Wikipedia:School and university projects/2009 past projects

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University of Ljubljana 2006/07, 2007/08, 2008/09 (in Slovene language)[edit]

Around 100 articles have been put onto the project page Slovene literarary historians by three consecutive generations of students in prof. Miran Hladnik's seminar on Slovene literary history. Similar projects where students write articles for Wikipedia to obtain credit points are Slovene literary articles in other Wikipedias, Slovene children literature, Slovene authors of children's literature, Books and Wikisource project Slovene literary classics.

Croatan High School (Fall 2008 and Spring 2009)[edit]

An AP Biology class is contributing content to biology-related articles. See the project page (Wikipedia:WikiProject AP Biology 2008) for more information.

University of Michigan - Graduate Level Chemistry (Winter)[edit]

In Winter 2009, a graduate course in the organic chemistry of macromolecules (12 students) added content to anionic polymerization, gel permeation chromatography, fire-safe polymers (new site), shape memory polymers, step-growth polymerizations, and covalent organic frameworks (new site). Questions to UMChemProfessor (talk) 02:08, 11 February 2009 (UTC)

Tufts University, Medford, MA (Spring 2009)[edit]

English 2, section 11, a first year writing class, is creating the Wikipedia entry for Rabih Alameddine's novel Koolaids: The Art of War. Each of the eight first-year students in this class is responsible for a section of the page, but the outline and majority of the content were decided upon collaboratively. In addition to making this challenging text more accessible to readers, we hope to encourage people to learn more about the important topics of Alameddine's novel, including the Lebanese Civil War and the AIDS epidemic.

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, North Carolina (Spring 2009)[edit]

An assignment for the undergraduate INLS 200 (Retrieving and Analyzing Information) at the School of Library and Information Science, taught by Phillip M. Edwards (User:Pmedward), was used in during Spring Semester 2009. The basic assignment was to create a new topic or revise an existing topic on Wikipedia, and drafts of the students' articles were also used as the focus of two peer review activities. The assignment was graded using a rubric based on Wikipedia:Featured article criteria, and the learning outcomes from the course included students being able to:

Identify and select information sources that are appropriate for answering research and personal questions, taking into account the needs of the searcher (or someone the searcher is working for), the capabilities and limitations of particular sources, and the intended uses of the information being retrieved; Clarify and refine search queries and strategies based on the (real-time) feedback received from search tools; Critically evaluate information sources for quality/accuracy/credibility; Synthesize search results into a form that others with similar needs can use as a resource; Reflect upon their attitudes and practices for the purposes of self-assessing their performance as information-savvy citizens.

University of North Carolina - Chapel Hill Department of American Studies (Fall 2009)[edit]

Freshmen students in Professor Foster's course on American Indian Law, History, and Literature expanded, fact-checked, and created new Wiki content related to five major areas of American Indian law and history through small groups, each semester. Individuals in each group focused on particular sections under the major areas.

The areas of inquiry were: 1. Indian Country Jurisdiction 2. Supreme Court rulings on Native American Issues 3. Congressional legislation affecting Native Americans 4. Rights Reserved by Native American Tribes under the U.S. Constitution 5. Native American Demographics, Social Statistics and Economic Data

A good example of our past projects is the Indian Gaming Regulatory Act from fall 2008 and Native American disease and epidemics from fall 2009.––--Tolfoster (talk) 06:37, 2 May 2011 (UTC)

University of Colorado at Boulder, Boulder, Colorado (Spring 2009)[edit]

A Communication project by Marc Rich designed for a qualitative methods class and purposed book chapter on electronic communication. Researching how do people collaboratively produce knowledge in an electronic environment. The research currently focuses on how the community interactions on Wikipedia are tied to the act of contributing to the encyclopedia with an emphasis on identity as a deciding factor in human decision making processes in an electronic environment. Book chapter submission currently under review.

International IT College of Sweden, Stockholm, Sweden (Spring 2009)[edit]

First year high-school students browsed articles on both Swedish Wikipedia and English Wikipedia that were missing corresponding translations (from English to Swedish or vice versa). The students then selected an article to translate. They often chose entries from Swedish Wikipedia on famous Swedish personalities, football teams, towns, TV shows, books or movies that they liked. They then translated these articles. This was done as part of a project in which students created blogs to develop their writing and Internet research skills. List of articles students translated School website

University of Florida, (Spring 2009)[edit]

Graduate students in CHM 6304 (Special topics: Biomembranes) is working on bringing several articles in this subject to GA-level during the Spring 2009 semester. Students will be assessed by the instructor, Gfanucci (talk · contribs) (faculty page here), and the project will be assisted by Wikipedian Moni3 (talk · contribs).

