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Wiki editing basics

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Video: Wiki editing basics

Now that we've created our Wiki and we are inside of the Home page's edit tab, let's go ahead and begin adding some text and formatting that text inside of our Wiki editor. Now you could just begin typing text directly here inside of this box, but I've gone ahead and I've added a text file under the Chapter 11 exercise files called Wiki Text Page.txt. Go ahead and select the contents of that document, press Command+C or Ctrl+C on your keyboard to copy it to your clipboard. Then go back into your browser, and press Command+V or Ctrl+V to paste that text into the text field.

Wiki editing basics

Now that we've created our Wiki and we are inside of the Home page's edit tab, let's go ahead and begin adding some text and formatting that text inside of our Wiki editor. Now you could just begin typing text directly here inside of this box, but I've gone ahead and I've added a text file under the Chapter 11 exercise files called Wiki Text Page.txt. Go ahead and select the contents of that document, press Command+C or Ctrl+C on your keyboard to copy it to your clipboard. Then go back into your browser, and press Command+V or Ctrl+V to paste that text into the text field.

Now before we go much further, I should note that there are a couple of bugs in the current Wiki that's included in Moodle as of the recording of this movie. Now some of these bugs may be cleaned up by the time you're watching this and you're downloading a later version of Moodle. But as of right now, you will notice a couple of things. First of all, it does not stretch all the way over to the right-hand side. This is because of the screen resolution that I have my browser set to, and I don't have enough space in order to get that text to show up. Furthermore, if I scroll down a little bit, you will notice that I'm not getting a scrollbar to be able to scroll over to the right.

Well, this is easily remedied. Simply come over to the left-hand side where the Settings block is and click the button to be able to move this item over to the Dock. When we click that, our Settings tab jumps over here into a pop-out menu that's one of the features of Moodle 2.0. And many times by simply doing that, we get enough space to get our textbox to display properly. The next bug that we have to deal with is if we simply scroll down to the bottom of our page and we click the Preview button so we can see what content that we've already added into our page, we see that clearly displayed here.

When we scroll down a little bit, we should be able to begin applying formatting by simply selecting a line of text and hitting the icon on the toolbar to apply formatting. However, if you do this inside of the preview, at this time, this option does not work. So in order to get the formatting to be applied, you need to scroll down to the bottom, click the Save button to save the changes, then go back into the Edit tab, and now we can continue editing our text. So let's go ahead and apply a top-level heading to this top line of text Coral Reef Ecology Class Wiki Homepage.

Select the line of text and then click the icon with the largest A in it. This applies the standard Wiki markup language which is an equal sign and then a space and then the text that we want to have that formatting applied to and then a apse and then another equal sign. Further down on our page where we have Additional Pages, we want that to be the second-level down heading because it's essentially a subheading of the first item. So we could select the text and use the icon for the next smaller A,, or we could simply come directly in front of Additional Pages and type in the code ourselves, which is ==, space, then go to the end of that line of text, put another space, and then ==.

Let's go ahead and see what that looks like. Scroll down on the page and instead of hitting Preview, let's just go ahead and save the changes by hitting the Save button. And now we can see that the top- level heading has been applied. And if we scroll down a little bit further, we can see that the second-level heading has also been applied. We can either go back to the Edit tab, or over here on the right-hand side, we can simply hit the Edit link to go directly back into the Editor and edit this content. Now that we've seen how to apply some headings, let's apply some other formatting to our text. We can see in the second paragraph that we want our students to not forget to include a hypothesis, their experimental design, a sample data table, and links to a current research project on their group page.

Well, let's go ahead and highlight each of these items so that the students don't forget to do them. So we will go ahead and select hypothesis and experimental design as one group, and then we will hit the Bold tag. We can see that the code for applying Bold are two individual apostrophes both before and after the text. This is not quotation marks, these are individual apostrophes. So let's go ahead and type that in to highlight our sample data table. So we will go ahead right in front of sample data table and we'll type in '', and then at the end of the data table, we'll type in again ''.

We'll do the same thing around links to current research, so we will type in ''. And then at the end of research, we'll type in two more ''. Let's go ahead and save the changes and see how that looks. So scroll back down to the bottom, click the Save button, and here we can see that our text has been bolded directly in line within our Wiki. Well, now that we know how to bold text, let's go ahead and italicize some text. Go ahead and hit the Edit button again. And this time where we have Be sure to include all equipment, let's go ahead and make all italicized.

So we'll go ahead and select all and then click the Italicize button. Now we can see that the code for Italicize is three individual apostrophes before and three apostrophes afterwards. If we go back down to the bottom and we click the Save button, now we can see that all has been italicized. The Wiki markup language is very easy to learn. There are some simple codes to be able to use. And this markup language is consistent across most Wikis that you will find out on the Web. Go ahead and go back into the Edit tab, and in the next movie, we'll show you how to create and link additional pages.

