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Course description[edit]

A case-law and policy intensive class that explores how various legal doctrines have evolved with and around technological development. Topics include criminal law, privacy, search and seizure, digital rights, and the implications of technologically-permitted (and enforced) methods of control on the law and our culture.

The course has a very fun-and-serious approach: we will use humor, pop-culture, and levity wherever possible to convey material so that it is resonant and easily remembered. Nonetheless, we cover a variety of serious topics with significant impact.


Powerpoint Presentation[edit]

For the Powerpoint presentation given at the end of class on 9/19/2011 click here.

Instructor and Ambassadors[edit]

Instructor
Bradevanrosen (talk)
Campus Ambassadors
Joel Sircus, Evin McMullen, Stephanie Rivkin, Sebastian Park, Adi Kamdar (talk), Christopher Nofal
Online Ambassadors
Bejinhan (talk), Arbitrarily0 (talk)


Timeline[edit]

This timeline reflects the wikipedia components of the course. The substantive readings will be posted on the YLT syllabus page. "Week 1" may start at the actual week two of the course, because of the uncertainty of shopping period.

Week 1: Wikipedia Essentials[edit]

In class
  • Introduction to how Wikipedia will be used in the course
  • Discussion of student contributions
Reading
Assignment
  • Read Five pillars, an explanation of Wikipedia's basic rules and principles
In Campus Ambassador sessions
  • Campus Ambassadors introduce:
    • Basics of editing
    • Anatomy of Wikipedia articles, what makes a good article, how to distinguish between good & bad articles
    • Tips on finding the best articles to work on for class assignments
Reading
Assignments
(See this and this for example assignments.)
  • Create a Wikipedia account, create a user page, and sign up on the list of students on the course page.
  • To practice editing and communicating on Wikipedia, introduce yourself to one of the class's Online Ambassadors (via talk page), and leave a message for a classmate on their user talk page.
Milestone
  • All students have Wikipedia user accounts and are listed on the course page.


Reading
Assignments
  • Critically evaluate an existing Wikipedia article related to the class, and leave suggestions for improving it on the article's discussion page.
  • Research and list 3–5 articles on your Wikipedia user page that you will consider working on as your main project. Ask your class's Online Ambassadors for comments. Students proposing group work should correspond with Campus Ambassadors/Instructor regarding group members and scope of article.

Week 2: Using sources[edit]

Reading
Assignment (due week 5)
  • Add 1–2 sentences of new information, backed up with a citation to an appropriate source, to a Wikipedia article related to the class.
For next week
  • Teaching Team evaluates student's article selections, by week 5.

Week 3: Choosing articles[edit]

In class and Ambassador Sessions
  • Discuss the range of topics students will be working on and strategies for researching and writing about them.
Assignments (due week 6)
  • Select an article to work on, removing the rest from the course page.
  • Compile a bibliography of relevant research and post it to the talk page of the article you are working on. Begin reading the sources.

Week 4: Drafting starter articles[edit]

NOTE: The class-component is subject to be moved to coincide with the substantive class on Wikipedia, Collaboration and Online Communities.

In class
  • Instructor and/or Campus Ambassadors talk about Wikipedia culture & etiquette
  • Q&A session with instructor and/or Campus Ambassadors about interacting on Wikipedia and getting started with writing
  • Campus Ambassadors introduce the concept of sandboxes and how to use them.
Reading
Assignments (due week 7)
  • 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, write a summary version reflecting the content the article will have after it's been improved, and post this along with a brief description of your plans on the article's talk page.
  • Begin working with classmates and Online Ambassadors to polish your short starter article and fix any major transgressions of Wikipedia norms.
  • Continue research in preparation for expanding your article.
Milestone
  • All students have started editing articles or drafts on Wikipedia.

Week 5: Did you know[edit]

Reading
Wiki assignments (due week 8)
  • Move sandbox articles into main space.
  • For new articles or qualifying expansions of stubs, compose a one-sentence "hook," nominate it for "Did you know," and monitor the nomination for any issues identified by other editors.
  • Begin expanding your article into a comprehensive treatment of the topic.

