DLC Spring 2012 Class Projects/Fran Ragsdale (BIOL 308)

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Course description

BIOL 308
Spring 2012
Dr. Fran Ragsdale

Welcome

Welcome to the Cell Biology Wikiproject.

To get started I invite you to go to your userpage in wikipedia and complete the following tasks:

1. Edit your userpage to include a short bio (100 words or less about yourself) - remember your userpage is still public domain.

2. Add the following code to your userpage to share with other wikipedians you are involved in the Public Policy Wikiproject:

3. Visit the following link for the Wikiproject Agenda and to access resources you may use:

Cheers - Erhall (talk) 01:14, 4 February 2011 (UTC)

Assignment overview

Following are some of the assignment design mandates that we will follow throughout the semester:

  • Your contributions to Wikipedia must be substantive, substantial, and must be articles directly related to U.S. public policy (we have numerous articles to choose from). You can expect to contribute to at least 10-20 paragraphs, or approximately 1,500 words.

Assignment timeline

Wikiproject Session 1:

Welcome and Goals of the Project Overview of Wikipedia

Assignments:

  • Creating a User Account
  • Creating a User Page and Subpage for Project
  • Instructor approves topic
Wikiproject Session 2:

Wikipedia Culture and Etiquette

Campus Ambassador posts notes to student user pages

Assignment: Due Session 3

Benchmark: All students should have Wikipedia user accounts and should be listed on the course page.

Wikiproject Session 3:

Basics of Editing

Anatomy of Wikipedia Articles

  • Components of a good article
  • How to distinguish between good and bad articles

Referencing on Wikipedia

Assignment: Due Session 4

  • Practice editing features of Wikipedia by leaving a message for a few classmates on their user talk pages.
  • Write a 3-4 paragraph summary version of your literature review in your Wikipedia sandbox
  • Continue research in preparation for expanding your review of literature
  • “Referencing on Wikipedia” how-to compile a bibliography of relevant sources
Wikiproject Session 4:

Questions to Ponder:

  • How have I referenced Wikipedia in development of my Review of Literature?
  • What makes my review of literature "did you know status"?
  • What question do I still have?

Introduction to the your online mentors and resources online chat system (IRC)

  • Online Chat System (IRC)- live support
  • Online Ambassador mentors - how to contact

Assignments: Due Session 5

  • Peer review 7 -10 classmate’s articles—leave suggestions and comments on their article discussion pages
  • Add the Wikiproject: United States Public Policy information from my talk page to your Userpage

Benchmark: All students have started editing articles or drafts on Wikipedia.

Wikiproject Session 5:
  • Assess development in your sandbox
  • Contact an Online Ambassador (using their user talk page) as a mentor. Mentors are available to offer advice and assistance as you start editing
  • Invite a mentor to work with you in your sandbox


Assignments:

  • Ask your Online Ambassador (OA) mentor for comments
  • Begin working with OA mentor to polish your short starter article and fix any major transgressions of Wikipedia norms
  • OA will assist in determining when the wikipedia article will move forward as a live article
Wikiproject Session 6:
  • Revise your article based on peers’ and instructors feedback
  • Determine which Wikipedia Article your Review of Literature aligns with best
  • Contact an Online Ambassador (using their user talk page) as a mentor. Mentors are available to offer advice and assistance as you start editing
  • Invite a mentor to work with you in your sandbox
  • Instructor evaluates student’s article

Assignments:

  • Ask your Online Ambassador (OA) mentor for comments
  • Begin working with OA mentor to polish your short starter article and fix any major transgressions of Wikipedia norms
  • OA will assist in determining when the wikipedia article will move forward as a live article
  • Continue to make revisions based on work with your OA

Upcoming Tasks in which Deadlines will be staggered based on article development:

  • Move your sandbox article into Wikipedia’s main space (live articles)
  • Nominate your article for “Did you know” status, and monitor the nomination for any issues identified by other editors.

Benchmarks: By now, all students have peer-reviewed their classmates’ articles and All students are working with an online ambassador.

Wikiproject TLT Support Session (Dates TBD)
  • Wikipedia lab/workshop: article ratings on Wikipedia and how to get there; and, adding images to Wikipedia articles
  • “Moving article from sandbox into main space” how to; handout: “Did you know nominations
Wikiproject Session 7:

Prepare for presentation

Wikipedia Online Ambassadors will be contacting those moving sandbox to live space or portions.

Wikiproject Session 8:

In class, conduct an open discussion around the concepts of neutrality, media literacy, and the impact and limits of Wikipedia

Assignment: Due

  • Add final touches to Wikipedia article
  • Nominate your article for “Good Article” status

Benchmark: By now, all students have submitted a reflective essay on their Wikipedia contributions and experiences.

Students

This is a list of the students in your class (or rather their Wikipedia usernames), along with their Wikipedia articles (which students will select at the appropriate time).
Please choose mentees from the groups marked 'Working with Online ambassador'. Note your username next to your mentees when you're done. Thanks, ManishEarthTalkStalk


Resources

Welcome to Wikipedia Brochure

Ten Simple Rules for Editing Wikipedia

Editing Reference Sheet

Video: Basic Editing - Bold and Linking

Video: Basic Editing - Citing Sources

Video: How to Use the Talk Pages

Video: How to Create an Article

Video: Article Evolution

Notability

Example Articles from Fall 2010 Wikiprojects:

Fall 2010