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This page coordinates and informs about featured content on Wikiversity.

About featured content[edit]

What is featured content?[edit]

Featured content is content that is considered, for a variety of reasons, to present Wikiversity at its best to the general public. Featured content may show exemplary course design, a novel, usable and fully functioning approach to wiki-based education, or educational resources that have simply reached a high state of completion or had very large amounts of work done on them.

See also: the Picture of the Day system

How is featured content displayed to the public?[edit]

There are a number of ways featured content is used.

  1. Featured content on Wikiversity is regularly rotated in the "today's featured project" on the main page.
  2. A wider range of material from this page, including content which is proposed-for but not-yet featured, is included in a special pseudo-random-page system accessed from the left-hand navigation panel on every page of Wikiversity - see Random project.
  3. Many portals also have featured content. This page can be used for finding resources which are suitable for featuring on specific portals. Portals tend to set the bar for featured content somewhat lower, so portals may also feature content not listed here.

An important difference between featured content on Wikiversity and featured content on much larger projects is that on Wikiversity, featured content is rotated. On very large projects, featured content is selected by special interest groups several weeks or months in advance, and is always new. On Wikiversity, to save time, and as a result of the lower level of content production, featured content is rotated on a daily basis. Featured content therefore reappears on the main page at regular intervals.

Who selects featured content?[edit]

Selecting and maintaining a featured content system requires a time-consuming long-term commitment and a wide knowledge of Wikiversity content. Few people have ever been prepared to invest time in this. On larger projects, featured content is usually selected by democratic vote. However democratic systems only work when there is a large enough body of well-informed participants in a featured content project. The Wikiversity system is unfortunately rather autocratic at the current time, but any user can propose content (just add it below) and comment on other suggestions. Please inform yourself widely about featured content before commenting if you can.

There is no formal system of criteria at the current time, but you can discuss proposals for criteria on the talk page. On the whole, it would be desirable if featured content could represent as many different subjects and educational levels as possible.

Other ways of drawing attention to educational resources[edit]

The following ideas have been suggested at some time or other:

  • Events
    • Add an "events" entry to the left-hand navigation panel, which links to an events page, which in turn lists upcoming events (e.g. meetings, synchronous discussions). This would require someone prepared to regularly maintain the page.
    • Notify events on Mediawiki:sitenotice (requires custodian) or in the main page news box (registered users).
  • Projects and resources in need of development
    • These are "development drives". A development drives page could be created and maintained, which randomly rotates project links in the "development" box on the main page. This would require someone prepared to regularly maintain the page.
  • Projects and resources in need of participants
    • This idea relates to educational resources which are "ready" for the public, but which may have very little content because the content is supposed to come from active community participation. These projects might be candidates for featured status once a community has created a substantial body of content, but at the current time these resources are more sketches or skeletons of ideas for participatory learning. The idea of drawing attention to these is to attract participants who will "develop" the resource, but "development" here is not meant in the usual sense of "development" (as in "development drive") because development (production) and use (consumption) merge. A "needs-participants" page could be created and maintained, which randomly rotates project links in the "community" box on the main page. This would require someone prepared to regularly maintain the page.
    • One could also classify a participation drive as an "event" (see above for ideas).

Current featured content[edit]

