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2017-02-28 15:25:54 -0500 answered a question How can I get support in the UK?

You can reach out to the education team at Wikimania UK, and they can support you through the process. I also recommend use the Programs & Events Dashboard to see their on-wiki work.

2017-02-15 13:09:00 -0500 answered a question May I use the Wikiedu dashboard for a contest?

The Wiki Education Foundation Dashboard is strictly for use within Wiki Ed programs, but we agree it's a great way to track contributions. That's why we helped the Wikimedia Foundation duplicate our software with the Programs & Events Dashboard. The P&E Dashboard is available for anyone to use, and a contest is a great example of when to use it. Just log in with your Wikipedia account, and you'll be able to follow the steps from there.

2017-01-23 17:31:40 -0500 answered a question Competency based courses

Wiki Ed certainly aims to be flexible so that an assignment fits your needs and the needs of your students. We normally require a timeline for a course, though we can make exceptions on a case-by-case basis.

The reason we require a timeline on the Dashboard is two-fold: 1. It triggers internal tools that allow Wiki Ed to track the progress of the assignment, thus providing timely support. 2. The milestones are based on the successful courses we've supported over the last 7 years, and the steps help students transition from never having edited Wikipedia to adding productive content. It sounds like the first may not apply to your students, but the second still does. Let's structure the timeline to have steps that do not depend on a due date, which is up to you for each student. That way, they'll still have a helpful guideline along the way.

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2016-03-18 12:32:02 -0500 answered a question Is there an upper word limit on articles written by students?

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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2015-11-30 12:31:34 -0500 answered a question Why was the 'Course instructor' user right removed from my account on Wikipedia?

Wiki Ed once supported instructors who had a course page on the Education Extension on Wikipedia. Since we developed our own external system for tracking student work, we no longer monitor it and review courses coming in through the extension.

In order to avoid confusion, Wiki Ed removed the course instructor rights for instructors whom we granted them to (you should have been notified on your Wikipedia talk page if you’re in this group). You will not need it with the Dashboard, which is where you will create course pages if you wish to be supported by Wiki Ed's staff. If you’d like to request the user right again, you can do so on the Education Noticeboard.

2015-11-30 12:19:59 -0500 asked a question Why was the 'Course instructor' user right removed from my account on Wikipedia?

To use the Education Extension on Wikipedia, I used to have user rights that designated me as a Course instructor. Those have been removed. Can you explain why?

2015-11-04 10:59:05 -0500 asked a question Since my students' coursework is going to be publicly available, does this create problems with respect to FERPA?

Since my students' coursework is going to be publicly available, does this create problems with respect to FERPA?

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2015-10-05 15:26:15 -0500 marked best answer Can my students create/edit an article about me?

Can my students create/edit an article about me?

2015-10-05 15:26:10 -0500 marked best answer Can my students add citations from my research?

Can my students add citations from my research?

2015-10-05 15:26:05 -0500 marked best answer How do we make sure the students' content "sticks" long-term?

How do we make sure the students' content "sticks" long-term?

2015-10-05 15:21:14 -0500 marked best answer Can you help change a policy on Wikipedia?

Can you help change a policy on Wikipedia?

2015-10-05 15:21:08 -0500 marked best answer What is an "editor"? Who actually writes content on Wikipedia?

What is an "editor"? Who actually writes content on Wikipedia?

2015-10-05 15:20:33 -0500 marked best answer Will I run out of articles to assign my students after a few terms?

Will I run out of articles to assign my students after a few terms?

2015-10-05 15:20:15 -0500 marked best answer Can you make sure my students' work doesn't get deleted?

Can you make sure my students' work doesn't get deleted?

2015-10-05 15:20:11 -0500 marked best answer How long does it take for student work to become live on Wikipedia?

How long does it take for student work to become live on Wikipedia?

2015-10-05 15:19:31 -0500 marked best answer I want my students to write a typical persuasive essay, but I like the idea of using Wikipedia. What can I do?

I want my students to write a typical persuasive essay, but I like the idea of using Wikipedia. What can I do?

2015-10-05 15:19:06 -0500 marked best answer Can you explain conflict of interest (COI) and how it pertains to members or staff of an organization?

Can you explain conflict of interest (COI) and how it pertains to members or staff of an organization?

2015-10-02 18:21:58 -0500 answered a question Why should I replace a traditional assignment with a Wikipedia one?

