Documentation:Connect/Using Wikis in Your Course (How To)

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Wikis allow multiple students to share and collaborate on one or more pages of content. Pages can be created and edited quickly, while tracking changes and additions. Instructors can create one or more wikis for all course members to contribute to and wikis for specific groups to use to collaborate. Wikis can also be used to record information and serve as a repository for course information and knowledge.

You choose whether or not to assign grades to student contributions to a wiki. After a wiki is set to be graded, a grade column is created automatically in the Grade Center. Individual student and group contributions then can be graded inside the Wikis tool, where all pages and edits can be referenced as the grade is determined.

This document will show you how to:

  • Create a Wiki
  • Create a Wiki Page
  • Edit a Wiki

Create a Wiki

Each newly created course or group wiki requires a first page, which is the home page. You or any course or group member can create the home page. The home page cannot be deleted, but if the wiki is open to editing, it can be edited by any course or group member. The home page and all subsequent pages are created following the same steps.

  1. From the left-hand course menu, under Course Tools, click Wikis
  2. Click Create Wiki
  3. Enter a title for the wiki
  4. Enter instructions on how students should use the wiki You can create a Wiki tool link on the main course menu for easy access for both you and students
  5. Ensure Wiki Availability is selected to (Yes)
  6. Limit Wiki Availability if desired
  7. Select if you want students to be able to edit and comment on the wiki
  8. Select if the wiki is for a grade and enter the points possible
  9. Click Submit
  10. To make it easier for students to access the wiki, create a Wiki Tool Link on the Course Menu
    Note: You can delete an entire wiki or pages within a wiki, but you cannot delete the wiki home page by itself. Students do not have the ability to delete wiki pages.

Create a Wiki Page

  1. Click Create Wiki Page
  2. Type content in the text box. Format the text and add images, links, multimedia, Mashups, and attachments using the functions in the Text Editor. Attachments added using the Text Editor can be launched in a new window and have alternate text added to describe the attachment.
  3. Click Submit

How to Edit Wiki Content

Any course member can edit a course wiki page and any group member can edit a group wiki page, unless you have disabled this function. You might choose to disable editing when it is time to grade the wiki pages; however, you will still be able to edit student pages. All course members, including instructors, edit wikis the same way.

When a wiki page is being edited by one user, it is locked to prevent others from editing the same page. If a user tries to edit a page someone else is editing, he or she is informed that the page is currently being edited by another user.

  1. To edit a wiki, access the wiki
  2. Select the page to review and edit
  3. Click Edit Wiki Content
  4. Make the changes using the Text Editor
  5. When you are finished, click Submit
    Note: You can select history from a page’s contextual menu to see how the page has been modified, view any version, and compare two versions side by side. The Page History page allows you to retrieve information about the development of any page and see who contributed content. The most recent version of the page appears first. Only Instructors can delete one or more wiki page versions from the Page History page. When a version is deleted, all participation history for that version is deleted. If the latest version is deleted, then the version next in line becomes the most current version and is the page viewed in the wiki.

Video Resources

  1. Creating a Wiki

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  2. Adding Rich Content to a Wiki

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  3. Editing a Wiki Page
    
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