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This page is about Wikipedia and school projects. For an overview of Wikipedia in relation to schools, see Wikipedia:Schools' FAQ. For Oversight (also known as Suppression), see Wikipedia:Oversight.

This page collects information about Wikipedia editing projects in school and university classes, including an archive of many past class projects.

A list of current classes using Wikipedia can be found at Special:Courses, or below.

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The University of California Berkeley's Politics of Piracy Decal Fall 2010 Class taking part in a course that uses Wikipedia


Current projects[edit]

For current and previous projects using the course page system that launched in January 2013, see Special:Courses.

Please add new projects at the bottom of this section, and indicate when the projects will end. When a project is completed, archive the information relating to it in one of the subpages listed below at "Past projects". If you need help with this, leave a message on the talk page.

You are invited to add the template {{Educational assignment}} to the talk pages of articles which are created or significantly changed due to an assignment. The template looks like this:

University of Freiburg, Freiburg, Germany - Translation (Ongoing - SINCE 2006)[edit]

This is a short project that has been repeated every semester since summer 2006 in the context of a few translation classes (German to English). These classes are exclusively for students in the English Department; most of them are teacher trainees. During each project period of two to three weeks students work on selecting, translating, proofreading and editing texts. Learning how wiki software and Wikipedia work is also a part of what we do. We'd love to coordinate this work with other groups. –OberMegaTrans (talk) 21:42, 5 May 2009 (UTC)--AnTransit (talk) 11:07, 15 December 2014 (UTC)

New Jersey Institute of Technology, Newark, New Jersey (Fall 2007-present)[edit]

An assignment was created by Davida Scharf, Director of Reference and Instruction at NJIT's Van Houten Library and tested in both online and face-to-face junior-level technical communication classes taught by Prof. Carol Johnson in the Fall of 2007 and Prof. James Lipuma in 2008 and currently. Students are asked to create a new article or revise an existing one on Wikipedia. They are asked to consider the audience they are addressing, as well as the context, as expressed in branching in and out and categorization, We developed a rubric for assessing student work. Contact us for details. See our presentation at the Merlot Conference in San Jose, California, August 2009. This project is ongoing. In 2010 we were invited to the Wikimedia Foundation for discussions that launched the Outreach Program to Higher Education. Our work was featured in a brochure of case studies in 2012. In Spring 2011, Prof. Theresa Hunt piloted a literature-based Wikipedia assignment in a freshman composition course. In Fall 2012 the librarians in collaboration with several faculty members in various disciplines utilized an assignment that requires students to trace information in a Wikipedia article of their choosing back to the sources cited in order to verify the accuracy and quality of the information and source. In some cases students are editing and improving the entries.

University of Michigan[edit]

At the moment the course and Wikipedia activities at UM associated with the courses below is on hiatus due to the lead professor not currently teaching these courses and the lead graduate student has graduated! Please check back soon. MichChemGSI (talk) is still happy to help in any capacity you may need, just contact her talk page.

Undergraduate Level Chemistry[edit]

In the winter of 2011 undergraduate chemistry students worked in groups to improve a named reaction page. The pages that were worked on are Appel reaction, Ritter reaction, Jones oxidation. These students copyedited the entry, created an animation illustrating the general mechanism, overviewed the history of the reaction and identified key spectroscopic features. MichChemGSI (talk) 14:02, 12 May 2011 (UTC)

Graduate Level Chemistry[edit]

For a complete list of pages please refer to User:UMChemProfessor In the winter of 2010, students in the graduate course on polymer chemistry (10 students) are adding content to the following sites: Cationic_polymerization, Polyfluorene, Polymer_brush, High Refractive Index Polymers (new site), and Plasma_polymerization. The revised/new sites will be unveiled in April 2011. Questions to UMChemProfessor (talk) 16:28, 2 February 2011 (UTC)

In the winter of 2011, students in the graduate course on polymer chemistry (30 students) are adding content to the following sites: dynamic mechanical analysis and spectroscopy, gradient copolymers, karl ziegler, RAFT, ferroelectric polymers, chain-growth polymerizations, electroactive polymers, coordination polymers, antimicrobial polymers, and dendrimers (synthesis and applications). The sites will be unveiled in April 2010. Questions to UMChemProfessor (talk) 23:31, 1 February 2010 (UTC)

In the fall of 2009, students in the graduate course in physical organic chemistry (40 students) added content to the following sites: host-guest chemistry, Hammett equation (modifications), tunneling in kinetic isotope effects, strain (chemistry)/transannular strain, Walsh diagrams, salt bridges, cheletropic reactions, hypervalent molecules, A-values, A-1,3-strain, self-healing polymers, and solvents/solvent effects. Questions to User:UMChemProfessor. User:UMChemProfessor (talk) 15:24, 12 October 2009 (UTC)

In Winter 2009, a graduate course in the organic chemistry of macromolecules (12 students) added content to anionic polymerization, gel permeation chromatography, fire-safe polymers (new site), shape memory polymers, step-growth polymerizations, and covalent organic frameworks (new site). Questions to UMChemProfessor (talk) 02:08, 11 February 2009 (UTC)

In Fall 2008, a graduate course in physical organic chemistry (26 students) added content in the area of transition state theory, asymmetric induction, chiral lewis acid, benson group increment theory, the hammett equation, the taft equation, halogen bonding, hyperconjugation, and pi-interactions. Questions to User:UMChemProfessor (talk) 14:38, 11 December 2008 (UTC)

Fall 2009 (Ongoing - see dates below)[edit]

IUPUI Museum Studies Documentation Projects

As part of the IUPUI Museum Studies collection care and management course FA09-IN-MSTD-A416/A516-18435, students have been given the following two assignements that must be completed in Wikipedia.

Collections Management Systems Analysis

Students will analyze three Wikipedia articles, the Smithsonian’s public database (SIRIS), and information on local public sculpture published by Indiana’s Save Outdoor Sculpture (SOS) project. Students will prepare and publish this written analysis using your individual Wikipedia “talk page.” The completed assignment should have a word count of 1,000-1,200 words. Your analysis should include ten internal Wikipedia links, and address conceptual issues for at least three relevant Wikipedia categories.

Final Project

The final project for the class is to write and publish two Wikipedia articles on sculptures contained in or related to IUPUI’s collection. The project has several components: A) Object Selection and Research. B) Drafting and Refining. C) Presentation and Feedback. Students will present their work in progress during class on 10/20, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, and 11/24 (roughly 4 students each day). D) Publishing Article.

Wikipedia articles must be completed by the beginning of class on 12/1. When your articles are finalized, email a link to the instructors and print a copy of each article to turn in. Please note that articles posted on Wikipedia are subject to editing, relocation, and removal—print your article as soon as it is posted.


Students will explore ways in which Wikipedia can be used as a content management system (CMS) to help care for outdoor sculptures. Further, students will explore ways in which Flickr can be used as a digital asset management system.

WikiProject Page

Wikipedia:WikiProject Public art

Fall 2010[edit]

This project is continuing again for Fall 2010.

As part of the IUPUI Museum Studies collection care and management course FA09-IN-MSTD-A416/A516-18435, students have been given a set of class class assignments that walk them through the basics of Wikipedia and then guide them through the documentation of 42 individual artworks at the Indiana Statehouse.

The graduate students in the class have a leadership roles that are mean to allow each student to take a significant role in making sure the project comes together as a whole.

The final project is the creation of the Indiana Statehouse Public Art Collection.

Spring 2012[edit]

A survey and research course is working to document a collection of artifacts and artworks at the Madame Walker Theatre Center. As part of this project, students will be working to document the collection and share their findings. More info on MWTC's Blog.

School of Law, Singapore Management University: Constitutional and Administrative Law Wikipedia Project (ongoing; started January 2010)[edit]

This project, which started in January 2010 and has been repeated each year since, is managed by Assistant Professor Jack Tsen-Ta Lee of the School of Law, Singapore Management University. Participants of the project are LL.B. and J.D. students. They are required to collaborate with the members of the groups to which they have been assigned to prepare a Wikipedia article or part of one. The aims of the project are to encourage students to internalize the material covered in the course, as well as to contribute towards producing a body of accurate information about Singapore constitutional and administrative law that is freely available on the Internet. The project page is at "Wikipedia:School and university projects/SMU Constitutional and Administrative Law Wikipedia Project".

Polytechnic of Namibia, Windhoek – Information Competence (2010-2012)[edit]

First-year students used their sandboxes to either create or improve an article about Southern Africa. Main module objectives were: Acquiring the syntax capabilities to edit Wikipedia, evaluating the reliability of sources, mini-research on a local topic. We restricted students to obviously notable concepts (geography, historic events, political office holders, requested articles). Acceptable work ("pass") was incorporated in main space after the respective course has ended.

This project is temporarily suspended and will not run in 2013. The reason is that we could not manage the fast growth of this course, and the implications this had for the Wikipedia community. The evaluation of the 2012 student work is still backlogged, you can help us if you have some time to spare. --Pgallert (talk) 17:51, 5 February 2013 (UTC)

BI Norwegian Business School, Oslo,Norway (Fall 2006-present)[edit]

Prof. Espen Andersen (Espen) regularly assigns Wikipedia writing as one of several graded assignments for various graduate level classes in Technology Strategy, eBusiness or IT Management (MBA/EMBA/M.Sc.), 3-4 classes per year of 25-60 students. Details of the assignments can be found here for GRA6821 and here for GRA6834. The intent is to teach the students how to behave and contribute in a crowdsourcing environment - and, of course, to make Wikipedia better! The students can contribute in any language version of Wikipedia they choose (most use the Norwegian or English one), but will create a user page listing their contributions, and write a reflection paper towards the end of the course. The idea is that the students do the editing throughout the course, gaining experience as they go. For the more experienced Wikipedians - should there be a problem (copyright violations, non-encyclopedic material, etc.) please address the individual contributor, and escalate to Espen Andersen if undesirable behavior is continued. (These are graduate students of business and problems seldom arise, but once in a while someone misunderstands and pulls a fast one.) Espen Andersen's contact details can be found at his contact web page.

St. Charles Community College, Cottleville, Missouri (Summer 2011 - present)[edit]

There are over 1000 psychology-related stubs in WP:PSYCH. Even new psychology students will be capable of improving these articles to a collegiate level. Introduction to Psychology is an introductory overview of the field of psychology. It is an examination of behavioral, cognitive, psychoanalytic, humanistic and biological viewpoints in psychology. The course includes learning principles and applications, motivation, emotions, stress, psychobiology, personality, abnormal behaviors and approaches to therapy. Contact Professor Harden for more information.

University of Hull - Scarborough Campus (UK) - School of Arts & New Media (ongoing)[edit]

Students at the School of Arts & New Media explore the concept of open content and the read/write web while learning about specific aspects of either Digital Performance, Machinima or Cyberpsychology. They do this by creating and/or editing Wikipedia entries about some of the key projects and established areas of interest in their area of study. The coordinating tutor for this work is Toni Sant who has worked with students in the same department, on contributions to existing Wikipedia entries as well as new ones, since 2010. See details of current session.

Universitat Jaume I - Faculty of Humanity and Social Sciences - Universitat Jaume I - E-translating Project[edit]

Third-year students from the Universitat Jaume I (Castellón, Spain) translate selected articles from the Spanish to the English Wikipedia language version in teams. The texts selected are pre-assessed for lexicon and terminology with the aid of ADA. ADELEX ANALYSER. The objective (and reward for both students and teachers/facilitators) is for students to see their translations published on Wikipedia article. Students will assess each other's translations and suggest corrections. A parallel project at the University Jaume I, in which second-year students translate Wikipedia articles from English into Spanish, can be found at "Aprendices de traducción con la Wikipedia".

