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In this course, author Chris Mattia helps educators create online courses that complement classroom-based instruction and foster student interaction using the free learning management system Moodle. The course details the basics of setting up a test environment, disseminating course information, creating forums, and assessing student progress. Tutorials on building course materials with Moodle's built-in HTML editor, preparing and posting various types of media, uploading assignments, and evaluating tests automatically are also included.
A great tool to encourage our students to collaborate together is a Wiki. A Wiki is quite simply an easy to build and edit collaborative workspace within our Moodle course. The term Wiki comes to us from the Hawaiian term Wiki Wiki, which means very quickly. To begin building our Class Wiki make sure that editing is turned on and then in the header block of your course, click on the dropdown menu for Add an activity and select Wiki from the menu. For the Wiki name, simply click into the blank and type in Research Project Class Wiki.
For the Wiki description, type in, A class wiki for us to collaborate with. Scroll down on the page and let's take a look at the Wiki settings. For the First page name I'd like to go ahead and set this to be simply Home. That way when I go to create links from subsequent pages later on back to the homepage, it's very easy to remember what page that I want to go to. The next option of Wiki mode allows us to set whether or not this Wiki is a Collaborative Wiki, meaning that everyone in the class will be able to participate in building content within it, or an Individual Wiki, which will be restricted to a particular user.
In our case, we want to create a Collaborative Wiki so that all members of our course can collaborate together. The next option of Default format gives us three choices, the first is HTML. This uses the standard HTML Markup Language and Editor that we've seen thus far throughout this title. The two other options, Creole and NWiki use a more standardized Wiki Markup Language Format that is very easy to learn. NWiki is the format that is most closely related to the media wiki engine that's used for sites such as, Wikipedia.
Since this is the fairly common tool, we're going to go ahead and choose NWiki for this training series. The next option of Force format, if we leave this deselected and anytime a new page is created within our Wiki the person that first begins editing that page will be able to choose which of the three formats that they want to use for formatting that page. Since this is a Collaborative Wiki, I like to keep a level of consistency and force all users to use one single format when editing the page. This way we're all essentially on the same page.
So make sure you check the box for Force format. The bottom section is similar to what we've seen throughput other videos in this training series. Group mode, leave this option set to No groups. We're going to make sure that our students are able to access the Wiki by leaving Visibility set to Show and we're going to leave the ID number blank. Go ahead and click Save and return to course to create the Wiki. When our page reloads, we can see the link for our Wiki right here inside of the header block of our course. I like to put the Wiki link up here in the header block, because it's a common tool that my students are going to be going into pretty much every single day throughout the term, as they continue to contribute content.
That way the information is not bound to a particular week, but yet it's inferred that this content is for the entire class. Let's go into our Wiki by clicking on the link and now we can see what our wiki looks like. By default, we're taken into the Edit tab, which has a text field for us to be able to add our content directly into. There is also a View tab that will allow us to see what our page looks like, a Comments tab for our users to be able to add comments to a particular page. A History tab so that we can go back in time and pull a previous versions or previous edits of a particular page.
A Map, which would show us all of the individual pages that had been created as part of our Class Wiki, and a Files section which would show all of the files that have been uploaded and attached to our Wiki that can be linked into our Wiki. We'll use this when we begin adding images. One more thing to note, if we go ahead and scroll down here to the bottom of our page, there are a couple of links down at the bottom. Anytime we add text into the main part of our page, we can preview those changes by clicking on the Preview button and see what the changes would look like when they're rendered.
We can Save content once we're happy with those results. And the tag section here allows us to add keywords to each individual page. Okay, go ahead and scroll back up in the page, and in the next movie we'll begin adding text and formatting it with the standard Wiki Markup Language.
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