Wikiversity:Education extension

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 EduV   is the proposed logo and name for the Wikiversity variation of this extension. The names Wiki Ed, EduWiki, and wikiedu are already taken.

Current status of Wiki Ed extension[edit source]

A very brief description of Wikimedia's extension can be found at a w:Wikipedia:Wiki Ed soft redirect. As of 11/23/2015 the inclusion of Wikiversity in this extension has been put on hold, indefinetly, "until all the security issues that this extension have are resolved". [1][2][3]

To see an archived version of the Dashboard associated with Wikipedia's Wiki Ed extension, visit:


Matlab/Excel kludge on Wikiversity[edit source]

  • Update: This kludge is being made more user friendly and no longer requires the user to have access to Matlab or Excel. See Template:EduV/makedash.

A kludge has been contstructed that requires that requires users to be comfortable with the sorting features of Excel, and also have access to a computer that can run a Matlab program. The result is a table that looks like this:

Wright State University Lake Campus/Phy1060-2016-1

Note how it is possible to individually assign resources, and how the subpage structure of Wikiversity permits amateurish edits that do not detract from the main resource. In this case, four advanced students in another course will just "mess around" in the lab, but be responsible for helping the less advanced students improve the resources. These resources include labs, quizzes, and study guides, all which need improvement. Further work to better document and refine this kludge is underway at:

Wright State University Lake Campus/Mock Course 1010

Both of these tables are designed to mimic what Wiki Ed does, for example at:

w:Wikipedia:Wiki Ed/Wright State University/Introduction to Astronomy (Spring 2016)

How Wikiversity can improve Wikipedia[edit source]

Even though WikiV is a Wikiversity product designed to help students write and edit Wikiversity resources, it can be used to enhance Wikipedia in a number of ways:

Write summaries of educational videos as Wikipedia articles[edit source]

Wikipedia routinely accepts summaries of popular movies, so a summary of "Chasing Pluto" from PBS:Nova (2014-15) would certainly be appropriate. Such a summary could also be used to supplement Wikiversity's quiz on this video.

Create or edit articles on Wikipedia at different levels[edit source]

Wikipedia's w:Quantum mechanics and w:Introduction to quantum mechanics is a good example. There is much potential for such divisions First year physics is divided into three distinct levels: conceptual, trig, and calculus based. For example, Wikiversity's Bell's theorem could be rewritten as a Wikipedia article because it is mathematically more accessible than Wikipedia:Bell's theorem.

Contribute figures to Wikipedia articles[edit source]
While professional and easy to understand, this figure is difficult for students and teachers to draw.
This svg file is a student effort that can be edited.

Textbooks tend to render physics diagrams in perspective, or other ways not easily drawn by students into their notebooks. While such diagrams seem to make the text more professional, they are difficult to for students and instructors to draw.

Yet a simple sketch is often exactly what one needs to solve a physics problem.

For example, see the sophisticated but bewildering figures in Wikipedia:Polarization (waves). Another example is the simple torus, a geometry that arises in controlled fusion and in particle orbits in phase space. While this image looks professional, there are advantages to also exposing students and teachers to diagrams that are easily sketched on the board or into notebooks, such as this or even this

If a student has an idea for a simple diagram, it can be drawn on by pencil on paper, enhanced by a copy machine for contrast and uploaded to Commons as an editable svg. Future improved versions of this diagram (perhaps using Inkscape) can be added as new versions of this image, giving credit to the original author as well as to those who improve the sketch. (Note the release to the Public Domain in the svg image to the right)

Sister links into Wikiversity[edit source]

Sister links are likely to be the domininant way that Wikiversity supports Wikipedia. Current policy is that "Sister project links should generally appear in the "External links" section, not under See also."[4]

Discussion[edit source]

The rules of Wikiversity permit subpages, as well as more opinionated prose. Both registered and unregistered readers are encouraged to express their thoughts on this subject. Just create a subpage and express yourself!

Wikipedia[edit source]

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       The {{EduV/warning}} template can be used to warn students not to freely attempt to edit Wikipedia articles without supervision. Not heeding this advice could at best harm Wikiversity's reputation, and at worst get the student or even the campus IP address blocked.

Number of courses involved in Wikipedia's Wiki Ed program[edit source]

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The evidence regarding the number of courses being taught is contradictory. Perhaps the most reliable list is that maintained by the "Dashboard" at

As of 11/23/2015 this Dashboard lists 160 Wiki Ed courses with 3537 enrolled students, of which 2566 have completed training. This dashboard claims that over three thousand articles have been edited, and 269 articles have been created, to date. It the program appears to have been initiated in 2013.[citation needed]

Sample Dashboard page: Biophyics at Brigham Young University[edit source]

A sample Dashboard can be found at:

The following information is intended for readers not familiar with how Wikipedia is edited:

  1. The Assigned articles can be added by an instructor who must register and propose a course through Wikipedia. Students can also assign articles to themselves.
  2. Students can also review articles.
  3. The term "chars added" is essentially the number of letters added or subtracted from each article.
  4. "Mainspace" refers to regular Wikipedia articles. "Userspace" refers to articles that editors can place in their own private place in a way that is not likely to show up in searches (most articles start in an individual's userspace before they are moved to "mainspace".)
  5. The column to the far right on the Dashboard contains a pull-down menu that allows the instructor to see every edit this student has made.

It is interesting that all this information is currently freely available to everyone on the internet. For that reason, students are advised to select anonymous usernames.

In this example (Biophysics at Brigham Young) most of the student contributions are small. The following edit is larger than average and appears to be a comment to a fellow student:

Links[edit source]


Wikipedia ("w:") pages:

...and also Campus[5] and Online[6] volunteers, Admins and course coordinators.[7]

Other sisters:

External links:

Footnotes[edit source]

  2. One Wikiversity effort is underway using Wiki Ed at w:Wikipedia:Wiki_Ed/Wright_State_University/Introduction_to_Astronomy_(Spring_2016)
  3. A bit of history at:
  4. w:Wikipedia:Wikimedia_sister_projects#Where_to_place_links
  5. w:Help:Education Program extension/Campus volunteers
  6. w:Help:Education Program extension/Online volunteers
  7. w:Help:Education Program extension/Admins and course coordinators
  8. Leaving us with the unfortunate plethora of nicknames: WikiEd, Wiki_Ed, wiki_Edu, and wikiedu.