Wikipedia:Wiki Ed/UW-Madison/Language Endangerment and Revitalization (Sp2016)

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Course name
Language Endangerment and Revitalization
Monica Macaulay
Wikipedia Expert
Adam (Wiki Ed)
Course dates
2016-01-19 – 2016-05-23
Approximate number of student editors

Student Assigned Reviewing
Lrschneider Kaidā glyphs, Macro-Yaeyama languages, Yonaguni language
Snake people, or 'sneeple'


Week 1

Course meetings
Monday, 8 February 2016   |   Wednesday, 10 February 2016   |   Friday, 12 February 2016
In class - Wikipedia essentials
  • Overview of the course
  • Introduction to how Wikipedia will be used in the course
  • Understanding Wikipedia as a community, we'll discuss its expectations and etiquette.

Handout: Editing Wikipedia

In class - Editing basics
  • Basics of editing
  • Anatomy of Wikipedia articles, what makes a good article, how to distinguish between good and bad articles
  • Collaborating and engaging with the Wiki editing community
  • Tips on finding the best articles to work on for class assignments

Handouts: Using Talk Pages, Evaluating Wikipedia

Assignment - Practicing the basics
  • Create an account and join this course page.
  • Complete the introductory training modules. During this training, you will make edits in a sandbox and learn the basic rules of Wikipedia.
  • Create a User page.
  • To practice editing and communicating on Wikipedia, introduce yourself to another student on their user talk page.
  • Explore topics related to your topic area to get a feel for how Wikipedia is organized. What areas seem to be missing? As you explore, make a mental note of articles that seem like good candidates for improvement.

All students have Wikipedia user accounts and are listed on the course page.

Week 2

Course meetings
Monday, 15 February 2016   |   Wednesday, 17 February 2016   |   Friday, 19 February 2016
Assignment - Exploring the topic area

Handouts: Editing WikipediaChoosing an article

Week 3

Course meetings
Monday, 22 February 2016   |   Wednesday, 24 February 2016   |   Friday, 26 February 2016
In class - Using sources
  • Be prepared to explain close paraphrasing, plagiarism, and copyright violations on Wikipedia.

Handouts: Citing Sources and Avoiding Plagiarism

Supplementary training: [[../../../training/students/sources|Sources and Citations]]

Add to an article


  • Add 1–2 sentences of new information, backed up with a citation to an appropriate source, to a Wikipedia article related to the class.
Choosing your article


  • Research and list 3–5 articles on your Wikipedia user page that you will consider working on as your main project. Look at the talk page for existing topics for a sense of who else is working on it and what they're doing. Describe your choices to your instructor for feedback.

Week 4

Course meetings
Monday, 29 February 2016   |   Wednesday, 2 March 2016   |   Friday, 4 March 2016
Assignment - Finalize your topic and start researching

See Homework #4 in Learn UW.

Assignment - Drafting starter articles


  • If you are starting a new article, write a 3–4 paragraph summary version of your article—with citations—in your Wikipedia sandbox. If you are improving an existing article, create a detailed outline reflecting your proposed changes, and post this for community feedback, along with a brief description of your plans, on the article’s talk page. Make sure to check back on the talk page often and engage with any responses.
  • Begin working with classmates and other editors to polish your short starter article and fix any major issues.
  • Continue research in preparation for expanding your article.

Week 5

Course meetings
Monday, 7 March 2016   |   Wednesday, 9 March 2016   |   Friday, 11 March 2016

Week 6

Course meetings
Monday, 14 March 2016   |   Wednesday, 16 March 2016   |   Friday, 18 March 2016
Assignment - Moving out of the sandbox

Read this handout:
Moving out of your sandbox.

Do this training:
Sandboxes and Mainspace

Week 7

Course meetings
Monday, 28 March 2016   |   Wednesday, 30 March 2016   |   Friday, 1 April 2016
Assignment - Moving articles to mainspace
  • Move your sandbox articles into main space.
    • If you are expanding an existing article, copy your edit into the article. If you are making many small edits, save after each edit before you make the next one. Do NOT paste over the entire existing article, or large sections of the existing article.
    • If you are creating a new article, do NOT copy and paste your text, or there will be no record of your work history. Follow the instructions in the "Moving out of your sandbox" handout.
  • Begin expanding your article into a comprehensive treatment of the topic.
In class - Moving articles to mainspace
  • We'll discuss moving your article out of your sandboxes and into Wikipedia's main space.
  • A general reminder: Don't panic if your contribution disappears, and don't try to force it back in.
    • Check to see if there is an explanation of the edit on the article's talk page. If not, (politely) ask why it was removed.
    • Contact your instructor or Wikipedia Content Expert and let them know.

Handout: Moving out of your Sandbox

In class - Building articles
  • Demo uploading images and adding images to articles.
  • Share experiences and discuss problems.

Resources: Illustrating Wikipedia and Evaluating Wikipedia

Assignment - Complete first draft
  • Expand your article into a complete first draft.

All students have started editing articles or drafts on Wikipedia.

Week 8

Course meetings
Monday, 4 April 2016   |   Wednesday, 6 April 2016   |   Friday, 8 April 2016
In class - Group suggestions
  • As a group, offer suggestions for improving one or two other students' articles, based on your ideas of what makes a solid encyclopedia article.

Supplementary training: [[../../../training/students/peer-review|Peer Review]]


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

Week 9

Course meetings
Monday, 11 April 2016   |   Wednesday, 13 April 2016   |   Friday, 15 April 2016
In class - Media literacy discussion
  • Open discussion of the concepts of neutrality, media literacy, and the impact and limits of Wikipedia.
Assignment - Address peer review suggestions
  • Make edits to your article based on peers’ feedback. If you disagree with a suggestion, use talk pages to politely discuss and come to a consensus on your edit.

Week 10

Course meetings
Monday, 18 April 2016   |   Wednesday, 20 April 2016   |   Friday, 22 April 2016
In class - Discuss further article improvements
  • Continue discussing how the articles can be further improved. Come up with improvement goals for each article for next week.
Assignment - Continue improving articles
  • Return to your classmates' articles you previously reviewed, and provide more suggestions for further improvement. If there is a disagreement, suggest a compromise.
  • Do additional research and writing to make further improvements to your article, based on your classmates' suggestions and any additional areas for improvement you can identify.
Assignment - Prepare for in-class presentation
  • Prepare for an in-class presentation about your Wikipedia editing experience.

Week 11

Course meetings
Monday, 25 April 2016   |   Wednesday, 27 April 2016   |   Friday, 29 April 2016
In class - In-class presentation
  • Prepare for an in-class presentation about your Wikipedia editing experience.
Assignment - Final article
  • Add final touches to your Wikipedia article.

Handout: Polishing your article

Week 12

Course meetings
Monday, 2 May 2016   |   Wednesday, 4 May 2016   |   Friday, 6 May 2016