left]
Highlight HE projects across the disciplines Time - but if it aligns with employer's agenda I can tie it in. Discussion - invitation to meetings
Build a school of drawing. Deciding whether to make a wiki Time! Wiki experience. Finance! Materials/ resources [MLP met with this person and put the case for releasing as free and open content]
Blog about the great wiki weekend Time & confidence [none]
Develop and cultivate relationships between Wikimedians and educators Not finding it easy to contact people (except via Twitter) To include a call to action in the follow-up email
Create an educational assignment / Contribute to Wikiversity or Wikinews / As part of a module assessment, online collaborative project, wiki-based Institutional culture/ Lack of colleagues' awareness/ General ignorance and/or suspicion about Wikimedia activities, tools & resources In conversation with WMUK already re: grant for educational projects
Help to encourage more to contribute to Wikipedia Living in a broadband not-spot [none]

Some "next actions" were reported verbally: 1) blog about the conference, 2) use ideas from this conference in presentations, 3) submit a proposal to an information literacy conference, 4) invite Martin in to department to speak to colleagues.

  • University of Stirling started planning a Wikipedia assignment for Spring 2014.
  • Graeme Arnott also started working on a Wikipedia assignment at the Glasgow School of Arts - looking to run a pilot first that would be rolled out to other courses.
  • Coleg Cymraeg representative discussed the possibility of working with Wikimedia UK in the future.
  • SAW representative - she has already started training wiki-skills to trainees from South Wales at Lampeter University.
  • Stevie Benton started working on projects that can use Kiwix in furthering the aspiration of free knowledge for all - in schools in Africa and UK young offenders institutes.
  • Rod has lend his support to our Virtual Learning Environment project.
  • We have proved that live translation at a conference is possible!


  • We have reflected on the conference here.
  • Feedback from the participants can be seen here.