Strassmann/ Queller lab group
Team-based writing for Wikipedia
about animal behavior
Joan E. Strassmann strassmann@wustl.e...
Tell me and I forget,
teach me and I may
remember, involve me
and I learn – Benjamin
Franklin
Lose the daydream lecture face and
write!
Either write something
worth reading or do
something worth writing –
Benjamin Franklin
What is worth writing about?
Write what you know.
Write what you learn
In a class about animal behavior, the
students write about animal behavior
In a class about animal behavior, the
students write about animal behavior
For animal behavior, an animal
and a concept works well
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_Program:
Washington_Univer...
How to share writing?
Why Wikipedia?
Why Wikipedia?
It is powerful, read by everyone,
generates discussion, constantly
improved, and referenced.
Is Wikipedia
accurate?
• Yes, and always getting
more so.
• If you write for it, you
learn what is trustworthy
and what is...
How Wikipedia?
There are online resources to
facilitate writing for Wikipedia.
How Wikipedia?
There are online resources to
facilitate teaching with Wikipedia.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wikiWikipedia:Ed...
Intro to a Wikipedia page
Wikipedia pages have tabs. The main
one where you read information is
the Article tab
Intro to a Wikipedia page
Wikipedia pages have tabs. The tab
where there is discussion about what
is written is the Talk t...
Intro to a Wikipedia page
Wikipedia pages have tabs. There are
other tabs to the right of the page. The
Read tab is the sa...
Intro to a Wikipedia page
Wikipedia pages have tabs. The Edit
tab is where you change things.
Intro to a Wikipedia page
Wikipedia pages have tabs. The View
history tab shows the history of the
page.
Intro to a Wikipedia page
Before you make changes, you should log in,
so the edits can be attributed to you, not
just to y...
Intro to a
Wikipedia
page
Intro to a Wikipedia page
You can set up a watchlist to keep
track of the topics you have worked
on the most.
How about that behavior course?
What is the overall structure of the
course?
• Four components:
– Learn most of the material through study
questions and w...
What exactly do I do with Wikipedia?
• Teach an official Wikipedia Education Program
course
What exactly do I do with Wikipedia?
• Teach an official Wikipedia Education Program course
What do I have students do?
• Add 500 words and 5 references to an entry
• Add or create a 1000 word and 10 references
ent...
What are the assignments?
What are the groups of three?
Teams of students, but each writes all
their own material.
• Writing expert
• Wikipedia expe...
How do I know exactly what a student
wrote?
• Have them turn in their words on Blackboard
at the same time they make the c...
Why not wait a few drafts before
putting writing live on Wikipedia?
• Engagement with the outside community is a
key part ...
What if a student puts incorrect
information on Wikipedia?
• There are many ways to discover this
– Members of their own t...
What do we do during class?
• Sit at tables for six.
• Take quizzes, discuss quizzes.
What do we do during class?
• Watch animal behavior videos, answer questions,
discuss.
• Work on Wikipedia assignments.
What do we do during class?
• Plan and practice high school workshops.
• Much discussion on paper, with posters of questio...
You can fill class time without lecturing
Bedbugs
Kai Jones
Bedbugs – Kai Jones
Black-throated blue
warbler - Tianyi Cai
Worker policing
Kevin Li
Writing for Wikipedia is fun!
Do I have any other tips?
• Yes, join a project. Write about the issues they
want covered, to the extent this is in accord...
Why don’t I have team written pages?
• There are teams and the members help each
other.
• Ultimately each student learns m...
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Yes, your students can write for Wikipedia!
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Do you know about the Wikipedia Education project? You can teach your class by having your students write for Wikipedia. See you to do this with this presentation geared around a college animal behavior course at Washington University in St. Louis. Students learn best when they are engaged in actively creating new information. Here I detail how to transform your teaching with in-class writing for Wikipedia. It is fun, compelling, and educational.

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  1. 1. Strassmann/ Queller lab group Team-based writing for Wikipedia about animal behavior Joan E. Strassmann strassmann@wustl.edu http://strassmannandquellerlab.wordpress.com Read my blog! http://sociobiology.wordpress.com
  2. 2. Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn – Benjamin Franklin
  3. 3. Lose the daydream lecture face and write!
  4. 4. Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing – Benjamin Franklin
  5. 5. What is worth writing about?
