Wiki Activity

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What is a Wiki?

A wiki is an activity for collaborative work. A wiki page is a document everyone in your class can expand and edit. It is an effective method of compiling information on a specific subject quickly as a group.

Note: Wikis cannot be edited by more than one person at a given time. Moodle will not allow simultaneous access to edit a wiki.

Creating a Wiki


  1. Log in to your course and click TurnEditingOn.
  2. Click on the Add an Activity drop-down menu in the specific module and select WikiNUM1
  3. Choose a Name for your wiki. NUM2
  4. Type in a descriptive Summary for your wiki explaining to your students what you expect them to work on and achieve within the wiki.
  5. Title the first page of your wiki under First Page NameNUM3
  6. For the Wiki Mode, select either Collaborative wiki or Individual wiki.  The wiki mode determines whether everyone can edit the wiki – a collaborative wiki – or whether everyone has their own wiki which only they can edit – an individual wiki. (Note: You cannot use Groups in an Individual wiki). NUM3
  7. The Default format should be set to HTML. NUM3
  8. Click on Save-and-Return-to-Course.



How to Edit an Existing Wiki


  1. Click on the link of the Wiki to be edited.
  2. Click on the Edit tab. NUM1
  3. Make any changes to the Wiki and click Save.

Note: It is good practice to always preview changes that you have made before saving them.


Adding a New Page


  1. Click on the link of the Wiki to be edited.
  2. Click on the Edit tab. NUM1
  3. To add a new page, in the text box place the title of the new page in double brackets (e.g.,  [[new page]]).NUM2
  4. Click Save at the bottom of the page.
  5. To edit the contents of the new page, click on the link to the page in the View tab. NUM3
  6. Title the page and confirm that the format is set to HTML. Then click Create PageNUM4
  7. Add text and additional links on the Editing page for your new page.




More Wiki Options

  • The Search Bar in the upper right hand corner allows for you to search words within the wiki.
  • The Comments tab allows the users to add comments about the wiki page.
  • The Map tab lists all of the pages that have been created in the wiki.
  • The Files tab allows users to attach files to the wiki page.
  • The History tab allows you to view user activity within the wiki.
  • The Administration Tab allows you to remove pages.
  • For Wiki pages, Tags allows you to add keywords to categorize wiki postings.
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