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How To: Moodle Wiki Tutorial

A wiki can be added to a course in the same way as any other activity.  Click the “Turn editing on” button.  Scroll down to the lesson you want to add the wiki to, or you can add it to your “Getting Started” section. Click the “Add an activity” drop down menu, and choose “Wiki.” You will need to add a Name and Summary before the wiki can be saved.

There are three types of wikis that can be created: Teacher, Groups and Student. Each of these types have significant differences.  Changing the Group Setting of the wiki activity also affects the way the wiki works.  Here is a layout of the different possibilities:

No Groups Separate Groups Visible Groups
Teacher There is only one wiki which only the teacher can edit. Students can view the contents but cannot edit. There is one wiki for every group which just the teacher can edit. Students can view the wiki of their group only but cannot edit. There is one wiki for every group which just the teacher can edit. Students can view the wikis for all groups but cannot edit.
Groups There is only one wiki. The teacher and all students can view and edit this wiki. There is one wiki per group. Students can view and edit the wiki of their own group only. There is one wiki per group. Students can change the wiki of their own group only. They can view the wikis for all groups.
Student Every student has their own wiki which only they and their teacher can view and edit. Every student has their own wiki, which only they and their teacher can edit. Students can view the wikis of other students in their group. Every student has their own wiki, which only they and their teacher can edit. Students can view the wikis of all other students in the course.

You can choose to print the wiki name on every page of the wiki. If you choose to set this to “no,” the wiki name will not appear on the wiki pages.

You have three options for allowing HTML: HTML only, No HTML, and Safe HTML.

The next option is to Allow Binary Files.  If you allow binary content, which includes things like images, you have two possibilities. You can upload and use images on wiki pages using an upload form that displays when editing a page. With this option, the image code would then be displayed. You could then embed this in your wiki pages using square brackets, as in this example: [internal://myimage.gif].

You can also attach files to a wiki page which can then be displayed like regular attachments in Moodle.

The next option allows you to Disable CamelCase linking.  You can easily remember the term because of the “camel back” look that CamelCase links have.  It is also called BumpyText  CamelCase words are links that can be clicked on by wiki users in order to go to other pages within a wiki.  Links can be made by joining multiple words together without spaces and capitalizing the first letter in each word.  CamelCase is standard in most wikis, so if you disable this it may cause other imported wikis to work incorrectly.  This option should only be set to disable if you are absolutely sure that you do not want to use automatic linking.

Next, you can set student admin options. Here you can allow students to:

Set page flags-

Strip pages-

Remove pages-

Revert mass changes-

Optionally, you may also set the first wiki page name to be something other than the actual Wiki name. You can specify this in the “Page Name” field.

You may also upload content that can be included in the initial page.  The initial page is what the wiki will display as soon as it is corrected.  This information can still be edited, but uploading initial content can save you a little time at the beginning of wiki creation.  To do this, use the “Choose or upload a file” option beneath the “Choose an Initial Page” area.  Here, you can upload and choose a file just as you would when adding an uploaded resource to the course.

The Wiki Links menu

Page Flags can be assigned to a wiki page and can change the type of information contained, or the behavior of the page.  Some options will be flagged automatically depending on what information is contained in the page. There are six options to flag:

TXT: This flag means that the page contains text.

BIN: This flag indicates the page contains binary data.

OFF: Means the page is disabled.

HTM: This setting will allow HTML for the page.

RO: Read Only.

WR: Writable.

To set a Page flag, click on the Administration drop-down menu, and choose “Set page flags.”

Next, find the page you want to flag from the list of pages available. Click on the checkbox next to the flag you want.

If you find that you have pages listed that you are not using, you can get rid of those pages from the wiki. To do this, click on the “Administration” drop-down box and choose “Remove pages.” This will bring you to a list of pages that are either empty or do not seem to be in use.  You can also choose to “List all” in order to list all pages in the wiki.

To remove a page, click on the checkbox next to the page title. Then, scroll to the end of the page and click on “Remove selected pages.

As new wiki pages are created and new information is added to old pages, you may find the need to purge or strip away the older page versions. You can do this by selecting “Strip Pages” from the “Administration” drop-down menu.

You will need to select which page and version to strip, and then click on “Strip pages.”

The last option in the “Administration” drop-down menu is “Revert mass changes.” This option can be used if someone changes a lot of information on multiple pages, and basically makes a mess of the wiki.  For this option, you will need to use the IP address or host name of the person you want to revert.  You can find this information in the Reports section of Moodle or in the Activity Reports under the Participants page.

To revert changes to your wiki, you will need to fill out the following information:

The IP address or host name of the individual would be entered into the “Author field pattern.”  The second field will allow you to specify how far back you want the changes reverted. This way, if a student had previously made allowable changes, you do not have to delete those changes along with the others that need to be reverted.

The “How to operate” field has three choices: “Only, if it was the last change,” “Version diving, also delete changes made after,” and “Version diving, but only purge the affected one.”

To edit a wiki page, click on the Edit tab on the wiki page you wish to change.

The page will open with a Wysiwig editor, allowing you to make edits directly to the page.  Once you have made the changes you desire, you can click on “Preview” to see what the page will look like, or “Save” to save the changes. You can also click on “Cancel” to cancel out changes.

Clicking on the “Links” tab willlet you view a list of links.  This is helpful because it will allow you to see what other pages link to the page you are working on.

To create a page, you first need to name it in the text of an existing page, this giving it a context.  Wiki pages are not designed to be “stand alone” items, but should interconnect.  A wiki page is named, or designated as a page by using CamelCase or by enclosing the name in brackets.  So, for example, if I wanted to name a wiki page on school policy, I could name it with CamelCase, as in SchoolPolicy, or with brackets [School Policy]. You will need to save the page you are working on after giving the text a wiki name.

Once text has a wiki page name, a question mark (?) will appear after it. Clicking on the ‘?’ will open up an edit mode for that page. Enter content and click Save to create a new wiki page.