For the Article Wiki assignment, students do two things:

  1. Design an article wiki--an engaging, easy-to-follow wiki page that explains a single research article to a lay audience.
  2. Lead the class discussion for their article.

Example article wikis

Looking for examples of what an article wiki can look like? Follow the links below. Keep in mind that not all of these wikis are necessarily "A" work. Think about the things that the authors of these wikis do right and wrong, then use that information to make your wiki the best it can be.

List of article wikis for Spring 2015

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Assignment Guidelines


  • Does the wiki contain a clear statement of the research question (or questions) that is addressed in the source article?
  • Does the wiki summarize and synthesize important features of the methods and results that are reported in the source article?
  • Does the wiki end with a section that broadens reader thinking about the source article, either by offering a brief critique of strengths and/or weaknesses in logic and methodology, or by including a set of open-ended discussion questions that provoke further thought?
  • Is all information included in the wiki factually accurate?

Audience Design

  • Is the wiki organized to make comprehension as easy as possible for the reader?
  • Are the contents of the wiki easily understandable to a lay audience?
  • Does the wiki engage reader interest and facilitate reader learning using media like figures, audio, video, and hyperlinks to other content?
  • Is the significance of the media that are used made clear to the reader (e.g., explained in the main text of the wiki and in captions)?

Formal Features

  • The title of the wiki should consist of the names of the authors of the source article and the source article's publication year (e.g., Anderson et al., 1981). Alternatively, it can describe what the wiki is about. It should not be "home."
  • Are the authors’ names and email addresses listed at the top of the wiki? Are the email addresses hyperlinked so that readers can click on them to send the authors email?
  • Is the publication date listed at the top of the wiki? This is the date that the source article will be discussed in class.
  • Does the wiki cite the primary source article?
  • If other sources are referenced, are they cited?
  • Has the Article Wikis page been edited to include a direct hyperlink to your wiki?
  • Has the wiki text been submitted on TED to Is the Turnitin similarity index at or below 10%?
  • Is the wiki free of grammar, spelling, and punctuation errors?
  • Is the wiki around 1,000 words? You may be penalized if your wiki is overly short or long.
  • Do in-text citations and your References section follow APA format?

Article wikis from past quarters