Wikipedia:Canada Education Program/Courses/Environmental Change: Challenges for Health (Penny Powers)

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Course description[edit]

This course introduces students to the most recent developments in the science of climate change and the resulting impact on the health of populations worldwide. Changes in disease risk and emerging diseases and conditions will be reviewed. Since health care is one of the most wasteful systems in terms of its carbon footprint, various efforts to reduce greenhouse emissions will be reviewed. The effect of global warming will necessitate new approaches to health and new responses to spreading of tropical diseases.

Instructor and Ambassadors[edit]

Penny Powers (talk)
Campus Ambassadors
Robincampusambassador, Amanda cc boyd
Online Ambassadors
bobrayner (talk)
Step 1
Step 2
  • basics of editing
  • anatomy of an article – what makes a good one and how to spot a bad one plus tips and recommendations
  • handout: “Creating an account” handout: “Evaluating Wikipedia Article Quality”
  • Assignment: Create an account, create a user page, and add your name to the course page’s list of students, leave a message for two of your classmates on their pages
Step 3
  • Campus Ambassadors introduce students to IRC and show students how to contact mentors
  • Assignment: Use the handout “Evaluating Wikipedia Article Quality” to evaluate an existing article and leave suggestions for improving it on the article’s discussion page. List 3 to 5 references you will be using in your part of the article on your account page.
Step 4
  • Handout “Referencing on Wikipedia”
  • Assignment: Add more articles to your reference list.
Step 5
  • Campus Ambassadors talk about Wikipedia sandboxes and Wikipedia culture and etiquette
  • Assignment: Write a 3-4 paragraph summary version of your part of the article with citations in your Wikipedia sandbox. Get feedback from the Campus Ambassador
Step 6
  • Handout: “Moving article from sandbox into main space” Handout: “Did You Know nominations”
  • Assignment: Move your article from the sandbox to the main space. Nominate your article for “Did You Know” status, and monitor the nomination for any issues identified by other editors. Begin expanding your article into a comprehensive treatment of the topic.
Step 7
  • Campus ambassadors discuss uploading images onto Wikipedia
  • Assignment: Expand your article into an initial draft of a comprehensive treatment of the topic.
Step 8
  • Peer-review two of your classmates’ submissions. Leave suggestions and comments. Revise your article as a result of feedback received.
  • Assignment: Put final touches on your article and present your article on the final day of class.

Parts of this article will be written by teams of students. The list will be populated later.

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Wikipedia contributions will be graded as follows:

Participation in Wikipedia discussions in class
Peer reviews and collaboration with classmates
Quality of Wikipedia contribution