It can be tricky to find the right balance between lack of prior good Wikipedia coverage and available literature from which to build new Wikipedia coverage, and that it may take some time to find an appropriate article to work on.
Marguerite begins to explore potential articles for improvement, the most promising of which she’ll post on her user page. Professor Ruppel had a list of appropriate 'stub' or 'start' articles ahead of time for the students to choose from. Although this took more time for her to prepare, it got her students researching their articles sooner.
Courses supported by the Wiki Education Foundation also have the help of a Wikipedia Content Expert. This expert is assigned to the course to help identify good articles for improvement in the course's topic area, and answer questions from instructors or students.
Marguerite feels supported by both her instructor and the Content Expert, who clearly explained last week how to find help if they run into trouble on Wikipedia (e.g., live chat help).