BIO C 7210 (2023/2024)

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BIO C 7210 - Editing Medical Topics in Wikipedia
Brief Description of Course

Wikipedia is one of the most visited websites in the world. Local and global evidence confirms that patients, students, and health professionals use Wikipedia to access health information. Students will choose a topic and spend four weeks researching the topic and improving the information available on Wikipedia. Successful outcomes will include significant impact on global education in the realm of healthcare, and will provide students with tangible evidence of engagement in a worldwide project.

Course Objectives

As a result of successfully completing the Editing Medical Topics in Wikipedia, students will be able to:
1.Identify highly visited health related articles on Wikipedia that could be improved upon.
2.Locate and assess research evidence relevant to these articles
3.Summarize research literature for a lay audience according to Wikipedia style guidelines
4.Conduct critical review of peer contributions and supply constructive advice for improvement

Students will receive guidance about how the community of Wikipedians works to maintain the quality of entries on healthcare-related topics, how to identify topics in need of editing and how to edit the entries. Online modules provided by Wiki Education will be used for background training, then we will meet in person once a week to strategize and share lessons learned. Other asynchronous or synchronous virtual meetings will be held as needed over the 4 weeks of the course, and while in-person participation for the weekly sessions is encouraged, students may also attend these online. This elective is therefore ideal for students in all phases of the curriculum, especially those with busy interview schedules. Each student will edit at least one article and provide feedback for other students' edits to receive a grade of "Pass" in the course.

This course will be available fully online but with some minimal but flexible synchronous element.
Credit Range
1 - 1
Academic Year
Permission Required
School Years
Course Classifications
Barry,Kristin (DC) |
Moore,Kathryn (DD) | kmoore@neuro.utah.eduFormosa,Timothy (DD) |
Possible Grade(s)
Fail (F)Pass (P)
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Course may be dropped from schedule 15 days after the course has started.

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Available Sections

Title Tags Year Start/End C S W
BIO C 7210 - Editing Medical Topics in Wikipedia ELECTIVE 2023/2024 09/05/2023 - 10/27/2023 1 2 0
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