Wikipedia:WikiProject Academical Village

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Thomas Jefferson's Academical Village plan for the University of Virginia is a World Heritage Site that includes the iconic Rotunda.

WikiProject Academical Village is a WikiProject for the Wikipedia Ambassador Program and school and university projects generally on English Wikipedia, and coordinates online activities among active Wikipedians in the traditional and idiosyncratic WikiProject style.

This effort has been suggested by the volunteer Wikipedia Ambassador Steering Committee (which generally helps United States courses, but is open to general assistance), as a means of increasing thoughtful community communication and participation in these initiatives.

The intention is to take up some of the slack from the relatively inactive WikiProject Classroom coordination, and the somewhat scattered Wikipedia Ambassador Program pages.


  • The report needs to describe to the en:wp community how the Spring semester of the US/Canada educational programs will impact it. Also, any changes that have been made to prevent the problems encountered in the Fall 2011 program should be described.

Liaisons with other WikiProjects[edit]

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Subject Divisions[edit]

  • Sciences (Subject Division A)
  • Humanities (Subject Division B)
  • Media (Subject Division C)

Types of online work[edit]

  • Maintenance of course pages
  • Templates
  • Peer reviews and ratings
  • DYKs
  • Multimedia integration
  • Advanced Article / GA / FA Team
  • Lists of lists of lists of lists of relevant stubs

Regional activities[edit]

  • Region 1
  • Region 2
  • Region 3
  • Region 4
  • Region 5a
  • Region 5b
  • Region 6
  • Region 7
  • Region 8
  • Region 9
  • Region 10


Educational peer review[edit]

The goal of an educational peer review is to assess the organizing structure of the course, its relative progress, and its fitness to the wiki model, in the light of student contributions so far. The *participation log for course participants* link at the top of each course page may be useful in evaluating contributions, even when the course page itself is not well organized.

Such is a review is a snapshot in time (a "flash-ambassadorship"), and multiple snapshots by multiple reviewers over time may be most beneficial. However, priority should be given to reviewing courses which have had a relative lack of attention from Online Ambassadors and experienced Wikipedians.

It is recommended you review the course pages, and look at the instructor's and students' talk pages. See if the course design is missing any elements you consider useful, what could be confusing or simplified, is something being done wrong, has the course run into any troubles (AfDs), and so on. Offer friendly, respectful and constructive advise.

In future, to be sorted by the three #Subject Divisions:

New courses[edit]

Seeking volunteers[edit]

Project pages to be consolidated[edit]

Project pages to be checked[edit]

  • Sort this semester's courses by three major subject divisions

Feature/Template requests[edit]

  • It would be good to restore to the cousepage template the tool which gives a log of all recent contribs by course participants.--Pharos (talk) 15:19, 5 March 2012 (UTC)
  • It would be good if the coursepage displayed the university name, rather than it just being hidden in the template.--Pharos (talk) 15:19, 5 March 2012 (UTC)
  • It would be good if the coursepage wizard was by default set to the current semester with the standard name, because everyone tends to write the semester name differently.--Pharos (talk) 15:19, 5 March 2012 (UTC)
Unfortunately, there is no "standard name". While most colleges in America do have the first and second terms in the fall and spring, with one or more summer semesters, there are many American colleges that stagger semesters. For instance, one college has a semester that runs April to December and a second semester that overlaps it from July to February, along with an "off" semester running December through April. I thought I'd seen everything until I ran into that one. (I don't remember the exact months they used, but the concept is what I'm trying to convey). Rob SchnautZ (WMF) (talkcontribs) 17:33, 6 March 2012 (UTC)
I've tried to split the difference by designating a deliberately broadly-defined "Spring/Summer 2012 semesters" listing at Online Ambassador Census.--Pharos (talk) 09:42, 7 April 2012 (UTC)
  • Do we want to port over the Campus Ambassador pages as well? Epistemophiliac (talk) 14:37, 6 April 2012 (UTC)
  • An educational peer review system led by OAs would be good, I've started with an {{edu review}} template intended for this.--Pharos (talk) 10:29, 7 April 2012 (UTC)