Wikipedia:Wiki Ed/McMaster University/Global Change, Ecosystems and the Earth System ENVIRSC 3BO3 (Winter)

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Course name
Global Change, Ecosystems and the Earth System ENVIRSC 3BO3
McMaster University
Jessie Vincent
Wikipedia Expert
Ian (Wiki Ed)
Environmental Science
Course dates
2019-01-07 00:00:00 UTC – 2019-04-28 23:59:59 UTC
Approximate number of student editors

This course will examine historic and contemporary global change and the feedback between changing environments and ecosystems from an Earth System perspective. Topics will include geochemical cycling, atmospheric and ocean circulation, carbon sequestration in the natural environment, soils and erosion, Quaternary environments as analogues for future change, vulnerable ecosystems. Students will apply their learning to questions about future ecosystem responses to contemporary change. Students will examine a variety of sources including primary research articles, IPCC climate reports and reputable secondary source material. Students will engage in scientific communication with broad audiences.

Student Assigned Reviewing
ATekatch Freshet
Nramberg Climate change feedback
Polidoroal Groundwater recharge
Lakhdeep97 Loss on ignition Environmental science, Heat Wave
Mieleveronica Polar vortex Freshwater acidification, Groundwater recharge
Camillegiuliano Paleoendemism Drawdown (hydrology), Groundwater recharge
Coadm001 Infiltration Hydrology Glacial Lake, Freshwater acidification
Schneidl12 Canadian Prairies Glacial lake, Freshwater Acidificaton
Ruobeiyu Soil functions Plastic soup, Heat wave
BN1998 Freshwater acidification Glacial lake, Infiltration (hydrology)
Maliks10 Rosa rugosa Plastic soup, Marine ecosystem
Ellinap Environmental Geology Ecological stability, Paleoendemism
Greenham22 Veterinary Fences Polar ecology
Jocelyn519 Hydrosphere Urban heat island, Freshet
Kthay1197 Glacial refugium Hydrosphere, Drawdown (hydrology)
Oliviae1398 Outgoing longwave radiation
Westbrookholly Polar vortex Infiltration (hydrology)
Sidneysmiith Canadian prairies Mangrove restoration, Paleoendemism
Varelasara Glacial Lake Freshwater acidification
Llin0821 Insular biogeography Marine ecosystems
Ljutica Boreal ecosystem Plastic soup, Freshet
8fries Cambrian Explosion, Michigan Basin
Andrewlin1 Marine ecosystem Freshwater acidification, Hydrosphere
Jdk2018 Southern Hudson Bay taiga Mistaken Point Ecological Reserve, Loss on ignition
FrankTan666 Weather Modification
OricaRyu Soil Colloids
OntyHam Autogenic succession
Carbohydrate Fatty acid Hydrosphere Polar ecology, Glacial refugium
Micallen0713 Extreme Environments Thundersnow, Geoarchaeology, Extreme Environments, Ecological Trap, Evolution Ecology
KHorton98 Heat wave Urban heat island
Aseja Dava Black brant
KarimMcMaster Environment (systems)
Selaginellaa Soil acidification
Yunxin Song Urban heat island Clay, Ecological stability
Yunbing Song Humidity, Ecological stability
Davidsma mcmaster Oxygen saturation, Tempestite
VicBlake Urban Climate Heat wave, Freshet
Lujhs Photic zone, Aphotic zone, Espresso crema effect Plastic soup, Loss on ignition
Wylanz Plastic soup
Eggball2333 Freon, Phosphorus cycle
RonnyChen Soil contamination
Barackdrea Antarctic ice sheet
TonyMacZ Underground Lakes
Anne.rachael Arctic sea ice decline
Domixox Soil Acidification, 2014–17 Brazilian drought Plastic soup, Paleoendemism
Zhux9 Environmental quality Urban heat island, Colloid
MacStudent1 Effects of climate change on terrestrial animals Soil functions, Soil Colloids, Paleoendemism
Fls098 Mangrove reforestation Freshnet
Liaod18 Plastic soup
Waffles82 Limnetic zone
RWJinZhugEo Island ecology Phosphorus cycle, Rosa rugosa
Acostadc Climate change and ecosystems
Emilycalvin Water column
Jlee4199 GIS in environmental contamination GIS in environmental contamination
Hlucham Chubasco
Tiffanyd4L Drawdown (hydrology) Marine ecosystem, Groundwater recharge
Js1006 Heat Wave
Rachelzanini Glacier morphology
PhatWabbit Tipping point (climatology)
HannahWV Clay Urban heat island
Raelago Holocene glacial retreat Aphotic zone, Phosphorus Cycle
Mitchell11998 Ice-albedo feedback
Hoorelbj Geosphere, Fossil Fuels Geosphere
GERVAIM Coupled human–environment system Atmosphere of Earth
Yerfavourite3369 Boreal Shield Ecozone (CEC) Prevailing Winds
Confidedbliss Denitrification, Mercury cycle Glacial refugia, Plastic soup
Gyaredos Jurassic, Loss on ignition Banana


