Wikipedia:Course pages

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Student assignments should use course pages, either in the "Wikipedia" namespace, the "User" namespace, or using semi-automated structured course pages in the "Education Program" namespace. All assignments should use a course page, including those participating in the U.S., Canada, and other Wikipedia Education Programs as well as independent courses.

Background[edit]

A course page should help the Wikipedia community identify the instructor, students, volunteer(s), and Wikipedia Content Expert for articles that will be edited, and student drafts. Details on the assignment and how it will be graded are also valuable. Course pages allow editors to discriminate between editor-specific and classroom-specific issues, so that constructive feedback can be targeted to the right place.

Education Program course pages[edit]

A course page using the Education Program namespace is a structured page that organizes information related to a course.

Structured course pages show:

  • Course name
  • Term
  • Start and end dates
  • Number of students
  • Whether the course is in session
  • Description of the course (often including a syllabus)
  • Instructors
  • Volunteers
  • Students
  • Articles the students are working on

Wikipedia administrators, as well as users in the usergroups (Course coordinator, Course campus volunteer, Course online volunteer, and Course instructor) may create, edit, or delete a course page. Any user may enroll as a student using an "Enroll" tab at the top of the course page. To prevent non-students from enrolling on a course page, an enrollment token may be set that must be entered upon enrollment. Any user may sign up to review a student's work by clicking "Become a reviewer" next to the article in the list, and a reviewer may opt out at any time.

Courses which have been created by the Assignment Design Wizard (ADW) will have course information generated through the ADW interface. The resulting course page will display this information alongside a weekly schedule of course activities.

Course page banners[edit]

Each course page includes a banner. This banner is divided as follows:

  • This Course
    • Dashboard: Links to a dashboard displaying up-to-date information on student contributions to Wikipedia from that course.
      • Note: This is only available for courses on-boarded through the Wiki Education Foundation.
    • Enroll: Allows students or or volunteers to enroll on the course page.
    • Activity feed: Shows student editors' contributions to articles, and talk pages, user pages, etc.
    • Discussion: Links to the talk page for the course.
  • Wikipedia Resources
    • Interactive training: Links to the recommended, interactive student training for using Wikipedia.
    • Editing guidelines: A direct link to the pdf version of the Editing Wikipedia brochure, which includes information students need to begin editing Wikipedia.
    • Help pages: A direct link to many pdfs (also available as print handouts) which can help student editors with various tasks, including:
      • Using talk pages
      • Choosing articles
      • Citing sources
      • Avoiding plagiarism
      • Moving out of your sandbox
      • Polishing Wikipedia articles
      • "Did You Know" submissions
    • More Resources: Links to a up-to-date list of approved resources for student editors on Wikipedia.
  • Medical and Psychology courses
    • Courses working with health or medicine related content will see an additional link directing them to resources specific to those topic areas. These resources offer specialized advice on sourcing requirements, citations, and other concerns.
  • Connect
    • Other courses: See a list of all courses using course pages.
    • Contact information for Wiki Ed.

Education Program institution pages[edit]

An Institution page in the "Education Program" namespaces shows courses offered at a specific learning institution.

An institution page shows:

  • Institution name
  • Location
  • All Wikipedia Education Program courses (past, present, and planned) at that institution

Wikipedia administrators, as well as users in the course usergroups (Course coordinator, Course campus volunteer, Course online volunteer, and Course instructor) may create, edit, or delete an institution page.

Creating an Education Program course page[edit]

To set up an Education Program course page, you need to have a user account on Wikipedia that has the rights to do so (either admin rights, or any of the "course" rights). If this is your first time using the course page system, you should begin by going through the orientation for educators, which covers best practices for Wikipedia assignments and also walks you through the process of drafting an assignment plan and requesting the course instructor user right.

If you already you have the course instructor user right and you would like to set up a new course page visit http://wizard.wikiedu.org.

Related special pages[edit]

The course pages extension includes a number of special pages for displaying the users, pages, and activity associated with courses: Special:SpecialPages#Education.

Special:MyCourses

This page displays activity feeds for all active courses a user is associated with (whether as student, instructor, or online or campus volunteer), such as when students make edits to their articles or create their user pages.

Special:ManageCourses

This page lets users see which courses they are enrolled in as students or are instructors or online or campus volunteers for. Students may add articles they are working on through this page. Instructors can see the student tables from multiple courses at once on this page.

Special:Courses

This page lists all the courses in the system, and allows users with the right to do so to add new courses. By default it shows only current courses, but the list of courses can be filtered to show all courses, or courses by term and/or institution and/or status (Current/Passed/Planned).

Users with the right to do so can also delete multiple courses at once through this page.

Special:Institutions

This page lists all the institutions in the system, and allows users with the right to do so to add new institutions. By default it shows all institutions, but the list can be filtered to show only those with active courses and/or only institutions in a specific country.

Special:Students

This page lists all students enrolled in course pages, and which current courses (if any) they are enrolled in.

Special:StudentActivity

This page indicates the overall activity level of students across all courses, and lists recent editing activity from students.

Special:OnlineAmbassadors

This page lists the profiles of all online volunteers in the system.

Special:OnlineAmbassadorProfile

This page allows a user in the online volunteer user group to create an associated profile with a short biography (entered as wiki text) and the file name of a profile photo.

Special:CampusAmbassadors

This page lists the profiles of all campus volunteers in the system.

Special:CampusAmbassadorProfile

This page allows a user in the campus volunteer user group to create an associated profile with a short biography (entered as wiki text) and the file name of a profile photo.

Interface messages[edit]

MediaWiki:Course description

The contents of this page get preloaded in the page text field when a new course is being created. Institution specific contents can be added a subpages with the name of the institution (MediaWiki:Course description/Example University, for example), and that will be used instead when courses at that institution are created.

Category:MyCourses Did You Know

Pages in this category are used for the "Did You Know" box that appears on Special:MyCourses. One page from the category is chosen randomly each time MyCourses is loaded.