University of California, Berkeley - Sociolinguistics (Spring 2009)[edit]

Students from the Spring 2009 course on Sociolinguistics will make substantial revisions and contributions to pages concerning sociolinguistic topics in an attempt to make these topics more accessible to Wikipedia users. see Universalism and relativism of color terminology

University of Guelph - Memory (April 2009)[edit]

Groups of undergraduate students from Dr. Mark Fenske's Winter 2009 course on Human Memory were required to create a course-relevant topic that did not exist or improve one in need of substantial improvement. The project resulted in several new and revised pages posted on 22 April 2009. Psyc3330 (talk · contribs)

St. John's University (February-April 2009)[edit]

The students in English 4994: Senior Seminar in Genres and Themes -- "The World Split Open: Contemporary Women Essayists" at St. John's University, New York will be contributing to Wikipedia pages related to the biographies and essays of: Joan Didion (Slouching Towards Bethlehem), Adrienne Rich (Arts of the Possible), Alice Walker (In Search of Our Mothers' Gardens), Maxine Hong Kingston (Woman Warrior: Memoirs of a Childhood Among Ghosts), June Jordan (Some of Us Did Not Die), Terry Tempest Williams (An Unspoken Hunger: Stories from the Field) and Arundhati Roy (War Talk).

This project will be conducted between February, 2009 and April, 2009. The project page is English 4994 The project coordinator is: AEG English4994 (talk) 02:40, 16 February 2009 (UTC)AEG_English4994

Quenstedt-Gymnasium (March 2009)[edit]

High School level students of year 10B of the Quenstedt-Gymnasium Mössingen, Germany, are going to expand the existing article about Mössingen which is their hometown. We will basically translate parts of the German article into English and compile some information into a short article.

The project page is Quenstedt-Gymnasium Mössingen The project coordinator is Mr. Bayer. 16:20, 7 March 2009

University of Pittsburgh sociology (summer 2009)[edit]

SOC 0438 (Sociology of the family) will have several groups, 5 student each, improving an article on Wikipedia related to sociology of the family, with the end goal of nominating it for a Good Article status. The course will last from late June to end of July. Course page: Wikipedia:School and university projects/User:Piotrus/Summer 2009. Course instructor: User:Piotrus. Results will be reported in August. Past editions: summer 2008. --Piotr Konieczny aka Prokonsul Piotrus| talk 20:37, 15 May 2009 (UTC)

SUNY New Paltz (Spring 2009) (Ongoing)[edit]

Students taking CMM 360 (Organizational Communication 1) will be expanding on the information contained on Wikipedia related to Organizational Communication. The goal of this project is to foster student learning about the core concepts related to organizational communication and how to present them to people in the general public. Questions to User:JasonSWrench (talk) December 28, 2008

Students in Professor Cyrus Mulready's ENG 301 (English Literature I) compile research on figures from British literary history and update stub pages on Wikipedia using their research. Project ongoing since Spring 2008. talk Redcknight (talk) 14:15, 7 May 2009 (UTC)

University of Lethbridge (Spring 2009) (Ongoing)[edit]

Senior Neuroscience students in Dr. Deborah Saucier's NEUR 4850 (Neuropsychopharmacology) course will revise stubs in the area of drugs and behaviour. Students will have to expand the stub to ensure that it answers questions related to the neural target of the drug, its method of action and basic pharmacology. References to basic research will be provided. Questions to Dr. Saucier
User:dsau001 (talk) 8 January 2009

McGill University (Winter 2009) (Ongoing)[edit]

Masters' level students will revise and expand the article Augmentative and alternative communication. The project page can be found here Wikipedia:School and university projects/AAC --Poule (talk) 14:15, 16 January 2009 (UTC)

University of Toronto (Winter 2009) (Ongoing)[edit]

The students in EEB 356 at the University of Toronto are updating and improving sixteen wiki pages that deal with home and garden insects. This project will be conducted between January 22 and February 12, 2009. The professor says they will be monitoring their progress and a grade will be assigned based on the quality of the final entries and the contributions of each of the group members. They note that the students are only working on entries that seem in need of improvement. The professor is registered on Wikipedia as EEB356Prof (talk · contribs) Details added by §hep at 04:35, 31 January 2009 (UTC)

University of Sussex (January-February 2009) (Ongoing)[edit]

Undergraduate level students on the Molecular Medicine degree programme in the Common Medical Problems course will add to stubs associated with human cardiovascular medicine and physiology. Relleh22hctac (talk) 00:29, 2 February 2009 (UTC)

University of Mary Washington, Fredericksburg, Virginia (Summer 2009)[edit]

