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Mission Statement[edit]

The Interactive Measurement Group will: (1) prepare students for post-baccalaureate education and careers, by helping them identify career and educational goals, develop their leadership and teamwork skills, develop their communication (oral and written) and computer skills, and develop their research skills; and (2) conduct research on psychometric topics, by collecting, scoring, and analyzing data on psychometric topics, and presenting results in professional forums (e.g., conferences, publications).

Course description[edit]

This course will introduce students to all aspects of the research process, including (1) literature review, (2) study design and creation, and (3) scoring, data analysis, and presentation. Students will read and present research literature. They will be involved in the creation and administration of new research studies. They will score, enter, and analyze data. They will present research findings both verbally and in written form.

As part of this work, students will edit Wikipedia pages. They will learn about topics that are relevant to our research and share that knowledge with others through Wikipedia.



Instructor and Ambassadors[edit]

Instructor
Kimberly A. Barchard: Kbarchard (talk)
Campus Ambassadors
Brianna: BriannaMaxim (talk)
Sae Hui Lee: saehee0908 (talk)
Online Ambassadors
~ Matthewrbowker Talk to me


Timeline[edit]

Week 1: Wikipedia Essentials[edit]

Goals
Create Wikipedia and APSWI accounts. Complete APSWI tutorials 1-4.
Before Class
In Class Activities
Homework


Week 2: Editing Basics[edit]

Goals
Learn basic editing.
Before Class
In Class Activities
  • Sign up on the list of students on the very bottom of this syllabus.
  • 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.
  • Create your own talk page by clicking "My talk".
  • Complete APSWI tutorials 5-11. Remember, these are on the left hand menu, near the bottom, under Resources.
Homework
Milestone
  • All students have Wikipedia and APSWI user accounts and have started editing.

Week 3: Wikipedia Culture[edit]

Goals
Start learning about Wikipedia culture and copy edit an article.
Before Class
  • Read Neutral point of view, read the lead and section 1 titled “Explanation of the point of view”
  • Read No Original Research, read the lead
  • Read Verifiability, read the lead and sections 3.1 and 3.2 titled “Reliable sources” and “Newspaper and magazine blogs”
In Class Activities
Homework


Week 4: Choosing articles[edit]

Goals
Pick articles to improve.
Before Class Activities
  • Go to the APS Wikipedia Initiative website. Click on "Course Articles" on the left hand side. Read the leads and skim the body of at least five articles.
  • Select three articles you would like to work on from the articles listed under course articles in APSWI.
  • List these three articles in the section labeled "Articles" after Week 12 at the bottom of this syllabus. Be sure to provide functional links to your username, talk page, and the articles.
In Class Activities
  • Talk with other students and with the ambassadors about the articles you read. Evaluate the articles according to the criteria for a good article (covered in week 2). If possible, find other students who are interested in the same articles as you.
  • During class, we will determine the article that you will work on.
Milestone
  • Everyone knows what article they are going to work on.

Week 5: Using Sources[edit]

Goals
Learn how to cite sources
Before Class
In Class Activities
Homework

Week 6: Envisioning final articles[edit]

Goals
Start editing your article.
Before Class Activities
  • Locate additional information about your topic. What's missing? What would a good article on this topic include?
In Class Activities
  • Work with your classmates and the Wikipedia Ambassadors to write a summary (in Microsoft Word) that describes the content the article will have AFTER it's been improved. Drafting your work in Word allows you to save your file frequently to protect yourself against computer crashes, polish your writing before posting, and work on your ideas over multiple times.
  • Copy and paste your summary at the end of the article talk page, and introduce this summary by saying that you are working on the content of the article and that this is a summary of the content you think the article should have.
Homework
  • If other Wikipedians reply to your post on the talk page, discuss the article with them on the article talk page.


Week 7: Building articles[edit]

Goals
Continue editing your articles.
Before Class
  • Locate reliable sources to expand your article into a comprehensive treatment of the topic.
In Class Activities
  • Work with your classmates and the Wikipedia Ambassadors to incorporate your new sources.
  • Polish the writing and re-organize the article as necessary.
  • Post a comment at the bottom of the talk page, explaining the changes you made.
Homework
  • Keep working on your article.

Week 8: Adding pictures[edit]

Goals
Add relevant pictures.
Before Class
In Class Activities
  • Talk with your classmates and the Wikipedia Ambassadors to decide which pictures to add.
  • Locate appropriate pictures.
  • Upload images to Wikimedia Commons, if necessary.
  • Add images to articles.
  • If you were unable to find all the images you wanted, post a comment on the talk page to suggest other images that would be helpful.
Homework
  • Finish adding the images you selected.
  • Continue to build the content of the article.

Week 9: Realize Your Vision[edit]

Goals
Finish implementing the vision you had for the article.
Before Class Activities
  • Find additional sources.
In Class Activities
  • Discuss and incorporate the new sources.
  • Polish the writing and re-organize as necessary.
  • Select two classmates' articles that you will peer review and copy-edit. (You don't need to start reviewing yet.)
Homework
  • Finish implementing your vision. Make your article complete.

Week 10: Getting and giving feedback[edit]

Goals
Give peers feedback on their articles.
Before Class Activities
In Class Activities
  • Provide suggestions for improving one or two of the students' articles, setting the example for what is expected from a solid encyclopedia article.
  • Explain article ratings on Wikipedia & how to get there.
Assignments
  • Peer review two of your classmates' articles. Leave suggestions on the article talk pages.
  • Copy-edit the two reviewed articles.
Homework
  • Make edits to your article based on peers' feedback.
Milestone
  • All articles have been reviewed by others. All students have reviewed articles by their classmates.


Week 11: Submitting to Did You Know?[edit]

Goals
Work on the feedback given to you last week.
Before Class Activities
In Class Activities
  • Open discussion of the concepts of neutrality, media literacy, and the impact and limits of Wikipedia
Homework
  • Prepare for an in-class presentation about your Wikipedia editing experience.


Week 12: Class presentations[edit]

Goals
Prepare for your presentation by presenting to 2 people.
In Class Activities
  • Practice presentations
  • Students give in-class presentations about their experiences editing Wikipedia.
Homework
  • Add final touches to you Wikipedia article. Try to address issues from Good Article reviews.
  • Write a reflective essay (2-5 pages) on your Wikipedia contributions.


Week 13: Due date[edit]

Goals
Present about your articles and your experience.

You made it!

Before Class Activities
  • Finish preparing your presentation.
In Class Activities
  • Present your article, and discuss your experiences in editing 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 is working on, and which other students will be peer reviewers for the article.

Users Article 1st reviewer 2nd reviewer
Saehee0908 (talk) Big Five personality traits Kim Barchard (talk) open
BriannaMaxim (talk) Big Five personality traits Kim Barchard (talk) open
Ernie (talk) Emotional Intelligence open open
Mortona8 (talk) Social anxiety Generalized anxiety disorder Social anxiety disorder Kim Barchard (talk)


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:United States Education Program/Courses/Independent Research (Kim Barchard) | university = University of Nevada, Las Vegas | term = 2012 Q3 | project = APS Wikipedia Initiative }} That will result in the following banner (and make the articles easy to track):


Grading[edit]

Wikipedia contributions will be evaluated based upon the following criteria:

  • Reflective essay - insightfulness and writing quality
  • Quality of main Wikipedia contributions, evaluated in light of reflective essay
  • Quality of interactions with other Wikipedians, including the Wikipedia Ambassadors and Instructor

You will NOT receive a separate grade for your Wikipedia contributions. This work will contribute towards the overall quality of your lab work this semester.

Students[edit]

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