Name Main coordinator(s) Subject Level Size Notes
Observational astronomy User:Mu301 Astronomy Secondary, tertiary 1 Project participants access public astronomy databases and explore outer space.
Bloom clock project User:SB_Johnny Biology, horticulture Research, universal 860 Participants record bloom times of wildflowers and other plants; 860 plants and 144 keys.
Teaching and Learning Online Various eLearning, information technology Secondary, tertiary This is a collection of originally unconnected resources revolving around the topic of teaching and learning online. Some of the resources are highly developed - others hardly at all. Plenty of opportunity for enhancement. 22 resources, some of which have many pages and are featured in their own right; others are smaller and some are currently just a single page. Authors include User:Teemu, User:Cormaggio and User:Leighblackall.
Historical Introduction to Philosophy User:MaryCordova philosophy Tertiary, (secondary) 21 "material generated by participants in a course outside of Wikiversity"
Learning the basics of Filmmaking User:Robert Elliott film, media Secondary, tertiary 60+ Nicely designed course on writing scripts, storyboards, and other aspects of narrative Filmmaking; difficult to tell how large this project is.
Technical writing User:TWFred writing non-formal, vocational 18 very well developed resources
Web Design User:Michaelnelson information technology universal 0 Launched in 2005; has managed to encourage other contributors to come in from the wild, but is still mainly the original scrappy but voluminous framework. Needs work on aesthetics and structure. Some pages need completing. Modules missing. Great opportunity for improving this.
Economic Classroom Experiments User:FeeleTim, User:Toddkaplan, User:Dieter economics tertiary, secondary 21 The coordinators and main contributors are staff at the University of Exeter and won a national teaching award for work documented in these pages.[1]
Topic:Breton User:Luzmael, User:AC'hM. languages tertiary, non-formal 71 nice design; well-developed
Media literacy Renee Hobbs information technology, media tertiary, secondary 7 a collaborative project between graduate students working under Renee Hobbs
Topic:Instructional Design User:Phonebein Education, eLearning Tertiary c.130 Collaborative development emerging from real world courses. Ongoing. Probably graduate students working on this. Created under the aegis of Dr Peter Honebein of Indiana University.
Nonlinear finite elements User:Banerjee Mechanical engineering Tertiary 150-200 (300-350) Individually developed course material, probably in connection with real world courses. The higher page count in brackets refers to the total number of pages if closely associated projects by the same user are included.
Electric Circuit Analysis User:Thuvack Electrical engineering Secondary, tertiary 12 Elaborately designed.
Trade Finance User:MSUglobal Economics Tertiary 240 Developed as part of Michigan State University's first Open CourseWare and simultaneously published on Wikiversity by the creators. An example of government grant money being used directly for the creation of open educational resources.
Assistant teacher course User:Fasten Education Secondary 100 Course materials for training secondary school pupils to become involved in the teaching process as assistant to their teachers, following the principle that the best way to learn something is to teach it.
Introduction to Swedish User:Mats Languages Universal 17
Introduction to Computers User:Areil123 Information technology Universal 23 Originally run as a course at a real-world college. The content is almost entirely created by a large number of User:Areil123's students. Uses a lot of images and many podcasts prepared by the students. Genuinely very introductory. Some of the later lessons in this resource need better wikifying and dividing into subpages.
Spanish 1 User:Allioshida Languages Universal 28 A good solid start to Wikiversity's Spanish language training. Should provide inspiration and/or frameworks for others when creating more Spanish courses.
Reference: Archive of discussions of successful featured content
Tour: Featured content
Admin: Template:Featured Content/Nav, Template:FOTD, Template:FOTD/CALC, Template:cool, Template:hot
Number of pages in featured resources: c. 1500-1600 (about 17%-18% of Wikiversity content)
Number of featured resources: 18
Average size of featured resources: 83-88 pages


This is an administrative section. It contains content which will shortly be added to featured content. The content listed here is currently being cleaned up and checked prior to featuring. Please feel welcome to help with the polishing process. When material here has been processed, it is archived at Archive of discussions of successful featured content.

New proposals for featured content[edit]

  1. If you propose something, please give a very brief reason/description (max 1 line) and sign your name. Thanks!
  2. Others: please add your comments below the proposal and sign your name too. Thanks!

Topic:Primary school mathematics and Topic:High school mathematics[edit]

- very well developed; core area. --McCormack 09:54, 18 May 2008 (UTC)

  • seems like text book, cookbook. Not an active module, just read and do by your own.--Juan 21:46, 30 May 2008 (UTC)

Introduction to GarageBand[edit]

- Looks like a reasonably thorough but accessible intro to GarageBand, FOSS software that allows you to make music, podcasts and movie sound tracks. -- Jtneill - Talk 10:01, 18 May 2008 (UTC)

- An alternative is Getting started scoring with GarageBand and symphony orchestra. --McCormack 16:52, 20 May 2008 (UTC)

Wikimedian Demographics[edit]