University of Kent - Attitudes and Social Cognition (Spring 2012 - present)[edit]

Students in the final year module SP612: Attitudes and Social Cognition led by Mario Weick submit an annotated Wikipedia entry as part of their course assignments. The project supports the APS Wikipedia Initiative. A list of contributions can be found here: SP612 (talk · contribs)

Georgia Institute of Technology - Introductory Neuroscience (Spring 2007-present)[edit]

Professor Steve Potter's Introductory Neuroscience class at the Georgia Institute of Technology in the USA (BMED/BIOL 4752) has been adding and fixing up Wikipedia articles related to neuroscience since 2007. Each student chooses a neuro topic of his or her choice that is a stub or non-existent on Wikipedia, and becomes an expert in that topic across the semester. To do that, students read papers and books, interview other experts, and practice Wikipedia mechanics. These Georgia Tech seniors have contributed hundreds of neuro-related articles to Wikipedia. More info can be found at: User:Professorpotter/GeorgiaTech-IntroNeuro and at Prof. Potter's Teaching Page

University of Queensland, Brisbane, Australia – Research Methods (Ongoing)[edit]

This semester-long project, running since 2010, provides third year Arts students with an opportunity to undertake research into the lives and histories of Australian subjects. Using traditional documentary research methods the students build a knowledge base to underpin a high quality Wikipedia article on people and organisations whose archives are held in the collecting library of the University of Queensland. I choose the subjects of research and the students work in groups of 4 or 5 in close consultation with me to develop the content for the article. After some weeks of research the students begin working in a sandbox to build the article. It is transferred to the mainspace two or three weeks out from the end of semester and the Wikimedia Australia members were asked to comment on their work. Learning how to work within wiki software and understanding the place of Wikipedia in contemporary knowledge sharing are essential aspects of this project. The students take great pride in their work and the University is happy with the results as well. –Kerry K Kerry K 10:30, 5 August 2012 (UTC)

Chesapeake College, Wye Mills, Maryland (Spring 2013)[edit]

We will be improving the college's Wikipedia page as well as related articles on local topics, such as towns on the Eastern Shore of Maryland. More details will be forthcoming as we sort out our assignments and syllabus. Contact phette23 for more information. The project will end at the end of the Spring semester, in the middle of May.

Saint Louis University Biology (Spring 2013)[edit]

Students in a graduate level Signal Transduction class will create or expand Wikipedia articles related to the course topic. Biolprof (talk) 04:21, 9 January 2013 (UTC)

Queen Mary, University of London Research Methods (Film) (Spring 2013)[edit]

As part of a second year undergraduate course in Research Methods, students will be spending 6 weeks in small groups, adopting, evaluating and editing an existing Wikipedia page whose subject is a single film. Please contact DrJennyCee for further details. Would be very grateful for support from experienced facilitators! The project will run from January 2012 to mid-February 2012, and will run again in the Fall semester of 2013. DrJennyCee(talk) 13:27 14 January 2012 (GMT)

University of Toronto Mississauga The Rhetoric of Digital and Interactive Media Environments (Winter 2013)[edit]

Description here. Course Page

NCSU - Critical Approaches to Wikipedia, Information, and the Collaborative Construction of Knowledge (Spring 2013)[edit]

Cross-listed as ENG 395 and COM 395 in the spring 2013 semester at NC State University.

Course Description: "Students approach Wikipedia, the free and open online encyclopedia, from media studies and rhetorical perspectives. Includes assessment of popular arguments of credibility, authorship, expertise, and the site's role as information source, as well as critical discussion of collaborative knowledge production, the codification of knowledge, the encyclopedia genre, access and the digital divide, Web 2.0 and participatory culture, systematic bias, and free culture. Assignments take place largely on Wikipedia, developing firsthand experiential understanding informed by and informing class concepts."

Grafton High School YA Novel Improvement Project (Spring 2013)[edit]

As part of the English 9 curriculum taught by Roseclearfield, students improve and (when notable) create pages for young adult novels and other bildungsroman in an effort to reduce teen vandalism of these vulnerable pages, provide students with an authentic writing assignment, and reduce the stigma that Wikipedia should never be used for any purpose in high school. The project will begin on March 5, 2013, and end on May 15, 2013. This project was presented at the AACE-Ed Media Conference in 2009 and at the National Council of Teachers of English Conference in 2012. The project page can be found here.

