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Is there an upper word limit on articles written by students?

asked 2016-03-03 22:33:33 -0500

I would like to use Wiki Edu in my writing intensive class (WIC) as I think it would be a great assignment for my students. However, for it to qualify as WIC the students must write at least 2000 words, and then revise these following edits and/or comments for a total of 4000 words. Is there an upper limit on the word count of articles in Wiki Edu assignments?

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answered 2016-03-18 12:32:02 -0500

updated 2016-03-21 12:39:12 -0500

While there's no upper limit to the work students can contribute to Wikipedia, the style of writing is quite different from traditional classroom assignments. Because every claim needs supporting sources, the result can be a bit more time-consuming than papers where students expand on their sources with original analysis or arguments.

Good Wikipedia articles are a concise summary of the cited scholarship. We recommend avoiding word minimums within the content posted to Wikipedia, as these requirements often lead to repetitive information.

One compromise many instructors incorporate is to encourage neutral, citations-based writing for Wikipedia, matched with a complementary writing assignment that tackles analysis, reflection, or critique. The longer paper can draw from the cited claims used in the Wikipedia article, rendering the Wikipedia work to something like a literature review section of an academic paper. The combination of the two pieces of writing can help your students achieve the appropriate word goal.

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