Week 6: Building articles[edit]

In Campus Ambassador Sessions
  • Campus Ambassadors lead Wikipedia lab/workshop, covering:
    • Article ratings on Wikipedia & how to get there
    • Uploading images, and adding images to articles
Readings
Wiki assignments (due week 9)
  • Expand your article into an initial draft of a comprehensive treatment of the topic.
  • Select two classmates' articles that you will peer review and copy-edit. (You don't need to start reviewing yet.)

Week 7: Getting and giving feedback[edit]

In Campus Ambassador Sessions
  • As a group, have the students offer suggestions for improving one or two of the students' articles, setting the example for what is expected from a solid encyclopedia article.
Wiki assignments (due week 10)
  • Peer review two of your classmates' articles. Leave suggestions on the article talk pages.
  • Copy-edit the two reviewed articles.
Milestone
  • All articles have been reviewed by others. All students have reviewed articles by their classmates.

Week 8: Responding to feedback[edit]

NOTE: The class-component is subject to be moved to coincide with the substantive class on Wikipedia, Collaboration and Online Communities.

In class
  • Open discussion of the concepts of neutrality, media literacy, and the impact and limits of Wikipedia
Wiki assignments (due week 11)
  • Make edits to your article based on peers' feedback.
  • Nominate your article for Good Article status.

Week 9: Wrapping It Up[edit]

Wiki assignments (due week 12)
  • Add final touches to your Wikipedia article. Try to address issues from Good Article reviews.
  • Write a reflective essay (2-5 pages) on your Wikipedia contributions / group dynamic.

Week 10: Due date[edit]

You made it!

Milestone
  • Students have finished all their work on Wikipedia that will be considered for grading, and have submitted reflective essays.


Articles[edit]

This table will list each article that a student/student group is working on, and which other students will be peer reviewers for the article.

User Article 1st reviewer 2nd reviewer
User:Indigojin Makerbot Thing-O-Matic Section Tateharsh Drozycki16
User:npmakarov89 Bryan v MacPherson Tateharsh psykonautiks
User:cgiugale Bryan v MacPherson open open
User:Andersme Bryan v MacPherson open open
User:Tateharsh Detroit Free Press v. Ashcroft Andersme cgiugale
User:Misbahuz Playboy Enterprises, Inc. v. Starware Publishing Corp., Color Labs Andersme psykonautiks
User:cgyer Perjury in the United States Indigojin npmakarov89
User:comp615 and User:baygross Geolocation Privacy and Surveillance Act Indigojin npmakarov89
User:psykonautiks United States v. LaMacchia Drozycki16 Misbahuz
User:Drozycki16 Stanley v. Georgia psykonautiks open
User:Example User Example article open open
User:Example User Example article open open
User:Example User Example article open open
User:Example User Example article open open
User:Example User Example article open open
User:Example User Example article open open
User:Example User Example article open open
User:Example User Example article open open
User:Example User Example article open open
User:Example User Example article open open
User:Example User Example article open open
User:Example User Example article open open
User:Example User Example article open open
User:Example User Example article open open



Article banners

To mark each article the subject of a student project, add the following code at the top of the talk page for each article: {{ WAP assignment | course = Wikipedia:Ambassadors/Courses/Intro to Law and Technology (Brad Rosen) | university = Yale University | term = 2011 Q3 | project = WikiProject Law }} That will result in the following banner (and make the articles easy to track):


Grading[edit]

Wikipedia contributions will be graded as follows:

Students will be evaluated on the basis of their participation in the early wikipedia exercises, their contributions to the class Wikipedia discussion list, the peer-review and collaboration process, and the presentation of their reflective essay. While some weight will be given to the quality of the contributions to Wikipedia, the focus will not be on if edits are accepted or not-reverted.

Students[edit]

Add your username to the list here using the format for Example User below: