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Politics is the process of making decisions applying to members of a group. Beginning with an overview of the formal and informal mechanisms that shape our views of the world, the course will examine how industrial state capitalism has come to dominate our thinking as the only way to organize the political economy to satisfy human needs and wants. Finally, the course will take up questions of response and resistance to these phenomena.
Tuesday, 24 January 2017 | Thursday, 26 January 2017
Assignment - Introduction to the Wikipedia project
Welcome to your Wikipedia project's course timeline. This page will guide you through the Wikipedia project for your course. Be sure to check with your TA to see if there are other pages you should be following as well.
This page breaks down writing a Wikipedia article into a series of steps, or milestones. These steps include online trainings to help you get started on Wikipedia.
Your course has also been assigned a Wikipedia Content Expert. Check your Talk page for notes from them. You can also reach them through the "Get Help" button on this page.
To get started, please review the following handouts:
Create an account and join this course page, using the enrollment link your instructor sent you.
It's time to dive into Wikipedia. Below, you'll find the first set of online trainings you'll need to take. New modules will appear on this timeline as you get to new milestones. Be sure to check back and complete them! Incomplete trainings will be reflected in your grade.
When you finish the trainings, practice by introducing yourself to a classmate on that classmate’s Talk page.
Assignment - Critique an article
It's time to think critically about Wikipedia articles. You'll evaluate a Wikipedia article, and leave suggestions for improving it on the article's Talk page.
Complete the "Evaluating Articles and Sources" training (linked below).
Choose an article, and consider the following questions (but don't feel limited to these):
Is each fact referenced with an appropriate, reliable reference?
Is everything in the article relevant to the article topic? Is there anything that distracted you?
Is the article neutral? Are there any claims, or frames, that appear heavily biased toward a particular position?
Where does the information come from? Are these neutral sources? If biased, is that bias noted?
Are there viewpoints that are overrepresented, or underrepresented?
Check a few citations. Do the links work? Is there any close paraphrasing or plagiarism in the article?
Is any information out of date? Is anything missing that could be added?
Choose at least 2 questions relevant to the article you're evaluating. Leave your evaluation on the article's Talk page. Be sure to sign your feedback with four tildes — Alexawalters (talk) 10:05, 4 March 2017 (UTC).
This week, everyone should have a Wikipedia account.
Tuesday, 31 January 2017 | Thursday, 2 February 2017
Assignment - Add to an article
Familiarize yourself with editing Wikipedia by adding a citation to an article. There are two ways you can do this:
Add 1-2 sentences to a course-related article, and cite that statement to a reliable source, as you learned in the online training.
The Citation Hunt tool shows unreferenced statements from articles. First, evaluate whether the statement in question is true! An uncited statement could just be lacking a reference or it could be inaccurate or misleading. Reliable sources on the subject will help you choose whether to add it or correct the statement.
Assignment - Copyedit an article
Choose an article. Read through it, thinking about ways to improve the language, such as fixing grammatical mistakes. Then, make the appropriate changes. You don’t need to contribute new information to the article.
Tuesday, 7 February 2017 | Thursday, 9 February 2017
Assignment - Best practices for working in groups
You will be sent an email this week (late Tuesday night) notifying you of your group assignments. It is up to the group to determine who will be responsible for what and to make sure that work is distributed equitably.
Make sure everyone in the group is assigned to the same Wikipedia article on the Students tab of this course page. The article you chose should have some connection to the course material, whether it is something we have already covered or something we will be covering later on. Check the syllabus to see where the course is headed if you'd like to take up a topic not already covered in the lectures and readings to date.
Select one group member whose Sandbox space you'll all share to draft your article or article edits. Each person should link to that shared Sandbox from their own Sandbox page. A sandbox is like any other page on Wikipedia, and anyone can edit it.
Wikipedia doesn't allow multiple people to edit from different devices at the same time. If you're working together in person, one person should add the work to the Sandbox. If you are all working independently, make small edits and save often to avoid "editing conflicts" with classmates. Make sure that you're logged in under your own Wikipedia account while editing in your classmate's sandbox to ensure your edits are recorded.
Don't create a group account for your project. Group accounts are prohibited. If you need to communicate with your group members, it is up to the group to determine how best to go about this. You can work within Wikipedia itself, set up a Google Doc, or share a file via email, meet in person, or whatever other method group members are most comfortable with.
