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Creating a wiki

From: Moodle 1.9 Essential Training for Teachers

Video: Creating a wiki

If you are looking for a way to have your students collaboratively build a website and post content inside of your Moodle course, the best activity to choose to use is to create a wiki. A wiki come from a Hawaiian term wikiwiki, which means very fast, and it's a great tool inside of Moodle that will allow your students to quickly and easily post content, write web pages and work collaboratively without having to know any HTML. Wikis have their own language for marking up content. It's very easy to learn and in this chapter, we are going to step through the process of creating a wiki and then editing the content inside of it.

Creating a wiki

If you are looking for a way to have your students collaboratively build a website and post content inside of your Moodle course, the best activity to choose to use is to create a wiki. A wiki come from a Hawaiian term wikiwiki, which means very fast, and it's a great tool inside of Moodle that will allow your students to quickly and easily post content, write web pages and work collaboratively without having to know any HTML. Wikis have their own language for marking up content. It's very easy to learn and in this chapter, we are going to step through the process of creating a wiki and then editing the content inside of it.

To begin, click on the dropdown menu for Add an activity inside the header block for your course and select Wiki. We need to name our wiki and for this course, we want to have all of our students as they are preparing to go on our research trip during spring break. We want them to be able to post content individually as groups but then collaboratively as a class. So we'll name this wiki Research Project Wiki.

For a Summary, we'll give a simple summary of a wiki to post materials for your group research project. When you first begin adding a wiki, you are in the simplified view. We need to open up some additional options, so click on the button for Show Advanced. Now we can go ahead and set up all the different parameters that we are going to need in order to configure our wiki. For Type, we want to go ahead and leave this set to Groups, there are three options here Groups, Student, and Teachers.

Groups will allow all of your students to collaboratively build a group wiki and the group will be defined by the entire class of students meaning all the users. If you choose Student, each student would then have their own wiki that they can privately create but they would not be able to collaborate with other students within the course and a Teacher wiki is one where you as the instructor have access to create content, but your students would not have access to create content. So in this case we want everybody to be able to create content, so we are going to choose Groups. The next option of Print wiki name on every page, we'll go ahead and say Yes. That way students have a reference point inside of a wiki to know where they are at. For the next option of HTML mode, there are three choices: No HTML, which would use the standard wiki markup, Safe HTML, which would allow students to intermix standard wiki, and HTML if they know it or pure HTML.

We have already seen the HTML editor throughout this course many times. So in this case, let's go ahead and select No HTML so that we can learn how to create a wiki using the Standard Wiki Markup Language. The next option for Allow binary files. If you want to have your students to be able to upload content and link to specific files that they are creating inside of the wiki, you want to go ahead and set this to Yes. This would allow students as they're writing documents to post Word documents, images, audio, video and so forth directly inside of the wiki.

As of the recording of this video, there is an issue with linking to outside images. So if you select Yes, you will not be able to link to outside images and get them to appear properly. If you say No, then students will be able to link to outside images and have them appear inside of their wiki but they won't be able to upload content directly inside of the wiki. For this example, we'll go ahead and say Yes so that students can upload content directly inside of the wiki. For Wiki autolinking options, there is a checkbox here for disable CamelCase linking. Now if you look at the word CamelCase, you can see that there is a capital letter at the front of each word but there is no space in between the words of CamelCase.

If you leave this box unchecked, then anytime you want to create a link inside of a wiki, you can simply write the name of the link that you want to create as a CamelCase word and the wiki will automatically create a link to that page. The danger here is if you are linking to outside websites and outside URLs have a mix of capitalized and lowercase letters in them, then links may not function properly inside of your wiki if you have CamelCasing enabled. So in our case, we want to make sure that links to outside websites work properly all the time, so we'll go ahead and disable CamelCase linking. There are times when you want to turn this on, but in our case, we are going to leave it off for simplicity sake. The next set of options allows you to set how you want students to be able to administer pages inside of a wiki.

By default, all of these options are set to off. So the students will not be able to set flags on pages, strip pages out of the site, remove pages or revert mass changes to content. This is decision that you may want to make. But in our case, we are going to leave all of these options set to off so that students can simply create and add content inside of the pages but they are not able to delete large blocks of content. As we scroll down on the page, the next set of options allows us to set the Page Name for our wiki site. We'll go ahead and set this to Research Project Wiki. For an initial page, we'll leave this blank so that Moodle will go ahead and create an initial page for us. The next set of options for Group Mode are different from the type that we see up here where we had selected groups instead of student or teacher.

Since we do not currently have any groups defined inside of our site, we'll go ahead and set the Group Mode to No Groups. If you were to set Group Mode to either Separate groups or Visible groups and you do not have any groups currently created inside of your Moodle course, when you go to save this configuration for your wiki, you would get an error message but since we do not currently have any groups, we'll go ahead and leave this set to No Groups. This one shows that all students have access to write to the same wiki. We'll go ahead and divide the wiki into our separate groups inside of the wiki itself. For visibility, we want this wiki to be available to all of our students immediately so we'll go ahead and leave this set to Show. We don't need an ID number and for Grade Category, we are going to leave this activity uncategorized for now.

We can go ahead and click Save and return to course and the wiki has been created for us. We can see the link for it right here in our Header section called Research Project Wiki. We can also see that under the activities block on the left, there is a link that will point us to all the wikis that are created inside of our course and now that you have created your first wiki, the next step in the process is to begin editing content inside of the wiki.

