Wikipedia:Wiki Ed/Northern Arizona University/Writing in the Biological Sciences 006 (Fall 2020)

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Course name
Writing in the Biological Sciences 006
Northern Arizona University
Alison Singer
Wikipedia Expert
Ian (Wiki Ed)
Environmental Sciences
Course dates
2020-08-12 00:00:00 UTC – 2020-11-25 23:59:59 UTC
Approximate number of student editors

This is a writing/communication course for upper-level biology majors. The course exposes them to writing for diverse audiences, and focuses on adjusting their style/language based on the audience. They work in groups on a Wikipedia article, and they can choose to either create an entirely new page (often about a species that doesn't yet have it's own Wikipedia page), or to substantially revise an article that's a stub article or rated as needing improvement.

Student Assigned Reviewing
Esm23 Cortisol
BPCM21 Coccidioidomycosis, Dengue fever, Coccidioides immitis, Coccidioides
Lindous 864
Manta Ray LH
KJohnson142 Coronavirus
MasonBoxberger Calorie restriction
MGBare The Brain that Changes Itself, Human brain, Brain healing, Neuroplasticity, Brain damage, Central nervous system disease


Week 2

Course meetings
Thursday, 20 August 2020

This week, everyone should have a Wikipedia account.

Week 3

Course meetings
Tuesday, 25 August 2020   |   Thursday, 27 August 2020
Assignment - 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.


Week 4

Course meetings
Tuesday, 1 September 2020   |   Thursday, 3 September 2020
Assignment - Get started on Wikipedia

Now that you have created an account and join this course page by using the enrollment link your instructor sent you, start completing the background material to understand Wikipedia. (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.)

You should understand the policies that are in place for Wikipedia from the introductory modules. Now learn more about the tools you can use. Also, review the traning on plagiarism.

Assignment - Evaluate Wikipedia

Do NOT do the optional exercise and do NOT fill in the entire form. You will do this process to find three Wikipedia articles and save Evaluate an Article Templates in your sandbox for each. You need to find a C-class article of your choice, an article that needs a citation of your choice, and pick one article from the Articles->Available Articles that you wish to edit (these are Stubs).

When you are finished, post links to your articles in a thread of the Wiki Topics discussion on BBLearn (add to a thread if it is the same topic).

Assignment - Review the rules for health topics (if applicable)

Week 5

Course meetings
Tuesday, 8 September 2020   |   Thursday, 10 September 2020
In class - Discussion

Follow this link to get the information we will discuss in class (not as a BBLearn Discussion)

Assignment - Exercise
Assignment - Choose possible topics

Resource: Editing Wikipedia, page 6

Assignment - Add to an article

Week 6

Course meetings
Tuesday, 15 September 2020   |   Thursday, 17 September 2020
Assignment - Form your team and select your group topic

Resource: Editing Wikipedia, pages 7–9

Guide(s) for writing articles in your topic area


Environmental Sciences

Genes and Proteins




Everyone has comleted the background training for their topic.

Week 7

Course meetings
Tuesday, 22 September 2020   |   Thursday, 24 September 2020

Continue refining your page as a group. You may want to consider adding other features.

Week 8

Course meetings
Tuesday, 29 September 2020   |   Thursday, 1 October 2020
Assignment - Peer review an article

Guiding framework


Every student has finished reviewing their assigned articles, making sure that every article has been reviewed.

Week 9

Course meetings
Tuesday, 6 October 2020   |   Thursday, 8 October 2020
Assignment - Respond to your peer review

You probably have some feedback from other students and possibly other Wikipedians. Consider their suggestions, decide whether it makes your work more accurate and complete, and edit your draft to make those changes.


  • Editing Wikipedia, pages 12 and 14
  • Reach out to your Wikipedia Expert if you have any questions.

Week 10

Course meetings
Tuesday, 13 October 2020   |   Thursday, 15 October 2020
Assignment - Continue improving your article

Continue 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.

Week 11

Course meetings
Tuesday, 20 October 2020   |   Thursday, 22 October 2020
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!

Week 12

Course meetings
Tuesday, 27 October 2020   |   Thursday, 29 October 2020
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 Wikipedia Expert at any time!
Assignment - Reflective essay

Week 13

Course meetings
Tuesday, 3 November 2020   |   Thursday, 5 November 2020

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