Training the Trainers/July 2016 event

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Wikimedia UK Training the Trainers event, February 2014.

This free event is for volunteers who want to take a leading role in Wikimedia UK's training programme. For initial queries contact

Curious about what is involved in being a Wikimedia UK trainer? Have a look at the role description.

Where and when

The workshop will take place on the weekend of 30-31st July in London, and it will be run by a professional training organisation. This session is targeted at volunteers in London and the immediate surrounding areas.

The timings of the event are: Saturday 9:30am — 6:30pm, Sunday 9am — 5pm. Lunch will be provided; we are also planning a social dinner after the training on Saturday. It is vital that you do not miss the start of the training session, so before confirming your availability please do make sure you can make the start time of the training. We are able to cover travel and accommodation, if we receive advance notice of this.

The event is open to anyone who can make a credible commitment to support Wikimedia UK training in future: it will be a strong advantage to have already been involved in training. We are particularly keen to hear from people based in London, who haven't been involved with our organisation in the past, but are very interested in supporting our training and editing events.

Interested but not sure if this event is for you? Hear from the past participants here.


The workshop is a chance for you to:

  • Get accredited and receive detailed feedback about your presenting and training skills
  • Get general trainer skills which you can then apply when delivering specific Wikipedia or Wikimedia Commons workshops etc.
  • Share your skills with others
  • Develop the ability to help design a training programme that serves Wikimedia UK in the long term

Places are limited to make sure that each participant gets individual attention and feedback, so please sign up below to express your interest.

Course details

The course focuses on enabling the participants to develop and deliver high quality training which draws on their own skills and expertise. You can then apply these skills whenever you run a training session. Note that this is about training, not presenting, so we will not be focusing on developing content of presentations on e.g. Wikipedia. This will be provided separately if you need it.

By the end of the course the participants will be able to:

  • Set training objectives and structure a session with appropriate material to meet those objectives
  • Present information clearly to different audiences and use visual aids effectively
  • Identify ways to make the sessions interactive and participative and deal with questions

As a part of the course you will also be receiving an hour long 1-1 telephone feedback. This provides the opportunity to discuss your performance and reactions to the course privately. It promotes intense reflection and rounded learning.

The participants will also be able to:

  • Recognise the importance of diversity in the training context
  • Respond appropriately to the needs of volunteer trainers
  • Understand the impact of different learning and communication styles when designing and delivering training
  • Use active listening to guide their interaction with participants
  • Give effective and appropriate feedback to other participants

Sign up here

Please tell us about your training background (inside or outside Wikimedia) and knowledge of Wikimedia projects (it's not a problem if you don't have any). Please also provide an email address or username through which you can be contacted. We will be contacting you closer to the date of the event to confirm your place.

This training represents an investment by Wikimedia, so the decision will be made on the basis of how credibly each individual can commit to delivering future events. This is not a first-come, first-served list: the order in which people add themselves is of no significance.

You can also email to mark your interest.

Please also let us know if the date does not suit you; we will be running future sessions.


Spaces for 12 places

  1. Alice White - This sounds great! I've done quite a lot of training outside wiki, from training new staff at an insurance company where I worked to teaching undergraduates and secondary school students, & have reasonable knowledge of Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons, but am less familiar with other projects. I can be contacted either via email or talk page.
  2. Jo Pugh - I have run a series of Wikipedia training sessions at the National Archives over a number of years and attended editathons at the Petrie Museum and the BFI. I've also done a reasonable amount of work on Commons but I only have a handful of edits to my name on other projects. In the past I have collaborated more formally with the charity on a digitisation project and presented at GLAM-Wiki.

    I'm a final year PhD student working with the National Archives and based at the University of York. I've done a reasonable amount of teaching of undergraduates and postgraduates in the past two years and have just submitted my portfolio to meet the requirements of the York Learning and Teaching Award, which would confer the status of Associate Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

  3. Kelly Foster - I've participated in a number of editathons, online and in person, and am in the process of organising more this summer. I'm a fairly active editor with some experience of commons. Professionally, I work as a freelancer in the heritage sector and I am also an accredited guide, with considerable experience working with young people. In addition, I regularly organise and deliver talks, walks and workshops for the public.
  4. Doug Rocks-Macqueen. This would be amazing. I help host a wiki club in Edinburgh in which we meet up to edit archaeology related wikipedia pages and teach others how to edit. Currently, it has mainly been us teaching our fellow archaeologists through informal meet ups and running events on conferences through trial and error process. So training on delivering training would be very helpful for us. Anything to help improve our ability to get people involved and trained. I would need some help with travel and accommodation. Possibly, I might be able to get travel covered by work if I reschedule a meeting I have that week in London to be that thurs or friday.