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  1. 8m 21s
    1. Welcome
      2m 8s
    2. Course overview
      5m 22s
    3. Using the exercise files
      51s
  2. 34m 55s
    1. Getting started
      2m 59s
    2. Installing Moodle on a Mac
      8m 45s
    3. Installing Moodle on a Windows computer
      14m 24s
    4. Creating user accounts
      3m 55s
    5. Creating a new course
      3m 0s
    6. Just enough site administration to get you going
      1m 52s
  3. 41m 16s
    1. Logging in and getting oriented with Moodle
      5m 8s
    2. Customizing your profile
      4m 7s
    3. Customizing course settings
      3m 49s
    4. Editing the header block
      1m 33s
    5. Posting a course syllabus
      3m 55s
    6. Communicating news to students
      3m 5s
    7. Managing files and folders
      3m 41s
    8. Posting lecture slides
      3m 11s
    9. Setting up the gradebook
      5m 35s
    10. Sending email to the class
      2m 54s
    11. Creating a simple assignment
      4m 18s
  4. 51m 28s
    1. HTML editor overview
      10m 11s
    2. Formatting text
      8m 42s
    3. Creating tables
      9m 36s
    4. Creating internal links
      7m 27s
    5. Creating external links
      7m 2s
    6. Inserting local pictures with HTML
      3m 55s
    7. Inserting pictures from Flickr
      4m 35s
  5. 49m 22s
    1. Preparing images
      6m 53s
    2. Batch-uploading files
      5m 58s
    3. Posting image files
      2m 33s
    4. Posting a photo gallery
      3m 45s
    5. Preparing audio files
      10m 14s
    6. Posting audio
      3m 50s
    7. Preparing video files
      7m 45s
    8. Posting video
      3m 48s
    9. Inserting video from YouTube
      4m 36s
  6. 37m 11s
    1. Creating a text label
      6m 14s
    2. Linking to a web site
      6m 2s
    3. Creating a text page
      4m 45s
    4. Creating a web page
      10m 56s
    5. Linking to a folder of documents
      4m 18s
    6. Inserting an IMS content package
      4m 56s
  7. 27m 23s
    1. Assignments overview
      2m 13s
    2. Advanced uploading of files
      10m 32s
    3. Online text
      4m 26s
    4. Uploading a single file
      5m 1s
    5. Offline activity
      5m 11s
  8. 11m 39s
    1. Creating a live chat room
      5m 13s
    2. Creating a choice
      6m 26s
  9. 15m 45s
    1. Setting up a simple database
      4m 14s
    2. Creating database fields
      2m 49s
    3. Customizing a database template
      1m 33s
    4. Entering data into a database
      1m 43s
    5. Enabling database auto-linking
      3m 23s
    6. Enhancing a database with file uploads
      2m 3s
  10. 17m 16s
    1. Creating a main glossary
      4m 45s
    2. Adding concepts to the glossary
      3m 16s
    3. Enabling glossary auto-linking
      3m 38s
    4. Enabling students to edit a glossary
      2m 5s
    5. Creating a secondary glossary
      3m 32s
  11. 9m 58s
    1. Creating a forum
      5m 21s
    2. Using a discussion forum
      4m 37s
  12. 32m 17s
    1. Creating a wiki
      7m 3s
    2. Wiki editing basics
      4m 26s
    3. Creating lists
      6m 1s
    4. Subdividing a class wiki
      3m 43s
    5. Adding attachments and images
      2m 54s
    6. Creating external links
      2m 27s
    7. Creating a table
      5m 43s
  13. 1h 9m
    1. Online assessment overview
      1m 38s
    2. Creating question pool categories
      1m 58s
    3. Creating a first question
      6m 24s
    4. Creating true/false questions
      4m 39s
    5. Creating multiple choice questions
      7m 23s
    6. Creating short answer questions
      6m 59s
    7. Creating essay questions
      6m 22s
    8. Creating match questions
      6m 38s
    9. Creating numerical questions
      4m 56s
    10. Importing question pools from Blackboard
      6m 24s
    11. Creating a quiz
      9m 9s
    12. Adding questions to a quiz
      6m 50s
  14. 39m 16s
    1. Gradebook overview
      2m 6s
    2. Completing assignments as a student
      9m 34s
    3. Grading an assignment
      4m 52s
    4. Quick grading
      2m 25s
    5. Grading assignments with uploaded files
      2m 18s
    6. Grading offline assignments
      1m 16s
    7. Grading an online quiz
      3m 30s
    8. Quiz data analysis
      3m 4s
    9. Adding assignments
      2m 3s
    10. Exporting grades
      3m 55s
    11. Importing grades
      4m 13s
  15. 20m 4s
    1. Calendars and events overview
      3m 51s
    2. Creating a new event
      3m 21s
    3. Creating a repeating event
      3m 15s
    4. Exporting a calendar to iCal
      4m 5s
    5. Exporting a calendar to Outlook
      5m 32s
  16. 44m 40s
    1. Course administration overview
      3m 3s
    2. Managing course settings
      12m 48s
    3. Managing user roles
      2m 59s
    4. Managing groups
      4m 51s
    5. Backing up your course
      4m 34s
    6. Restoring data from a backup
      3m 14s
    7. Importing content to another course
      4m 53s
    8. Resetting a course
      3m 24s
    9. Running reports
      4m 54s
  17. 4m 14s
    1. Additional resources
      2m 58s
    2. Goodbye
      1m 16s

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