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At Maastricht University (NL), a bachelor research course titled On Expedition is organized from February till June 2015, in the scope of the Dutch Wikipedia Education Program. The course is in English.
At Maastricht University (NL), a bachelor research course titled On Expedition is organized from February till June 2015. This course falls into the scope of the university's MARBLE programme, which focuses on research-based learning.
The course On Expedition is open to students from the university's Faculty of Art and Social Sciences (Cultuurwetenschappen/Arts and Culture and European Studies) and the University College Maastricht, as well as from other faculties.
During the course, students are assigned to read and analyze a travel report from the collection of the Maastricht Jesuit Library. Goals of the course are:
- Teaching students to study reports of expeditions with utmost care, taking into account
- the heterogeneous agendas of the explorers
- their cultural perceptions and prejudices
- their scientific frames of reference
- how and why they wrote about the results of their travels
- Helping students gain a better understanding of the exchange of knowledge in the past
- The exploitation of the wealths of the Maastricht Jesuit Library
Students write a research paper about their chosen travel report. In addition, they are invited to contribute some of their acquired knowledge to Wikipedia (the English Wikipedia or other) and, if relevant, donate digitized illustrations from the books to Wikimedia Commons.
- User:FrankT~nlwiki, project leader Education Program, provides introduction to Wikipedia and Wikimedia Commons to course participants.
- User:Dick Bos, experienced Wikipedia user, gives an introductory Wikipedia course at the edit-a-thon and is available for coaching afterwards.
- User:Taketa, Wikipedia moderator, is present at the edit-a-thon and is available for coaching.
- Annemieke Klijn, lecturer/assistant professor, Department Arts and Social Sciences/History and curator Arts and Heritage Commission of University Maastricht
- Ernst Homburg, professor History of Science and Technology, Department Arts and Social Sciences/History at Maastricht University
- Odin Essers, conservator Special Collections and e-learning expert, Maastricht University Library
- Each student selects one book and does first research.
- 11 March: Wikipedia introduction by Frank Meijer
- Books are discussed in weekly class.
- Students start working on their bachelor theses.
- Students write short proposals on their Wikipedia contributions.
- 6 May 2015: Wikipedia edit-a-thon at Maastricht University.
- First steps writing on Wikipedia.
- ?? May: draft thesis submitted
- Last weeks of May: further Wikipedia editing
- Wikipedia contribution finished and assessed
- Final version of bachelor thesis due.
Resources for students[bewerken]
Brochure on editing Wikipedia, which includes a very handy cheatsheet
Intro presentation On Expedition course, Maastricht University, 19 March 2014
Wikipedia: getting started[bewerken]
Three great starting points for beginners:
- By all means, do the online Wikipedia Training program, which is specifically designed for students! It takes approximately one hour to complete, and gives you your first hands-on experience writing on Wikipedia.
- You can also watch this very informative video, which focuses on academic writing on Wikipedia (also one hour): http://vimeo.com/64973792
- Download and print the brochure on the right and keep it next to you while you work. It is extremely concise and covers all the basics very well.
Further tips and tricks[bewerken]
Wikipedia's Five Pillars:
- Wikipedia is an online encyclopedia
- Wikipedia has a neutral point of view
- Wikipedia is free content
- Wikipedians should interact in a respectful and civil manner
- Wikipedia does not have firm rules
Quick links to general guidelines[bewerken]
- Topics on Wikipedia must be notable
- Cite reliable sources
- No original research