Training the Trainers/October 2012 event

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Volunteers keen to take a leading role in Wikimedia UK's training programme were encouraged to sign up to this workshop. For queries contact

Where and when[edit | edit source]

The train-the-trainers workshop took place at Wikimedia UK Office, London EC2A 4LT, on the weekend of 27-28 October 2012, and it was run by a professional consultant. The timings of the event were: Saturday 9:30am (on the spot) - 6:30pm, Sunday 9am - 5pm. Light breakfast and lunch was provided; together with a workshop dinner after the training on Saturday. Travel and accommodation was also covered if notice was given.

Train the Trainer workshops are open to Wikimedia UK volunteers who can make a credible commitment to support training in future: it is a strong advantage to have been involved in training events. If your interest is in training people to contribute to a sister project such as Commons or Wikinews, rather than to Wikipedia, that's no disadvantage.

Aims[edit | edit source]

We know that some of our members are already delivering professional-quality training. They may think they don't need this weekend event, but it's especially important for them to sign up. It's a chance to:

  • Get accredited and receive detailed feedback about your presenting and training skills
  • Get general trainer skills which you can then apply when e.g. delivering specific Wikipedia workshops
  • Share your skills with others.
  • Help design a training programme that serves WMUK in the long term.

The 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[edit | edit source]

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.

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

Attendees[edit | edit source]

Before registering, attendees were asked to tell us about your training background (inside or outside Wikimedia) and give an email address or username through which you can be contacted. This training represents an investment by Wikimedia in its future, so the decision was 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.

  1. Have run 2 WP editing workshops and assisted at others. Some previous experience of leading training but never trained to do so. Johnbod (talk) 10:46, 25 September 2012 (UTC)
  2. Will have run about 20-30 introductory Wikipedia training workshops by October. Not completely sure I will be available - will confirm closer to the date. Andrew Gray (talk) 12:26, 23 July 2012 (UTC)
  3. I can see myself volunteering to help with a number of training events in the future. KTC (talk) 16:25, 24 July 2012 (UTC)
  4. Have been involved in training events.Leutha (talk) 18:48, 24 July 2012 (UTC)
  5. have designed and run workshops for people to learn the art of standup comedy. Never done any Wikimedia training before... unless you count helping a newbie who turned up at a wikimeet with his laptop. Yaris678 (talk) 10:13, 27 July 2012 (UTC) I was considering going to the December event instead but it looks like that one isn't going to happen now. I will be there on the 27th! Yaris678 (talk) 12:31, 12 October 2012 (UTC)
  6. I am a common wiki gnome by most accounts but run the fledgling imperial college wikipedians society. We hope to set up student focused training sessions at the college in the future.IcyEd
  7. Have assisted at several events, run a couple of workshops and done one on one sessions for several interns and new staff members. Already intend to do a few more workshops next year. WereSpielChequers (talk) 14:03, 9 October 2012 (UTC)
  8. I have assisted at one Wikipeida training event and am a part-time one-to-one "A" Level tutor. The 27th & 28 suit me. Martinvl (talk) 19:58, 17 October 2012 (UTC)
  9. I have been involved with training freshers and undergrad in presentation skills in India. I look forward to attend the Training the Trainers workshop so that I can conduct the events across college to train new people. User:tejomAtrA (talk)
  10. I have run week long training programmes in political risk management to an international audience in London. Have helped train doctors to design better PowerPoint presentations. Extensive experience in presenting. Self-employed and flexible. I live and work in London SW6, and could definitely attend all day Saturday and Sunday. I'm an active contributor to Wikipedia, and would love to train others. “Training the Trainers” sounds ideal for me. Hope you still have a place and that I'm not too late! Edwardx (talk) 23:32, 21 October 2012 (UTC)
  11. No formal training experience, but do occasionally show people how to use Wikipedia, part of the Imperial College Wikipedia Society. I think Wikipedia is a great tool and am enthusiastic to train others in using it. In terms of Wikipedia editing, I use Wikipedia to write my university course notes, and after incorporate what I have learnt into the mainspace (explains for my high proportion of 'User' edits. Of course, I also edit as I read. I was actively involved in the Articles for Creation project and occasionally in other projects (such as Wikify, Welcoming, Adoption). Kinkreet (talk) 10:58, 22 October 2012 (UTC)
  12. No formal experience, although I have helped with one formal training session in Oxford, and helped others personally. An active editor, would like to help developing more student editors. Chipmunkdavis (talk) 16:55, 26 October 2012 (UTC)

Signed up but couldn't attend[edit | edit source]

  • Helped out at various training events inc British Library. Haven't run my own event yet but would be useful to know how. Philafrenzy (talk) 11:33, 23 July 2012 (UTC)
Sorry, now unable to attend. Philafrenzy (talk) 08:12, 10 October 2012 (UTC)
  • Not been involved much with in-person training before, but would like to do more building on my help pages work. the wub "?!" 11:06, 26 July 2012 (UTC)

Interested but October 2012 date doesn't suit[edit | edit source]

Trained (with CITB) to teach schoolchildren about construction industry; followed PGCE for primary school teaching, which included some months teaching in schools; host stand at computer shows a few times a year to explain and demonstrate editing Wikipedia; host at Wikipedia's Teahouse. Time permitting, would be interested in helping to train/recruit new editors. -- Trevj (talk) 07:48, 1 July 2012 (UTC)
  • Will be on holiday that weekend. The Land (talk) 14:05, 19 August 2012 (UTC)
  • I'm interested, but neither this date or the December one is suitable for me sadly. I'm most active on the Welsh language Wikipedia, and have recently organised an editathon and a training session/presentation this August. I do have some experience of presenting information as I'm a part-time Welsh for Adults tutor, but would like to gain more skills in delivering PC based training, designing activities and training material etc.--Rhyswynne (talk) 13:23, 25 September 2012 (UTC)
  • I'm interested in this kind of thing but cannot make this or the December date. Cutiekatie (talk) 04:19, 20 October 2012 (UTC)
  • Interested in helping out, but the date and location are not convenient. Interested in future opportunities though. Bazonka (talk) 07:56, 20 October 2012 (UTC)
  • I'm unfortunately fully booked-up for this weekend and Newcastle is too far away. I would be interested in a future session though. CT Cooper · talk 11:16, 20 October 2012 (UTC)
  • Have assisted at about five training sessions to date LoopZilla (talk) 12:52, 23 July 2012 (UTC)
  • Have done various bits of training for Wikimedia UK at Cancer Research UK, previous British Library editathons, and via the World War I project. I've also delivered a lot of training for volunteers with other organisations. Only thing that could prevent me attending is if I'm on holiday. The Land (talk) 21:14, 23 July 2012 (UTC) - yup, I'll be on holiday. The Land (talk) 14:05, 19 August 2012 (UTC)

Feedback[edit | edit source]

Photos from the day HERE.

Everyone gave feedback forms to Midas on the day. If you want to make a more public statement, feel free to do so below. Maybe this will lead to further reflection, theorising and planning...

  • Well that was awesome! I feel I learnt some VERY useful stuff. And - for the very reasons explained in the course - I feel I will remember it and be able to apply it in future. Yaris678 (talk) 09:32, 29 October 2012 (UTC)