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2018-10-03 18:51:03 -0500 edited answer How do I assign myself an article for peer review? How do I change my assigned article?

Assigning yourself an article to peer review

  1. Log in on and go to your course page.
  2. Go to the Articles tab to find articles other students have been working on. In the My Articles section of the Home tab, assign articles to yourself to review based on that list. You may want to assign yourself both the article and the Sandbox link so that you have both tracked easily. You can copy and paste the URL for each.

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Changing your assigned article

Once you have your assigned article, if you want to change your assigned article or peer review, click the (+/-) button to add or remove an article.

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Then, use the (-) to remove the article and add the new article title into the text box provided and click "assign"

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2018-09-21 11:48:43 -0500 edited answer If my students work in groups, how can I track their work individually? Grading group work.

If your students work in groups, they will still need to sign up for an individual Wikipedia username and enroll their usernames on the course page. Do not have your students create group accounts, as that's against Wikipedia policy.

We recommend that each group of students choose one sandbox to work in. Then, each member of the group should make their contribution to that sandbox while logged in under their own username. This will ensure that their work can be retained and tracked when moved into the article main space. We have created two trainings specifically to help students working in groups: Drafting in the Sandbox (as a group) and Moving group work live. If you plan to have your students work in groups, please make sure these trainings are linked from your course Timeline. If you need help, just reach out to and we'd be happy to assist you!

Students tab

You can always check in on the work that individual students are doing by using the Students tab of your course page. There, you can view the 10-most recent edits each student has made at any given time. This tool will track their draft process, their peer review process as they use talk pages, and more. You can read more about tracking student work here.

Articles tab

For grading purposes at the end of the term, the Articles tab is going to be the best place to track the individual work of your group members. For each individual article your students have edited, you can use our "Assessment tools" to view exactly what students have contributed to that article.

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By clicking the "Current Version with Authorship Highlighting" button (looks like a sheet of paper), you'll be able to see a view of the current version of the article, with what your students specifically contributed highlighted in color-coded sections. In group work, it's important to remember that students may work together in their group sandbox as they draft their work, with one student possibly doing most of the drafting. In the example below, we can see that one student worked on the drafted content while another contributed the image and caption.

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Grading help

With group work, we also recommend having the students complete some kind of reflection where they are able to discuss what they contributed, what their group accomplished, and more. You can read more of our recommendations for grading student work here.

2018-08-20 13:20:37 -0500 edited answer How does the dashboard course page differ between instructors and students?

For the most part all the data shown to an instructor on the dashboard is also shown to the students.

As of August 2018, these are the main differences:

  • Students do not have the ability to edit the course description, timeline, etc.
  • Students can only assign themselves articles to write or review, while instructors can assign articles to anyone in the course.
    • Enrollment code and enrollment tools are only available to the instructors; instructors can add and remove students manually, while students can only remove themselves from the course.

To see the difference feel free to review these questions:

All the rest of it — the full timeline, the activity feed, the contributions of any student in the class — are visible to everyone.

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2018-07-30 16:33:43 -0500 edited answer How do I complete a peer review? Where do I do my peer review?

The Timeline of your course page should include a Peer Review assignment.

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To complete your peer review, take the "Peer Review" training (linked from your Timeline). This should walk you through

  • Where to find your classmates draft
  • How to use the Talk page there to leave your notes
  • What you should be focusing on during the review

If you're confused or have questions, please use the Get Help button on your Timeline to speak with your Wikipedia Expert.

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To learn how to sign up as a peer reviewer, click here.

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2018-07-30 16:16:24 -0500 edited answer How can I add additional instructors, teachers, my TAs, or volunteers to my course page?
  1. While logged in, visit the "Home" tab for your course.

