NMAC 3108/Fall 2020/Lessons/3

From Gerald R. Lucas

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September 2 – September 15: Credibility in Editing and Sourcing
In this lesson, you will be learning about the all-important credibility in WritDM. We will also begin learning about editing MediaWiki, including adding a references section.

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Adding to your editing skills and getting more comfortable making changes in MediaWiki will be the goals of this lesson. A key part of any academic additions is called sourcing: simply supporting everything you add with strong, secondary evidence. Sourcing is the foundation of establishing and maintaining credibility in WritDM.

There are various ways to go about sourcing, but this lesson will introduce you to Harvard citations, shortened footnotes, and works cited. You will begin to build your references section in your remediation project.

You will also learn important formatting skills in Wikipedia and practice those in your sandbox. If you have not done so already, please create an account on Wikipedia before you begin the second part of this lesson. Before doing this, I recommend reading “Wikipedia:Why create an account?” for some additional information. While it’s not required, I request that you make your user name something that allows me to easily identify you; this will make my evaluation easier.

By the end of this lesson you should have a Wikipedia account and have completed an introductory tutorial; you will have your remediation article’s works cited and introductory sections complete; you will have a better understanding of the importance of sourcing and credibility.

Lesson Instructions and Explanation

Generally to avoid confusion, I have tried to make all lessons work the same way. Each lesson will have its weekly section presented in a chart. Work your way from left to right. Open links in tabs, so you don’t lose track of this page.


This is the date this sections’s work is due. Complete everything in the row before 11:59:59 pm on this date.


These are the readings for this section. Read them carefully, taking notes as you do. I recommend reading from a book or on paper, as you can highlight an annotate as you progress. This will help you in the next sections.


This section will usually be a reading quiz on what you just read, so be sure to take it while the reading is fresh in your mind. However, it may also include other assignments or activities that must be accomplished.


Most writing will be on the class forum. This section will contain instructions and guidance for completing your writing. Often, this will link to a series of discussion prompts for the text you’re reading. Choose one prompt, or thread, to answer, or create your own post (especially if there are none there you can or want to respond to) by clicking + New Topic. I’m looking for your engagement here, so aim for a single longish post and a shorter response to someone else’s post. Using secondary sources correctly for support will always earn you more points. Be sure you’re following the conventions outlined in Writing in the Liberal Arts and the guidelines in Academic Forum Posts.


The test will be the last activity. It will test your knowledge of the entire lesson’s materials. Take this only after you have accomplished everything else in the lesson. The idea here is that you show me what you learned about the all of the lesson’s material. Please write in complete sentences and give enough detail to answer the questions. Your answers should convince me that you have learned and thought about the materials.

Due Read Do Write Test
  • Carroll, chapter 5 (“Establishing and Communicating Credibility in Digital Spaces”)
  • Remediating Articles § Sourcing. Build your remediation article’s works cited section by following the instructions.
Quiz Respond -
Quiz Revise Test
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Have you had time to to consider which Georgia woman we should write on for our Wikipedia article creation project? Please consider spending some time on this and offering your suggestion(s) for our consideration.


  1. Get as much finished as you can this week, since this project is due next lesson.
  2. The reason I ask is because few have actually viewed feedback threads, and I’m getting a lot of email questions that I have answered already. This link to feedback is at the top of every lesson page. You are reading closely and carefully, right?
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