Wikipedia:Wiki Ed/University of Maryland/INST201-0101 Introduction to Information Science (FALL 2017)

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Course name
INST201-0101 Introduction to Information Science
University of Maryland
Jessica Vitak
Wikipedia Expert
Shalor (Wiki Ed)
information science
Course dates
2017-08-29 00:00:00 UTC – 2017-12-14 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
Jsullivan3290 Oj simpson
Queenbrianna848 Death by coconut
Drewh411 Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School
Ayuen506 ESports ESports
ZoeXin Dalian
Tahura.t 1979 Revolution: Black Friday 1979 Revolution: Black Friday
Onuriel Data science
Jctank Pod Save America
Kavita96 User experience design User experience design
Aboellner Words of Radiance
Fabniyon Bay of Pigs Invasion
Sydneecm Axeman of New Orleans
Acurcuru Lost (TV series)
Sbaig13 Black hole Black hole
Saagar97 Lonzo Ball
Kayla14s Linganore High School
Zali96 Turkey
Kirimani Government of India
Justinhchan Hairstyling product Hairstyling product
Dsdevnull Nebula Nebula
Jarededelson Financial Crisis of 2007-2009
Samduru1 Biafra
PewLee Halsey (singer) Halsey (singer)
Colorsdontrun The Walking Dead (TV series), Playboi Carti
Mbartner IPhone X IPhone X
Isabellafelipe Leonardo DiCaprio, Bad Suns
Collmorg Game Boy Color
Gkadariya Artificial Intelligence
Ejia1 Model minority
Acapo12 Automated trading system
Dhearne1 Grand Canyon of the Yellowstone
Slimshady711 Damascus High School, University of Maryland, College Park University of Maryland, College Park
Robg1bb Trailer Park Boys
Mlaken 2002 Oakland Athletics season
Abenaim Unit Egoz
YomiOlo Basketball, Travis Scott
Ewilterp Egyptian temple
Stanliu7 King of glory
Ctang123 Haikyu!!
Tleetyson Social Justice Warrior
Dwills13 National Society of Black Engineers
ChilIy Roger Federer
Mgujral97 Fencing
Abbydemers Atlantic hurricane season
VioletGooding The Walt Disney Company The Walt Disney Company
Kgoodman123 The colbert report
Jcolem10 Afro-textured hair
Npattasseril Angel investor
Mbool Darkest Dungeon Darkest Dungeon
Mxlodysd Rockville High School (Maryland)
Abharati Java (programming language) Java (programming language)
QingruSu96 Online shopping
LittleRobbinBird Donald Trump Selective androgen receptor modulator
Ctgaarn Health issues in youth sports
Dwatanab Washington Wizards
Japhethtm Washington Redskins name controversy
Lynross22 Go-go
Kmaha Intercultural relations
SaraNigatu Aglet
Whuang20 Dessert
Charliengo99 2017 Baltimore Ravens season
Dmorley20 New York Yankees
Jhabtema Eritrean War of Independence
Kevinumd0502 Breakup of Yugoslavia
Csavvj Candy Corn
DarianAfkhami A Song of Ice and Fire, Super Mario Odyssey
Lobel45 Boston Celtics Boston Celtics
Vsauder Revised NEO Personality Inventory
AnimeWeeb Dubstep
Smoon126 Focke-Wulf Fw 190
Efaherty Coffee
Npriv14 Tony Soprano
Zoroyazeo Rabbit
Justinesim Matt Stonie Matt Stonie
Yibrahim Solar eclipse
Guerrero0002 Nation of Islam
Juniper lightning bug Netflix
Edixon3 Dementia pugilistica
K.khare96 Dialectical behavior therapy
Angelajm18 University of Maryland College of Information Studies
Josephantony1 Arduino
Dylanrambler 7 World Trade Center
Datdudea Vitamin A Deficiency Vitamin A Deficiency
Hdhanak Ultra Music Festival
Abbasyarali Ahvaz
Foridaniela97 Oregon Ballot Measure 16 (1994)
Schang14 Superman
Meverett.umd Dragon Age: Inquisition
Bmxchuckie Elon Musk
Fcu001 Bullying and emotional intelligence


Week 1

Course meetings
Thursday, 14 September 2017
Assignment - Part 1
Overview a practicing the basics

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. 

  • In class, we'll talk about the assignment and you'll be able to create an account and join this course page, using the enrollment link your instructor sent you.
  • Outside of class, you need to online training with each module. 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 (see ELMS for grading schema).
  • For this first week, you should also complete the following readings:
  •  When you finish the trainings, familiarize yourself with your sandbox page (which is like your profile page) on Wikipedia. You'll be using this is a later part of the assignment.

Week 2

Course meetings
Tuesday, 19 September 2017   |   Thursday, 21 September 2017
Assignment - Part 2
Critique an article

DUE 9/19: It's time to think critically about Wikipedia articles. You'll select a Wikipedia article to review, engage with Wikipedia's policies for content, then evaluate and critique the page. Critiques should be uploaded to the assignment page on ELMS as a Word Document. You should also review the grading rubric for the assignment before completing it.

First, complete the "Evaluating Articles and Sources" training (linked below).

Second, select an article that you'd like to critique. Pick an article that interests you or one on a topic you want to learn more about. Assign the article to yourself in Wikipedia.

Third, complete a full review of your article (400-600 words), including the following pieces:

  1. Include the Article Name and a link to the article.
  2. Write a brief (one paragraph max) summary of the Wikipedia page you're evaluating, your reasons for selecting this page to critique, and the content included. 
  3. Critique the article based on Wikipedia's standards for content (which you learn through your training). You should also review Wikipedia's documentation on what the site "is not": Things to address in your critique:
    •  Are facts 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? (see also,
    • 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?

Week 3

Course meetings
Tuesday, 26 September 2017
Assignment - Part 3
Add to an article

DUE 9/21: Familiarize yourself with editing Wikipedia by adding a citation and/or making an improvement to a current article.

First, complete the two training modules for this assignment.

Second, evaluate your selected article (from the critique assignment) for its strengths and weaknesses. What might you contribute to make it better? Leave notes from your evaluation in your sandbox space. These notes should include a link to the page you're editing and your reasoning for making the edit.

Third, make your contribution: (1)  Make at least two contributions to your article (i.e., add a sentence, image, etc. in two places), and (2) cite your additions to a reliable source, as you learned in the online training. 

      • Note that grammar-only changes are not significant enough to receive credit. Likewise, plagiarized content or content that is reverted for violating one of Wikipedia's policies will not receive credit. Therefore, it is very important you familiarize yourself with the site's editing policies: