Wikipedia:Wiki Ed/University of Maryland/INST201-0102 Introduction to Information Science (Fall 2017)

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Course name
INST201-0102 Introduction to Information Science
University of Maryland
Elizabeth Bonsignore
Wikipedia Expert
Shalor (Wiki Ed)
Information Studies
Course dates
2017-08-28 00:00:00 UTC – 2017-12-11 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 this semester, you’ll complete training on how to edit and evaluate Wikipedia and submit your own edits to an article.

(Adapted from Wikipedia courses created by Drs. Jessica Vitak and Elizabeth Bonsignore, for INST201, Spring/Summer 2017.)

Student Assigned Reviewing
Tcobb25 National Collegiate Athletic Association
AndrewChalfant Amherst, Massachusetts
Nselmer1 The Blacklist (TV Series)
Jinoh1997 The Office The Office
Ndebrah Ghana
Williamzabet IPhone X IPhone X
Mgrunberg Double-slit experiment
AnneMarghie John Le Fucker, Ota Benga
Briansurguy Bitcoin
Johnny Huynh Kyoto
Achau17 Bodybuilding supplement
Evablack98 Shea Moisture
LumpierOden Battle Royale (manga)
Huzor Flat feet
Jwmay1 Forever GI Bill- Harry W. Colmery Educational Assistance Act G.I. Bill
Hdawodu NBA Salary Cap
Mwahid305 Samsung Galaxy Note 8
Blinez94 Sleep Deprivation
Mangelango Hurricane Irene (2005) Hurricane Irene (2005)
Erick H 2017 ATP World Tour, Laver Cup
Dkheiry Nike, Inc
Bteshome Scoliosis
Tle12310 Culture of Japan
Rheard22 Plagarism, From The Librarian Perspective: A Relationship with Wikipedia as an Educational Tool From The Librarian Perspective: A relationship With Wikipedia as an Educational Tool
Kansahbr Fontomfrom
Sunnydsoni Colin Kaepernick
Ismail.hajisaid Strength training
Linden176 Destiny 2
Waldmaals Al-Nahda
Ahorick Ryan Flaherty
Hnguy353 Jack Ma
Tnguy689 Platypus
Ajrmorsy Mac DeMarco
Pcho1234 Stardew Valley
Mhaile1 Donell Jones
Adeengas Yamaha Corporation
RedHotChilliReaper United States incarceration rate United States incarceration rate
Jarred1237 Hip Hop Music
Alex V Acuna
Dsettles Wankel engine
Antross80 Steven Universe
Dchen10 Adidas
Ognnivek League of Legends, Bonchon Chicken
MarkMunyui Ralph Lauren
Ebogner Waxing
Ben Yehuda INST Jasmine tea
Dmille17 DeMatha Catholic High School
Ahoang98 4'33"
RTengUMD Acoustic guitar
Sagarrat Default mode network
Andre Leonor Conan O'Brien, Dear Evan Hansen
Brady2421 Rockville High School (Maryland)
Kati ilieva Kingda Ka
Aabdul24 Michael Jordan
Byang97 Palantir Technologies
UMDMarcel Hurdling
Smermage Battle of Dunkirk
RVS2020 Deadlift
LazyTitanLeo Overwatch (video game)
BDubon Pupusa
Yx2625 IPhone x/iPhone 8: Difference
Berkeley.poulsen Andrew Wyeth
RayDomjan Álvaro Morata
Docbai Redlining Redlining
Bokim09 FIFA (video game series)
Ianishida Scottish Fold Scottish Fold
Dlewis10umd Curly Girl Method
Uleksite Litecoin
Ashmwu Instagram
Adammclean College recruiting
Cyberhero22 Pentax K1000
Ajshiman St. Mary's County, Maryland St. Mary's County, Maryland
Sesche BMW 6 Series
Mimikathapa KakaoTalk
Aesynthsia Ali Baba
Baldwinfm97 Recording Industry Association of America
ACN98 Hyperloop
Mbajrami Fier
Tony11211 Michy Batshuayi
Abryant0 Dire Wolf
Dwashin3 Halo (Series)
Gianelim Infiniti G-series (Q40/Q60)
A17omogb Serena Williams
KennyThayer Washington Redskins
Aarshad2096 Infiniti G-series (Q40/Q60)
Mccormickct Emu War
TheGreatWall Xuhui District
Jdessy BMW 5 Series (E34) BMW 5 Series (E34)
94jhan Stephen Curry
NotQuiteConfident Howard County Police Department
Bwel Ducati Desmoquattro engine
EbrimaJarjue Disputed issues in early Islamic history
Dturner10 Heisman Trophy
Szupan Benny Lynch
Aceandretti Indigo children
Igreen5 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia
Skim1253 Injustice: Gods Among Us


Week 1

Course meetings
Monday, 11 September 2017   |   Wednesday, 13 September 2017   |   Friday, 15 September 2017
In class - 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 - Practice 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 should be able to see a list of all the students in the course on the Students tab above.)

Week 2

Course meetings
Monday, 18 September 2017   |   Wednesday, 20 September 2017   |   Friday, 22 September 2017
Assignment - Critique
Selecting and Critiquing an Article

It's time to think critically about Wikipedia articles. You'll select a Wikipedia article to critique, engage with Wikipedia's policies for content, and evaluate the article's strengths and weaknesses. Consider how you would like to improve upon the article. You'll be uploading your critique to ELMS (as a Word or text doc). Use the Assignment Rubric as your guide.

First: Complete the training modules listed below ("Evaluating Articles and Sources" and "Plagiarism").

Second: Select an article that you're interested in critiquing.  Pick an article that interests you or one on a topic you want to learn more about.  Assign it to yourself in the Students tab in this WikiEdu class (see "Students" tab above).

Third: Complete your review (400-600 words) and upload it to ELMS. Be sure to include the following elements:

  1. Include the name of the article you selected to review. Also include a link to the article. 
  2. Write a brief (one paragraph max) summary of the Wikipedia page you're evaluating and the content included. 
  3. Critique the article based on Wikipedia's standards for content (your training modules will cover this). You should also review Wikipedia's documentation on what the site "is not." Use the following questions to guide your evaluation:
    • 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 Wikipedia's guidance on Neutral Points of View)
    • 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?
    • What might you contribute to make it better? 

Week 3

Course meetings
Monday, 25 September 2017   |   Wednesday, 27 September 2017   |   Friday, 29 September 2017
Assignment - Contribution
Revise/Add to a Wikipedia article!

Here's where you add content and a related citation to an article that you've chosen and assigned to yourself.

First: Complete the training modules for this assignment (links below).

Second:  Evaluate your selected article (from the critique assignment) for its strengths and weaknesses. What might you contribute to make it better? Include notes in your sandbox space. Your notes should include a link to the page you're editing and a rationale for why you're revising/adding to it. The notes don't have to be formal, but provide some insight into your decision process: Why'd you decide to add something to this article? What do you want to add or correct?

Third: Make your contribution to Wikipedia:

  • Make at least two contributions to your article (e.g., add new or revised sentences and/or add an image -- in two places), and
  • Cite your additions/revisions to a reliable source (just as you learned in the online training module on Sources/Citations). 

**IMPORTANT NOTE**: 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 Wikipedia's editing policies.