Wikipedia Education Program
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The Education Program extension was used on a number of Wikipedias, with experimental use on other projects (Wikiversity, Wikinews) as well. Andrew Russell Green and Sage Ross worked on improving the user experience and squashing the extension's bugs. Bugs and feature requests were managed on Phabricator at the MediaWiki-extensions-EducationProgram Workboard.
Although it is functional and meets some of the needs that aren't met by using conventional wiki pages to organize educational assignments, the current user experience for the course pages and other elements of the Education Program extension need to be overhauled. We anticipate that Andrew will continue developing it gradually, while the WMF may or may not develop a more general system for supporting in-person outreach efforts later on. So we plan to redesign the current system piece by piece, making the new elements as modular as possible. See also the Education-Program-Dashboard Workboard on Phabricator.
- More Notifications (FBOA students Jeff and JJ are working on these)
- Notify students of talk page posts on their articles
- Notify users when they are added by others to a course role (student, instructor, volunteer)
- Begin creating general editor campaign tools, which will eventually replace the EducationProgram extension
- Early work will focus on defining groups through signup campaigns
Medium term goals
- Create a way to extract lists of student usernames for one or many courses at once (either by having the EP extension talk to the Editor Campaigns system, or just a standalone EP special page that outputs CSV files)
Nice to have
- Improve design and editing UX for course pages.
- Add a step in the enrollment process to (by default, with opt-out) enable email for all notifications, and get emails from users who have not set one.
- Fix students table bugs (these represent legacy code issues, but are probably easy enough to be worth patching)
- Provide a way for students to request help, wherever they are on Wikipedia.
- Make iterative improvements to the course activity feeds.
- Inline diffs like WritKeeper's script
- Basic stats on recent and total activity for a given course
Long term goals
- Turn main course page into something awesome (with modular parts that may appear or not based on use case and which user is using it)
- Integrate trainings into course pages
- Integrate a course creation wizard into course pages
Design ideas and mockups
After initial development by Jeroen De Dauw (see initial Software design document), the EducationProgram extension was deployed on English Wikipedia in late 2012, and has been used actively since the beginning of 2013, with maintenance by Jeroen until July 2013. In October 2013, Andrew Russell Green began working as the primary developer of the extension. It was archived in 2018.
- Wikipedia Education Program/Roadmap Notes, February 2015
- Extension:Education Program/Roadmap, February 2013
- Document outlining the state of things before the current extension