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Integrates and assesses the concepts and skills obtained from the entire biology curriculum including both experiential and classroom-based components. Requires extensive reflection by students on their various educational experiences as well as written summaries of these reflections, library and Internet research of scientific questions related to the experiences, and preparation of presentations of this research (oral, poster, and/or Web site). All phases are accompanied by class discussion and critique.
Complete the introductory training modules. During this training, you will make edits in a sandbox and learn the basic rules of Wikipedia.
Create a User page.
To practice editing and communicating on Wikipedia, introduce yourself to another student on their user talk page.
Explore topics related to your topic area to get a feel for how Wikipedia is organized. What areas seem to be missing? As you explore, make a mental note of articles that seem like good candidates for improvement.
Research and list 3–5 articles on your Wikipedia user page that you will consider working on as your main project. Look at the talk page for existing topics for a sense of who else is working on it and what they're doing. Describe your choices to your instructor for feedback.
All students have Wikipedia user accounts and are listed on the course page.
Tuesday, 31 May 2016 | Wednesday, 1 June 2016 | Thursday, 2 June 2016
In class - Discussing our topics & using sources
Discuss the topics students will be working on, and determine strategies for researching and writing about them.
Be prepared to explain close paraphrasing, plagiarism, and copyright violations on Wikipedia.
Supplementary training: [[../../../training/students/sandboxes|Sandboxes and Mainspace]]
Supplementary training: [[../../../training/students/sources|Sources and Citations]]
Assignment - Editing Medical Topics - Review Wikipedia's guidelines
Review Wikipedia's rules for topics related to medicine, human health, and psychology.
Assignment - Finalize your topic and start researching
Select an article to work on, removing the rest from your user page. Add your topic on the course page.
Compile a bibliography of relevant, reliable sources and post it to the talk page of the article you are working on. Begin reading the sources. Make sure to check in on the talk page (or watchlist) to see if anyone has advice on your bibliography.
Monday, 6 June 2016 | Tuesday, 7 June 2016 | Wednesday, 8 June 2016 | Thursday, 9 June 2016
In class - Group suggestions
As a group, offer suggestions for improving one or two other students' articles, based on your ideas of what makes a solid encyclopedia article.
If you are starting a new article, write an outline of the topic in the form of a standard Wikipedia lead section of 3–4 paragraphs in your sandbox. Wikipedia articles use "summary style", in which the lead section provides a balanced summary of the entire body of the article, with the first sentence serving to define the topic and place it in context. The lead section should summarize, very briefly, each of the main aspects of the topic that will be covered in detail in the rest of the article. If you are improving an existing article, draft a new lead section reflecting your proposed changes, and post this along with a brief description of your plans on the article’s talk page. Make sure to check that page often to gather any feedback the community might provide.
Begin working with classmates and other editors to polish your lead section and fix any major issues.
Continue research in preparation for writing the body of the article.
In class - Media literacy discussion
Open discussion of the concepts of neutrality, media literacy, and the impact and limits of Wikipedia.
Assignment - Address peer review suggestions
Make edits to your article based on peers’ feedback. If you disagree with a suggestion, use talk pages to politely discuss and come to a consensus on your edit.
Assignment - Illustrate an article
Identify an article that would benefit from illustration, create or find an appropriate photo, illustration, or audio/video, and add it to the article.
All media uploaded to Wikipedia must fall under a "free license," which means they can be used or shared by anyone. Examples of media you can use are photos that you take yourself, images and text in the public domain, and works created by someone else who has given permission for their work to be used by others. For more information about which types of media can be uploaded to Wikipedia, see Commons:Help desk.
To add a media file to an article, you must first upload it to Wikimedia Commons. For instructions on how to upload files to Commons, refer to Illustrating Wikipedia. This brochure will also provide you with detailed information about which files are acceptable to upload to Wikipedia and the value of contributing media to Wikipedia articles.
All students have started editing articles or drafts on Wikipedia.
Monday, 13 June 2016 | Tuesday, 14 June 2016 | Wednesday, 15 June 2016 | Thursday, 16 June 2016
In class - Moving articles to mainspace
We'll discuss moving your article out of your sandboxes and into Wikipedia's main space.
A general reminder: Don't panic if your contribution disappears, and don't try to force it back in.
Check to see if there is an explanation of the edit on the article's talk page. If not, (politely) ask why it was removed.
Contact your instructor or Wikipedia Content Expert and let them know.