Wikipedia:Wiki Ed/State University of New York, Plattsburgh/Communication and Culture (Spring 2019)

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Course name
Communication and Culture
State University of New York, Plattsburgh
Kirsten Isgro
Wikipedia Expert
Shalor (Wiki Ed)
Communication Studies
Course dates
2019-01-28 00:00:00 UTC – 2019-05-15 23:59:59 UTC
Approximate number of student editors

On 30 January 2018, Wikipedia celebrated its 17th anniversary. One of the world’s most widely read websites, with approximately 550 million unique visitors per month, Wikipedia articles are often the number one hit when using a search browser.

For our Culture and Communication class, students will edit or create an article related to the topics we discuss in class. For this semester long project, students are to think about whose interests are best served by Wikipedia and which people or groups currently have the authority to make rules and to adjudicate conflict on Wikipedia. The key question to answer in this project is: How does Wikipedia shape or influence public knowledge and culture?

Student Assigned Reviewing
Plewi003 Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality, Dacryphilia
Emiller202 World War II postal acronyms, Gender Parity Index, Draft:Sapiosexual
Kaseyscors World War II postal acronyms, Gender Parity Index, Gender expression
Mvanb003 Pansexualism, Gender expression Sex scandal
Brandynblakely Sex scandal Sex scandal
Rgira003 Sex scandal Sex scandal
Chelsea.asare220 Sex scandal
Tcervi Sex scandal
IsabellaForth Sex scandal
TylerCresser50 Sex scandal, Masculism Sex scandal
Ty Tedford Sex scandal
Jmine009 Pansexualism, Hip hop music, Muhammad Ali
Jkobilca Pansexualism, Patriarchal bargain
LawrenceBbrook Pansexualism
Ncoff004 Pansexualism, Māori science
Kingpatron32 Gender Parity Index, Gender & History
Cr999999999 Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality
Ihavequestion Gender Parity Index, Pansexualism
SHAGI001 Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality, Japanese school uniform
Lexizuckr Electronic Journal of Human Sexuality, Pansexualism
Tytedford20 Tuckermens


Week 1

Course meetings
Monday, 28 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.)  If you need to get some ideas of topics, please check out the two stub lists:


This week, everyone should have a Wikipedia account.

Week 2

Course meetings
Monday, 4 February 2019
Assignment - Evaluate Wikipedia


Evaluate an article

Week 3

Course meetings
Monday, 11 February 2019
In class - Discussion

What's a content gap?

Guide(s) for writing articles in your topic area


LGBT+ Studies


Women's Studies

Week 4

Course meetings
Monday, 18 February 2019
Assignment - Add to an article


Add a citation

Assignment - Exercise

Copyedit an article

Week 5

Course meetings
Monday, 25 February 2019
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 6

Course meetings
Monday, 4 March 2019
In class - Discussion

Thinking about Wikipedia

Week 7

Course meetings
Monday, 11 March 2019
Assignment -
Assignment - Peer review an article

Guiding framework


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

Week 8

Course meetings
Monday, 25 March 2019
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.
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 9

Course meetings
Monday, 1 April 2019

Week 10

Course meetings
Monday, 8 April 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, 15 April 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!

Assignment - Reflective essay

Guiding questions

Week 12

Course meetings
Monday, 22 April 2019

Week 13

Course meetings
Monday, 29 April 2019
In class - Share with Classmates your Wikipedia Entry (provide hyperlink)

Week 14

Course meetings
Monday, 6 May 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!

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