Wikipedia:Wiki Ed/Northeastern University/ENGW3302 Adv Writing Technical Professions 32777 (Spring 2020)

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Course name
ENGW3302 Adv Writing Technical Professions 32777
Northeastern University
Cecelia Musselman
Wikipedia Expert
Ian (Wiki Ed)
Course dates
2020-01-07 00:00:00 UTC – 2020-04-14 23:59:59 UTC
Approximate number of student editors

This section of ENGW3302, Advanced Writing in the Technical Profession, asks students to write in their field as they would outside the university — for other researchers and scholars, in professional settings, and for public audiences. By writing for Wikipedia — writing in an objective, approachable way using credible, third-party sources and meeting the standards of the Wikipedia community — students in engineering and computer science practice collaborating in writing with a worldwide, purpose-driven community. Students also use their writing skills and access to scholarly sources to improve public access to science and technology. NOTE: The correct CRN for this course is 32358

Student Assigned Reviewing
WunderNeun Electrocoagulation
Captain Matty T Tidal farm
EnnEyou2020 Thermal decomposition
Shmalice lastname Ai-Da (robot)
Hoare.b Half-cell
Rana857 Greta Woxén
Lonelli Surge chamber
Jagen31 Semantics (computer science)
Jarrdo 3D bioprinting
Krmr3 Light-emitting transistor
Stramineous Minute
Carloa21 Serious game


Week 4

Course meetings
Friday, 31 January 2020
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 5

Course meetings
Tuesday, 4 February 2020   |   Friday, 7 February 2020
Assignment - Evaluate Wikipedia


Evaluate an article

Week 6

Course meetings
Tuesday, 11 February 2020   |   Friday, 14 February 2020
Assignment - Review the rules for health topics
Assignment - Choose possible topics


Choose a topic

Resource: Editing Wikipedia, page 6

In class - Discussion

What's a content gap?

Week 7

Course meetings
Tuesday, 18 February 2020   |   Friday, 21 February 2020
Assignment - Add to an article


Add a citation

Week 8

Course meetings
Tuesday, 25 February 2020   |   Friday, 28 February 2020
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


Everyone has begun writing their article drafts.

Week 9

Course meetings
Tuesday, 10 March 2020   |   Friday, 13 March 2020
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.

Assignment - Respond to your peer review

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 10

Course meetings
Tuesday, 17 March 2020   |   Friday, 20 March 2020
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 11

Course meetings
Tuesday, 24 March 2020   |   Friday, 27 March 2020
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.

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
Tuesday, 31 March 2020   |   Friday, 3 April 2020
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!

Week 13

Course meetings
Tuesday, 7 April 2020   |   Friday, 10 April 2020

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