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Open source collaborative content, such as that of Wikipedia and other MediaWiki-based websites, has the potential to profoundly enrich the professional development of healthcare simulation operation specialists and educators, as well as accelerate and foster the development of these relatively new professions. That potential will remain dormant unless those of us who are working in the field itself become active contributors of these online resources.

It is the intention of this hands-on workshop to provide participants with the knowledge, skills, and confidence to become active contributors of Wikipedia and other MediaWiki-based websites. In addition to expanding and enriching the content relating to healthcare simulation on Wikipedia itself, participants can contribute to two nascent, non-commercial websites that support healthcare simulation operation specialists and educators.

  • Behind the Sim Curtain (http://www.behindthesimcurtain.org) focuses on the professional development and the development of the professions of the people who make simulations happen - the healthcare simulation operation specialists and educators
  • Open Source Sim (http://www.opensourcesim.org) provides a platform to support the development and sharing of open source simulation solutions.

The course starts an overview of how Wikipedia works and some of the history leading to its development and the fundamentals of how pages are created and edited by community volunteers. It then focuses on the nuts-and-bolts of how pages are edited and how community dialogue and standards are maintained. The rhythm of the workshop is a series of short introductory presentations followed with the majority of time spent with participants actively dissecting existing pages, and then becoming proficient in editing and creating new pages.

Workshop Learning Objectives

  • Identify and assess the gaps that exist in Wikipedia and other MediaWiki-based websites for the professional development and development of the profession for simulation operation specialists and educators.
  • Exhibit the ability and confidence to edit existing and contribute original content to MediaWiki-based websites, such as Wikipedia (http://www.wikipedia.org ), Behind the Sim Curtain ( http://www.behindthesimcurtain.org ) , and Open Source Sim (http://www.opensourcesim.org )
  • Become actively engaged in contributing and developing resources that prepare individuals for the Certification of Healthcare Simulation Operation Specialists (CHSOS) and Certification of Healthcare Simulation Educators (CHSE)

Instructional Timeline

Introductions and Welcome

  • Faculty Intro
  • Faculty Disclosures
  • Room Orientation
  • Workshop outline

Workshop Goals

  • Expanded Learning Objectives
  • Audience goals and experience levels

Currently Available Online Resources

  • types of resources
  • review strengths / gaps

Fundamentals of Wikipedia

  • History
  • Nature of Hypertext
  • Community Created and Moderated

Healthcare Simulation on Wikipedia

  • Quality and Quantity
  • Uncovering revision history
  • Page Discussions and Moderation

Nature of Wikipedia Articles

  • Verifiable Content
  • Creative Commons
  • 5 Pillars of Wikipedia Content

Editing MediaWiki Pages

  • WikiMarkup Language
  • Creating New Pages
  • Linking to Existing Pages

Contributing to Wikipedia

  • Selection Process
  • Creative Commons

Contributing to Wikipedia

  • Selection of Content
  • Gathering of Evidence
  • Contributing Media

Editing, Discussion, and Moderation

  • Watching Pages
  • Engaging in Discussions
  • Wanted Pages

Beyond Wikipedia

  • Wikimedia Foundation Projects
  • MediaWiki Websites
  • GitHub, Thingiverse, Etc.

Looking Ahead

  • Creating Accounts
  • Identifying Wanted Pages
  • Selecting Projects


  • Q&A
  • Workshop Evaluations
  • Long Term Metrics of Success
  • Followup Resources