Wikipedia:Wiki Ed/CSU Monterey Bay/Research & Technical Writing in Biology (Fall 2019)

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Course name
Research & Technical Writing in Biology
CSU Monterey Bay
Arlene Haffa
Content Expert
Ian (Wiki Ed)
Course dates
2019-08-27 00:00:00 UTC – 2019-12-13 23:59:59 UTC
Approximate number of student editors

Intended for biology majors, this course will develop skills in the written communication of biological information to the scientific community, emerging scientists, policy makers and to the general public. This course provides an introduction to bibliographic research, design/interpretation of experiments, visual presentation of results, and preparation of technical communications in biology. It is designed to enhance the skills of biology majors by focusing on those elements of research, interpretation, and written presentation that typically require considerable practice.

Student Assigned Reviewing
Samamiller Pleomorphism (microbiology)
Ashley.nicole9947 Microbiota
Nathalie.solorzano Salmonella
Malia Lia Pantoea agglomerans
Julinaornelas Kombucha
AnnieMRodriguez Soil microbiology
Gracerz Phage typing
AshGen Diplococcus
Nlyckfors Efflux (microbiology)
Angela Albanese Oxidase test
THawthorne Staphylococcus epidermidis
Heather Bayuga Streaking (microbiology)
Tmcnair17 Extremophile
Nathaniel Scharbrough Enrichment culture
Maddiejohns14 Blight
Spereda94 Halophile
Delhouck Floc (biofilm)
X05Nm Bacterial capsule
Mayra.ortiz831 Instruments used in microbiology, Anaerobic respiration
Sahanas17 Burkholderia cenocepacia
GKChris Quantitative microbiological risk assessment
Anonymous M.H Hemolysis (microbiology)
Cox9104 D-value (microbiology)
Joseph Rusciano Hydrogenotroph
Ajfuertes Flora (microbiology)
Erwin Calderon Microbiological culture, Bat Guano
Monicamestrada Food microbiology, Microbial cyst
Absmith31498 Morganella morganii
Teall7273 Borrelia burgdorferi
Chdiaz10 Sterilization (microbiology)
Ktatsukawa Corynebacterium
EnriqueGamez03 Isolation (microbiology)
Hmgilham Staphylococcus
Bols5269 Microbial ecology
Cguevarra Obligate aerobe


Week 2

Course meetings
Wednesday, 4 September 2019
In class - Introduction to the Wikipedia assignment

Welcome to your Wikipedia assignment's course timeline. This page guides you through the steps you'll need to complete for your Wikipedia assignment, with links to training modules and your classmates' work spaces.

Your course has been assigned a Wikipedia Expert. You can reach them through the Get Help button at the top of this page.


Assignment - Get started on Wikipedia

Create an account and join this course page, using the enrollment link your instructor sent you. (Because of Wikipedia's technical restraints, you may receive a message that you cannot create an account. To resolve this, please try again off campus or the next day.)


This week, everyone should have a Wikipedia account.

Week 3

Course meetings
Monday, 9 September 2019   |   Wednesday, 11 September 2019
Assignment - Evaluate Wikipedia


Evaluate an article

Week 4

Course meetings
Monday, 16 September 2019   |   Wednesday, 18 September 2019
In class - Discussion

What's a content gap?

Guide(s) for writing articles in your topic area



Environmental Sciences

Genes and Proteins

Science Communication


Week 5

Course meetings
Monday, 23 September 2019   |   Wednesday, 25 September 2019
Assignment - Add to an article


Add a citation

Week 6

Course meetings
Monday, 30 September 2019   |   Wednesday, 2 October 2019
Assignment - Start drafting your contributions

Reach out to your Wikipedia Expert if you have questions using the Get Help button at the top of this page.

Resource: Editing Wikipedia, pages 7–9


Everyone has begun writing their article drafts.

Week 7

Course meetings
Monday, 7 October 2019   |   Wednesday, 9 October 2019
Assignment - Peer review two articles

Guiding framework

In class - Discussion

Thinking about Wikipedia


Every student has finished reviewing their assigned articles, making sure that every article has been reviewed.

Week 8

Course meetings
Monday, 14 October 2019   |   Wednesday, 16 October 2019
Assignment - Respond to your peer review

You probably have some feedback from other students and possibly other Wikipedians. Consider their suggestions, decide whether it makes your work more accurate and complete, and edit your draft to make those changes.


  • Editing Wikipedia, pages 12 and 14
  • Reach out to your Wikipedia Expert if you have any questions.

Week 9

Course meetings
Monday, 21 October 2019   |   Wednesday, 23 October 2019
Assignment - Begin moving your work to Wikipedia

Now that you've improved your draft based on others' feedback, it's time to move your work live - to the "mainspace."

Resource: Editing Wikipedia, page 13

Week 10

Course meetings
Monday, 28 October 2019   |   Wednesday, 30 October 2019
Assignment - Continue improving your article


Add links to your article

Now's the time to revisit your text and refine your work. You may do more research and find missing information; rewrite the lead section to represent all major points; reorganize the text to communicate the information better; or add images and other media.

Week 11

Course meetings
Monday, 4 November 2019   |   Wednesday, 6 November 2019
Assignment - Polish your work

Continue to expand and improve your work, and format your article to match Wikipedia's tone and standards. Remember to contact your Wikipedia Expert at any time if you need further help!

Week 12

Course meetings
Wednesday, 13 November 2019
Assignment - Final article

It's the final week to develop your article.

  • Read Editing Wikipedia page 15 to review a final check-list before completing your assignment.
  • Don't forget that you can ask for help from your Wikipedia Expert at any time!
In class - In-class presentation

Guiding questions

Assignment - Reflective essay

Guiding questions

Assignment - Original analytical paper

Write a paper going beyond your Wikipedia article to advance your own ideas, arguments, and original research about your topic.

Week 13

Course meetings
Monday, 18 November 2019

Everyone should have finished all of the work they'll do on Wikipedia, and be ready for grading.