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Welcome to the Education Program Incidents page.

This page is for reporting and discussing specific incidents related to student editing and/or the Education Program on the English Wikipedia that require the intervention of experienced editors and/or administrators.

Topics may include:

  • Content issues created by real or potential student assignments
  • Unresponsive classrooms or those editing with poorly managed or structured courses
  • Classrooms editing without a course page or with an ambiguous page
  • And any other issue that might relate to student assignments

Of course, we should remain civil towards all participants and assume good faith.

  • Before posting a grievance about a user here, please discuss the issue with them on their user talk page.
  • You should generally notify any user who is the subject of a discussion. You may use {{ping}} or {{tiny ping}} to do so, or simply link their username when you post your comment. It is not required to contact students when their edits are only being discussed in the context of a class-wide problem.
  • Please include diffs to help us find the problem you are reporting.
  • Please sign all contributions, using four tilde characters "~~~~".
  • Threads are automatically archived after 7 days of inactivity.

Where possible and relevant, please include the following information with any report: Article(s), Course, Instructor, Online volunteers, and Student.

See also
  • Special:Courses (a list of courses using the Education Program extension)

User-space contributions for possible informal and/or unregistered class project back in 2008?[edit]

Hi all,
I'm on CSD patrol this pleasant summer evening AEST, and in the morning UTC, and I've come across the contributions of WeepingBritney (talk · contribs · deleted contribs · logs · edit filter log · block user · block log) They are all in user-space. They are all up for [[WP:U5] deletion. I can't identify the class project or the class's professor. There seems to me to be some value in WeepingBritney's contributions. Should they be deleted?
I would appreciate your thoughts about this. (PS: I incorrectly identified WB's contributions as recent, and sent them a message. I'm kind of bad with dates, and numbers in general. I'm not going to link "Dyscalculia" again, as it already links to far too many of my comments instead of the article itself.)
Pete AU aka --Shirt58 (talk) 09:46, 22 December 2014 (UTC)

I would decline a CSD on these; however they are very stale and if the editor is gone placing all of Special:PrefixIndex/User:WeepingBritney up for MfD would likely result in removal. — xaosflux Talk 16:47, 22 December 2014 (UTC)

Race, feminism, representation issues[edit]

Just noting that there was a potentially problematic course page brought up at AN. Here is the link Wikipedia:Administrators'_noticeboard#University_class. Cheers, NativeForeigner Talk 04:18, 25 December 2014 (UTC)

Course needing attention[edit]

Education Program:University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill/PSYC500 - Developmental Psychopathology (Fall 2014)  supported by Wiki Ed is an example of a course that caused significantly more work than benefit this term. The good news is they at least have a course page, and some of their work is confined to sandbox; the bad news is this course has hit numerous articles with content that isn't salvageable. Could someone from Wiki Ed contact the prof, Eyoungstrom, and help get them better versed in WP:MEDRS, WP:MEDMOS, encyclopedic writing and tone, and work on adding content in the right place? They seem to have no knowledge of MEDRS or any basics of writing medical content on Wikipedia. SandyGeorgia (Talk) 10:15, 8 January 2015 (UTC)


Could someone please take a look at Imperialism? I'm assuming that when a large number of new accounts all start to edit the same article (without clear vandalism/socking), the most likely explanation is that it's a class. Talk page discussion here. Thanks, Sunrise (talk) 20:19, 1 February 2015 (UTC)

I looked, and it's got to be either a class, or a remarkable case of meatpuppetry. One thing to keep in mind, where you left "@Account name" messages, is that the notification system here seems awfully buggy, so there is no guarantee the editors will see your message. What works the best would be if you go to the talk page of every putative student account, and leave Template:Welcome student there. Once you've done that, you can take note of WP:NOTTA for your own information, and the WikiEd staff should see the discussion here and follow up. --Tryptofish (talk) 20:53, 1 February 2015 (UTC)
@Sunrise, Tryptofish: Thanks for the heads up and for trying to engage the students. I believe I've tracked down the course and its instructor. If I'm correct, it's a relatively short-term assignment that ends next week. It's not a Wiki Ed supported course, but I'm reaching out now to see if we can change that for next term (or for the rest of this term, if possible). If there's anything else to report, I'll post it here. --Ryan (Wiki Ed) (talk) 20:48, 2 February 2015 (UTC)

Sorry everyone, I'm the instructor and didn't know about Wiki Ed. I'll get on board with it for next term if I try again. Doesn't seem to make sense for this term since the assignment is short and nearly over. Many apologies for the mess! I'll try to help clean it up. --Sara.koopman (talk) — Preceding undated comment added 21:50, 2 February 2015 (UTC)

@Sara.koopman: Thanks for posting here and for addressing the concerns raised. I sent an email to you moments before seeing you replied here. Please feel free to leave a message for me either on my talk page or by email if you'd like to know more about the kind of support Wiki Ed can provide for next term, as well as some tools that may be useful even though this term is almost over. Our Content Experts, for example, are knowledgeable and experienced Wikipedians who can provide feedback to your students about their edits. There's a good overview at the For Instructors section of our website. --Ryan (Wiki Ed) (talk) 22:21, 2 February 2015 (UTC)