Wikipedia:Wiki Ed/University of Washington/Planetary Atmospheres (Spring 2019)

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Course name
Planetary Atmospheres
University of Washington
David Catling
Content Expert
Elysia (Wiki Ed)
Planetary Atmospheres
Course dates
2019-04-02 00:00:00 UTC – 2019-06-28 23:59:59 UTC
Approximate number of student editors

Problems of the origin, evolution, and structure of planetary atmospheres, emphasizing elements common to all; roles of radiation, chemistry, and dynamical processes. Recent research on the atmospheres of Venus, Mars,Titan, Jupiter and exoplanets in the context of comparative planetology.

Student Assigned Reviewing
Tovarg Ice-albedo feedback, Atmosphere of Titan Biosignature, User:Mcurr/sandbox
Real YC Atmosphere of Mars Carbonate-silicate cycle, Faint young Sun paradox
Mcurr Biosignature Runaway greenhouse effect, User:SincereScience/sandbox
Atmospheric Anna Hydrodynamic escape, Atmospheric escape Diffusion-Limited Escape (of Atmospheres)
Gretashum Faint young Sun paradox, Carbonate-silicate cycle Atmosphere of Mars
Nickwogan Pale Blue Dot, Diffused-limited Escape (of Atmospheres) Homosphere, Heterosphere, Turbopause
PLin AB Great Oxygenation Event
Andrew Shumway Origin of water on Earth Atmospheric escape, Hydrodynamic escape
Ss264 Heterosphere, Homosphere, Turbopause User:Lmfifer/Equilibrium Temperature Sandbox, User:Lmfifer/sandbox
Lmfifer Planetary equilibrium temperature, Skin temperature (of an atmosphere) User:PLin AB/sandbox, Great Oxygenation Event
SincereScience Runaway greenhouse effect Atmosphere of Titan, Ice-albedo feedback, User:Tovarg/Planetary-atmos-sandbox


Week 8

Course meetings
Thursday, 23 May 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.

Also, everyone should start gathering sources (papers, books, book chapters, treatise articles, or entries in other encyclopedias) relevant to the Wikipedia article that they are editing or creating.

Assignment - Evaluate Wikipedia


Evaluate an article

Assignment - Choose possible topics


Choose a topic

Resource: Editing Wikipedia, page 6

Week 9

Course meetings
Tuesday, 28 May 2019   |   Thursday, 30 May 2019   |   Saturday, 1 June 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

Guide(s) for writing articles in your topic area



Environmental Sciences

Science Communication


Everyone has begun writing their article drafts. Also, think about figures, diagrams or photos that would be very useful or perhaps critical for someone to understand your article(s).

Week 10

Course meetings
Tuesday, 4 June 2019   |   Thursday, 6 June 2019
Assignment - Begin moving your work to Wikipedia

Assign a fellow student to review your draft Wikipedia article(s).

Improved your draft based on others' feedback, and move your work live - to the "mainspace."

Resource: Editing Wikipedia, page 13

Week 11

Course meetings
Tuesday, 11 June 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.

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!

Assignment - Final article

It's the final week to finish 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!

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