Critical issues presentations/Sharing experience: One learning pattern at a time

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Submission no. 77
Title of the submission

Sharing experience: One learning pattern at a time

Author of the submission
  • Vassia Atanassova
Country of origin



Outreach, Projects

  • Learning patterns
  • Learning and evaluation
  • Experience
  • Sharing

This talk aims to systematize my current experience about creating learning patterns. It's a bit *meta* talk: I will try to share my experience about how I share my experience. :)

It didn't happen at once. It took me months to start believing that my almost 10 year long experience in Wikimedia is actually not so isolated, and may relate to other contributors and benefit them. Another barrier to entry was to understand that even tiny bits of my knowledge and experience, which I'm taking for granted or even tend to ignore, may turn out to be significant, helpful new knowledge for someone else. That was the real revelation!

My experience with learning patterns has resulted so far in four completed LPs, and many more, from ideas to drafts, that need to be finalized. Four LPs may not seem too much of work done, but some of the patterns are rather detailed and have been endorsed by other users, and I have received certain positive feedback about them.

The backbone of my talk are some of the most important lessons I have learned while creating my learning patterns:

  • Thinking about the context: Putting experience in context, finding what relates you with other users.
  • Finding the balance between "too abstract" and "too concrete".
  • Dividing a big chunk of experience into smaller and independent bits, and presenting them separately, in a modular way. (Drawing an analogue with the concept of greatest common divisor, and the principle of complete groups of independent events in probability theory).
  • Ordering and organizing the elements (listed items, etc.) of a learning pattern. The added value of colours, symbols and visualization.
  • Thinking about the user's needs: Outlining the aspects where the user can adapt the learning pattern, when and how.
  • Thinking about the learning pattern: Naming, categorization, linking to other related patterns, promotion.

The conclusion of my talk: Experience is nothing without being able to learn from it. And to share it with others.


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