This page tells you how to create a collaborative authoring activity within your Moodle course, using the OU Wiki tool (an Open University contributed code module), and how to edit and add new wiki pages.
When to use
Wikis are collections of collaboratively authored web pages, beginning with a home page that students can edit, and to which they can link more pages. You can create wikis at course, group and individual level.
- A course wiki might be useful for knowledge building around threshold concepts.
- Wikis could be used for a group project where evidence of planning, knowledge construction and team work are integral to the final mark.
- Individual wikis can be useful when students are to evidence planning and show drafts of an assignment.
To help you decide whether to use a blog, a wiki or a discussion forum, visit the page Blog, wiki or forum—which should you use?
Wikis are particularly useful as part of a group work activity. They are places where students can present the fruits of their research, or the drafts of their group reports, for comment and input from the other members of the group. The reporting features enable instructors to more fairly assess the individual input of team members, and to view the project within the course site.
You can separately specify dates when students can view the wiki content, and dates when they can edit it.
All the changes made to each page within a wiki are visible using the page history function, and you can view earlier versions of the pages in the Wiki changes list.
Create an OU wiki
To create an OU wiki in Moodle:
- On the course home page, click Turn editing on .
- In the appropriate page section, click Add an activity or resource.
- In the pop-up menu, select OU wiki, then click Add.
- On the Adding a new OU wiki page, click Expand all to open the page sections, then, in the General section, enter a Name for the wiki and a Description.
In the Wiki settings section:
- At Sub-wikis, select whether you want this wiki to be viewable by everyone on the course (Single wiki for course); whether you are setting up a group activity with One wiki per group (Note that you will have to select a grouping under Common module settings; or whether you'll be creating a Separate wiki for every user.
- Select whether you want to have an Annotation system associated with this wiki, so that inline annotations (e.g., by teachers, about students' work) can be made.
- Select whether you want to limit the Time allowed for editing wiki pages. Read the extensive help (click ) for this field for full details.
- Enable the date fields and set dates for the wiki's editing period.
- Drag and drop a wiki Template into the box, if you are using one to predefine content pages for your students. The field help tells you how to create a template.
- Select whether you want to Show word counts at the bottom of the main content on wiki pages.
- Select whether you want to import pages from other wikis in the course into the current wiki by ticking the Link to import pages if required.
- In the Grade section:
- Select whether you want to grade this wiki, and which Type of grading you will use for this activity.
- If Scale is chosen as grading type, then choose the scale from the Scale dropdown menu.
- Alternatively, if Point is chosen as grading type, then select the Maximum grade available for this activity.
- Select the Grade category in which you want the wiki to display in the Gradebook.
- Select the Grade to pass.
- Complete the other page sections as needed, and click Save and display at the bottom of the page.
- The View page will display with an invitation to create the Start page for the wiki. Click Create page.
Create a Start page for a new wiki
- On the View page, click Create page (View step 8 in the OU Wiki section above).
- On the Edit page, enter Content and add any relevant Attachments. If you have set up a timeout on this page, a timer at the upper right will count down the time you have left.
- Click the Preview button at the bottom of the page.
- On the preview page, check your work, make any corrections and click Save changes.
- On the View page, you can Add new section or Create new page by entering the section/page name and clicking Add/Create. When you save the new section or page, it will display below the Start page content already entered.
To edit an OU wiki:
- On the course home page, click the OU wiki's link.
- On the OU wiki's start page, navigate to the page you want to edit.
- Click the Edit tab.
- On the Edit page, make the necessary changes and click Preview.
- Check your changes in the preview screen and click Save.
At the upper right of all the pages within an OU wiki activity, these 3 buttons make it possible for you to view the wiki's index, details of all changes made to the wiki, and each person in the course's participation in the wiki.
The Wiki index lists all pages and their current wordcount, and who made the last change and when. It also allows you to view all pages of the wiki at once, or download them as a wiki template file for use in other wikis.
You can view the wiki pages alphabetically or by structure - select the appropriate tab at the top of the page.
If you select Structure, you'll see how pages are linked to each other.
- If you've created a link to a page, but have not yet created the page itself, the link will be listed in the Missing pages section of the index.
If you've created a page but deleted the link to it, it will be listed in the Unlinked pages section. To link it, follow the instructions in the Link an unlinked OU wiki page section of these instructions.
The Wiki changes page lists all changes to any pages in the wiki, with links to all page versions.
You can choose to view all changes to all pages, or just which new pages have been created and when they were created - select the appropriate tab at the top of the page.
You can view just the changes that have been made to a page, or look at each page version in its entirety.
To be notified when new pages are added or existing ones changed, subscribe to the feed.
Participation by user
The Participation by user page contains a downloadable table listing all enrolled course users and the number of Pages created, Page edits, Words added or Words deleted that they are responsible for.
This page also lets you grade students based on the previous grading settings you used for this activity in step 6 of Create an OU Wiki. To do this, select the grade you want in the Grades dropdown menu.
After selecting the grade, click Save Grades at the bottom of the page. The grade should now appear in the Gradebook under the student's name.
To avoid confusion, it's a good idea to place links to all the wiki's pages on the Start page of the wiki.
- Within the OU wiki, at the upper right of the page click Wiki index.
- On the Wiki index page, in the Unlinked pages list, highlight the page's title and copy it.
- Navigate to the page where you want to add a link.
- Click Edit page.
- Place your cursor where you want to insert the link, type two opening square brackets, paste the page title and type two closing square brackets. (e.g. ).
- Click Save changes. The new page link will display on the wiki page.
- On the OU wiki page you want to delete, click the History tab.
- On the History page, in the version table, for the version of the page you want to remove, click Delete.
- If you delete the wrong page, click Undelete for that version.
To delete a page completely:
- Click Delete for all versions of that page.
- Delete all links to that page from other pages.
You can also compare two different versions of the page by selecting the tickboxes on the right and then Compare Selected.
If Annotations have been turned on in step 5 of Create an OU Wiki, accounts with the correct permissions have access to the Annotate tab. This can be useful when giving feedback to a certain section or page, letting students know which area is incorrect or can be improved.
To make an annotation:
On the OU Wiki page you want to annotate, click the Annotate tab.
Click the Annotation Marker next to the part you want to annotate.
Type your comment and click Add.
Click Save Changes at the bottom of the page
Your annotation should now appear as an icon on the page. Click on it to expand the annotation.
To edit or delete an annotation:
Click on the Annotate tab.
Edit or delete the text from the annotation you want to change at the bottom of the page.
Click Save Changes. The change should be reflected on the wiki page.
A Moodle Wiki activity is also currently available in UNSW Moodle. However, we encourage you to use the OU Wiki tool, as it is more flexible than the core Moodle Wiki in the following ways:
- The OU wiki can be marked and the marks sent to the Moodle Gradebook.
- You can set time limits on users editing wiki pages, so that they don't lock out other users indefinitely.
- You can create reusable wiki templates, predefining content pages to make it easier for students to contribute.
- An annotation system allows you to use comment bubbles to provide feedback on students' contributions.
- The OU blog has better comparison of page versions than does the core Moodle Wiki.
- It also has an extended page history management tool (per page and activity-wide).