Choose 3–5 potential articles that you can tackle, and post links to them on your Wikipedia user page. For articles that already exist, check the Talk page to see what other Wikipedians might be doing.
Finally, present your choices to your TA for feedback. You will do this by emailing your TA a list of the articles you are considering as well as a brief argument (one paragraph or so) for how your group sees this article as fitting in with the course content. You will also discuss, briefly, what changes you think might need to be made to preexisting article or, in the case of creating a brand new article, why it is necessary for inclusion on Wikipedia. Email this list as a Word document and cc all group members. This email is due no later than 11:59PM on Saturday, February 11.
Tuesday, 14 February 2017 | Thursday, 16 February 2017
Assignment - Finalize your topic / Find your sources
After your TA responds with feedback about your proposed articles, you will choose one article to begin working on or constructing.
If you are editing an existing topic, assign your chosen topic to yourself through the Students tab.
In your sandbox, write a few sentences about what you plan to contribute to the selected article.
Think back to when you did an article critique. What can you add? Post some of your ideas to the article's talk page, too.
Compile a list of relevant, reliable books, journal articles, or other sources. Post that bibliography to the talk page of the article you'll be working on, and in your sandbox. Make sure to check in on the Talk page to see if anyone has advice on your bibliography.
Assignment - Draft your article
You've picked a topic and found your sources. Now it's time to start writing.
Creating a new article?
Write an outline of that topic in the form of a standard Wikipedia article's "lead section." Write it in your sandbox.
A "lead" section is not a traditional introduction. It should summarize, very briefly, what the rest of the article will say in detail. The first paragraph should include important, broad facts about the subject. A good example is Ada Lovelace. See Editing Wikipedia page 9 for more ideas.
Improving an existing article?
Identify what's missing from the current form of the article. Think back to the skills you learned while critiquing an article. Make notes for improvement in your sandbox.
Keep reading your sources, too, as you prepare to write the body of the article.
Keep working on transforming your article into a complete first draft. Get draft ready for peer-review.
If you'd like a Content Expert to review your draft, now is the time! Click the "Get Help" button in your sandbox to request notes.
Everyone has begun writing their article drafts.
Tuesday, 21 February 2017 | Thursday, 23 February 2017
Assignment - Peer review and copy edit
First, take the "Peer Review" online training.
Select two classmates’ articles that you will peer review and copyedit. On the Articles tab, find the articles that you want to review, and then assign them to yourself in the Review column.
Peer review your classmates' drafts. Leave suggestions on on the Talk page of the article, or sandbox, that your fellow student is working on. Other editors may be reviewing your work, so look for their comments! Be sure to acknowledge feedback from other Wikipedians.
As you review, make spelling, grammar, and other adjustments. Pay attention to the tone of the article. Is it encyclopedic?
Every student has finished reviewing their assigned articles, making sure that every article has been reviewed.
Assignment - Respond to your peer review
You probably have some feedback from other students and possibly other Wikipedians. It's time to work with that feedback to improve your article!
Return to your draft or article and think about the suggestions. Decide which ones to start implementing. Reach out to your instructor or your Content Expert if you have any questions.
Assignment - Begin moving your work to Wikipedia
Once you've made improvements to your article based on peer review feedback, it's time to move your work to Wikipedia proper - the "mainspace."
Editing an existing article?
NEVER copy and paste your draft of an article over the entire article. Instead, edit small sections at a time.
Copy your edits into the article. Make many small edits, saving each time, and leaving an edit summary. Never replace more than one to two sentences without saving!
Creating a new article?
Read Editing Wikipedia page 13, and follow those steps to move your article from your Sandbox to Mainspace.
You can also review the [[../../../training/students/sandboxes|Sandboxes and Mainspace]] online training.
Tuesday, 28 February 2017 | Thursday, 2 March 2017
Assignment - Continue improving your article
Do additional research and writing to make further improvements to your article, based on suggestions and your own critique.
Read Editing Wikipedia page 12 to see how to create links from your article to others, and from other articles to your own. Try to link to 3–5 articles, and link to your article from 2–3 other articles.
Continue to expand and improve your work, and format your article to match Wikipedia's tone and standards. Remember to contact your Content Expert at any time if you need further help!
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 Content Expert at any time!
Everyone should have finished all of the work they'll do on Wikipedia, and be ready for grading.