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  1. 3m 26s
    1. Welcome
      1m 14s
    2. Course overview
      1m 34s
    3. Using the exercise files
      38s
  2. 1h 10m
    1. What you need to get started
      4m 27s
    2. Installing Moodle on a Mac
      9m 23s
    3. Configuring Moodle for the Mac
      5m 29s
    4. Installing Moodle on a Windows computer
      11m 35s
    5. Configuring Moodle for Windows
      7m 21s
    6. Creating a custom theme
      10m 0s
    7. Creating user accounts
      6m 4s
    8. Creating a new course
      6m 35s
    9. Just enough site administration
      9m 51s
  3. 1h 20m
    1. Logging in and getting oriented
      4m 23s
    2. Managing private files
      3m 41s
    3. Customizing your profile
      8m 26s
    4. Customizing course settings
      10m 14s
    5. Editing the header block
      5m 18s
    6. Posting a course syllabus
      3m 43s
    7. Communicating news to students
      4m 4s
    8. Managing files and folders
      6m 14s
    9. Posting lecture slides
      4m 37s
    10. Organizing course content
      12m 31s
    11. Setting up the Gradebook
      5m 4s
    12. Creating a simple assignment
      9m 45s
    13. Messaging students
      2m 49s
  4. 26m 45s
    1. HTML Editor overview
      5m 9s
    2. Formatting text
      5m 10s
    3. Creating internal links
      3m 14s
    4. Creating external links
      2m 42s
    5. Inserting local pictures with HTML
      4m 26s
    6. Creating equations
      6m 4s
  5. 47m 28s
    1. Preparing images
      5m 19s
    2. Posting image files
      3m 18s
    3. Posting a photo gallery
      3m 23s
    4. Creating header graphics in Fireworks
      7m 58s
    5. Preparing audio
      9m 41s
    6. Posting audio files
      4m 49s
    7. Preparing video
      7m 21s
    8. Posting QuickTime video as .mov files
      2m 43s
    9. Posting Flash video as .flv files
      2m 56s
  6. 36m 9s
    1. Understanding repositories
      3m 5s
    2. Configuring a Dropbox repository
      6m 13s
    3. Using a Dropbox repository
      4m 43s
    4. Configuring a Google Docs repository
      1m 15s
    5. Using a Google Docs repository
      5m 20s
    6. Configuring a Flickr repository
      6m 13s
    7. Using a Flickr repository
      4m 5s
    8. Configuring the YouTube videos repository
      1m 7s
    9. Using the YouTube videos repository
      4m 8s
  7. 38m 50s
    1. Understanding resources and activities
      1m 9s
    2. Posting a file or document
      8m 36s
    3. Displaying a folder of documents
      4m 33s
    4. Using a label to bring your course to life
      6m 42s
    5. Creating a custom web page
      10m 33s
    6. Posting a URL for a web resource
      7m 17s
  8. 25m 51s
    1. Assignments overview
      1m 43s
    2. Advanced uploading of files assignment
      11m 32s
    3. Online text assignment
      4m 20s
    4. Uploading a single file assignment
      3m 42s
    5. Offline activity assignment
      3m 21s
    6. Assignment and Gradebook interactions
      1m 13s
  9. 35m 34s
    1. Creating a live chat room
      4m 57s
    2. Understanding Choice, Feedback, and Survey activities
      1m 23s
    3. Creating a Choice activity
      5m 10s
    4. Creating a customized Feedback activity
      4m 47s
    5. Adding a multiple choice question
      3m 14s
    6. Adding a dependent followup question
      3m 7s
    7. Adding a rating question
      2m 39s
    8. Adding an open response question
      2m 36s
    9. Analyzing Feedback results
      4m 16s
    10. Adding a standardized survey
      3m 25s
  10. 17m 18s
    1. Creating a main glossary
      5m 29s
    2. Adding concepts to the glossary
      2m 53s
    3. Enabling glossary auto-linking
      2m 53s
    4. Creating a secondary glossary
      6m 3s
  11. 11m 56s
    1. Creating a forum
      4m 40s
    2. Seeding a forum with questions
      3m 9s
    3. Participating in a forum
      4m 7s
  12. 31m 24s
    1. Creating a wiki
      4m 15s
    2. Wiki editing basics
      5m 28s
    3. Creating new pages
      2m 47s
    4. Creating lists
      3m 42s
    5. Adding images
      3m 53s
    6. Creating external links
      4m 24s
    7. Creating a table
      6m 55s
  13. 1h 4m
    1. Online assessment overview
      1m 20s
    2. Creating question pool categories
      2m 24s
    3. Creating a first question
      7m 10s
    4. Creating true/false questions
      3m 1s
    5. Creating multiple choice questions
      8m 22s
    6. Creating short answer questions
      8m 19s
    7. Creating essay questions
      4m 59s
    8. Creating match questions
      7m 10s
    9. Creating a quiz
      9m 0s
    10. Adding questions to a quiz
      2m 20s
    11. Changing the order of questions
      3m 1s
    12. Assigning quiz points
      1m 35s
    13. Previewing a finished quiz
      5m 50s
  14. 39m 38s
    1. Gradebook overview
      4m 53s
    2. Moving an assignment into a category
      1m 33s
    3. Completing assignments as a student
      11m 31s
    4. Grading assignments
      5m 5s
    5. Using quick grading
      1m 28s
    6. Grading assignments with uploaded files
      1m 58s
    7. Grading offline assignments
      1m 26s
    8. Grading an online quiz
      5m 1s
    9. Exporting grades to Excel
      2m 48s
    10. Importing grades from Excel
      3m 55s
  15. 9m 55s
    1. Calendars and events overview
      4m 8s
    2. Creating a new event
      2m 40s
    3. Creating a repeating event
      3m 7s
  16. 50m 41s
    1. Course administration overview
      2m 54s
    2. Managing course settings
      9m 5s
    3. Enabling completion tracking
      2m 20s
    4. Setting tracking for resources and activities
      3m 38s
    5. Managing tracking settings
      3m 51s
    6. Reporting on course tracking
      1m 32s
    7. Managing user roles
      4m 2s
    8. Backing up your course
      3m 36s
    9. Restoring data from a backup
      4m 50s
    10. Restoring a Moodle 1.9 course into Moodle 2.1
      6m 25s
    11. Importing content to another course
      3m 46s
    12. Resetting a course
      4m 42s
  17. 2m 6s
    1. Additional resources
      1m 37s
    2. Goodbye
      29s

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