Creating Wikis in Your Course
A wiki is a website where multiple individuals add and edit content collectively. Multiple related pages may be linked within the site.
Wikis can be used in teaching for:
- Encouraging students to build a collaborative knowledgebase
- Facilitating research coordination and collaboration
- Group portfolios
Benefits of wikis for students include:
- A sense of class identify
- Peer interactivity
- New modes of assignment submission/completion
- Ownership of content
The Wiki tool in myWPI provides two options for configuring and using wikis in your course.
- Wikis can be placed directly into content areas of the course in order to relate them to specific content in the course. For example, you might add a
wiki to a topical folder within the
Course Materials section of your course. Wikis can also be placed in more generic areas of your course to encourage reflection across topics.
Most wikis are accessible to multiple authors who contribute to them, but you
can set up wikis for individuals.
- A default Central Course Wiki is available as a tool in the Tools area of your course. This can be used as a generic wiki for the course, not related to specific content. By default, only the instructor can author and edit content, but the Central Course Wiki can be reconfigured to allow students to author and edit content as well.
Creating a Wiki
- Go to the content area you want to add a wiki to, such as Course Materials.
- Click the Edit View link in the top right corner of the page.
- From the dropdown menu at the far right of the toolbar, select Wiki and click Go.
- In the Wiki Information section, enter a name for the wiki in the Wiki Name field and enter a Description.
- If you want to make the wiki available to students, select Yes for Make the wiki available.
- Select how you want users to be referenced in the wiki. The default is by Person Name.
- In the Member Settings section, select the participants in the wiki. You can select one, multiple, or all students. Click on the names of individual members and then click the forward arrow to move them to the right hand column. You can also select a predefined group of students. The individuals you select will be able to author and edit the wiki.
The group option for selecting members only appears if groups have previously been defined within the course. See Creating Student Groups for details.
- Select the options for allowing students to delete wiki pages and export the wiki, if appropriate.
- If you want to restrict the time period for editing the wiki, select the appropriate options.
If you set a date range for when the students can edit the wiki, instructors, TAs, and course builders will also be unable to edit the wiki outside the date range.
- In the Non-Member Settings section, select the appropriate setting for the options that are available.
- Use the Create Grade Center Entry section if the wiki will be graded.
- Check off the box for Create a Grade Center entry for this wiki.
- In the Entry Name field, enter a name that will appear in the Grade Center.
- At the Category field, select an appropriate category from the dropdown menu.
- In the Points Possible field, enter the number of points that students can earn for the wiki assignment.
- If you want students to be able to see their grade on the wiki, select Yes for Make grade visible to students?
- Scroll to the bottom of the screen and click OK to add the wiki to your course.
Configuring the Central Course Wiki
The Central Course Wiki is located in the Tools area of the course. This wiki tool is not linked to any content areas and can be see by all students in your course. By default, only the instructor can author and edit content, but the wiki can be reconfigured for different options.
- Go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Configure Wiki Tool. The Configure Course Wiki Tool appears.
- Select the appropriate options for the Central Course Wiki and click OK to save your selections.
If you do not see the Configure Wiki Tool link in the Control Panel, it may be because you are using a recycled course or an older course that did not have wikis enabled. To enable wikis in your course so you can access the Configure Wiki Tool link, go to Control Panel > Manage Tools > Building Block Tool Availability. Click the checkbox for Wiki Tool in the Available column and click Submit.
Last modified: Aug 05, 2008, 08:51 EDT