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How do I view my students' work?

asked 2016-12-01 11:52:52 -0500

updated 2017-07-28 12:05:38 -0500

I can see where to click on “Students” and see a list of them, but I can’t understand what I get when I click on “user contributions.”

Other key terms: *checking in on my students' progress *viewing my students edits *student work *student edits *viewing the work of my class *authorship highlighting

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answered 2016-12-01 13:29:46 -0500

updated 2017-07-28 14:38:45 -0500

As of December 2016, there are several ways to view your students' work: on Wikipedia, from the Students tab, and from the Articles tab of your course page.

Students tab of your course page

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From the Students tab of your course page use the arrow on the far right column ^ to drop down an individual student row. From there, you'll be able to see a date and time stamp of your students' progress through the trainings, and a summary of their 10 most recent edits on Wikipedia (below the "User Contributions" section header). For each edit if you click "show" you will be able to see an edit summary of that specific edit.

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Content highlighted in GREEN is content added. Content highlighted in RED is content removed. In the example above, the edits were mostly copyedits: helping change the capitalization of "Regulations", the possessive in "plaintiffs" and the section title. (Unlike the Wikipedia page of contributions, this view filters out automatic edits that were made by the dashboard on the student's behalf.)

Here's another example of what that might look like for a specific edit:

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Content left BLANK has not been changed.

Viewing student work on Wikipedia

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Starting from the Students tab, if you click the username of a student (or the 'View full contribution history on Wikipedia' link when you've zoomed in on an individual student) you'll be taken to a list of every edit that student has made, with the date/time, page title, how much content was added or removed, and edit summary that the student left with the edit.

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Viewing cumulative changes from the Articles tab

You can also go to the Articles tab of your course page to review your students' work article-by-article. Click the arrow ^ to zoom in/drop down the row on one of the Articles Edited, and you'll see who edited it as well as a button to "Show Cumulative Changes". If your students are working in groups, you'll be able to see a color code for each student.

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This shows a diff that combines all of the changes to the article since the first one made by your students. You can also click the "View diff on wiki" button to go to Wikipedia, where you can see how the article looks to readers and navigate to older or newer versions of the article.


As of May 2017 you'll also be able to see a button that says "Current Version With Authorship Highlighting"

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This will show you a color-coded version of the article with exactly what your students' contributed highlighted with their color code. For group work, each student is assigned a unique color.

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You can read more about our work to produce this feature on our blog post here.

Hope this helps!

-Wiki Education team

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