This guide will help you to learn the basics of Wikipedia editing. It provides you with necessary information to understand Wikipedia and its goals better and explains the main steps of Wikipedia editing from creating an account to editing existing entries and creating new entries.
From the video below you can learn more about people who dedicate their time to editing Wikipedia and find out why they are doing it.
Wikipedia is the product of millions of editors' contributions, each one bringing something different to the table, whether it be: researching skills, technical expertise, writing prowess or tidbits of information, but most importantly, a willingness to help. Even the best articles should not be considered complete, as each new editor can offer new insights on how to enhance and improve the content in it at any time. There are three core content policies: Neutral point of view, Verifiability, and No original research.
For more detailed information see: Wikipedia: Editing policy.
1) Wikipedia is an encyclopedia
2) Wikipedia is written from a neutral point of view
3) Wikipedia is free content that anyone can use, edit, and distribute
4) Editors should treat each other with respect and civility
5) Wikipedia has no firm rules
The user access level of editors affects their abilities to perform specific actions on Wikipedia. A user's access level depends on which rights are assigned to accounts. There are two types of access leveling: automatic and requested. User access levels are determined by whether the Wikipedian is logged in, the account's age and edit count, and what manually assigned rights the account has.
If you are wondering why Wikipedia editing is included to the course, the benefits of contributing to Wikipedia may be bigger than you think. There are several skills that students can obtain from contributing to Wikipedia as a course assignment.
According to an article from Wiki Education:
To learn more please check the full version of the article "What students learn from contributing to Wikipedia".