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- Course name
- INST201-0101 Heroes and Villains in the Age of Information
- University of Maryland
- Jessica Vitak
- Wikipedia Expert
- Shalor (Wiki Ed)
- information science
- Course dates
- 2017-01-26 00:00:00 UTC – 2017-05-11 23:59:59 UTC
- Approximate number of student editors
We all rely on Wikipedia to help us quickly get answers to our information needs. Some people generally distrust the accuracy of content on Wikipedia because it is generated by a community of anonymous contributors; however, a lot of research suggests popular Wikipedia pages are very reliable.
How does content get onto Wikipedia’s pages? What is the process for evaluating proposed changes? How does Wikipedia ensure information is correct and non-biased? Understanding how Wikipedia works ties directly into our course discussions on information needs and information literacy. Over several weeks, you’ll complete training on how to edit and evaluate Wikipedia, select and critique an existing article, and submit an edit to an article.
- Course meetings
- Tuesday, 14 February 2017 | Thursday, 16 February 2017
- Assignment - Introduction to the Wikipedia project
Welcome to your Wikipedia project's course timeline. This page will guide you through the Wikipedia project for your course. Be sure to check with your instructor to see if there are other pages you should be following as well.
Your course has also been assigned a Wikipedia Content Expert. Check your Talk page for notes from them. You can also reach them through the "Get Help" button on this page.
To get started, please review the following handouts:
- Editing Wikipedia pages 1–5
- Evaluating Wikipedia
- Assignment - Practicing the basics
- Create an account and join this course page, using the enrollment link your instructor sent you.
- It's time to dive into Wikipedia. Below, you'll find the first set of online trainings you'll need to take. New modules will appear on this timeline as you get to new milestones. Be sure to check back and complete them! Incomplete trainings will be reflected in your grade.
- When you finish the trainings, practice by introducing yourself to a classmate on that classmate’s Talk page. (You can view a list of all the students in the course on the Students tab above.)
- Course meetings
- Tuesday, 21 February 2017 | Thursday, 23 February 2017
- Assignment - Critique an article
DUE 2/21: It's time to think critically about Wikipedia articles. You'll evaluate a Wikipedia article, and leave suggestions for improving it on the article's Talk page.
First, complete the "Evaluating Articles and Sources" training (linked below).
Second, select an article that you'd like to critique from one of the following category/subcategory options. Once you have your article selected, head to your sandbox and leave a note there about which article you picked.
Third, complete a full review of your article (400-600 words). Leave your notes in your sandbox space. You can use these questions to guide you (but don't feel limited to these):
List your article and a link to its Wikipedia page. Briefly describe the article you're critiquing (e.g., length, amount of detail).
Is each fact referenced with an appropriate, reliable reference?
- Is everything in the article relevant to the article topic? Is there anything that distracted you?
- Is the article neutral? Are there any claims, or frames, that appear heavily biased toward a particular position?
- Where does the information come from? Are these neutral sources? If biased, is that bias noted?
- Are there viewpoints that are overrepresented, or underrepresented?
- Check a few citations. Do the links work? Is there any close paraphrasing or plagiarism in the article?
- Is any information out of date? Is anything missing that could be added?
- Optional: choose at least 1 question relevant to the article you're evaluating and leave your evaluation on the article's Talk page. Be sure to sign your feedback with four tildes — Lsass23 (talk) 22:44, 14 May 2017 (UTC).
FOR EASE OF GRADING: Please submit your final critique via the Week 2 Assignment on ELMS (you should write your draft, add notes in your sandbox first to get practice with Wikipedia editing).
- Course meetings
- Tuesday, 28 February 2017
- Assignment - Add to an article
DUE 2/28: Familiarize yourself with editing Wikipedia by adding a citation and/or making a small improvement to your article.
First, select an article to work--this can be the one you critiqued or a new one--and assign it to yourself on the Students tab above. (For ideas, browse through the Stub category lists here and find a topic of interest that's also relevant to our course.)
Second, evaluate the article for it's strengths and weaknesses. What might you contribute to make it better? Leave notes from your evaluation in your sandbox space.
Third, make your contribution: (1) Add 1-2 new sentences to your article, and (2) cite that statement to a reliable source, as you learned in the online training.