Wikipedia:Wiki Ed/University of Hawaii at Manoa/Marine Policy (Spring 2017)

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Course name
Marine Policy
University of Hawaii at Manoa
Alison Rieser
Wikipedia Expert
Ian (Wiki Ed)
GEOG 423
Course dates
2017-01-09 00:00:00 UTC – 2017-05-12 23:59:59 UTC
Approximate number of student editors

Humankind has used the oceans for many things over the millennia: for subsistence, exploration and conquest, trade and transportation, waste disposal, energy, scientific research, warfare and national defense. Technological change and economic globalization have intensified the social, cultural and economic impacts of these uses. Using a topical and policy-analytical approach, this course examines the role of governments, non-state actors, scientific communities, and global institutions in balancing human use of the oceans with preservation of marine ecosystems and the fair distribution of ocean resources.

Student Assigned Reviewing
MPuhm Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument
Laurabai Great Pacific Garbage Patch
Ehmank Overfishing, Fisheries science
Alexlee94 AquAdvantage salmon
Cmprice11 United Nations Convention on the Law of the Sea
MarineMermaidSar Ballast water regulation in the United States
Kravago2 Offshore aquaculture
Kcawdrey Sustainable seafood, Seafood mislabeling
Cmorgan27 Continental shelf
Mlaurance Arctic policy of the United States
Derekrisch United States offshore drilling controversy
Alexaf23 Coral reef protection Northeast Canyons and Seamounts Marine National Monument
Nrozet Magnuson-Stevens Act
Amypeterson Environmental impact of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill
Maddieswaves Arctic shipping routes
Karissamejia Hawaiian monk seal
Soellis Shark Conservation Act, Shark finning
Wmauthe Offshore oil and gas in the United States
Alishaks Beach renourishment
Ngkevink Florida Keys National Marine Sanctuary
Wes808 Hawaiian Islands Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary


Week 2

Course meetings
Tuesday, 17 January 2017   |   Thursday, 19 January 2017
In class - Introduction to the Wikipedia project

Welcome to your Wikipedia project's course timeline. This page will guide you through the Wikipedia project for your course. Be sure to check with your instructor to see if there are other pages you should be following as well.

This page breaks down writing a Wikipedia article into a series of steps, or milestones. These steps include online trainings to help you get started on Wikipedia.

Your course has also been assigned a Wikipedia Content Expert. Check your Talk page for notes from them. You can also reach them through the "Get Help" button on this page.

To get started, please review the following handouts:

Assignment - Practicing the basics
  • Create an account and join this course page, using the enrollment link your instructor sent you.
  • It's time to dive into Wikipedia. Below, you'll find the first set of online trainings you'll need to take. New modules will appear on this timeline as you get to new milestones. Be sure to check back and complete them! Incomplete trainings will be reflected in your grade.
  • When you finish the trainings, practice by introducing yourself to a classmate on that classmate’s Talk page.

This week, everyone should have a Wikipedia account.

Week 3

Course meetings
Tuesday, 24 January 2017   |   Thursday, 26 January 2017
Assignment - Choose possible topics
  • Review page 6 of your Editing Wikipedia guidebook.
  • Take a look at the Articles tab above, and select a topic from the list and assign it to yourself.
In class - Discussion
What's a content gap?

Now that you're thinking about what makes a "good" Wikipedia article, consider some additional questions.

  • Wikipedians often talk about "content gaps." What do you think a content gap is, and what are some possible ways to identify them?
  • What are some reasons a content gap might arise? What are some ways to remedy them?
  • Does it matter who writes Wikipedia?
  • What does it mean to be "unbiased" on Wikipedia? How is that different, or similar, to your own definition of "bias"?

Week 4

Course meetings
Tuesday, 31 January 2017   |   Thursday, 2 February 2017
Assignment - Critique your article

 It's time to think critically about Wikipedia articles. You'll evaluate your Wikipedia article, and leave suggestions for improving it on the article's Talk page. 

  • Complete the "Evaluating Articles and Sources" training (linked below).
  • For your article topic, consider the following questions (but don't feel limited to these): 
    • Is each fact referenced with an appropriate, reliable reference?
    • Is everything in the article relevant to the article topic? Is there anything that distracted you?
    • Is the article neutral? Are there any claims, or frames, that appear heavily biased toward a particular position?
    • Where does the information come from? Are these neutral sources? If biased, is that bias noted?
    • Are there viewpoints that are overrepresented, or underrepresented?
    • Check a few citations. Do the links work? Is there any close paraphrasing or plagiarism in the article?
    • Is any information out of date? Is anything missing that could be added?
  •  Choose at least 2 questions relevant to the article you're evaluating. Leave your evaluation on the article's Talk page. Be sure to sign your feedback with four tildes — Jami (Wiki Ed) (talk) 21:03, 28 March 2018 (UTC). 

