Using Wikis in myWPI
There are two types of wikis available in course sites:
- Wikis in content areas - These are usually topical class wikis, group wikis, but they can be individual wikis. They can be found in content areas, perhaps in folders.
- Central Course Wiki - This default wiki is found in the Tools area of the course. By default, only the instructor can author and edit pages, but the instructor may reconfigure the wiki to allow students to author and edit pages as well.
Reusing Wiki Content
If you would like to reuse the content of your Wiki in a future iteration of your course, be sure to use a Content Area Wiki. The Central Course Wiki DOES NOT COPY as part of the course recycling process, and therefore content in the Central Course Wiki CANNOT> be reused in a new course site. If you have any questions or concerns about this please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org!
Both types of wikis are used in the same way.
Using a Wiki
Locate the wiki in your course. A wiki in a content area is displayed similarly to other items. Click the View link to enter the wiki.
To access the Central Course Wiki, click on Course Tools below the course menu and then click on Wiki Tool.
Use of the wiki is accomplished using the options in the column on the right side of the wiki.
By default, a "home" page is automatically created in a wiki. The first person to use the wiki clicks on here to begin editing the page.
Working with Pages
The pages in a wiki are listed in the Site Navigation section of the wiki column. The page currently being viewed is grayed out. In the example below, the "home" page is currently being viewed. To view a different page, simply click on the link for that page.
Creating a New Page
To create a new page, click New in the Page section of the wiki column.
When the screen appears for entering a new wiki, enter a title in the Page Name field and make an entry in the textbox. Note that the text editing options allow you to create tables, enter images, add links to other pages or URLs, attach files, and format your text. Click Save when you are finished with the page.
If you create a new page by editing an existing page and using the link icon to create a new page, the page will not be listed in the site navigation and instructors and TAs will not be able to assess participation for that page. It is best to create a new page using the steps above and then link it to an existing page.
Editing a Page
To edit a wiki page, click Edit in the Page section of the wiki column. The screen displays the same as it does when creating a new page. Use the editing tools to make edits and click Save.
Commenting on an Page
Click on the Comments link at the bottom of the page. If a comment already exits for an entry, a number appears with the Comments link.
Type your comment in the Add Comment box and click Add Comment.
Viewing Page History
To see who has made changes to a page and to view the differences between each version of the page, click History in the Page section of the wiki column.
The History page appears showing who made a change, when they made it, and which version they edited. Click the View Diff button to see how the page appeared after each edit.
Printing a Page
If you want to print a page, click the Print button in the Page section of the wiki column.
If you want to print the comments in addition to the entries, click the w/ comments link. A webpage opens in a separate window with the entries and comments displayed. Print the page as you would print any webpage.
Exporting a Wiki
- If you want to save the wiki pages after the course ends, click the Export Site link. The entries will be downloaded in a zip file.
- Click Open or Save depending on what you want to do. When the zip file is opened, you'll see an html file for each page, as well as an index.html file that lists and links to all of the pages.
You need to have zip software on your computer in order to use zip files. WinZip is a popular and widely available application on campus. If you need help with zip files, contact the Helpdesk.
Last modified: May 11, 2009, 14:56 EDT