Wikipedia:Wiki Ed/Boston University/Public Writing Across Genres (Spring 2021)

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Course name
Public Writing Across Genres
Boston University
Marisa Milanese
Wikipedia Expert
Ian (Wiki Ed)
Course dates
2021-01-26 00:00:00 UTC – 2021-04-29 23:59:59 UTC
Approximate number of student editors

In this class, you will learn about the growing call for scholars to communicate their research to the public and, through course readings and regular short writing exercises, study and practice the genres that academic researchers and other serious thinkers use to shape public discourse. You will also have the opportunity to explore the immediate relevance of an academic research project you are passionate about and “translate” it to reach a public audience. You will read and write in several public genres, including contributing to a Wikipedia article.

Student Assigned Reviewing
Pmatthew2001 Kulczyk Foundation
Weepyposse Teamfight Tactics, Treatment of cancer
Hk1546 Potato salad
Daki9644 National Library of Korea, Activist Ageing, Religion in South Korea
Ccal125 Micro-sustainability, Ecosystem diversity, Sustainable land management
Dogsrule0305 Grief therapy dog, Dandiya Raas
PublicWriterABC All Too Well
Mwykim7 User:Mwykim7/Choose an Article, Social physics
Armgueyik Economy of Armenia
Coolbreezeplant Action civics
Cath0131 Gender pay gap in sports
Ad2468 Refugees of the Syrian Civil War in Lebanon
ChelseaBlueForever Shanghainese
ButterKnifeMan Economic policy of the Joe Biden administration, 2020 Puerto Rico gubernatorial election, Alt-lite
Yupthatsmethx Jersey Shore (TV series), The Reader, Democratic backsliding, The Reader (2008 film)
Noboyfriend noproblem123 Censorship of TikTok
CSHHKX Guzheng
KeniseNeal Alpha Phi Alpha
Foxccon Computer science, Vietnamese language, Electronic dance music
Sarahcamel Forever and Always (Taylor Swift Song)
ButterKnifeManTheSecond Rugged individualism


Week 1

Course meetings
Tuesday, 26 January 2021   |   Thursday, 28 January 2021
Assignment - Get started on Wikipedia

Create an account and join this course page, using the enrollment link your instructor sent you. (Because of Wikipedia's technical restraints, you may receive a message that you cannot create an account. To resolve this, please try again off campus or the next day.)

Assignment - Evaluate Wikipedia
In class - Discussion

Week 2

Course meetings
Tuesday, 2 February 2021   |   Thursday, 4 February 2021
Assignment - Choose possible topics

Resource: Editing Wikipedia, page 6

In class - Discussion

Week 3

Course meetings
Tuesday, 9 February 2021   |   Thursday, 11 February 2021
In class - Introduction to the Wikipedia assignment

Welcome to your Wikipedia assignment's course timeline. This page guides you through the steps you'll need to complete for your Wikipedia assignment, with links to training modules and your classmates' work spaces.

Your course has been assigned a Wikipedia Expert. You can reach them through the Get Help button at the top of this page.




This week, everyone should have a Wikipedia account.

Week 4

Course meetings
Tuesday, 16 February 2021   |   Thursday, 18 February 2021
Assignment - Evaluating Articles and Sources
Assignment - Start drafting your contributions

Resource: Editing Wikipedia, pages 7–9

Assignment - Finding Your Article
Assignment - Choose Your Article
Assignment - Review the rules for health topics

Week 5

Course meetings
Tuesday, 23 February 2021   |   Thursday, 25 February 2021
Assignment - Begin moving your work to Wikipedia

Now that you've improved your draft based on others' feedback, it's time to move your work live - to the "mainspace."

Resource: Editing Wikipedia, page 13

Assignment - Continue improving your article

Now's the time to revisit your text and refine your work. You may do more research and find missing information; rewrite the lead section to represent all major points; reorganize the text to communicate the information better; or add images and other media.

Assignment - Polish your work

Continue to expand and improve your work, and format your article to match Wikipedia's tone and standards. Remember to contact your Wikipedia Expert at any time if you need further help!

Week 6

Course meetings
Tuesday, 2 March 2021
Assignment - Final article

It's the final week to develop your article.

  • Read Editing Wikipedia page 15 to review a final check-list before completing your assignment.
  • Don't forget that you can ask for help from your Wikipedia Expert at any time!
In class - In-class presentation

Everyone should have finished all of the work they'll do on Wikipedia, and be ready for grading.