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Human Ecology is a participatory project-based course for upper-level students who are not biology majors. Each student designs and carries out three projects:. a short talk for YouTube, a small community project, and creation or enhancement of a Wikipedia page about a Canadian topic in ecology, climate change or sustainability. The Wikipedia work is done by teams of two students.
Anatomy of Wikipedia articles, what makes a good article, how to distinguish between good and bad articles
Collaborating and engaging with the Wiki editing community
Explore topics related to human ecology and sustainability in Vancouver or Canada, paying more attention than usual to how Wikipedia is organized. As you explore, make a mental note of articles that don't exist, and of ones that seem like good candidates for improvement.
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.
All students have Wikipedia user accounts and are listed on the course page.
Tuesday, 10 January 2017
In class - Exploring the topic area
Be prepared to contribute ideas to a brief class discussion of possible pages to work on. These should be topics related to human ecology and sustainability in Vancouver or Canada that are not well covered by current Wikipedia articles.
We will collect a list of topics students would like to write about, and refine these into a set of topics that will be assigned to pairs of students. Please be ready to describe at least one topic you would be happy with, and to vote on your preferences. Final topic assignments will be posted on Connect later today.
Assignment - Learn about some ethical issues
Be prepared to explain close paraphrasing, plagiarism, and copyright violations on Wikipedia.
Assignment - Continue working on your peer reviews and your articles
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.
Tuesday, 21 March 2017
In class - Discuss further article improvements
Continue discussing how the articles can be further improved. Come up with improvement goals for each article for next week.
Assignment - Continue improving articles
Return to your classmates' articles you previously reviewed, and provide more suggestions for further improvement. If there is a disagreement, suggest a compromise.
Do additional research and writing to make further improvements to your article, based on your classmates' suggestions and any additional areas for improvement you can identify.
Assignment - Move your article into Wikipedia mainspace
Teams may more their articles from their sandboxes to mainspace at any time.
Move your sandbox articles into main space.
If you are expanding an existing article, copy your edit into the article. If you are making many small edits, save after each edit before you make the next one. Do NOT paste over the entire existing article, or large sections of the existing article.
If you are creating a new article, do NOT copy and paste your text, or there will be no record of your work history. Follow the instructions in the "Moving out of your sandbox" handout.
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.