Wikipedia:Course pages

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Student assignments should use course pages, either in the "Wikipedia" namespace, the "User" namespace, or using semi-automated structured course pages in the "Education Program" namespace. All assignments should use a course page, including those participating in the U.S., Canada, and other Wikipedia Education Programs as well as independent courses.


A course page should help the Wikipedia community identify the instructor, students, ambassador(s), articles that will be edited, and student drafts. Details on the assignment and how it will be graded are also valuable. Course pages allow editors to discriminate between editor-specific and classroom-specific issues, so that constructive feedback can be targeted to the right place.

Education Program course and institution pages[edit]

A course page using the Education Program namespace is a structured page that organizes information related to a course.

Structured course pages show:

  • Course name
  • Term
  • Start and end dates
  • Number of students
  • Whether the course is in session
  • Description of the course (often including a syllabus)
  • Instructors
  • Campus ambassadors
  • Online ambassadors
  • Students
  • Articles the students are working on

Wikipedia administrators, as well as users in the usergroups (Course coordinator, Course campus volunteer, Course online volunteer, and Course instructor) may create, edit, or delete a course page. Any user may enroll as a student using an "Enroll" tab at the top of the course page. To prevent non-students from enrolling on a course page, an enrollment token may be set that must be entered upon enrollment. Any user may sign up to review a student's work by clicking "Become a reviewer" next to the article in the list, and a reviewer may opt out at any time.

An Institution page in the "Education Program" namespaces shows courses offered at a specific learning institution.

An institution page shows:

  • Institution name
  • Location
  • All Wikipedia Education Program courses (past, present, and planned) at that institution

Wikipedia administrators, as well as users in the course usergroups (Course coordinator, Course campus volunteer, Course online volunteer, and Course instructor) may create, edit, or delete an institution page.

Creating an Education Program course page[edit]

This video walks through the creation and use of course pages.

To set up an Education Program course page, you need to have a user account on Wikipedia that has the rights to do so (either admin rights, or any of the "course" rights). If this is your first time using the course page system, you should begin by going through the orientation for educators, which covers best practices for Wikipedia assignments and also walks you through the process of drafting an assignment plan and requesting the course instructor user right.

If you already you have the course instructor user right and you would like to set up a new course page:

  1. Check to see whether your institution (e.g., your college or university) is already in Wikipedia’s course page system by going to Special:Institutions. If not, add it. (If you are logged in and have the “Course instructor” right, you should see an “Add a new institution” section above the list of institutions already in the system.)
  2. Go to your institution page, then start your course page. In the “Add a course” section, select your institution from the pulldown menu, enter the course name and the term (e.g., 2013 Q1), and click “Add course.”
  3. Fill in the details for your course including an “enrollment token” that your students will use as the code to allow them to enroll on the course page, the start and end dates, and a description of the course in general and what students will be trying to do on Wikipedia in particular—and then press “Submit” to create the course page.
  4. After your course page has been started, you can send your students the URL of your course page along with the enrollment token, and they can sign up as students in the course (once they have created their Wikipedia accounts). You can then use the Special:MyCourses page (linked from the top of the page near your username as "Courses") to see recent activity from your students.
  • {{Course page wizard}} - By default, the code for the course page wizard will be part of a new course page in the "Education Program:" namespace. It will walk you through adding the standard sections, with example content for full course timeline and a grading rubric (which you can adapt or replace with your own). The result will look something like this course. If you wish to create a course page manually instead of using the wizard, simply remove the wizard code when you create the course page.

Creating an independent course page[edit]

One can create their own independent course page in user space. One may adapt the template provided here, which was based off of this course page. Piotrus' course boilerplate can also be adapted. More examples can be found at the syllabus collection.

  • {{Course page}} - This is used to build a course page in the "Wikipedia:" namespace. The result will look something like this past course. See the template documentation for usage details.

Related special pages[edit]

The course pages extension includes a number of special pages for displaying the users, pages, and activity associated with courses: Special:SpecialPages#Education.


This page displays displays activity feeds for all active courses a user is associated with (whether as student, instructor, or online or campus volunteer), such as when students make edits to their articles or create their user pages.


This page lets users see which courses they are enrolled in as students or are instructors or online or campus volunteers for. Students may add articles they are working on through this page. Instructors can see the student tables from multiple courses at once on this page.


This page lists all the courses in the system, and allows users with the right to do so to add new courses. By default it shows only current courses, but the list of courses can be filtered to show all courses, or courses by term and/or institution and/or status (Current/Passed/Planned).

Users with the right to do so can also delete multiple courses at once through this page.


This page lists all the institutions in the system, and allows users with the right to do so to add new institutions. By default it shows all institutions, but the list can be filtered to show only those with active courses and/or only institutions in a specific country.


This page lists all students enrolled in course pages, and which current courses (if any) they are enrolled in.


This page indicates the overall activity level of students across all courses, and lists recent editing activity from students.


This page lists the profiles of all online volunteers in the system.


This page allows a user in the online volunteer user group to create an associated profile with a short biography (entered as wiki text) and the file name of a profile photo.


This page lists the profiles of all campus volunteers in the system.


This page allows a user in the campus volunteer user group to create an associated profile with a short biography (entered as wiki text) and the file name of a profile photo.

Interface messages[edit]

MediaWiki:Course description

The contents of this page get preloaded in the page text field when a new course is being created. Institution specific contents can be added a subpages with the name of the institution (MediaWiki:Course description/Example University, for example), and that will be used instead when courses at that institution are created.

MediaWiki:Course header (not currently used, but it will work if page is created)

The contents of this page will appear at the top of every course page.

Category:MyCourses Did You Know

Pages in this category are used for the "Did You Know" box that appears on Special:MyCourses. One page from the category is chosen randomly each time MyCourses is loaded.

Related templates[edit]

{{course page wizard}}

This is a template for building course page content section by section, similar to {{course page}} (which is for course pages in the Wikipedia: namespace). It guides users through the creation of three subpages in the Education Program talk: namespace that get transcluded onto the main course page, with default content for a course description, a course timeline, and a grading rubric, which instructors can replace or adapt to their own courses.

  • {{Course page 2/Timeline/preload}} is the preloaded example course timeline. It should be kept up to date with best practices for Wikipedia assignments.
{{Wikipedia:Course pages/Notice}}

This notice is included at the top of course pages that use the course page wizard, and can be used for announcements and notices that are relevant to all courses (such as guidance for working around bugs that cause significant confusion).