Creating a Wiki Activity

A wiki activity is a collection of collaboratively authored web documents. Basically, a wiki page is a web page that everyone in your class can create together, right there in the browser, without HTML experience. A wiki starts with one front page. Each author can add other pages to the wiki by simply creating a link to the page. Wikis get their name from the Hawaiian term "wiki wiki," which means "very fast." A wiki is indeed a fast method for creating content as a group. It's a hugely popular format on the Web for creating documents as a group. There is usually no central editor of a wiki, no single person who has final editorial control. Instead, the community edits and develops its own content. Consensus views emerge from the work of many people on a document. Moodle's wiki is built atop an older wiki system called Erfurt wiki: In Moodle, wikis can be a powerful tool for collaborative work. The entire class can edit a document together, creating a class product/project, or each student can have their own wiki and work on it with the instructor and their classmates. It may be useful to think of a wiki's front page as a structured table of contents. Essentially, a wiki is organized by its links. Creating an “English Literature” Wiki In this Wiki exercise, we’ll be creating one “group” wiki for the entire class. All students are permitted to edit the wiki. 1. Log into your course and click 2. Click the Add an activity drop-down arrow and click Wiki


3. On the Adding a new Wiki window, give the wiki a descriptive Name 4. In the Summary field, describe the purpose of the wiki and explain what is expected to be contributed to the wiki by the students

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5. The Type for this wiki is Groups. 6. The Group mode is No groups. This wiki matrix explains how the group type and group mode work in conjunction with one another.
Group Mode Wiki Type
Teacher No Groups Creates a single wiki that only the instructor can edit. Students can view the wiki, but cannot edit the wiki. There is one wiki for the class. All students can edit the wiki. Separate Groups Each group has a wiki that only the instructor can edit. Other groups cannot view or edit the wiki. There is one wiki per group. Students in that group can edit the wiki. Other students (not in the group) cannot view the wiki. Each student has their own wiki that they can edit. Students in the same group can view the wiki as well, but cannot edit the wiki. Visible Groups Each group has a wiki that only the instructor can edit. Other groups can view the wiki, but cannot edit the wiki. There is one wiki per group the group members can edit. Other groups can view the wiki, but cannot edit the wiki. Each student has their own wiki that they can edit. All other students in the course can view the wiki as well, but cannot edit the wiki.



Each student has their own wiki that only the teacher and student can edit.


Advanced Options 7. Click the green asterisk(*) button to view the advanced options. Advanced options are specified by a

Advanced Options Explained:
This is for reference only. You may skip to Step 8 on page 6 as we’re not using any of the advanced options.

Print wiki name on every page If “Yes” is selected, the wiki name will be printed on every page created

HTML Mode “No HTML” will display all HTML tags as tags. “Safe HTML” will allow certain tags to be displayed. “HTML only” enables the HTML editor to display in WYSIWYG (What you see is what you get). 3

Allow binary files If you allow binary content (such as images), there are two possibilities: 1. You can upload and use images on wiki-pages. When editing a page, an upload form will be displayed for uploading images. After a successful upload, an image code is displayed that you can embed in your pages using square brackets. For example: [internal://myimage.gif]. 2. You can attach files to a Wiki Page which can be displayed by the attachments action. The size is limited to the setting made in Moodle.

Wiki auto-linking options A new page can be created in the wiki by typing a word using CamelCase i.e. with a capital letter at the beginning and a capital letter somewhere else in the word. It's called CamelCase because the two capital letters resemble a two-humped camel. CamelCase combines all the words for the link into one word. Each word in the link is capitalized. When a word is added in CamelCase, the wiki automatically creates a new page and makes the word a link. You can disable this feature if you wish, so that typing a word enclosed in square brackets is the only way of creating a new page. CamelCase is a standard wiki feature, and disabling it may cause other imported wikis to work incorrectly. Use this feature only if you are absolutely certain you do not want CamelCase linking. CamelCase is not always desirable, as some text is written in it. For example a file name might be MyFile_2007_Feb.jpg.

Student admin options When students can edit a page, you can allow them certain administrative privileges in the wiki. 1. Allow ‘set page flags’ – Flags are properties that may be assigned to a wiki page that allow you to change the type or behavior of the page. Checkboxes select the page flags. Available page flags are: a. b. c. d. TXT - flags that the page contains text. BIN - flag to indicate the page contains binary OFF - disables a page HTM - Allows HTML for this page (the general Wiki setting precedes this flag). e. RO - Indicates the page is read only f. WR - Indicates the page is writeable/editable


2. Allow ‘strip pages’ While the wiki engine tracks changes, it stores old versions in the database. To declutter the data, you may occasionally want to delete all the old versions and just keep the new one. 3. Allow ‘remove pages’ The wiki engine automatically tracks pages that aren't linked from anywhere else (they were created and then the link was deleted) and empty pages. This tool allows you to remove these orphaned wiki pages, which can't be reached through the ordinary wiki interface. 4. Allow ‘revert mass changes’ The “revert mass changes” tool allows users with appropriate access rights to roll back all changes made to the wiki by a specific user. The following options are available to restrict the revert process to only the effected pages:  Author field pattern Enter the author's IP address or host name in this field. The user's IP address can be found within the Logs report. Specify the number of hours from the last time a page edit was submitted, to be included in the “revert” process e.g. 24, 48 72 etc. This allows you to set a 'set back to' day for restoring a wiki.  How to operate You must choose one of the following options to specify how the “revert” process should operate based on the specified author's edits: • • •  (Revert) Only if it was the last change Version diving, also delete changes made after - Revert to a previous version and delete all subsequent changes made to that page by the specified author) Version diving, but only purge the affected one - Revert to a previous version but only delete the version that the author edited

Delete how many last versions Specify the number of page versions that should be deleted in the revert process.

Page name This is the initial page name for the wiki. If you want the first wiki page name to be something other than the wiki name, specify it here. This name will become the first page of the wiki for every created instance of this wiki. If you leave this field blank, the initial 5

page name will be the wiki name - unless you select a page in the “Choose an initial page” field. • Choose an Initial Page This is the content which can be initially filled into the Wiki. If you want your own initial content, create it as text-files and upload it to a directory in the course files area. Then select one of the files as the initial page. All pages in that directory will become content for every new wiki structure created for this wiki, and the selected page will be the first page. • Grouping A grouping is a collection of groups within a course. If a grouping is selected, then the users assigned to groups within the grouping will be able to work together. Group mode must be set to separate or visible groups. • Available for group members only If the "Available for group members only" checkbox is checked, then the activity (or resource) will only be available to users assigned to groups within the selected grouping, or to any group if no grouping is selected. 8. Click Save and display 9. In the next window, enter the information for your first wiki page. Don’t worry too much about the formatting; the page can be edited at any given time.

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10. Click Preview to view your page before saving. You’ll be presented with a view of the page as well as the editing area where you can continue to edit and preview the page.

Wiki Page Preview

Editing Area

11. Click Save to save and view your first wiki page

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12. To edit the page click the Edit tab, and you’re back to the editing page


13. At the top of the wiki page there is a Search wiki button to search the wiki 14. You can also view a list of pages linked to your wiki from the Choose Wiki Links drop down arrow located at the top center of the page

15. The Administration drop-down arrow is located at the top right of the page and is available to those with administrative privileges 16. The wiki editing screen contains 4 tabs a. The View tab allow you to view your wiki b. The Edit tab allows you to edit your wiki c. The Links tab allows you to view a list of pages linking to your wiki. If no pages are linked to your wiki, the message “This page isn’t linked from anywhere else” will be displayed. d. The History tab display the history of your wiki, including: • Version • Author • Date Created • Last Modification Date • References


Adding a Wiki Page The course participant's privileges can affect adding or editing wiki pages. First you must create a link to a page that does not exist, and then the wiki will create the blank page which can be edited. 1. Click the Edit tab 2. Enter the following text – the text must be enclosed in brackets [Other Resources for English Literature] 3. Click Save 4. The page you have just edited will now be displayed. The words "Other Resources for English Literature" will be displayed with a question mark link immediately after it and will look like this: Other Resources for English Literature? 5. Click the question mark (?) to access the Edit this page ‘Other Resources for English Literature’ section of your new page

6. Enter the text for the new page and click Preview or Save 7. The link to the page has been added to the first/original wiki page – English Literature Wiki View of the Wiki with the New Page link


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