Student editors start by making minor edits to their hometowns

If you’re teaching a composition course and need inspiration for article topics to improve, one popular idea is to encourage student editors to add information to Wikipedia about their hometowns. Perhaps the town lacks demographic data from the most recent census or information about the education system. This can also be a useful first step for a longer … Continued

Read about the Colorado floods of 2013

One year ago, floods were impacting several counties in Colorado. Read more about the flooding in this article, expanded by our student editor Jonathanhoffmann225 in Becky Carmichael’s fall 2013 Natural Disasters and Society course at Louisiana State University.  Jami Mathewson Educational Partnerships Manager … Continued

Happy birthday to Janet Taylor Spence!

Today’s the birthday of Janet Taylor Spence, an influential American psychologist who has worked in the field of the psychology of anxiety and in gender studies. Read more about her work in the article started by student editor Eden.graham in Dr. David Perkins’ spring 2013 History of Psychology course at Ball State University.  Jami Mathewson Educational … Continued

Celebrate Women’s Equality Day!

In honor of Women’s Equality Day, read up on women in engineering in the United States. In this article, a stub that student editor J hernan26 expanded significantly in Dr. Kimberly Hoang’s spring 2012 course, you can now learn about relevant statistics, why women have a lower participation rate than men, and initiatives and organizations that … Continued

For Senior Citizens Day, read about social issues concerning elderly care

Today, we celebrate Senior Citizens Day in honor of the contributions they make all over the U.S., which was created to raise awareness of social issues concerning the elderly. To honor this awareness, read the Wikipedia article about elderly care, which student editor Ellyhutch expanded during the spring 2012 term in Dr. Diana Strassmann and Dr. … Continued

Student editor translates French article into English

Have you ever looked up a city or region on Wikipedia to learn more about it—perhaps before traveling there? If you’re on English Wikipedia and searching for a non-English-speaking place, you may find minimal information beyond its geography. Dr. Julie McDonough Dolmaya’s spring 2014 translation course at York University sought to minimize the discrepancies between French Wikipedia and … Continued

Happy Book Lovers’ Day!

Today is book lovers’ day! Have you started or expanded a Wikipedia article on a book you love? Here are some student editors’ articles about novels and collections: From Dr. Lynn Hamilton’s spring 2013 composition course at the University of Pikeville: Darkfever– Karen Marie Moning, started by Courtneyupike Gap Creek– Robert R. Morgan, a stub that UpikeKaren expanded From Dr. Carol … Continued

Happy International Cat Day!

Today is International Cat Day, though our feline sources commented that every day is international cat day. Did you know your favorite internet stars can get H5N1 avian influenza? Learn more about causes, symptoms, and preventative measures in the article about this disease in cats. Thanks to student editor Acorn Drains Cans, who started the article for an assignment in Dr. … Continued