User:Toni Sant (WMUK)/EduWiki 2013 report

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Background[edit | edit source]

The EduWiki Conference 2013 took place on Friday 1 and Saturday 2 November 2013 at the Future Inns in Cardiff Bay, Wales. This was the second annual conference organised by Wikimedia UK focusing on Education projects. Related activities include explorations into how Wikimedia sites can support innovative, active, low-cost activities for learners, promoting subject skills and general information literacy. The event therefore addressed the following broad themes:

  • 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

With about 68 people attending, Wikimedia UK has facilitated an impressive exchange of ideas around the education sector through this conference.

The immediate post-event feedback from the conference was generally positive, with attendees saying they were happy with the overall quality of EduWiki, some even going as far as saying that this was an improvement on what took place at EduWiki in 2012. There were many highlights, and people were especially impressed by the simultaneous translation service during Gareth Morlais' opening talk on how the Welsh Government is supporting more Welsh-language content online, as well as keynotes by David White from Oxford University on “What’s left to teach now that Wikipedia has done everyone’s homework?” and Rod Dunican from the Wikimedia Foundation. Details of that immediate feedback can be found here, along with this video capturing various other comments.

As we prepared for the [Future of Education activities at Wikimania]] in preparation for EduWiki 2014, we came back to the participants of the event to ask them about longer term effects of their participation in the conference. We only had a 10% response from the delegates who attended. However, what the overall replies to this follow-up survey lacked in quantity they made up for in quality.

We have also reflected on the conference here. And feedback gathered from the participants immediately after the event can be seen here.

details from follow-up survey coming soon...

Audience[edit | edit source]

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 ac.uk)
  • 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.

The following numbers are also interesting:

  • 65 people registered to attend EduWiki 2012
  • 80 people registered to attend EduWiki 2013
  • 33 people registered to attend both events

Action[edit | edit source]

Some "next actions" were reported verbally immediately after the conference: 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 Poulter (as Wikimedia Ambassador at Jisc) in to department to speak to colleagues.

Other actions include:

  • University of Stirling started planning an open education symposium 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; the UK's first Wikipedian in Residence was appointed at Coleg Cymraeg in Spring 2014.
  • Wiki-skills are being delivered 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 Dunican lent his personal support to WMUK's Virtual Learning Environment project.

Budget[edit | edit source]

Category of Spend
Charitable Expenditure - Volunteer Travel 826.60
Charitable Expenditure - Volunteer Subsistence 262.18
Charitable Expenditure - Volunteer Accomodation 236.00
Charitable Expenditure - Education Projects 744.44
Charitable Expenditure - Staff Expenses for events 643.26
Charitable Expenditure - Merchandise for events 106.95
Charitable Expenditure - Processing fees for tickets 120.26
Charitable Expenditure - Venue Hire 6,045.60
Staff - Travel 143.10
Office Stationery & Equipment 14.51
Postage & Carriage 316.53
Total Expenditure 9,459.43
Conference Income (1,135.00)
Total Income (1,135.00)
Total cost of Conference 8,324.43

Any questions[edit | edit source]

For further information, any questions can be directed to Toni Sant at toni.santatwikimedia.org.uk