  6. 6. Write what you know. Write what you learn
  7. 7. In a class about animal behavior, the students write about animal behavior
  8. 8. In a class about animal behavior, the students write about animal behavior
  9. 9. For animal behavior, an animal and a concept works well https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_Program: Washington_University_in_St._Louis/Behavioral_E cology_%28Fall_2013%29
  10. 10. How to share writing?
  11. 11. Why Wikipedia?
  12. 12. Why Wikipedia? It is powerful, read by everyone, generates discussion, constantly improved, and referenced.
  13. 13. Is Wikipedia accurate? • Yes, and always getting more so. • If you write for it, you learn what is trustworthy and what is not. • Teachers that don’t allow Wikipedia to be cited teach students not to cite all their actual sources.
  14. 14. How Wikipedia? There are online resources to facilitate writing for Wikipedia.
  15. 15. How Wikipedia? There are online resources to facilitate teaching with Wikipedia. https://en.wikipedia.org/wikiWikipedia:Education_program
  16. 16. Intro to a Wikipedia page Wikipedia pages have tabs. The main one where you read information is the Article tab
  17. 17. Intro to a Wikipedia page Wikipedia pages have tabs. The tab where there is discussion about what is written is the Talk tab
  18. 18. Intro to a Wikipedia page Wikipedia pages have tabs. There are other tabs to the right of the page. The Read tab is the same as the Article tab.
  19. 19. Intro to a Wikipedia page Wikipedia pages have tabs. The Edit tab is where you change things.
  20. 20. Intro to a Wikipedia page Wikipedia pages have tabs. The View history tab shows the history of the page.
  21. 21. Intro to a Wikipedia page Before you make changes, you should log in, so the edits can be attributed to you, not just to your IP address. If Wikipedia text is in red, it means the editor was not logged in.
  22. 22. Intro to a Wikipedia page
  23. 23. Intro to a Wikipedia page You can set up a watchlist to keep track of the topics you have worked on the most.
  24. 24. How about that behavior course?
  25. 25. What is the overall structure of the course? • Four components: – Learn most of the material through study questions and weekly quizzes. – Focus on one book chapter and learn that material in detail, in a group of six. – Write for Wikipedia, rewrite, comment on other student writing. – Teach high school students in a Saturday workshop.
  26. 26. What exactly do I do with Wikipedia? • Teach an official Wikipedia Education Program course
  27. 27. What exactly do I do with Wikipedia? • Teach an official Wikipedia Education Program course
  28. 28. What do I have students do? • Add 500 words and 5 references to an entry • Add or create a 1000 word and 10 references entry • Add or create another 1000 word and 10 references entry • Review each other’s work, within a group of three and across groups of three • Revise their work repeatedly in response to the comments within the classroom and from the Wikipedia readers
  29. 29. What are the assignments?
  30. 30. What are the groups of three? Teams of students, but each writes all their own material. • Writing expert • Wikipedia expert • Fact checker
  31. 31. How do I know exactly what a student wrote? • Have them turn in their words on Blackboard at the same time they make the changes live on Wikipedia
  32. 32. Why not wait a few drafts before putting writing live on Wikipedia? • Engagement with the outside community is a key part of the revision process. • Students do their best work when it counts, so the first draft should count.
  33. 33. What if a student puts incorrect information on Wikipedia? • There are many ways to discover this – Members of their own triad – Other students in the class – The teaching assistants read the material – I read everything and make changes as needed at the end of the class
  34. 34. What do we do during class? • Sit at tables for six. • Take quizzes, discuss quizzes.
  35. 35. What do we do during class? • Watch animal behavior videos, answer questions, discuss. • Work on Wikipedia assignments.
  36. 36. What do we do during class? • Plan and practice high school workshops. • Much discussion on paper, with posters of questions and comments.
  37. 37. You can fill class time without lecturing
  38. 38. Bedbugs Kai Jones
  39. 39. Bedbugs – Kai Jones
  40. 40. Black-throated blue warbler - Tianyi Cai
  41. 41. Worker policing Kevin Li
  42. 42. Writing for Wikipedia is fun!
  43. 43. Do I have any other tips? • Yes, join a project. Write about the issues they want covered, to the extent this is in accord with course goals. This will help get attention to the site and reviewers.
  44. 44. Why don’t I have team written pages? • There are teams and the members help each other. • Ultimately each student learns most from doing their own writing and engaging with the Wikipedia community.
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