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Course name
BIOL 345 Human Ecology
University of British Columbia
Rosie Redfield
Content Expert
Ian (Wiki Ed)
Human Ecology
Course dates
2017-01-03 00:00:00 UTC – 2017-04-11 23:59:59 UTC
Approximate number of student editors

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.

Student Assigned Reviewing


Week 1

Course meetings
Tuesday, 3 January 2017
In class - Wikipedia essentials
  • Overview of the course
  • Introduction to how Wikipedia will be used in the course
  • Understanding Wikipedia as a community, we'll discuss its expectations and etiquette.

Handout: Editing Wikipedia

Start learning editing basics
  • Basics of editing
  • 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.

Handouts: Using Talk Pages, Evaluating Wikipedia

Assignment - Practicing the basics
  • Create an account and join this course page.
  • 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.

Week 2

Course meetings
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.

Handouts: Choosing an article

Week 3

Course meetings
Tuesday, 17 January 2017
In class - Choosing topics
  • 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

Week 4

Course meetings
Tuesday, 24 January 2017
In class - Teams start planning their articles
  • There will be a short period of time in today's class for the members of each Wikipedia team to discuss their ideas with their partner.

Week 5

Course meetings
Tuesday, 31 January 2017
Assignment - Submit your page outline
  • Give the title of your page, or of its section in an existing page.
  • Describe its relationship to other pages (or to the existing page)
  • Describe ways you’ve checked that this page/section is needed (Talk page, topics searched for, other?)
  • List the headings/subheadings this page will have.  Include a line under each describing the planned content.
  • Give links to authoritative information sources you will use.
  • List some pages this page will link to, and some that will link to it.

All students have completed their page outline in their team's sandbox.

Week 6

Course meetings
Tuesday, 7 February 2017
Assignment - Expand your outline into an article
  • Discuss with your partner which components of the article each of you will work on.
  • Aim to have all of the draft parts ready by Feb. 18, so you can give each other feedback and help over the Reading Week break. 

Week 7

Course meetings
Tuesday, 14 February 2017
In class - Building articles
  • We will set aside some class time this week for Wikipedia work.  Come prepared to ask for help, especially with problems that you think other students might also encounter.

Resources: Illustrating Wikipedia and Evaluating Wikipedia

Week 8

Course meetings
Tuesday, 28 February 2017
Assignment - Complete first draft
  • Expand your article into a complete first draft.

Week 9

Course meetings
Tuesday, 7 March 2017
Assignment - Peer review assignments
  • Peer review assignments will be distributed on Wednesday March 8.  Reviews are due March 21.
  • Each student will be assigned two pages to review.
  • Write your review comments on the Talk page of the page you're reviewing.
  • Remember to sign your review by typing 4 tildes (Ian (Wiki Ed) (talk) 20:32, 11 April 2017 (UTC)).

You may find this article helpful: Evaluating Wikipedia[[../../../training/students/peer-review|

Week 10

Course meetings
Tuesday, 14 March 2017
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.

Week 11

Course meetings
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.

Week 12

Course meetings
Tuesday, 28 March 2017
Assignment - Final article
  • Add final touches to your Wikipedia article.

Handout: Polishing your article

Week 13

Course meetings
Tuesday, 4 April 2017

By midnight April 6 students should have finished all their work on Wikipedia that will be considered for grading.