Wikipedia:Wiki Ed/Louisiana State University/Environmental History Seminar (Spring 2021)

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Course name
Environmental History Seminar
Louisiana State University
Brendan Karch
Wikipedia Expert
Ian (Wiki Ed)
Course dates
2021-01-12 00:00:00 UTC – 2021-05-03 23:59:59 UTC
Approximate number of student editors

This course pushes students to see history through an environmental lens. We read broadly among foundational and new works in environmental history. For the Wikipedia assignment, students will create a new page or substantially edit an existing page to add an environmental perspective.

Student Assigned Reviewing
Claireneal History of Waste Management
Julienpleb Cancer Alley, Environmental cleanup law, Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the environment
NatalieMoun Meiji (era)
IBalart Drug pollution
Rhodgk2 Asian carp in North America
Lyndon Jamison Christian views on environmentalism
Jamesrsimpson31 Illegal dumping, Post-consumerism, Recycling cooperative
Bclyons Agricultural machinery
TSTUMMVOLL Pollution prevention
Khalil0825 Bushmeat
Staylor1325 Environmental impact of cannabis cultivation
Matthewgaar Invasive species in the United States Aboriginal whaling, Drug pollution
Mialejeune Aboriginal whaling
LaHaga462 Herbicidal Warfare
Kentrae Biomanipulation


Week 2

Course meetings
Tuesday, 26 January 2021
Assignment - Homework

Create an account and join this course page, using the enrollment link your instructor sent you. (Because of Wikipedia's technical restraints, you may receive a message that you cannot create an account. To resolve this, please try again off campus or the next day.)

In class - Reading Background

Welcome to your Wikipedia assignment's course timeline. This page guides you through the steps you'll need to complete for your Wikipedia assignment, with links to training modules and your classmates' work spaces.

Your course has been assigned a Wikipedia Expert. You can reach them through the Get Help button at the top of this page.


In class - In-Class Discussion

Week 3

Course meetings
Tuesday, 2 February 2021
Assignment - Homework
Evaluate Wikipedia
In class - In Class

Week 4

Course meetings
Tuesday, 9 February 2021
Assignment - Add to an article
In class - In Class

Week 5

Course meetings
Tuesday, 23 February 2021
Assignment - Homework
Choosing Topics

Resource: Editing Wikipedia, page 6

Week 6

Course meetings
Tuesday, 2 March 2021
Assignment - Homework
Finalize topic
Guides for writing Environmental History



Week 7

Course meetings
Tuesday, 9 March 2021
In class - Discussion
Finding sources

This week in class we will discuss research methods and tools to locate reliable sources.

Week 8

Course meetings
Tuesday, 16 March 2021
Assignment - Annotated Bibliographies

You will submit your annotated bibliography on Moodle. In class we will discuss your work and the challenges of finding sources.

Week 9

Course meetings
Tuesday, 23 March 2021
Assignment - Start drafting your contributions

Reach out to your Wikipedia Expert if you have questions using the Get Help button at the top of this page.

Resource: Editing Wikipedia, pages 7–9

Assignment - Peer review two articles

Guiding framework

Week 10

Course meetings
Tuesday, 30 March 2021
Assignment - Continue improving your article

Now's the time to revisit your text and refine your work. You may do more research and find missing information; rewrite the lead section to represent all major points; reorganize the text to communicate the information better; or add images and other media.

Week 11

Course meetings
Tuesday, 6 April 2021
Assignment - Peer Review

Each student should have written at least 300 words on their draft. In class we will conduct peer review of each other's work.

Week 12

Course meetings
Tuesday, 13 April 2021
Assignment - Draft Due

You will have a complete draft (500 words min., excluding sources). We will discuss remaining challenges in class, and the professor will provide a preliminary grade and suggestions for editing.

Week 13

Course meetings
Tuesday, 20 April 2021
Assignment - Final article

It's the final week to develop your article.

  • Read Editing Wikipedia page 15 to review a final check-list before completing your assignment.
  • Don't forget that you can ask for help from your Wikipedia Expert at any time!
Assignment - In-class presentation

Week 14

Assignment - Reflective essay