Documentation:MediaWiki Basics/Learning Activities/Beginner

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Getting Started with UBCWiki

Sometimes, the best way to learn is to roll up your sleeves and just do it! We're offering up some learning activities and the resources you'll need to help you complete each one. These is a self guided exercise, but if you get stuck, contact the Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology or leave a message on the Wiki Administrator's talk page.

Your Resources

These are the resources you'll need to refer to in setting up your page and doing the activities:

Planning Your Wiki Pages

If you already have a specific wiki project in mind, it can help plan out your wiki pages before you begin to edit the wiki. Some questions you might want to think about:

  • What is the purpose of your project?
  • Will you need multiple pages? How will they be organized?
  • How do your pages fit into the overall wiki?
  • How do you want people to use your pages?

You can use this planning document as a tool for helping you think about your wiki project.

Exercises

Create A Wiki Page

Resources

Activities

  • Go to the Sandbox
  • Create a page
  • Add a bit of text just to start the page and save it.

Move or Rename Your Page

Resources

Activity

  • Give your page a different name

Create Some Headings

Resources

Activities

  • Add at least 4 level 2 headings (to create a table of contents)
  • Add at least one level 3 heading under each level 2 heading

Italic and Bold

Resources

Activities

  • Make a word bold
  • Make a word italic

Add Some Lists

Resources

Activities

  • create a bulleted list
  • create a numbered list

Add Some Links

Resources

Activities

  • create an internal link (to someone else's wiki page)
  • create an external link
  • rename a link using a pipe

Define a Category

Resources

Activities

  • think of a category that your page may fit within
  • add the category to your page

Add to Your Watchlist

Resources

Activities

  • add your page to your watchlist
  • add another page to your watchlist

Edit an already existing page on the Wiki

Resources:

Activities

  • add a sentence to an already existing page on the UBC Wiki
  • using the page history tab, undo the the changes you made to that page

Note: Consider setting up your user profile: This helps identify you on Talk pages.