  2. Click 'Edit Details' under the "Details" section of your course.

  3. Click the + icon

  4. Fill out the Wikipedia username, full name, and course role (librarian, TA, primary instructor) for the individual. (Tip: they must be logged into the Dashboard as an instructor. Anyone can visit to change their role, their email, or their first and last name)

  5. Enroll & Savel!

Home tab & edit details

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Add details

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2018-07-30 16:06:16 -0500 edited answer How do I add articles to the available article list on the Dashboard?

First, make sure you're on the Articles tab of your course page.

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When you've made a list of articles to assign, you'll want to share them so students can see them. Here's how to create your "Available Articles" list.

  1. Click 'Add an available article'
  2. Enter the title (or paste the url) of the article you want to be available
  3. Repeat for each article.
  4. Select "add articles"

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2018-07-30 15:55:53 -0500 edited answer How can I edit my timeline? How can I change the language in the modules on the timeline? Can I add blocks to my timeline?

While logged in to, your course page should appear on your "My Dashboard" home page. Select the course that you'd like to work on. You can edit your course description on the "Home" page, any of the modules on the "Timeline" of your course page page, and more.

Home tab

Home tab

If you click "Edit Description" on your "Home" tab you can provide customized information for your students about how to complete the Wikipedia project. This page uses HTML for it's coding and formatting. You can read up on some basic HTML formatting here if you're interested.

You can also "Edit Details" to adjust assignment dates, the title of your course, and more.

Timeline tab

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From the Timeline tab, you can "edit" each module on your Timeline, arrange the blocks on your Timeline, or adjust your course dates.

For tips on grading, see our Ask question and response here.

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To edit a module, select "Edit" on the top right corner of the module. You can only see this function if you are logged in to the Dashboard. Within each block you can complete the following:

  • Adjust the title of the block
  • Adjust the "Block type" - do you want this to appear as an assignment, an in class block, a custom block, or as a milestone?
  • Add a due date (the block type must be "assignment")
  • Check or uncheck the "Graded" box - more below on this.
  • Add or remove training modules
  • Adjust the text that appears below the training modules.

We recommend that you not remove the assigned trainings as they are there to help students complete the assignment for that module. Don't forget to click "Save" once you're done or your work will be lost!

Re-arranging my Timeline

You can also re-arrange the modules on the Timeline to fit your course needs. For example, let's say that you plan to introduce the Wikipedia assignment in your course in Week 3, but you don't want students completing the first trainings of modules from "Get started on Wikipedia" until week 4. To start, make sure you're on the Timeline tab of your course page and then select "Arrange Timeline"

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You can then individually drag the modules between the weeks. In this instance, we want to move "Get started on Wikipedia" down into Week 4. You can move it one module at a time down the list, until it shows up as the first assignment in Week 4. Don't forget to "Save All" and the Timeline will be updated!

You can complete this task for as many of the modules as you like, but please save often!

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Adding a block

You can also add a custom block to any week on your Timeline. To do so select "add block" on the relevant week.

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2018-04-18 11:49:51 -0500 answered a question using dashboard for edit-a-thon?

Hi Ken,

T​h​​e​ Wikimedia​ Foundation's Programs and Events Dashboard is modeled after our course Dashboard and ​will be the best tool to help you run, manage, and track the work done at ​any of your future edit-a-thons​. Here is a guide for using that tool.

While the P&E Dashboard has editing trainings for new users, all of Wiki Education's tools and resources are available online for free for your use. Feel free to print out or link to anything that you find interesting or useful.

​Unfortunately, Wiki Education does not formally support edit-a-thons, so this is about all we can offer. ​But good luck!

-Wiki Ed Team ​

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2018-01-30 18:19:23 -0500 edited answer How do I get articles out of sandboxes into mainspace? How do I move my article live?

On Wikipedia, you don't just "publish" your work. You have to actually move any content you've written into the live article yourself. If you are working to improve an existing article, check out our best practices for moving your work into the live article on your course page.

If you've written a brand new article, please follow these steps:

First and foremost, make sure you have your draft written in your Wikipedia Sandbox. You should absolutely NOT be copying any content from Microsoft Word or another word processor into Wikipedia because the formatting will not work. You must have your draft in your sandbox in order to make sure you have the proper Wikipedia formatting.

