Submissions:2018/Organizing and Researching Art+Feminism Edit-a-thons: Towards More Equitable Models of Engagement

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This submission has been accepted for WikiConference North America 2018.



Title
Organizing and Researching Art+Feminism Edit-a-thons: Towards More Equitable Models of Engagement
Theme (optional)
Inclusion & Diversity; also fits into the themes of Relationship Building & Support and Editor Recruitment & Retention
Academic Peer Review option
Yes
Type of submission
Workshop
Author(s)
Drs. Alexandria Lockett and Matthew Vetter
E-mail address
alexandrialockett@gmail.com
Wikimedia username(s)
JNova7; Matthewvetter
Affiliation(s) (optional)
Spelman College and Indiana University of Pennsylvania and
Abstract
Organizing Art+Feminism edit-a-thons can be an overwhelming process for first-time organizers, and especially for higher education instructors that seek to organize these events with their courses. This workshop offers participants with a plethora of materials that will assist them with project management of edit-a-thons. Drawing on our experience both organizing and researching Art+Feminism edit-a-thons at our institutions, which include both a small liberal arts historically black college (HBCU) for women and a mid-size public university, we will work with our participants to develop a plan for organizing edit-a-thons in their communities towards the end of making the most out of edit-a-thons, which strongly benefit to the Wikimedia movement, practicing critical digital literacy, and representing local citizenship objectives. Through our workshop, we hope that more organized edit-a-thons lead to an increase in editor recruitment and more sustained equitable participation in Wikipedia.

Example of an Art+Feminism Wikipedia Meet-Up Page: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:Meetup/Spelman_College/Art%2BWomanism_2017

Materials to Distribute
An Adaptable Organizer Kit
Workshop Format
  • Note: Times are approximate
Introductions and Participant’s Writing Prompt (10 minutes)

Facilitators 1 and 2 will introduce themselves and participants will be directed to the facilitators and the following writing prompt: How do participants want to improve their organization and research of edit-a-thons?

Participants will introduce themselves with their writing prompt (e.g. their first and last name, institutional/organizational affiliation, etc.)

The Problem of Organizing Edit-a-thons (10-15 minutes)

What are the challenges of organizing an Art+Feminism edit-a-thon?

Presentation: Facilitators 1 and Speaker 2 will provide an overview of some of the issues we’ve encountered

[Resources: Show Issues via Slide Deck]

Discussion: Facilitators 1 and 2 will have a brief discussion with the audience regarding some of the problems they have encountered or anticipate when organizing (and researching) edit-a-thons

[Resources: Display a link to the Google Document on the projector (Note: participants will receive a link to edit and comment on this document). Facilitators will document audience concerns, and this document will be linked in the slide deck, which is part of the compendium of materials that we share with the entire Wiki Conference North America and beyond.]

Project Management Solutions (15 minutes)

How should edit-a-thons be organized to address the challenges presented by the speakers, and discussed by the audience?

Facilitator 1 will distribute an organizer kit to the audience, providing the audience with few minutes to look over it.

Presentation: Facilitators 1 and 2 will quickly go over the resource, taking the time to discuss how that organizer kit will assist the audience and going over applications of this type of organizational design--in terms of how it is conducive to equity, linking to courses, and community activism and etc.

Data Collection of the Event (10-15 minutes)

How do Art+Feminism edit-a-thons serve as a useful site of research?

Presentation: Facilitator 1 will transition the workshop to matters of data collection by discussing how better organization includes a research component that allows for improved organization in the future, as well as building knowledge across communities of interest. In particular, Facilitator 1 will refer to the sample user/participant survey included in the sample organizer kit to briefly discuss how to collect general data about the event. Both Facilitators 1 and 2 will discuss how to collect data about this event for scholarly publication.

[Resources: Refer to the slide deck that links to organizer kit, which includes a description of applications of research, as well as links to a GitHub link with sample research instruments (survey designs, interview questions, etc.]

Develop an Organization and Research Plan (20-25 minutes)

How do I apply these workshop models to my own local Art+Feminism edit-a-thon event?

Facilitators 1 and 2 will distribute an organizer worksheet to participants that will guide them in their process of adapting workshop models to their own organizing needs based on their local communities/institutions

Group Breakouts: Facilitators will break up the audience into random groups. Before the groups breakout, facilitators 1 and 2 will note that data collection is among the first considerations on the worksheet activity. Groups will be asked to consider the role of research in their organization plans and its relationship to the organization and overall value of their edit-a-thon beyond the event. During breakouts, group members will rely on the scaffolding offered by the worksheets--which include the opportunity for participants to extend, augment, and/or revise sample research instruments for their own events

[Resources: The organizer kit will be distributed and accessible as an electronic and physical handout. For the following activity, the audience will be highly encouraged to utilize the online document]

Length of presentation

Projector, Internet Access

Preferred room size
25
Have you presented on this topic previously? If yes, where/when?
Yes, both facilitators addressed many aspects of this workshop at a panel they co-presented at the Conference for College Composition and Communication (CCCC) in Kansas City, 2018.
If you will be incorporating a slidedeck during your presentation, do you agree to upload it to Commons before your session, with a CC-BY-SA 4.0 license, including suitable attribution in the slidedeck for any images used?
Yes, we agree to upload our slidedeck to the Commons before our session with the specified licensing designation.
Will you attend WikiConference North America if your submission is not accepted?
Yes, this is highly likely, especially if both of us obtain scholarship funding.

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