There are so many benefits for you and your students while engaging in a Wikipedia assignment. To learn more about student learning objectives, visit the Case Studies handbook. A few of these are listed below:

  • Writing for a live audience: students are creating work that doesn't just get graded by the instructor and then thrown away. Instead, their learnings are contributed to a worldwide resource with the potential to be read by Wikipedia's 500 million unique visitors each month!
  • Increased media literacy: students are asked to think critically about Wikipedia as a source. Is the information on the page verified? It is well-sourced? Is the topic covered in the news? Does the page reflect balanced viewpoints? These in-class discussions help students think not only about the accuracy of information on Wikipedia, but also of information they read all over the web.
  • Learning about knowledge creation: we hear again and again that students engage more critically in the creation of their Wikipedia content than they ever did for a class paper. The process of thinking about who might be reading the Wikipedia page, and what exactly that reader would need to get out of it, creates a great class discussion around the creation of knowledge and ways that we consume information off the internet. These learnings partner well with the media literacy discussions and get students to really think about biases in information representation.
  • Applied research (but no original research): students are often already undertaking literature reviews for their final papers. This assignment is an opportunity for students to make real use of those class readings and apply their content onto Wikipedia. This engages students in class readings more deeply and asks them to transfer that learning into an encyclopedic representation of the content.
2015-10-02 18:15:23 -0500 asked a question Why should I replace a traditional assignment with a Wikipedia one?

Why should I replace a traditional assignment with a Wikipedia one?

2015-10-02 18:15:03 -0500 answered a question Can I have this assignment be for only 1/2 of my class? Can this assignment be extra credit? What if only ___ number of students choose to do the Wikipedia assignment? Is that okay?

Our tools are often used for extra credit or partial class assignments, so everything is available to you, no matter if one, or ten, or all your students choose the Wikipedia entry as their class project.

2015-10-02 18:14:52 -0500 asked a question Can I have this assignment be for only 1/2 of my class? Can this assignment be extra credit? What if only ___ number of students choose to do the Wikipedia assignment? Is that okay?

Can I have this assignment be for only 1/2 of my class? Can this assignment be extra credit? What if only _ number of students choose to do the Wikipedia assignment? Is that okay?

2015-10-02 18:14:32 -0500 answered a question I will be teaching a class of 100 students. Is the Wikipedia assignment appropriate for me?

We've found that the most successful assignments come from classes with fewer than 50 students. We have had successful assignments from larger classes, but these almost always included TA-facilitated discussions in smaller sections of the course. If your class has more than 50 students, but you do not have breakout sections or a TA, the Wikipedia assignment may not be a good fit for this particular course.

However, the Wikipedia assignment can make a great optional assignment, extra credit assignment, or Honors distinction. If you're new to teaching with Wikipedia, working with a smaller subset of your students can be a great way to get your feet wet and learn a bit as you go.

2015-10-02 18:13:42 -0500 asked a question I will be teaching a class of 100 students. Is the Wikipedia assignment appropriate for me?

I will be teaching a class of 100 students. Is the Wikipedia assignment appropriate for me?

2015-10-02 18:13:20 -0500 answered a question I'm teaching a course about feminism. I know about the online culture around these subjects—will I be exposing my students to a negative environment if they edit Wikipedia in the classroom?

One of the best things we can do to avoid backlash from the community is prepare new users to edit well. If students understand the community they're entering, they're more likely to avoid most confrontations. That's why we've made the online student training an integral part of any Wikipedia assignment.

Though very few students have faced resistance or backlash for their editing, there is always a chance of students encountering negativity online. Past instructors have used these experiences as a teaching opportunity. Starting a discussion among students about how and why they might have these experiences not only guards them against negative encounters, but helps them understand barriers for certain factions—especially underrepresented or marginalized ones—to participate in an established community.

Wiki Education staff will step in if we see communication that reaches beyond constructive criticism or if an instructor asks us for help with a discussion. If appropriate, we can always escalate it to the next level on Wikipedia, and we will know the best avenues for that.

2015-10-02 18:09:13 -0500 asked a question I'm teaching a course about feminism. I know about the online culture around these subjects—will I be exposing my students to a negative environment if they edit Wikipedia in the classroom?

I'm teaching a course about feminism. I know about the online culture around these subjects—will I be exposing my students to a negative environment if they edit Wikipedia in the classroom?

2015-10-02 18:08:38 -0500 answered a question Can my students create/edit an article about me?

The Wikipedia Conflict of Interest policy discourages those close to a topic from editing about that topic. This includes family, friends, employers, or other financial or personal relations to an article topic. This is a great opportunity to discuss the tendency for biases in our work, even when we do our best to avoid them. As this policy tries to make clear, "that someone has a conflict of interest is a description of a situation. It is not a judgment about that person's state of mind or integrity."