Wikipedia:Wiki Ed/California State University Long Beach/International Studies 319 Weds (Fall 2018)

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Course name
International Studies 319 Weds
California State University Long Beach
Barbara Grossman-Thompson
Wikipedia Expert
Shalor (Wiki Ed)
International Development
Course dates
2018-08-29 00:00:00 UTC – 2018-12-22 23:59:59 UTC
Approximate number of student editors

This course discusses "International Development" as an historical concept, an active process, and a set of ideas.

Throughout the class students look at how the idea of development has changed and who the key stakeholders are. Students also look at particular case studies of development projects in action. This course uses a critical lens to understand how the project of development - as an endeavor meant to address human suffering - has historically failed and succeeded.

For their project I would like students to pick a country listed as a "less" or "least" developed country according to the United Nations. I would then like students to contribute to this countries page by adding a section on development initiatives in any area covered by one of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals.
For example: "Education in Eritrea" or "Water in Nepal" or "Gender Equality in Yemen" etc...

Student Assigned Reviewing
Isallie Tajikistan Female genital mutilation in Nigeria
MrSayo Female genital mutilation in Nigeria
Sjb1213 Cambodia
Eunjoopizza Community forestry in Nepal, Nepal
Tddang14 Laos, Geography of Laos
MRivera17 Ivory Coast
JamesAndrewPaterson1987 Democratic Republic of the Congo
GeeTheMan El Salvador
Lah184869 Honduras
Charlotteaurelius Kyrgyzstan
Ash wiki1 Nicaragua
DayNV Somalia, Water Sources in Somalia
Jadelyon Poverty in the Philippines El salvador
Josephbell21 Energy in Nigeria Laos
Alejandrosalva Bangladesh Guatemala
KayhanC Human trafficking in Yemen
Lopck12 Guatemala Ivory Coast
Janajunelle Niger
Tonyeng434 Myanmar
ISTdan28 Lesotho, Education in Lesotho
Nabil.belkhiria Syria
Nikki048 Bolivia Bangladesh
Elcamino67aaa Uganda
Ceciliaher46 Mali
Camiokahara Liberia
Arthurlaw21 South Africa
EmilyWysocki Iraq, Education in Iraq
Shwng2462 Mozambique
Pericles the Waffle Chad
Kmanzella Senegal
Megangr South Sudan
Zach4596 Afghanistan
BrownOso Sierra Leone


Week 3

Course meetings
Wednesday, 12 September 2018
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.


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.)


This week, everyone should have a Wikipedia account.

Week 4

Course meetings
Wednesday, 19 September 2018
Assignment - Evaluate Wikipedia


Evaluate an article

Week 5

Course meetings
Wednesday, 26 September 2018
Assignment - Choose possible topics


Choose a topic

When selecting a topic, I'd like for you to pick a country listed as a "less" or "least" developed according to the United Nations. See a list here of countries listed as medium or low development by the Human Development Index. 

Once you have a country selected, review the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals and pick ONE goal to write about for the country you selected. If possible, select a goal that is missing from the country's page. Examples of what your final selections might look like:

*"Education in Eritrea"

*"Water in Nepal"

*"Gender Equality in Yemen

Resource: Editing Wikipedia, page 6

Guide(s) for writing articles in your topic area

Cultural Anthropology



Women's Studies

Week 6

Course meetings
Wednesday, 3 October 2018
Assignment - Finalize your topic and add to your article


Finalize your topic / Find your sources

Add a citation

Week 7

Course meetings
Wednesday, 10 October 2018
Assignment - Start drafting your contributions

Reach out to your Wikipedia Expert if you have questions using the Get Help button at the top of this page.

Resource: Editing Wikipedia, pages 7–9


Everyone has begun writing their article drafts.

Week 8

Course meetings
Wednesday, 17 October 2018
Assignment - Peer review an article

Guiding framework

In class - Discussion

Thinking about Wikipedia


Every student has finished reviewing their assigned articles, making sure that every article has been reviewed.

Week 9

Course meetings
Wednesday, 24 October 2018
Assignment - Respond to your peer review

You probably have some feedback from other students and possibly other Wikipedians. Consider their suggestions, decide whether it makes your work more accurate and complete, and edit your draft to make those changes.


  • Editing Wikipedia, pages 12 and 14
  • Reach out to your Wikipedia Expert if you have any questions.

Week 10

Course meetings
Wednesday, 31 October 2018
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

Week 11

Course meetings
Wednesday, 7 November 2018
Assignment - Continue improving your article


Add links to 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.

Week 12

Course meetings
Wednesday, 14 November 2018
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 13

Course meetings
Wednesday, 28 November 2018
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!

Week 14

Course meetings
Wednesday, 5 December 2018

Week 15

Course meetings
Wednesday, 12 December 2018

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

In class - In-class presentation

Guiding questions