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Welcome! I am the instructor of COMM/INFO 3460: Crowds, Communities, and Technology at Cornell University.

Fall 2014 Wikipedia Project[edit]

In Fall 2014, students will be working on a project to improve Wikipedia articles. This project has two purposes:

  1. To carry out a literature review and edit an article on one topic of your choice.
  2. To take part in the Wikipedia community as an editor and as a result reflect on the process of participating in this online space.

In the first half of the semester, you will be working in groups of 3-4 students to majorly edit a Wikipedia article. The purpose of this assignment is to learn and understand the backbone of how the Wikipedia community works as an example of an active, vibrant, and successful online space. This project will involve:

  • Creating a Wikipedia account and becoming familiar with the Wikipedia editors community
  • Proposing an underdeveloped article to expand and majorly edit
  • Researching the topic of the article and finding reliable sources for a high-quality article
  • Adding content to the article including text, non-copyrighted multimedia, and citations, organizing the article, styling it with tables, adding an infobox, linking it to other relevant articles and to external pages, etc.
  • Learning and adhering to the Wikipedia editing policies, standards, and norms
  • Engaging in discussions with other Wikipedia editors about the content and form of the article
  • Reflecting on the process of becoming part of the Wikipedia community

Go to the Fall 2014 Wikipedia Project page to see more information, instructions, and links for the project.

Fall 2013 Wikipedia Project[edit]

Go to the course page to see the projects that were completed in Fall 2013.