An assignment will be created by Teresa Coffman, Associate Professor of Education at UMW. Graduate students taking an Instructional Design and Technology course will revise an existing topic on Wikipedia as it relates to educational technology. Feel free to contact Professor Coffman in Talk if you have suggestions and advice, we are very new to this process. --Teresacoffman (talk) 21:55, 17 April 2009 (UTC)

Boston College Biology (fall 2009)[edit]

As a part of the BI481, Introduction to Neuroscience course at Boston College, students are assigned the task of writing several articles in Wikipedia pertaining to neuroscience. The Society for Neuroscience has recently begun an initiative to update and improve incomplete neuroscience related articles here on Wikipedia. You will play an important role in this initiative through this assignment.

There will be approximately 20 groups of 3 students each. Each student will have a separate Wikipedia account, and each group will propose, write, edit, and maintain a new article or significantly expand upon an existing incomplete article (stub). They will be expected to expand their article to the level as close to Featured Article as they can.

Supervisors: I, Joseph Burdo will take care of introducing students to Wikipedia and ensuring they and the project are working within the bounds of Wikipedia guidelines.

Important dates: The project will begin on Friday, September 18th, 2009, and end Monday, November 30th, 2009.

Course instructor User:NeuroJoe. Course page: Wikipedia:School and university projects/User:NeuroJoe/Fall 2009.

Union University (Fall 2009)[edit]

For the research project in my music history class, I have asked students to improve a Wikipedia article on a topic of their choosing from Antiquity through the Baroque era. These are the topics that have been chosen: J. S. Bach, Tallis, Purcell, Victoria, Dowland, Buxtehude, Frescobaldi, Florentine Camerata, Boethius, Madrigal, Council of Trent, Pope Gregory I, Palestrina, Vivaldi, Fugue, Handel, Josquin des Prez, Medieval Music: Genres; Theory and Notation, and Hildegard of Bingen. The students may not use their textbook or the New Grove Dictionary of Music as sources; this is to encourage them to move beyond these sources and take advantage of a wider variety of materials. The students have three categories of edits to work on. 1) Existing Wikipedia statements with citations -- check the statement against its cited source for accuracy; if accurate, leave it alone; if not, change it. 2) Existing Wikipedia statements without citations -- find corroborating evidence for these statements in your sources, and add citations. 3) New statements -- find facts in your sources that are not yet included in the article, and add them, along with proper citations. The students are to make at least 50 discrete edits, divided roughly evenly among these three categories. The due date for this project is December 3. The professor overseeing this project is Museprof (talk) 20:44, 28 November 2009 (UTC).

Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL Worldwide (Ongoing)[edit]

Students taking MGMT 412 (Airport Planning and Design), starting in the fall of 2009 will expand on the information contained on Wikipedia related to Airports, how new and existing facilities are planned and designed considering both United States Federal Aviation Administration and International International Civil Aviation Organization protocols. Students are required to create a course-relevant topic that did not exist or improve one in need of substantial improvement. The goal of this project is to foster student learning about the core concepts related to airport planning and design, develop an ongoing source of information for future classes, and how to present them to laypeople.

Rice University, Houston, Texas, United States of America. Arabic 301 (Fall 2009) (Ongoing)[edit]

Advanced Arabic students will translate the Rice University article into Arabic. --Aobjectpoet (talk) 19:17, 10 February 2009 (UTC)

Portland State University computer Science (fall 2009)[edit]

CS 345 (Cyberculture: The Internet and Popular Culture) Several groups, 2-4 students each, will create a Wikipedia article of at least 750 new words with the goal of obtaining Did You Know status. The course will last from late September to early December. Course instructor User:Lenshapir. Course page: Wikipedia:School and university projects/CS345.

Earlham College Advanced Cell Physiology (fall, 2009)[edit]

Students in the Advanced Cell Physiology course at Earlham College will be editing pages relating to the cell cycle and its control as part of their course assignments. There are six students, each of whom will expand an existing article (stub). The expectation is that students will bring their article to the Good Article standard.

Dates: Students will begin their work October 1 and will complete their work by December 15, 2009.

Course Instructor User:Digbymom.

University of British Columbia (Fall 2009)[edit]

Undergraduate students in FNH 490 (Topics in Food, Nutrition & Health) are creating or improving articles in Wikipedia related to a variety of topics in nutrition. Students will be working in groups of 4 or 5 on a topic of their choosing. The course runs from Sept to Dec 2009. Course instructor: User:Drbethsnow.

Fort Worth Country Day School[edit]

A project that appears to be based around expanding articles found at Category:History_stubs. See:

University of Illinois[edit]

There appears to be a project going on associated with Joe Grohen's writing class: student subpages.

