Wikipedia editing assignment — inviting professional comments/edits

Our group developed a formal assignment that asks students to stake a claim to an underdeveloped page within Wikipedia that profiles a composition/rhetoric scholar whose work we have read, and then build up the content of that page based on their research. In addition to the Wikipedia community users who will land on the page and, perhaps, edit it (thus further increasing the currency of the topic), I will reach out to the community scholars who are under consideration, inviting them to view and leave comments in the Talk pages. Through the success or failure of specific elements of the page, students will learn the relative ethical values of these elements within the discourse communities of Wikipedia, of composition/rhetoric, and of our classroom, while also developing skills editing mediawiki documents and learning to critically read Wikipedia articles in general.

This assignment was developed using the Open Digital Pedagogy at Play game from City Tech Open Lab. Our cards were:

  1. General Education Student Learning Outcome: Use the arts, sciences, and humanities as a forum for the study of values, ethical principles, and the physical world
  2. Open Pedagogy Technique: Inviting industry professionals to comment on student work
  3. Game: Monopoly

Group members:
Benjamin Miller
Lindsey Freer
Jill Belli
Jody Rosen

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About benmiller314

I'm ABD towards a PhD in English at the CUNY Grad Center, where my dissertation research involves visualizing metadata from 3,000+ recent PhD theses in Composition/Rhetoric/Writing Studies, with the goal of discovering the extent to which the discipline coheres around shared methodology, terminology, or objects of study. I've worked with faculty in biology and theatre as a consultant in Writing Across the Curriculum, and taught writing at Hunter College and Columbia University. In addition to the dissertation, I'm currently developing the Writing Studies Tree (, a Drupal-7-based crowdsourced database for recording and visualizing mentorship relationships (academic genealogy) in Writing Studies, and I'm one of two lead editors on the upcoming issue of The Journal of Interactive Technology and Pedagogy ( At THATcamp, I'm especially interested in learning from you all about data visualization, data sharing via APIs, and shared editorial workflow management. I'm happy to help you with Wikidot, Zotero, and all manner of writing pedagogy (since writing, too, is a technology...).