Week 5

Course meetings
Tuesday, 7 February 2017   |   Thursday, 9 February 2017
Assignment - Start compiling your bibliography
  • On the Students tab, make sure you've assigned your chosen topic to yourself.
  •  In your sandbox, write a few sentences about what you plan to contribute to the selected article. 
    •  Think back to when you did an article critique. What can you add? Post some of your ideas to the article's talk page, too. 
    •  Compile a list of relevant, reliable books, journal articles, or other sources. Post that bibliography to the talk page of the article you'll be working on, and in your sandbox. Make sure to check in on the Talk page to see if anyone has advice on your bibliography. 
In class - Discussion
Thinking about sources and plagiarism
  • Blog posts and press releases are considered poor sources of reliable information. Why?
  • What are some reasons you might not want to use a company's website as the main source of information about that company?
  • What is the difference between a copyright violation and plagiarism?
  • What are some good techniques to avoid close paraphrasing and plagiarism?

Week 6

Course meetings
Tuesday, 14 February 2017   |   Thursday, 16 February 2017
Assignment - Draft your contribution

You've picked a topic and found your sources. Now it's time to start writing.

Creating a new article?

  •  Write an outline of that topic in the form of a standard Wikipedia article's "lead section." Write it in your sandbox
    •  A "lead" section is not a traditional introduction. It should summarize, very briefly, what the rest of the article will say in detail. The first paragraph should include important, broad facts about the subject. A good example is Ada Lovelace. See Editing Wikipedia page 9 for more ideas. 

Improving an existing article?

  •  Identify what's missing from the current form of the article. Think back to the skills you learned while critiquing an article. Make notes for improvement in your sandbox

Keep reading your sources, too, as you prepare to write the body of the article.

Resources: Editing Wikipedia pages 7–9


Everyone has begun writing their article drafts.

Week 7

Course meetings
Tuesday, 21 February 2017   |   Thursday, 23 February 2017
In class - Discussion
Thinking about Wikipedia
  • What do you think of Wikipedia's definition of "neutrality"?
  • What are the impacts and limits of Wikipedia as a source of information?
  • On Wikipedia, all material must be attributable to reliable, published sources. What kinds of sources does this exclude? Can you think of any problems that might create?
  • If Wikipedia was written 100 years ago, how might its content (and contributors) be different? What about 100 years from now?
Assignment - Expand your draft
  • Keep working on transforming your article into a complete first draft. Get draft ready for peer-review.
  • If you'd like a Content Expert to review your draft, now is the time! Click the "Get Help" button in your sandbox to request notes.

Week 8

Course meetings
Tuesday, 28 February 2017   |   Thursday, 2 March 2017
Assignment - Peer review and copy edit
  • First, take the "Peer Review" online training.
  • Select two classmates’ articles that you will peer review and copyedit. On the Articles tab, find the articles that you want to review, and then assign them to yourself in the Review column.
  • Peer review your classmates' drafts. Leave suggestions on on the Talk page of the article, or sandbox, that your fellow student is working on. Other editors may be reviewing your work, so look for their comments! Be sure to acknowledge feedback from other Wikipedians.
  • As you review, make spelling, grammar, and other adjustments. Pay attention to the tone of the article. Is it encyclopedic?

Week 9

Course meetings
Tuesday, 7 March 2017   |   Thursday, 9 March 2017
Assignment - Respond to your peer review

You probably have some feedback from other students and possibly other Wikipedians. It's time to work with that feedback to improve your article!

  • Read Editing Wikipedia pages 12 and 14.
  • Return to your draft or article and think about the suggestions. Decide which ones to start implementing. Reach out to your instructor or your Content Expert if you have any questions.

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

Week 10

Course meetings
Tuesday, 14 March 2017   |   Thursday, 16 March 2017
Assignment - Begin moving your work to Wikipedia

Once you've made improvements to your article based on peer review feedback, it's time to move your work to Wikipedia proper - the "mainspace."

Editing an existing article?

  • NEVER copy and paste your draft of an article over the entire article. Instead, edit small sections at a time.
  • Copy your edits into the article. Make many small edits, saving each time, and leaving an edit summary. Never replace more than one to two sentences without saving!

Creating a new article?

  • Read Editing Wikipedia page 13, and follow those steps to move your article from your Sandbox to Mainspace.
  • You can also review the [[../../../training/students/sandboxes|Sandboxes and Mainspace]] online training.

Week 11

Course meetings
Tuesday, 21 March 2017   |   Thursday, 23 March 2017
Assignment - Continue improving your article

Do additional research and writing to make further improvements to your article, based on suggestions and your own critique.

  • Read Editing Wikipedia page 12 to see how to create links from your article to others, and from other articles to your own. Try to link to 3–5 articles, and link to your article from 2–3 other articles.
  • Consider adding an image to your article. Wikipedia has strict rules about what media can be added, so make sure to take the 'Contributing Images and Media Files' training before you upload an image.

Week 12

Course meetings
Tuesday, 4 April 2017   |   Thursday, 6 April 2017
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 Content Expert at any time if you need further help!

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 Content Expert at any time!
Assignment - Reflective essay
  • Write a reflective essay (2–5 pages) on your Wikipedia contributions.

Your 2-5 page review of the project, including the following:

  • your article critique;
  • a print out of your article, highlighting the edits or contributions you made; 
  • a summary of your edits and why you felt they were a valuable addition to the article;
  • a summary of your peer review process - what comments did you offer to improve your peers draft? how did you improve your draft using your peers' comments? 

a note: that you are expected to have completed ALL of the assigned training modules. 

Week 13

Course meetings
Tuesday, 11 April 2017   |   Thursday, 13 April 2017

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