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Course pages were administration pages in the Education Program namespace that were intended to coordinate and monitor the editing activity of student assignments. It was usually best to develop articles on the students' user pages, or as drafts. After evaluation, the articles could have gone on to become Wikipedia articles.
Course pages were intended to help the Wikipedia community identify the instructor, students, volunteer(s), and Wikipedia Content Expert for articles that were to be be edited, and student drafts. Details on the assignment and how it would be graded were also valuable. Course pages allowed editors to discriminate between editor-specific and classroom-specific issues, so that constructive feedback could be targeted at the right place.
A course page that used the Education Program namespace was a structured page that organized information related to a course.
Structured course pages showed:
Wikipedia administrators, as well as users in the usergroups (Course coordinator, Course campus volunteer, Course online volunteer, and Course instructor) could create, edit, or delete a course page. Any user could enroll as a student using an "Enroll" tab at the top of the course page. To prevent non-students from enrolling on a course page, an enrollment token could be set that had to be entered upon enrollment. Any user could sign up to review a student's work by clicking "Become a reviewer" next to the article in the list, and a reviewer could opt out at any time.
Courses that were created by the Assignment Design Wizard (ADW) would have course information generated through the ADW interface. The resulting course page would display this information alongside a weekly schedule of course activities.
Each course page included a banner. This banner was divided as follows:
An Institution page in the "Education Program" namespace showed courses offered at a specific learning institution.
An institution page showed:
To set up an Education Program course page, you needed to have a user account on Wikipedia that had the rights to do so (either admin rights, or any of the "course" rights). You could request this on the education noticeboard.
The course pages extension included a number of special pages for displaying the users, pages, and activity associated with courses: Special:SpecialPages#Education.
This page displayed activity feeds for all active courses a user was associated with (whether as student, instructor, or online or campus volunteer), such as when students made edits to their articles or created their user pages.
This page let users see which courses they were enrolled in as students or as instructors or online or campus volunteers for. Students could add articles they were working on through this page. Instructors could see the student tables from multiple courses at once on this page.
This page listed all the courses in the system, and allowed users with the right to do so to add new courses. By default it showed only current courses, but the list of courses could be filtered to show all courses, or courses by term and/or institution and/or status (Current/Passed/Planned).
Users with the right to do so could also delete multiple courses at once through this page.
This page listed all the institutions in the system, and allowed users with the right to do so to add new institutions. By default it showed all institutions, but the list could be filtered to show only those with active courses and/or only institutions in a specific country.
This page listed all students enrolled in course pages, and which current courses (if any) they were enrolled in.
This page indicated the overall activity level of students across all courses, and listed recent editing activity from students.
This page listed the profiles of all online volunteers in the system.
This page allowed a user in the online volunteer user group to create an associated profile with a short biography (entered as wiki text) and the file name of a profile photo.
This page listed the profiles of all campus volunteers in the system.
This page allowed a user in the campus volunteer user group to create an associated profile with a short biography (entered as wiki text) and the file name of a profile photo.
The contents of this page got preloaded in the page text field when a new course was being created. Institution specific contents could be added through subpages with the name of the institution (MediaWiki:Course description/Example University, for example), and that would be used instead when courses at that institution were created.
Pages in this category were used for the "Did You Know" box that appeared on Special:MyCourses. One page from the category was chosen randomly each time MyCourses was loaded.