Week 2

Course meetings
Tuesday, 15 January 2019
In class - Introduction to the Wikipedia assignment

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.


Assignment - Get started on Wikipedia

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.)


This week, everyone should have a Wikipedia account.

Week 3

Course meetings
Monday, 21 January 2019   |   Tuesday, 22 January 2019
Assignment - Evaluate Wikipedia


Evaluate an article

Week 4

Course meetings
Monday, 28 January 2019   |   Tuesday, 29 January 2019
Assignment - Choose possible topics


Choose a topic

Resource: Editing Wikipedia, page 6

In class - Discussion

What's a content gap?

Week 5

Course meetings
Monday, 4 February 2019   |   Tuesday, 5 February 2019
Assignment - Add to an article


Add a citation

Assignment - Exercise

Copyedit an article

Week 6

Course meetings
Monday, 11 February 2019   |   Tuesday, 12 February 2019
Assignment - Start drafting your contributions

Resource: Editing Wikipedia, pages 7–9

Guide(s) for writing articles in your topic area


Environmental Sciences

Science Communication


Everyone has begun writing their article drafts.

Week 7

Course meetings
Monday, 25 February 2019   |   Tuesday, 26 February 2019
Assignment - Peer review two articles

Guiding framework

In class - Discussion

Thinking about Wikipedia


Every student has finished reviewing their assigned articles, making sure that every article has been reviewed.

Week 8

Course meetings
Monday, 4 March 2019   |   Tuesday, 5 March 2019
Assignment - Respond to your peer review-no mark allocated (optional)

You probably have some feedback from other students and possibly other Wikipedians. Consider their suggestions, decide whether it makes your work more accurate and complete, and edit your draft to make those changes.


  • Editing Wikipedia, pages 12 and 14
  • Reach out to your Wikipedia Expert if you have any questions.

Week 9

Course meetings
Monday, 11 March 2019   |   Tuesday, 12 March 2019
Assignment - Begin moving your work to Wikipedia

Now that you've improved your draft based on others' feedback, it's time to move your work live - to the "mainspace."

Resource: Editing Wikipedia, page 13

Week 10

Course meetings
Monday, 18 March 2019   |   Tuesday, 19 March 2019
Assignment - Continue improving your article


Add links to 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
Monday, 25 March 2019   |   Tuesday, 26 March 2019
Assignment - Polish your work

Continue to expand and improve your work, and format your article to match Wikipedia's tone and standards. Remember to contact your Wikipedia Expert at any time if you need further help!

Week 12

Course meetings
Monday, 1 April 2019   |   Tuesday, 2 April 2019
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 - Reflective essay

Guiding questions

Week 13

Course meetings
Monday, 8 April 2019   |   Tuesday, 9 April 2019

Everyone should have finished all of the work they'll do on Wikipedia, and be ready for grading.