Before moving a sandbox draft to mainspace, please complete the following:

  • Ensure that you have removed any sandbox templates from your draft (more info here)

    • Make sure any signatures and other stray text have been removed.

    • Use the Move button that's available as a drop-down under the More tab at the top of your Sandbox.

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When moving an article to mainspace, make sure you select the "(Article)" namespace and that you update the title of the page from your Sandbox to the name of the article as it should exist when it's live on Wikipedia. For help determining what your article should be called, you can read about Wikipedia's article naming conventions here.

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Additional Resources:

2018-01-11 13:36:30 -0500 edited question How do students assign articles to themselves? What is the "My Articles" section?

I see how I can assign articles to students, but I'd rather they assign articles to themselves. Some of my students appear to have done this already, but I'm not sure what their interface looks like for this function so I don't know how to instruct others.

2018-01-08 16:36:03 -0500 edited question How do I add articles to the available article list on the Dashboard?

The available articles list under the Articles tab on the Wiki Ed dashboard lets you create a list of articles that students can work on. But how do you populate that list?

Key terms: *available articles * how do I upload articles into my course? * how do I upload articles? * how do I upload wikipedia articles to my assigned list?

2018-01-03 12:32:04 -0500 edited answer How do my students enroll their usernames on the dashboard?

There are several ways to add a student to a course:

Option 1: Enrollment Link

The first way is for students to enroll themselves. They can do this by clicking the enrollment link for your course. The instructor received their custom enrollment link in two different emails: one automatically from the Dashboard when the course was approved, and another from the Wiki Education Classroom Program Manager when the course was approved. Yours students should click that link and they will be automatically prompted to create their Wikipedia usernames and then that username will be automatically enrolled in your course.

If you can't find those approval emails, you can access your custom enrollment link by visiting the Students tab of your course page and selecting "enrollment" - this will open up a small pop up with the information.

once your course is approved, you should be able to see this link on your course page and in the email you receive from the Classroom Program Manager

After your course is approved, you should be able to see this link on your course page and in the email you receive from the Classroom Program Manager

Option 2: Course page via passcode

The student can visit the course page and enroll from there:

  • Once they are on the course page URL, they can click 'Join course' from the Home tab.
  • They will be prompted to enter the passcode, which should be provided by the instructor. The instructor can find this passcode by visiting the Students tab of their course page and selecting the purple "Add/Remove Students" button. The passcode is also available to the instructor in the "Details" section of your Home tab of your course page.
  • If the student is already logged in, they will be added to the course immediately. Otherwise, they'll be sent to Wikipedia to log in and then get added to the course when you return.

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Option 3: manual enrollment

As the instructor, you can add students directly:

  • While logged in, go to the 'Students' tab for your course, and click 'Add/Remove Students'
  • Add the username of a student in the field provided and select 'Enroll'

Good luck! -Wiki Ed Team

2017-12-27 12:40:52 -0500 edited question How do I assign articles to my students?

How do I assign articles to my students?

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  • instructor assigns articles
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2017-12-14 15:36:46 -0500 edited answer How do I view my students' work?

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

The Articles tab of your course includes an "Articles edited" section - this is any article on Wikipedia that your students have touched during the assignment, whether it was assigned to them or not.

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The far right column includes links to two "assessment tools" - The "Current Version with Authorship Highlighting" button will show you the current version of the article with a color coded highlight of what exactly the student(s) contributed. In the example below we can see that the username listed contributed the sections and text highlighted in purple.

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The "Show Cumulative Changes" button (denoted by the +/-) will open up a "differences between revisions" view. This is copied from the "diffs" on-wiki. The right hand column shows that students have added and the left hand column shows what students have removed from the article.

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Hope this helps!

-Wiki Education team

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2017-11-28 16:00:15 -0500 edited answer Do you provide grading rubrics for a Wikipedia assignment? How should I grade my student work?

