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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.

Student Assigned Reviewing
Biancapalmer Social photography Social photography
Brian779 Responsive Web Design
Mwbeahm United States Pirate Party United States Pirate Party
Jbwong26 Free speech in the media during the 2011 Libyan Civil War
StephenBazuaye Sociotechnology Sociotechnology
Dmonyei Net neutrality Net neutrality
Amulli Edward Snowden YouTube
Kdbdhm Gender differences in social network service use
Hpanamen Information ethics
Kyungback Sleepers, Wake! Sleepers, Wake!
Bdalce Black Brook (Passaic River) Sociotechnology
JoePezzulla Deep Blue versus Garry Kasparov
Eph17 Encryption
Billyfrederick Dial-up Internet access Dial-up Internet access
Rushastha Document classification
Chantellerod Digital divide in the United States
Mgilman Da Vinci Days
Imtoophat Republic of China at the 1956 Summer Olympics
Rafael.wind Beard oil
Rgopalani Information technology operations Information technology operations
Michaelrubino27 Autonomous car Autonomous car
L phung Hacktivism
Mihrete1 Allen Kent
Joshsharp20 Instagram
Linj0 Urban Dictionary Urban Dictionary
Rbrink1 Computer technology for developing areas
Nbala380 Information science
Labdo3456 Instagram
Haso862 Rocket to Luna
Ldecastro Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel Healthcare Information Technology Standards Panel
Manalxx Action Without Borders
Dykim97 Video blog Video blog
201Student Robot ethics Robot ethics
Jazus97 Hewlett Packard Enterprise Services
Lustinje97 Information architecture
Bsalibe University of maryland, college park
Jantkiew Law school in the United States
Jtomtom Hacktivism Google Free Zone
00youssef Mobimail Mobimail
Dlawson3 Automatic content recognition Automatic content recognition
Tpark090 Information and Computer Science Information Technology, Information and Computer Science
Cpking626 University of Maryland College of Information Studies
Samswanner Automatic content recognition
Testedbiren Broadband
Dma12 Emoji Emoji
Apham126 Digital addict
Lwilson32 Gender differences in social network service use
Mcastle626 One-class classification One-class classification
Mtanyi Concussions in American Football
Simmi106 Hacktivism Hacktivism
Ppatward Smartphone
Jlern Ambient intelligence
INST201 Christina
Dgross1 Artificial intelligence (video games) Artificial intelligence (video games)
Zmanforthewin Fake news websites in the United States Fake news websites in the United States
Daniel10812 Intravenous marijuana syndrome Intravenous marijuana syndrome
Leewing159 KakaoTalk KakaoTalk
Sarguet1 Brain implant Anonymous (group)
Agurukar Womensforum Online dating service
Snorlax1996 Anime
Ayspiff Chatbot Chatbot
Lsass23 Education Technology Education Technology
Natialexx Artificial Intelligence Artificial Intelligence
Joeeluff American football
Ronukj Urban Dictionary Urban Dictionary
Jgomes17 Information ethics
Hacked K A Company Man
Bobbyleighton Wireless network Wireless network
Shashawnda Campbell
Benjaminpainter0 Virtual reality headset
Brandon carroll Robot ethics Robot ethics
Aabbasi1 Social media analytics, Behavior Tech Computer Social media analytics, Behavior Tech Computer
Iqbalr University of Maryland Golf Course
Dmvhustler Responsive web design Responsive web design
Nguyenhv9596 Opera Mini
Skaur721 Paperless society Paperless society
Ameliashort Megami Tensei
Golasein Automatik Text Reader
Stipirneni1 Online shaming Online shaming
201Christina Mobile Social Network
Wasel06 Presidency of Barack Obama Presidency of Barack Obama
Keonaaa Hacker ethic
Rchang123 Mobile social network Mobile social network
Lbeteta28 Data Mining Data Mining


Week 1

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: 

Assignment - Practicing the basics

DUE 2/16: 

  • 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.)

Week 2

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). Reply[reply]

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).

Week 3

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.