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Course design best practices


One thing you'll have to talk with instructors about is course and assignment design. Of course, different instructors will have different learning objectives for their assignments, so you'll want to familiarize yourself with a variety of different assignment types. You should be sure to read the Wikipedia Education Program brochure suite for educators: "Instructor Basics: How to use Wikipedia as a teaching tool", "Case Studies: How professors are teaching with Wikipedia", and "The Syllabus: A 12-week assignment to write a Wikipedia article".

We highly recommend a milestone model for assignments. That means students have check-points throughout the term where they are supposed to have completed certain tasks on Wikipedia. Students tend to procrastinate, so the more regulated their tasks, the better prepared they will be to effectively contribute.

Some instructors might want students to work individually; others may ask students to contribute in groups. Either are fine for Wikipedia assignments, but if students are working in groups, make sure the instructor structures the group work such that each student is contributing to Wikipedia, thereby gaining the wiki editing skills.

If plagiarism is a common problem for students in your country, you might want to consider focusing on translation assignments. Students studying a language with a major Wikipedia version (English, German, French, Spanish, etc.) can translate Good and Featured Articles from that language into their native language, thereby eliminating plagiarism challenges, since students won't be writing original content.

Think through these best practices, and come up with recommended assignments that you think will work well for your pilot.

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