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Course Description[edit]

Our course (BIOL / ENTM 4015, Conservation Biology at Louisiana State University [LSU]) - Fall 2011 - was designed to give students an in-depth and timely understanding of topics relevant to Conservation Biology.

Most relevant details for the course are found on the course web page.[1]

Our course was informally linked with another course on LSU's campus (Landscape Architecture [LA] 4001, Advanced Topics in Design[2]), taught by Dr. Bruce Sharky. Students enrolled in BIOL / ENTM 4015 made contributions to Wikipedia (either by creating articles or adding content to existing articles) - contributions that were relevant to current "Hot Topics" in Conservation Biology. Students enrolled in LA 4001 served as student "consultants" and added graphics that helped portray, illustrate, or otherwise enhanced the content of the "Hot Topic" written contributions by the student "clients" in BIOL / ENTM 4015.

Instructor, Teaching Assistants (TAs) & Ambassadors[edit]

Kyle Harms (talk)
Teaching Assistants
Becky Carmichael & Metha Klock
Campus Ambassadors
Rebecca Burdette & Kristi Fernandez-Kim
Online Ambassadors
VisionHolder (talk)


Note: The timeline below only applies to the Wikipedia-related assignment for our course. Please refer to the course syllabus and course web page[1] for the most up-to-date and accurate time line, assignment details, and other information for the course.

Week 3: Wikipedia Essentials[edit]

In Discussion Section
  • Overview of the course
  • Introduction to Wikipedia (culture, governance, etc.) & how it was used in the course
  • Read Five pillars, an explanation of Wikipedia's basic rules & principles

Week 4: Editing Basics[edit]

In Discussion Section
  • Create a Wikipedia account, create a user page, and sign up on the list of students on the course page
  • 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 her/his user talk page
  • All students have Wikipedia user accounts and are listed on the course page

Week 5: Choose a "Hot Topic"[edit]

In Discussion Section
  • Add some information about your chosen "Hot Topic" to your user page, along with at least one alternative topic, so that others can comment on your topic choice. Specifically ask your class's Online Ambassadors for comments
  • After receiving some feedback, turn in your chosen "Hot Topic" to your Teaching Assistants (due 9/20/11)
  • All students have chosen "Hot Topics"

Week 9: Progress Check[edit]

  • Submit your informal journals as e-mail attachments to your Instructor; your journals should include the notes you have made concerning your progress to date (due 10/20/11)
  • Add a brief description to your sandbox of at least 3 potential illustrations for your Wikipedia contribution - if you are paired as a student client with a student consultant in LA 4001, then also add the brief descriptions of 3 potential illustrations to the Discussion (talk) page associated with the Wikipedia user page of your student consultant in LA 4001 (due 10/20/11)
  • Continue drafting the text of your Wikipedia contribution in your sandbox (your progress will be assessed online on 10/20/11)
  • All students are well underway towards producing draft "Hot Topic" contributions and they are making online suggestions to classmates on their draft contributions

Week 15: Wikipedia "Hot Topic" Contributions Due[edit]

  • Indicate to your Instructor and Teaching Assistants that you have finished your "Hot Topic" contributions (due 12/1/11)
  • All students have finished their "Hot Topic" contributions - and they are motivated to continue making useful contributions to Wikipedia!


Student users and their "Hot Topics"

BIOL / ENTM 4015 User Article Topic / Link LA 4001 User
Abartl3 Wildlife Reintroduction Ttermi2
Acavar2 Kleinpeter Dairy Farms Csand12
Agaricobob Mycoremediation
Ameyer3 Coffee: Cultivation: Environmental Effects on Birds Aande52
Araaph1 Wild Bird Conservation Act
Avill26 Coypu (added content to existing article) Jmann86
Avingi1 Charismatic Species
Bamato1 Oil Palm Plantations: Social & Environmental Impacts Greg Trahan
Bhesso2 Albino Redwood: Conservation Implications Pciepl1
Bslato1 Siamese Crocodile (added content to existing article)
ChoLi8 Genital Carcinoma in California Sea Lions Kweime1
Cshirl3 Graptemys: Conservation Concerns
Emmcardle Aquaculture: In Developing Countries Jselle1
Gscrib1 Chinese Tallow: Conservation Concerns Ame89lia
Ironskillet1024 Geomyces destructans
Jbyrd8 Coalition to Restore Coastal Louisiana (created article)
Kwill94 Mosquito Control: Environmental Consequences of Genetic Manipulations Tyler Rubley
Lgiamb1 Ethinylestradiol: As an Endocrine Disruptor
Lherbe1 Grand Isle, Louisiana: The Grand Isle Migratory Bird Festival (added content to existing article) TTremb1
Mhayde4 Slot Limits for Largemouth Bass ChaseWilliston
Nbrow12 Kleinpeter Dairy Farms Csand12
Nmills1 Ex-Situ Conservation: Cryopreservation Tifereth4
Nsmalco1 Environmental Impact of Pharmaceuticals and Personal Care Products: Drug Disposal / Recycling (added content to existing article) & National Take Back Initiative (created article) Danyelldoway
Pranamaster Accretion (Coastal Management): Wetland Creation Sluna1
Rleeso1 Pittman-Robertson Act (created article)
Schuling Community-Supported Agriculture: Environmental Impacts
Sheela624 Humans as Agents of Selection Ghingl2
Tlaure1 American Paddlefish: Conservation Concerns
Tsimon5 Louisiana Black Bear: Conservation Concerns Bcampb7

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:United States Education Program/Courses/Conservation Biology (Kyle Harms) | university = Louisiana State University | term = 2011 Q3 | project = }} That will result in the following banner (and make the articles easy to track):


Wikipedia contributions were graded as outlined in the syllabus, which can be found on the course web page.[1]