Wiki - create a wiki
This entry relates to the Wiki activity.See also Create wiki pages and/or a template for how to provide a
structure for the wiki to guide student use.
Before you start
If you are planning on having wikis for different groups of students, make sure your groups have been created with students allocated:
Make sure to add the groups to a grouping
- Turn editing on
- Click Add an activity or resource to open the Activity Chooser
- Click the Wiki icon
- Enter a name for the first page of the wiki
- Open the Wiki settings section
- Choose your type of sub wiki:
If you have one wiki per group, open Common module settings, and change the Group mode to:
- Single wiki for topic: everyone in the class contributes to a single shared space
- One wiki per group: each group has a separate collaborative space
- Separate wiki for every user: every student has their own space
- Separate groups if you want each group to have their own private space, or
- Visible groups if you want each group to have their own space but be able to see (not edit) other groups' wikis
Set the Grouping to be the grouping containing the student groups
Click Save and display
Wiki - create wiki pages and/or a template
This entry relates to the Wiki activity.
To support students to use the wiki, it may be helpful to create wiki pages for them, or a template they can use. If you choose to let them create their own pages, you can provide guidelines on how to do this, which means using the wiki activity yourself.
Create wiki pages
Creating wiki pages can be confusing if you aren't familiar with wikis. A key principle is that pages in a wiki should be linked together in some way. To ensure this happens, you need to create a link to the new page before you can create the new page itself.
Set up wiki links (pages)
When editing a page, links are created by typing the title of a page you want to link to inside double square brackets. For example, if you wish to link to a page titled Application, you would type [[Application]].
- Open the wiki
- Click Create page
- Think of a title for your page. The title of all pages should be different to each other. A page title should describe the content of the page (like a chapter of a book). An example title might be 'Brainstorming ideas A'
- Decide which page should link to your new page. If the wiki is small this might be the start page. Otherwise, find an appropriate page
- Edit the page that will contain the link by clicking the Edit tab
- Find the point where you would like the link to go and type it in: [[Brainstorming ideas A]]. Think carefully about the page title because both titles and pages are permanent and cannot be renamed or deleted
- Save this change. The link you have created should appear, ready for use
- When you click the link, you will be asked whether you want to create a new page. click Create page
- The edit window appears for your new page. Type the initial text for your page in the Content area, then click Save changes. Your page is now created
Create a wiki template
Templates can be created to provide structure to students' or groups' wiki pages. If you do not use a template, students/groups will be presented with a blank page to start. Providing a template makes it easier for students to get started with the wiki – they can focus on collaboration (if using a group wiki) and content rather than structure. However, it depends on the purpose/learning outcomes of the assessment item.
Note: If you want to make changes to the template, you will need to go through this process again.
- Create a new wiki and click Save and display
- Click Create page to begin editing the wiki
- In the Content area, enter headings, text, links, images etc to create a template
- Click Save changes
- Click the Wiki index link (top-right corner)
- Click Download as wiki template file
- Save the generated zip file
- Return to the topic homepage and locate the wiki activity. Click the drop-down Edit menu and choose Edit settings
- Under Wiki settings, upload the zip file in the Template area
- Click Save and display
Wiki - main entry
Wikis enable students to create content (a collection of webpages) in your topic, thus giving them control over their learning. The wiki can also become a legacy/resource for future topics, which validates the activity and makes it authentic (product-focused). Wikis are also suitable for self-reflection on an individual basis. You can monitor the student's learning through a self-reflective wiki.
A wiki can be collaborative (everyone in the group can edit it) or individual (separate wiki for every user) where everyone has their own wiki which only they can edit.
A history of previous versions of each page in the wiki is kept, listing the edits made by each participant.
Consider what you are trying to do and which wiki type will be the best fit (Single wiki for topic, One wiki per group, Separate wiki for every user). Depending on the wiki settings, design purpose and learning outcomes (which could include digital literacy and graduate qualities), you could use them for:
- group lecture notes or study guides (Single wiki for topic)
- students to collaboratively author an online book, creating content on a subject set by the teacher (One wiki per group)
- personal journals, individual study plans, self-reflection (Separate wiki for every user)
Choose what type of wiki is suitable and set it up. The following instructions are in separate entries (Create a wiki and Create wiki pages and/or a template) or you can link to the individual instructions here.
Once you have finish setting up the wiki, ask your local eLearning support team to check it for you (especially if this is the first time you have set up this activity)
You can see what a wiki user has done (eg how they have contributed, if a group wiki) using the History tab. You can also annotate the wiki using the Annotate tab.
Mark a group or individual wiki in FLO
- In the wiki, click the Participation by user link (top-right corner)
- Use the Grades dropdown menus to assign a grade to each student
- Click Save grades
5. ReviewHow did your wiki activity go? What was the student feedback? Would you set up the activity differently next time? Talk to colleagues and/or your local eLearning support team to get ideas for improvement.