Keene State College (Fall 2009 and ongoing)[edit]

A group of students in Professor Estrella’s course on Latin American Literature Novels will be revising and creating the information contained on Wikipedia related to Latin American Literature. Questions to aestrella

University of Mississippi (Fall 2009)[edit]

A first semester writing course will be updating film pages. Students first study the five pillars of Wikipedia, review film pages, review Wikiproject Film, propose edits on the discussion pages of a particular film, and then make those changes. Project leader: User:BobCummings

University of National and World Economy (Fall 2009)[edit]

Freshmen from the Political Sciences specialty area of the University of National and World Economy, Sofia, Bulgaria, will take part in the Political Philosophy WikiProject in the Bulgarian Wikipedia. Under the guidance of their assistant Nikolay Krstev and two experienced wikipedians, Spiritia and Alisa Seleznyova, every volunteer from the course shall develop at least one new article in the field, or substantially improve an existing stub. The project is open to further involvement of other contributors.

Yale University (Fall 2009) (Completed)[edit]

Students in Macromolecular Structure and Biophysical Analysis have been assigned the task of writing an article for Wikipedia. This effort is part of a long standing graduate and upper level undergraduate course taught by the Department of Molecular Biophysics and Biochemistry. The decision to include a wiki based class assignment reflects the growing use of Wikipedia as a resource. As all involved are novices, the efforts this year will be limited. 6 groups of 3 students each have been given the task writing a defined subsection of a new entry entitled RNA Tertiary Structure. The expectation is that the article will meet the highest standards for content, integration with existing RNA subtopics , and Wikipedia style.

Course instructors are Andrew Miranker, Anna Pyle, Don Engelman and Xiong Yong. Instructor in charge, and overseeing this assignment is User:MirankerAD

Skidmore College (Fall 2009)[edit]

Students in a seminar on Classical and Romantic Music have been editing and in some cases creating Wikipedia pages. Students chose a musical work and were the responsible for working on up to three related articles: the work, the genre of the work, and the composer of the work. Through initial bibliographic searching, students generated a bibliography that concentrated on recent, relevant, and authoritative sources. Students used this to edit the bibliographic sections of the Wikipedia articles, hoping to improve the bibliographic foundation for readers and for others making future edits. Research in these sources was followed by assessment and critique of the Wikipedia articles. Issues such as organization, the need for (expanded) coverage of some aspect of the life or works of the composer, of the genre or of the work, factual inaccuracies, and improved citations were all raised as possible edits. Each student presented a broad plan for their editing work. Students drafted their edits off-line before actually editing. Students were instructed to leave a 'summary of edits' and to discuss their rationales on the Talk pages. Works researched in the project were: Mozart, Don Giovanni; Haydn, Nelson Mass; Sor, Variations on a Theme by Mozart; Rossini, Barber of Seville; Chopin mazurkas; Chopin nocturnes; Liszt, Sonata in B Minor; Tchaikovsky, Swan Lake; Dvorak Serenade; Rimsky-Korsakov, Sheherazade; Debussy, Preludes; Debussy, Suite Bergamasque. The project ran from November 1 through December 15, 2009. Responsible teacher: User:Jonesville05.

New Bulgarian University (Fall 2009)[edit]

After the special prize for contributions to Bulgarian webspace, awarded to Bulgarian Wikipedia, the BG Site competition founder, Mrs Justine Toms, adopted the idea to encourage her students in New Bulgarian University to contribute to Bulgarian Wikipedia with articles in the field of online media, public relations and communication. On November 30, a short lecture was given to the students and potential wikipedians, and the page of the WikiProject "Online media and PR" was launched on December 4. Participation in the project is voluntary, and those students who get involved are asked to create or significantly improve at least three articles in the field until January 15, 2010. Two experienced Wikipedians and BG WP sysops, Spiritia and SilentShout, will support and mentor the project participants.

University at Buffalo, The State University of New York (Spring 2009) (Ongoing)[edit]

Master of Library Science students in Dr. Judith Robinson’s LIS 518 Reference Sources and Services course will revise stubs in the category Library and Information Science using reference sources introduced in the course. Questions to Dr. Robinson
Lisrobin (talk) 16:58, 7 January 2009 (UTC)

University of Pittsburgh sociology (fall 2009)[edit]

SOC 0317 (Global Socities) will have several groups, 5 student each, improving an article on Wikipedia related to sociology of the family, with the end goal of nominating it for a Good Article status. The course will last from late early September to late December. Course page: Wikipedia:School and university projects/User:Piotrus/Fall 2009. Course instructor: User:Piotrus. Results will be reported in December.

