NMAC 3108/Fall 2020/Lessons/5

From Gerald R. Lucas

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September 30 – October 13: Wikipedia Project Intro and Evaluation
In this lesson, we will begin our second project: writing and publishing a Wikipedia article.


Our major goal—hopefully in the first week of this lesson—will be to choose a topic from Wikipedia:WikiProject Women in Red. If we were forward-thinking, we have been discussing potential topics for a little while now. If not, this is the time. We have several factors to consider before making our choice, including notability. When making our final choice, we need to be sure the subject. is notable enough to be included on Wikipedia.

We’ll also take some time to learn about communication and collaboration on Wikipedia via talk pages. We’ll evaluate some articles on Wikipedia and have discussion on these articles’ talk pages.

Join WikiEdu Since we’re beginning work on Wikipedia this week, we’ll use exercises and training for Wiki Education, or WikiEdu. Click the button on the right to register. You’ll use your Wikipedia account to login and join our class dashboard. You must use the blue button, as it contains the password you’ll need to join the site. “Editing Wikipedia” (linked below) introduces you to WikiEdu and explains what you can expect.[1]

 Note: Your quizzes and writing will be replaced this week with training modules and exercises from WikiEdu. Don’t let this confuse you. These are still due this week; just follow the instructions to complete them.

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
10/06 Training
Evaluate -
10/13 Training


  1. You’ll notice that WikiEdu contains its own timeline. Our lessons may not sync up to WikiEdu’s timeline, nor will we do all the assignments that it contains, so always come back here for what’s required. Don’t let WikiEdu’s timeline confuse you.
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