Writing for Wikipedia: Sources, Styles, and Sentences
This course invites students to engage in public writing and to perfect their writing and information literacy skills while they do so. As part of the project to increase the accuracy and diversity of Wikipedia entries, the nonprofit WikiEdu is partnering with colleges and universities around the world and inviting students to become editors. They provide a list of entries that need to be written or revised to include citations to reliable sources and/or to help correct the race and gender imbalance on Wikipedia. They also provide training to students as they learn best practices of public writing— from accuracy to avoiding plagiarism. Students enrolled in this class will work with Wikipedia editors and the Drew library to identify topics and select sources they can use to help them write or revise Wikipedia entries. Both the professor and the Wikipedia editors will provide feedback on draft entries, allowing students to perfect their writing skills and learn to target their writing to a real audience. A Drew librarian will help them find sources. This is a Community-based learning course whose goal is to provide the public with accurate and reliable information that they might not be able to find if they do not have access to academic databases or college libraries.
- Time: 10:25-11:40am
- Days: Tuesdays and Thursdays
- Term: Spring, 2021
About Community-Based Learning Courses
CBL classes foster the ability to connect academic learning with action in the world by working with offcampus community organizations. They seek to benefit their partner organizations and our shared community by addressing a need or strengthening a capacity that serves the common good. In a CBL course, you apply what you learn to real-world problems, providing a “mini-internship” that gives you the opportunity for career exploration, experience working in diverse communities, and the chance to help build your professional network. All CBL classes have been approved as Immersive Experiences.