  5. Paul Wilkinson. I have done some university lecturing (mainly postgraduate), and also run numerous social media workshops (I am a past 'approved trainer' at the Chartered Institute of Public Relations), including some on Wikipedia. I have helped another Wikipedian run a Wikipedia workshop and editathon at the Institution of Civil Engineers, helped with an editathon at the Architectural Association, and occasionally helped WikimediaUK at other London events. I have been a Wikipedian since 2003, and have made occasional additions to the Commons. Paul W (talk) 14:32, 12 July 2016 (BST)
  6. James Franklin. In August I will be returning to the Isle of Man, where I will take up the position of Online and Educational Resources Officer at an institution set up to promote Manx culture. Having been working on Manx cultural articles on Wikipedia since 2012, one of my key plans for the new role is to set up local Manx projects to train local Manx historians and cultural activists in order to empower them to create and edit articles on Wikipedia. Therefore, this programme would be perfect for me. I have a superficial awareness of Wikipedia projects. I have been involved in training in a professional context. Jamesfranklingresham
  7. Sam Walton. I've helped out with a few editathons in the past, and given that I'm enthusiastic in helping/running more in the future it would certainly be beneficial for me to attend this event. I primarily edit the English Wikipedia where I'm an administrator, and I'm also a contractor with the WMF working on The Wikipedia Library. You can email me via Special:EmailUser/Samwalton9. Samwalton9 (talk) 11:55, 13 July 2016 (BST)
  8. Laura Mears. I'm a professional science communicator, and in my day-job I work closely with researchers to help them share their work with the public. I'm keen to inspire people (particularly the scientific community) to share their expertise online, and Wikimedia is the perfect platform. I am frequent user of Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons, though I only have limited experience of editing myself, but I have been looking for a way to get more involved and I think that training to be a trainer would be a great way to contribute.
  9. Judith Scammell. I am an academic librarian for Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at St George’s, University of London (joined 2003) and a major part of my role involves information literacy and the design and delivery of training to both staff and students. I hold a Post Graduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning from Kingston University (awarded Nov 2007). As well as supporting Wikimedia UK following the training, I am hoping to get teaching staff and students involved in becoming editors themselves, particularly as the medical pages are accessed so frequently. Further, the research evidence shows that students enjoy the collaborative aspect of editing and a sense of ‘giving something back’. I would also like to encourage my fellow medical librarians to become editors. email
  10. Khin Tye. I am very interested to be a Wikimedia volunteer trainer, to be more co-creative with people and technology, albeit with little knowledge of Wikiemedia projects other than being a frequent and general user. I am based in London, having moved back recently as a UK-national after work assignments in Scotland and Bali (I’d lived in London for 16 years prior). I can commit my time for training as asked from volunteers and see this volunteering as a long term commitment. I have a background in marketing, ICT and training, mainly along the lines for social good, and for different contexts. At a non-profit membership organisation in London, I conducted training for volunteers and for staff-induction in London. I had also done product training and training for resellers in Asia Pacific when I used to be a product marketing manager with Hewlett-Packard in Singapore. During my postgraduate studies in America, I was a computer lab assistant, helping students with their ICT difficulties, and also conducted software training classes (up to 35 people) on MS-Word, Excel and Powerpoint. Besides the formalised training classes, I have a personal interest in group facilitation and co-creating ways in groups to encourage the emergence of collective intelligence and ideas. My dissertation in Central St Martins College of Art and Design was on co-creation, and as part of fun-filled stressful student days, helped lead on a local Global Service Jam, and meet-ups on creative connectedness. My love to teach showed up in early days; I might arguably be the world’s youngest paid Mathematics tutor. When I was nine years old, I noticed that my younger brother who is one year younger, was about to fail Mathematics. His academic life might have been rather short-lived as he had already been expelled from three kindergartens. I also noticed that the teachers were not connecting with him in Maths classes, and decided that I could do better since I had studied the same Maths materials one year earlier and could tutor with more child-friendly examples for my brother. My brother passed his Primary One Mathematics, and my grandmother was so pleased that she set up a trust fund for me, depositing monthly payments as long as I continued to tutor my brother on Mathematics. Happy to say that my brother is now working as an underwriter in an insurance company and does risk analysis for his work, still grateful that he passed his Primary One mathematics due to a loving sister’s tutoring. Username: khintye emailLinkedIn:
  11. Lekha Choksi - I use Wikipedia all the time and would be so wonderful to help out with any connection to it. I also do a lot of Volunteering with various organisations.Looking forward to an opportunity to train.
  12. Samantha Goh - "I have some training experience across a variety of things - from holding and assisting in anti-money laundering workshops to train banks and other businesses in how best to ensure financial regulatory compliance; to workshops for high school students around London on considering the further study of law at university level.

    As someone extremely interested in the role of education in social change, I feel that wiki's notions of open information is important. I frequently use wiki for research in my studies (currently a law student entering my last year in LSE) and would love to expand this into editing and teaching others to do so."

  13. Charles - I have not had any training relating to Wikimedia before. I know of (and contribute to) Wikipedia, I know of Wiktionary, Wikiquote, and Wikimedia Commons.
  14. Vojtěch Veselý – Hi, I am from Prague, Czech Republic. I am a member of WMCZ chapter. I have three years experience in Czech Education program: I am involved in teaching students about Wikipedia and I established "Senior Citizens Write Wikipedia" program. I would like to share my know-how and learn something new.
  15. Wilma Verburg - I am from Amersfoort, NL. Since a few years I do help organizing editathons and trainings for new editors. Mostly for Wikipedia, but also for Wikisource. I don't have had any training in doing this kind of things, and I am interested and curious about what is coming on.

Interested but the date doesn't suit

  1. Geneticcuckoo - I would love to take part but I already have plans that weekend. Please contact me for the next session and I would be keen to attend. I have run a few wikipedia edit-a-thon sessions in different countries and really want to support wikimedia and increase participation and diversity.
  2. Cara Jones - on holiday then.


The venue is the Wikimedia UK office, Development House, 56-64 Leonard Street, London EC2A 4LT.


Wikimedia UK will reimburse accommodation costs for those that need it, please make Wikimedia UK aware of this in advance.


The training will take place in a room arranged in a classroom layout. There will be two flip charts with pens, a screen, and a projector. Refreshments will be provided. There will be free WiFi.