Monterrey Institute of Technology and Higher Education, Mexico City, Mexico City Spring 2013[edit]

Two groups of Medical English are working on various projects in Wikipedia including adding photos, translation of articles, contacting other medical people and more. For more information see my user page Thelmadatter (talk) 03:56, 22 February 2013 (UTC)

Readings in Informational Sociology, Hanyang University, Korea, Spring 2013[edit]

Details of the course are at Wikipedia:School and university projects/User:Piotrus/Spring 2013. The course is run by User:Piotrus (acting both as the instructor and Wikipedia ambassador).

Imperial College London Science Communication for Life Sciences (2012-present)[edit]

Students create and edit articles on a variety of biological and biochemical topics for a final-year module in Science Communication. This has run each spring term since 2012. See User:Polypompholyx for past and current contributions.

University of Padua, Italy, Educational Technology (from 2009-present)[edit]

Students in the Educational Technology classes create and modify articles in the Italian Wikipedia about learning, training and other topics related to e-learning and Web 2.0. They learn to use Wikipedia as contributors, improving their digital competences on selecting and evaluating reliability of informations. Contact prof. Corrado Petrucco of the Departement of Education. User:Conradpd

University of the Philippines Open University Bachelor of Arts in Multimedia Studies Program (July 2013)[edit]

Students under the MMS 130 course (Information and Communications Technology for Development) are tasked to create a Wikipedia page on distance eLearning, focusing on how it works, how it started, its different learning approaches, its strengths and weaknesses and the current issues and solutions related to it.

University of South Florida[edit]

Students in the Fall 2013 Public History course at the University of South Florida are creating a Wikipedia page for the American Civil War Sesquicentennial.

Students in the Fall 2013 LIS 5937 Wikipedia and Knowledge Management course at the University of South Florida are editing and creating Wikipedia pages on a variety of Library Science and Florida topics as part of the coursework.

Rishi Valley School, India (June to September) 2013[edit]

Students will improve (or create) articles of relevance as part of a project that involves research, evaluation of sources, critical reading, learning writing and editing. Hands-on training session and online support by User:Shyamal and course coordinated by Dr. Kaustubh Rau.

Simon Fraser University, 2010, 2014[edit]

History 479 ("Change, Conflict and Resistance in Twentieth-Century China: Tiananmen Square") first contributed original content related to the Tiananmen Square Protests of 1989 in Fall 2010. The class is being offered for a second time in Spring 2014; 20 students have been uploading new content in March and April 2014. The project page is: Wikipedia:School and university projects/SFU Tiananmen Square Project. Instructor is Oaxacanalia (talk).

Oconomowoc High School, 2014[edit]

Our sophomore U.S. History class is picking a topic related to Oconomowoc History and trying to get a page published on Wikipedia. We have spent a lot of the year on objectivity, researching, and sourcing their information. The course is taught by Nick Schueller and Jason Curtis.

University of Washington, 2014, Spring[edit]

ARCHY 309 'Mainland Southeast Asian Archaeology' This course is open to Anthropology majors at all undergraduate levels, with 12 in the current session. The goals of the course are for students to be able to describe some of the archaeological evidence from mainland SEA and construct a basic timeline of major social, economic and technological events across the region; understand the controversies current in mainland SEA archaeology, especially those surrounding major transition events; apply scientific archaeological thinking to evaluate different sides of the current controversies, and; interpret archaeological evidence and evaluate the validity of different explanations. We're using wikipedia to make connections between the literature we read in class and online content. We're improving wikipedia by (1) adding scholarly sources to existing articles, (2) contributing new verifiable content to existing articles, and (3) contributing new articles (though some may never leave the students' sandboxes) Comtebenoit (talk) 04:45, 3 June 2014 (UTC)

Past projects[edit]

2003–2008 • 2009 • 2010 • 2011 • 2012

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