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Technical Writing in the Digital Age: Wikipedia Editing and Collaborative Writing

Directions: For each lesson below, follow all links and read them carefully. All assigned readings not linked may be found on my server or in your assigned textbook. See your individual syllabus for due dates and additional instructions. Nothing needs to be done with resources, but they are added for your reference.

 note: While this course discusses Wikipedia specifically, your class may be working on LitWiki, but most of the theory and practice about Wikipedia will apply to LW. If your course does use the latter, you may still want to have an account on both.

1: Introduction to Wikipedia and MediaWiki

Understanding Wikipedia, its history, and its significance in the digital age.

2: Wikipedia’s Core Principles

Explore Wikipedia's core principles, including neutrality, verifiability, and reliable sourcing.

3: Collaborative Writing and Wiki Markup

Introduction to collaborative writing on Wikipedia, understanding wiki markup, and basic editing.

4: Writing with a Neutral Point of View (NPOV)

Exploration of the NPOV policy, recognizing bias, and writing from a neutral perspective.

5: Sourcing and Citations

The importance of reliable sourcing, citing academic and reputable references, and avoiding original research.

6: Talk Pages and Collaboration

Effective use of Wikipedia's talk pages for discussions and collaboration with other editors.

7: Creating a Wikipedia Article

Applying the knowledge gained throughout the course to collaboratively write a new Wikipedia article.


The following texts are available either on (the linked sources) or in the ENGL 5106 Library on my server (see D2L for the password).

  • Broughton, John (2008). Wikipedia: The Missing Manual. Sebastopol, CA: O'Rielly.
  • Lih, Andrew (2009). The Wikipedia Revolution. New York: Hyperion.


  1. Optional blog posts are just that: optional. They will be considered in my evaluative process and provide additional opportunities for you to practice your digital writing. That said: you will not be penalized for not completing these posts.
  2. 2.0 2.1 If you choose a Wikipedia article, be sure I have your user name. You an either mail it to me, or post it on my talk page.
  3. This is the same assignment as your collaborative project that you have likely been working on all semester. See your class syllabus.
Written: 2002, 2022; Revised: 11-20-2023; Version: Beta 0.7 💬