University of Birmingham UK (Autumn 2009) (Ongoing)[edit]

Students in the Department of French Studies' Translation Circle are expanding the Lisieux page by translating the corresponding French page. This is an extra-curricular activity, but if successful the project will be expanded. Project leader: User:Tyleree

Rhode Island College (Fall 2009) (Ongoing)[edit]

In Fall 2009, students in Professor [Mikaila Mariel Lemonik Arthur's] Comparative Law and Justice (Sociology/Anthropology/Justice Studies) began creating a Wiki resource on comparative legal systems. Each student is responsible for collecting information from disparate sources on a single country over the course of the semester. If successful, this project will be continued in future semesters. The Fall 2009 course runs from August-December 2009. Course Instructor: User:Mlarthur. Course Page: Comparative_law_and_justice.

University of Houston, Houston, TX – Mineralogy Project (Fall 2009)[edit]

Mineral term papers from undergraduate geology majors can be uploaded to the appropriate wikipedia entry. Emphasis is made on citations and literature search in the peer reviewed literature, that is outside the internet mostly.

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    • As part of a school project at the University of Houston, I have constructed an article on the mineral bararite. I don't believe there was any reasonable article before, but now I have adapted one of my term papers (which got a 96). To supplement this new article, I also started a page about ammonium fluorosilicate. Cryptohalite still needs an article, but I might help put one together from the material I acquired when studying bararite. I hope I did a good job turning my term paper into an encyclopedia article. Johnny Mineralogist (talk) 04:46, 23 November 2009 (UTC)
My mineralogy professor is Jonathan E. Snow. Johnny Mineralogist (talk) 04:48, 23 November 2009 (UTC)
there is also Bityite ... these look like great articles. I emailed Dr. Snow for more info. -- phoebe / (talk to me) 01:28, 8 December 2009 (UTC)
Fall/ Winter 2009: chambersite, alacránite, coyoteite, balangeroite, calumetite, bursaite, cleusonite, colimaite, creedite, clearcreekite, campigliaite, changbaiite, cesanite, cervandonite, coconinoite, boleite, chaidamuite, ashburtonite, bilinite, baotite, bararite, athabascaite, coloradoite, bonaccordite, bystrite, bastnäsite, chamosite, bukovite, beraunite, ashoverite, bityite, cyrilovite, bergenite. --Chris.urs-o (talk) 11:07, 12 February 2013 (UTC)

University of Michigan - Graduate Level Chemistry (Fall)[edit]

In the fall of 2009, students in the graduate course in physical organic chemistry (40 students) added content to the following sites: host-guest chemistry, Hammett equation (modifications), tunneling in kinetic isotope effects, strain (chemistry)/transannular strain, Walsh diagrams, salt bridges, cheletropic reactions, hypervalent molecules, A-values, A-1,3-strain, self-healing polymers, and solvents/solvent effects. Questions to User:UMChemProfessor. User:UMChemProfessor (talk) 15:24, 12 October 2009 (UTC)

Indiana University – Purdue University Indianapolis - Museum Studies (Fall 2009)[edit]

IUPUI Museum Studies Documentation Projects

As part of the IUPUI Museum Studies collection care and management course FA09-IN-MSTD-A416/A516-18435, students have been given the following two assignements that must be completed in Wikipedia.

Collections Management Systems Analysis

Students will analyze three Wikipedia articles, the Smithsonian’s public database (SIRIS), and information on local public sculpture published by Indiana’s Save Outdoor Sculpture (SOS) project. Students will prepare and publish this written analysis using your individual Wikipedia “talk page.” The completed assignment should have a word count of 1,000-1,200 words. Your analysis should include ten internal Wikipedia links, and address conceptual issues for at least three relevant Wikipedia categories.

Final Project

The final project for the class is to write and publish two Wikipedia articles on sculptures contained in or related to IUPUI’s collection. The project has several components: A) Object Selection and Research. B) Drafting and Refining. C) Presentation and Feedback. Students will present their work in progress during class on 10/20, 11/3, 11/10, 11/17, and 11/24 (roughly 4 students each day). D) Publishing Article.

Wikipedia articles must be completed by the beginning of class on 12/1. When your articles are finalized, email a link to the instructors and print a copy of each article to turn in. Please note that articles posted on Wikipedia are subject to editing, relocation, and removal—print your article as soon as it is posted.


Students will explore ways in which Wikipedia can be used as a content management system (CMS) to help care for outdoor sculptures. Further, students will explore ways in which Flickr can be used as a digital asset management system.

WikiProject Page

Wikipedia:WikiProject Public art