For general information and tips for grading and assessment, check out the following:

The Wiki Education Dashboard does not provide a built in grading system, so you cannot enter grades directly into the Dashboard. However, you can mark individual assignment modules as either graded or ungraded using the check box within the “Edit” function. Checking a module as “graded” includes it in the list of the graded assignments at the end of the page, which your students can see and use to help guide them as they allocate time for the assignment. You can adjust the points awarded to each graded assignment at the bottom of your timeline.

Exactly how you assess and grade these assignments is up to you. Below please find a few of the assignments that are most important for grading, and some tips for checking the completion of the work by the student.

Get started on Wikipedia:

Things you can track: did the student create their account, are they enrolled in the course page, and did they complete all the assigned training modules? You can view all the students enrolled in your course by visiting the Students tab on your course page. You’ll also be able to see how many of the assigned training modules your students have completed at any given time (see below for example). (Tip: you can re-title any module on the timeline to suit your grading needs.) 

Students tab training grading view

Evaluate Wikipedia

Things you can track: did the student evaluate the assigned article(s) or pick an appropriate one for evaluation. Can be graded by having students create a section in their sandbox space on Wikipedia OR another preferred off-wiki method. The benefit of the Sandbox is it gets the student comfortable with the Wikipedia formatting. If you make this project due on Wikipedia, you can view your students' recent edits under the Students tab on your timeline.

One method for evaluating completion is as follows: the day after the assignment is due head to the Students tab and drop down each individual students’ recent contributions (see example below). You should be able to see the date and time stamp of the training completions and below that, the students' recent Sandbox or mainspace edits. Just click “+/-” to see a summary of each contribution. (Tip: you can adjust the text within the module to reflect exactly how or when you want this assignment turned in. For example: “Please turn in a 1-page reflection to the TA on Thursday” or “Please create a section in your Sandbox space on Wikipedia where you leave your notes and review”). 

Student recent contributions

Peer review

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2017-10-16 17:42:08 -0500 edited answer What do I need to know now that my course page is live?

Now that your course page is up and running on, the following is a list of resources you may find helpful in running your Wikipedia assignment.

Tracking Student Work:

The Dashboard will be your main way to see what your students are doing on Wikipedia. Here's how you can use the Dashboard to track student work.

Using your Timeline:

Your timeline is where your students will find the outline for your Wikipedia assignment. There they will find links to relevant handouts and training materials. You can make adjustments to your course timeline at any point throughout the term. Here's how.

Asking for help:

There are a variety of ways you can seek help regarding your Wikipedia assignment.

On your course page, you'll find a purple "Get Help" button in the upper right corner of the page. Both you and your students can click on this to access, our FAQ site, find relevant resources, or reach out to the appropriate member of the Wiki Education team to assist you.

Wiki Education Staff:

Your course is being supported by Wiki Education's Classroom Program Manager as well as one of our Wikipedia Experts. To find out who your Wikipedia Expert is and how he/she can help you and your students throughout the term, click here.

Other Useful Links:

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What role does my content expert play? What does a content expert provide? What support do I have to run my class? What is a Wikipedia expert?

2017-10-09 18:23:07 -0500 edited answer 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.

2017-10-09 18:20:23 -0500 edited answer Do you have any information about student learning outcomes of teaching with Wikipedia?

In Fall 2016 we conducted our own student learning outcomes study. You can read about the preparation for that study here and can read the highlights of the report here.

2017-10-09 18:13:14 -0500 edited answer How do I check to see if my students are completing the assignments?

The 'Students' tab of your course dashboard will indicate which students have not completed training, and will also show how much each student has contributed to live Wikipedia articles ("mainspace") and to drafts ("userspace"). You can review the Contributions of any student in detail by clicking their username from the list of students.

SEE ALSO: How do I track student work?

2017-10-09 18:11:47 -0500 edited answer How do I move new content from my sandbox into an existing article?