  • It is a sociology project discovering several aspects of people ideas, not just about wiki. Its slowly developing and it works.--Juan 21:59, 30 May 2008 (UTC)
  • I think we should avoid any kind of projects which are at all self-referential, however good their quality may be. --McCormack 07:33, 31 May 2008 (UTC)
    • We can call it sociology, self-psychology research. There are many projects based on self-references even it is not seen. Quistionaries are on of the research tools. I think firstly should be created something like Wikiversity:Ethical codex or something like that.--Juan 09:00, 1 June 2008 (UTC)
  • pro, should be listed in featured projects: I consider this tool to generate feedback. I am sure with a little effort - for newcomers - this could also extended to make your "own" surveys (how do you like course xyz?, ...) - perhaps it is already available in easy form and I just couldn't find it? At the moment it seems to be used by more than 30 persons. With this tool people also could easily find others who have similar interests and can start communicating. Also it shows the great fact: that people are willing to share personal information so others can profit from this. Normally people present info on their user page, but the connection is missing to aggregate. ----Erkan Yilmaz uses the Wikiversity:Chat (try) PS: Tag a learning project with completion status !! 09:50, 1 June 2008 (UTC)

Solar System[edit]

  • Difficult to evaluate it if I am the main participant. But it is an interesting way how to study this issue for children. Lets leave the evaluation on someone else.--Juan 21:59, 30 May 2008 (UTC)
  • Perhaps we should revisit this resource when you've added more content, Juan? It seems to be only just getting off the ground at the moment. The media looks promising! --McCormack 07:35, 31 May 2008 (UTC)
    • Well, the problem might be, that you are not possible to measure, how many people use it, as there is nothing to push people to write inside. But well, more wv units are based just on reading and observing.--Juan 09:02, 1 June 2008 (UTC)

Survey research and design in psychology[edit]

  • User:jtneill is busy building content; probably not ready to be featured yet, but an excellent example of wiki organisation. Worth keeping an eye on for the future. --McCormack 06:08, 2 June 2008 (UTC)

Social psychology (psychology)[edit]

  • Another User:jtneill project. Still in development, but watch it. --McCormack 15:32, 13 August 2008 (UTC)

Applied historical English linguistics[edit]

  • Could do with a cleanup, but the content is damn good. --McCormack 17:57, 15 August 2008 (UTC)


  • Could revise Robert Elliott's entry in the featured courses to extend to all of his film school courses. --McCormack 14:14, 19 August 2008 (UTC)

Micromechanics of composites[edit]

Worth a look. Emesee 01:25, 30 September 2008 (UTC)

Horticultural aquaponics[edit]

Teaches how to build a simple aquaponics system, and the basics. While short, it is an easy to follow, and to the point resource.Sidelight12 Talk 02:31, 26 December 2012 (UTC)

Removed by main contributor. - Sidelight12 Talk 23:19, 8 September 2013 (UTC)

Solar System, technical[edit]

Well developed resource about the solar system. - Sidelight12 Talk 06:24, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

Ethical medical research[edit]

Informative. - Sidelight12 Talk 06:24, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

Power Generation-Intro[edit]

Complete project on power generation. Well described and has plenty of illustrations. - Sidelight12 Talk 20:10, 1 August 2013 (UTC)

Fundamentals of Neuroscience[edit]

Complete project. Development still occurs. Informative, and well structured. - Sidelight12 Talk 12:34, 2 August 2013 (UTC)

Places to go hunting for featured content[edit]

Most desired content[edit]

This section lists content which is most strongly desired by Wikiversity participants, but which falls far short of featured status. If you wish to create content which quickly becomes featured, then this is a good place to look for projects to work on.

French stream[edit]

  • French. Compare French stream (people who have explicitly stated a desire to learn French) and Category:French. This is a case where demand clearly outstrips supply. Just by providing a coherent set of French learning language resources, we would cater for visitors far better. --McCormack 09:51, 18 May 2008 (UTC)


Content which was proposed and rejected[edit]

Items placed here are periodically archived at /Archive/Delisted.

See also[edit]

Related resources[edit]