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Course description[edit]

This course uses the child’s growing language skill as a means to develop a more thorough understanding of the human capacity for language. We will cover research and theory concerning many different aspects of and approaches to child language. The course will focus on typical development in the early years.

Instructor and Ambassadors[edit]

Paula Marentette (talk)
Campus Ambassadors
Online Ambassadors
Neelix (talk)


Jan 10: Wikipedia Essentials[edit]

In class
  • Overview of the course
  • Introduction to how Wikipedia will be used in the course
Assignment (due Jan 19)

Jan 19: Editing basics workshop[edit]

In Library Classroom, Jorden Smith will introduce us to
    • Basics of editing
    • Anatomy of Wikipedia articles, what makes a good article, how to distinguish between good & bad articles
  • To practice editing and communicating on Wikipedia, 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.
Assignment (due January 26)
  • Make 10 short edits (fixing typos or grammar) on any pages that interest you.
  • Find an entry (preferably on the class related pages) that you can improve by adding a citation. Locate an appropriate source and bring it to the workshop on Jan 26.

Jan 26: Citation and Referencing Workshop[edit]

In Library Classroom, Jorden Smith will introduce us to citation and referencing in Wikipedia
Assignment (due February 2)
  • Critically evaluate an existing Wikipedia article related to the class (see suggestions on Course Page), and leave suggestions for improving it on the article's discussion page.

Feb 2: Choosing articles[edit]

In class
  • We will discuss the possible articles we will be working on and strategies for researching and writing about them.
  • Come to class prepared with opinions about which articles we should work on (selected from the superset noted on the Course Page).
  • Article revisions will be done collaboratively with groups of 2 or 3 students working on each article. Wikipedia is a collaborative environment. By working with your classmates you have some idea that people will respond in the time frame you need for the course! We will form groups in class.
Assignments (for February 9)
  • Sign up for your article on the course page.
  • Compile a bibliography of relevant research and post it to the talk page of the article you are working on. Begin reading the sources.

Feb 9: Drafting starter articles[edit]

In class
  • We will talk about Wikipedia culture & etiquette
  • We will talk about knowledge translation and the goal of writing for the public
  • I will introduce the concept of sandboxes and how to use them.
  • Video resource: Sandbox tutorial
Assignments (Feb 28)
  • If your group is starting a new article, write a 3–4 paragraph summary version of your article (with citations) in a Wikipedia sandbox. If your group is improving an existing article, write a summary version reflecting the content the article will have after it's been improved, and post this along with a brief description of your plans on the article's talk page.
  • Begin working with your group and Online Ambassadors to polish your short starter article and fix any major transgressions of Wikipedia norms.
  • Continue research in preparation for expanding your article.
  • All students have started editing articles or drafts on Wikipedia.

March 6: Did you know[edit]

In class
Wiki assignments (Festival of Teaching Live Poster
March 12)
  • I will submit our class for a live poster during the University of Alberta's Festival of Teaching. If we are accepted, then during the allocated time, it would be great to have as many of you on-line as possible working on your assignments. You would be in Camrose. The poster viewers in Edmonton would just watch the articles shift and change. We will discuss this in class.
  • Move sandbox articles into main space.
  • For new articles or qualifying expansions of stubs, compose a one-sentence "hook," nominate it for "Did you know," and monitor the nomination for any issues identified by other editors.
  • Begin expanding your article into a comprehensive treatment of the topic.
Wiki assignments (due March 15)
  • Expand your article into an initial draft of a comprehensive treatment of the topic.

March 15: Building articles[edit]

In class
In class
Wiki assignments (March 17)
  • Summarize the class review of your classmates' article. Leave suggestions on the article talk pages.
  • Copy-edit the reviewed article.
  • All articles have been reviewed by others. All students have reviewed articles by their classmates.

March 22: Responding to feedback[edit]

In class
  • Open discussion of the concepts of neutrality, media literacy, and the impact and limits of Wikipedia
Wiki assignments (March 22)
  • Make edits to your article based on peers' feedback.
  • Nominate your article for Good Article status.

March 23 and ongoing: Response to Good Article Nominations[edit]

Wiki assignments (due April 12)
  • Respond to issues raised from Good Article reviews.
  • Write a reflective essay (2-3 pages) on your Wikipedia experience and contributions.


This table will list each article that a student is working on, and which other students will be peer reviewers for the article.

User Article 1st reviewer 2nd reviewer
User:Eheiberg Vocabulary development open open
User:Alindsay9 Vocabulary development open open
User:julietbee Vocabulary development open open
User:Asia44 Vocabulary development open open
User:LianneAnna Joint attention open open
User:Amae2 Joint attention open open
User:NadRose Joint attention open open

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:Canada Education Program/Courses/Language Acquisition (Paula Marentette) | university = University of Alberta—Augustana Campus | term = 2012 Q1 | project = }} That will result in the following banner (and make the articles easy to track):


Wikipedia contributions will be graded as follows:

  • 5% each (x3): Participation grade for early Wikipedia exercises (Jan 19, Jan 26, Feb 2)
  • 15%: Reflective essay
  • 20%: Peer reviews and collaboration with classmates
  • 50%: Quality of main contributions to Wikipedia article revision or creation


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