SEE ALSO: How do I get articles out of sandboxes into mainspace? How do I move my article live?

If you are moving content from your sandbox into an existing article, care should be taken to integrate the content into the existing article as coherently as possible. If you have copied information from an article into a sandbox to re-write it, look for changes that have been made since you copied the material from the article, to make sure you aren't undoing improvements that others have made. Copy changes section by section; don't copy your entire sandbox into the article.

Be sure to copy text from your sandbox while the sandbox page is in 'Edit' or 'Edit source' mode. This ensures that the formatting is transferred correctly.

Make sure that you make it clear where the new content came from, especially if several people worked together in a sandbox. Adding "copied content from [[user:example/sandbox]]; see that article's history for attribution" is usually sufficient.

Wiki Ed handout: Moving out of your sandbox.

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2017-09-22 12:00:20 -0500 edited question Can I update or remove the grading portion of my course page?

Can I remove the grading portion altogether? I already have it accounted for on my course syllabus and don't want to confuse students.

2017-09-21 17:49:32 -0500 edited answer Can I update or remove the grading portion of my course page?

Selecting modules to be graded

Select the module's you'd like to remove, such as respond to peer review (sample below), and click the "Edit" button on the assignment block.

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Then select or unselect the "graded" check box in order to adjust the available graded assignments at the bottom of your course page.

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Click "Save" to save your changes. Repeat for other modules that you'd like to include or exclude from the graded values on the Timeline. (No matter which modules you select to be "graded" the Dashboard will still always track your students' work.)

Removing all graded modules

If you'd like there to be no graded assignments, unselect "graded" from all of the assignment modules. Once you have unselected all the assigned modules, the instructor will see "Grading (Total: 0%)" but the students will no longer be able to see the grading portion of the Timeline at all. (No matter which assignments you select to be "graded" their work will still always be tracked by the Dashboard.)

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Adjusting the values assigned to each module

You can also adjust the graded values of each assignments you have selected to be graded.

To get to the grading section, you can use the "grading" jump link on the right side of your Timeline.

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Once you've jumped or scrolled to the bottom of your Timeline, select "Edit" and adjust the values.

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Make sure to click "Save" when you're done.

General tips

While the Dashboard does not automatically track things like "has my student completed the article evaluation" or "has my student turned in a complete draft" you can check in on your students' qualitative progress towards these goals by using the "Students" tab, the "Activity" tab and the "Articles" tab of your course page. See here for more details.

Hope this helps! -Wiki Ed team

2017-09-21 17:33:35 -0500 edited answer How do I track student work?

Activity Tab

To see recent activity from any of your students, you can visit the Activity tab of the course. This will provide a list of recent edits made on Wikipedia by any students in the course. Click the "show" link to see a summary of the edit in the form of a 'diff' - the differences between revisions.

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Students tab

To see recent contributions from an individual student go to the Students tab and click on the row of the student you are interested in. (You can click anywhere except on one of the underlined links, which takes you to Wikipedia.) Clicking the row shows you recent edits that the student has made, and you can click the 'show' link to see the details. This will also show you date and time stamps of when each student has completed each training.

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Alternatively, for any student, you can click on the underlined link of their username to see their full Contribution history on Wikipedia, where you can browse every edit they have made and see individual diffs if you wish.

Articles tab

The Articles tab of your course includes an "Articles edited" section - this is any article on Wikipedia that your students have touched during the assignment, whether it was assigned to them or not.

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The far right column includes links to two "assessment tools" - The "Current Version with Authorship Highlighting" button will show you the current version of the article with a color coded highlight of what exactly the student(s) contributed.

In the example below we can see that the username listed contributed the sections and text highlighted in purple.

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The "Show Cumulative Changes" button (denoted by the +/-) will open up a "differences between revisions" view. This is copied from the "diffs" on-wiki. The right hand column shows that students have added and the left hand column shows what students have removed from the article.

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