Wikis

A wiki is a collection of collaboratively authored web documents. Basically, a wiki page is a web page everyone in your class can create together, right in the browser, without needing to know HTML. A wiki starts with one front page. Each author can add other pages to the wiki by simply creating a link to a page that doesn't exist yet.

In Moodle, wikis can be a powerful tool for collaborative work. The entire class can edit a document together, creating a class product, or each student can have their own wiki and work on it with you and their classmates.

Why Use a Wiki?

Group Lecture notes: Creating a wiki for lecture notes provides students with the opportunity to combine all of their notes. For example, if a student misses class, they can use the Wiki to obtain that missed information from their classmates. The wiki could also provide the students with a team building opportunity where they can create a study session for quizzes and exams.

Group Project Management: A wiki is a great tool for students to work within a group on a project. This provides the group with a collaborative space to develop outlines and create their project.

Group Discussion and Brainstorming: Wikis also can provide the students with an interactive space in order to brainstorm ideas and work together. One idea is to have your students split into groups and each group uses the Wiki to discuss a certain topic. Other groups could then comment on each other’s topics and it will facilitate an in-classroom discussion.

Wiki Navigation

When using the wiki activity in Moodle, the top of the screen has several tabs:

Tabs uused to navigate

Creating and Setting up a Wiki

A wiki is a collection of collaboratively authored web documents: a web page everyone in your class can create together, in the browser, without needing to know HTML. Each author can add content to the wiki by simply creating a link to a new page from the original document.

Follow the instructions below to create a Wiki:

  1. Log in to your course.
  2. Click Turn editing on.
  3. Scroll to the section where you want the Wiki placed.
  4. Click Add an activity or resource.
  5. Select Wiki.
  6. Click Add.

You will then be taken to the set up page for your Wiki.

  1. Enter in a Name of your Wiki.
  2. Enter in a Description.
  3. Enter the name of your first page.

NOTE: Once you name the first page it cannot be changed.

  1. Click the Wiki mode drop-down menu and choose the type of Wiki you want
  • Collaborative: any member of the classroom can create and edit pages on the wiki. Great for group projects. All members have equal access
  • Individual: is a personal space where students can edit and develop their own pages. This is visible to everyone.
  1. Click Save and display.

You will then be taken to the set up page for your First (home) page.

  1. Give the page a title.
  2. Choose a format for the Wiki.

NOTE: Best practice is to use HTML

  1. Click the Group drop-down radio button and choose whether this wiki will be available to all participants or certain groups.

If you would like to set up your wiki to include groups, please follow the link here [insert link]

  1. Click Create Page

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Commenting on a Wiki Page

In addition to editing and creating new wiki pages, another feature is to comment on a wiki page. Students can discuss changes or offer feedback by leaving comments. It is also a great tool for the Professor to leave suggestions or feedback for everyone to see.

Follow the instructions below to add a comment:

  1. Log in to your course.
  2. Find the wiki on the course homepage.
  3. Click the title of the wiki.
  4. Click on the Comments tab.
  5. Click Add comment.
  6. Enter your comment into the text box.
  7. Click Save Changes.

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Creating Additional Wiki Pages

Once you have created a Wiki Shell, you (and others) can begin to add pages of content.

Follow the instructions below to create Additional Wiki Pages:

  1. Log in to your course.
  2. Go to the front page of your Wiki.
  3. Find New in the Navigation block to the left.
  4. Add Page Title.

NOTE: Once you name the page it cannot be changed.

  1. Select HTML Format.
  2. Click Create Page

Once you have created the page you can begin to add content to it.

  1. Find the Text Box under the Editing This Page section.
  2. Enter Content

NOTE: Tags are available for use but not necessary. If you would like to use tags:

  • Find the Tags section.
  • Enter in all relevant Tags.
  1. Click Save

Follow the instructions below to find the list of Wiki pages that have been created:

  1. Log in to your course.
  2. Find your wiki on the front page
  3. Click on the Map Tab towards the top of your screen

A navigation map should appear showing all the created wiki pages arranged alphabetically.

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Deleting a Wiki Page

Faculty have the ability to manage the wikis and delete a page. Students or those without the manage wiki permissions will not be able to delete pages.

Follow the instructions below to delete a wiki page:

  1. Log in to your course.
  2. Find the wiki on the course homepage.
  3. Click the title of the wiki.
  4. Click the Administration tab.
  5. Find the Admin menu drop-down bar located at the top of the page.
  6. Select Remove Pages.
  7. Click List All.
  8. Find the page you want to delete.
  9. Click the delete (X) icon.

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Editing an Existing Wiki Page

The edit function allows users to add text, insert images, and embed videos by using the formatting toolbar at the top of the text box.

NOTE: While multiple users can view the same wiki page at once, Moodle will allow only one editor at a time.

Follow the instructions below to edit a wiki page:

  1. Log in to your course.
  2. Find the wiki on your course home page.
  3. Click the name of the wiki.
  4. Click the edit tab.

You have now accessed the edit page screen.

Follow the instructions below to add a picture:

  1. Find the Insert/edit image icon located at the bottom row above the text book. The icon looks like a tree.
  2. Click the icon.
  3. Click Find or upload an image.
  4. Click Browse.
  5. Locate and select your picture on your computer.
  6. Click Upload this file.
  7. Click Insert.
  8. Click Save.

Follow the instructions below to embed a YouTube video:

  1. Find the desired YouTube Video on youtube.com
  2. Click the Share Tab.
  3. Click on the Embed.
  4. Copy and Paste the code in the text box.
  5. Paste the code you copied from the YouTube website.
  6. Click Save.

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Managing Wiki Files

Wiki users have the ability to attach files such as images, PDFs, and other media. All users have access to all of the files and can be viewed, editing, and deleted at any time.

Follow the instructions below to manage the wiki files:

  1. Log in to your course.
  2. Find the wiki on the course homepage.
  3. Click the title of the wiki.
  4. Click the Files tab.
  5. Click Edit Wiki Files.

You can then add or download the files.

  1. Click Save Changes.

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Setting up Groups in a Wiki

Group Wikis are a modified version of the Collaborative wiki. This allows any member of the group to edit or modify the wiki. This is great for team building skills and learning to work collaboratively with other people. A group wiki can be made visible to the entire class or made visible only to group members.

NOTE: Groups must be set up in your course prior to enabling groups in the wiki. To set up groups, please refer to these steps.

Follow the instructions below to set up groups in a wiki:

  1. Log in to your course.
  2. Find the Wiki on the course home page.
  3. Click the title of the Wiki.
  4. Find the Administration block on the left-hand side.
  5. Click on Edit Settings.
  6. Scroll to the Common Module Settings section.
  7. Click the Group drop-down radio button and choose whether this wiki will be available to all participants or certain groups. 
    • Separate Groups: Students will not be able to see other groups.
    • Visible Groups: Groups will be able to see other groups.
  8. Click Save Changes.

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