Welcome to the class!
This 4 minute video will help you get oriented to our pages on Wikipedia.
We have a page for each week of the course with a description of what is covered, and details about homework and projects. The following links will help you stay oriented in class.
| Writing Wikipedia Articles, Week by Week
- Week 1 (25/26 Feb): Wikipedia under the hood
- Week 2 (4/5 March): Who am I to edit Wikipedia? Identity & collaboration
- Week 3 (11/12 March): What is quality?
- Week 4 (18/19 March): Build it bigger - Roundtable one
- Week 5 (25/26 March): The deep dive - Roundtable two
- Week 6 (1/2 April): The takeaway and student showcase
- Final Project
How it works (overview)
Writing Wikipedia Articles: The Basics and Beyond is a free six-week course offered in collaboration with the School of Open, and conducted (mostly!) here on Wikipedia. The course will take place Tuesday 25 February, 7:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., Central Standard Time; or Wednesday morning for Australia/Asia. Click here for the start time in your region. The full course description can be found here.
- We have online class sessions once a week, for 2.5 hours. These will start with a one-hour lecture, including questions; then, after a short break, students will work on assignments. We will keep the session going, so that students can ask questions and have discussions during this time.
- You're now on our course's "home page". Come here every time you are getting ready to do your classwork, or start a session; you'll find links here to everything you need (you might bookmark this page in your browser for easy access). You can also find this page from anywhere on Wikipedia once you've logged in, by clicking "Courses" at top right, then "WIKISOO".
- The central place to interact with us, and with other students, is the course's "talk page" (which we share with WikiProject Open). You can always get there by typing the shortcut WT:OPEN into the Wikipedia search bar, or hitting the "talk" tab on any course page (see top left).
- For those who use Twitter or other social media we use the hashtag #WIKISOO (which stands for Wikipedia/School of Open), and we mainly tweet from the account @CommOER.
- Students who successfully complete the course and the final project may earn a badge to display on your Wikipedia user page, and/or on your own web site.
Tools we use for live weekly classes
Each week you should connect (using the tool Blackboard Collaborate) for our class and work session.
Please test your connection using the link above, any time before the first class session. It's also a good idea to connect at least 15 minutes before each class, since many users find the software buggy. For this to work properly, you'll need:
- an up-to-date version of Java; click here to check your version and update if necessary.
- headphones (highly recommended) or speakers
- microphone (highly recommended for class discussion)
- a reliable Internet connection; a wired Ethernet connection is strongly preferable to WiFi.
Each time you connect, test that your headphones and microphone are working properly. Click Tools, then Audio, then Audio Setup Wizard.
Troubleshooting: Some tips and tricks are here (orientation video) and here (Blackboard support). You'll get the hang of it!
We'll also use Etherpad during the class and lab to take collaborative notes. (We will introduce this tool during the first class session.)
Visit the course description page for a detailed, top-level overview of the course. There you can meet your course instructors, read about learning objectives and evaluation leading to the WIKISOO badges, and see examples of previous students' work.
Wondering why your name doesn't appear in the student roster below? You may not have enrolled in the class! Enrollment for the February-April round of the course is now closed. For inquiries about late enrollment, please contact instructor Pete Forsyth.
visit this link to complete your registration. Otherwise we may not know you're taking the course.
Still can't find what you're looking for? Post your questions to the "talk" tab as described above!