Wiki: Information and how to use
You may be required to contribute to a wiki in a subject. The most common use for these, are group assignments, and in the wiki, each student will enter their contribution, will be able to read other students' contributions, and can edit as necessary. If you have been given permission to edit one another's text, which is often the case for group assignments, it would be important to contact the student first, and let them know, eg. that they have something incorrect, wrong spelling, or grammar, etc. and is it OK if you edit that. Respect for other students is important in group work.
Wikis in subjects can also be used for such things as organising
groups, times for events etc. as all students and the lecturer
can go to the wiki, put in their text, and check other entries.
So they are versatile tools to use, and it is helpful if
you know how to use them.
To create a page in a Wiki:
Your lecturer will very likely have created the first page, for
the Wiki, and if that is the case, skip the next bit, and go down
to: To make an entry in a Wiki. But if not,
when you first click on the Wiki link, you will see:
The New page title, will be whatever
the lecturer has called this.
Leave as HTML format. This is easier to use the Creole, or NWiki, and it has more options, including adding links and images. Inserting an image with Creole or NWiki does not work.
- If this has defaulted to Creole or NWiki, then change this to HTML before creating the page.
- Then click Create page.
- You are now ready to make an entry (edit) on the
To make an entry in a Wiki:
- Go to your subject sites, and click on the relevant Wiki,
e.g. as below, Wiki on space
travel. The Wiki icon is:
- Click on
Edit tab, and enter your text in the text box:
- You may be the first to enter text but normally there will be
text already on the Wiki page. Enter your text either after
the text that is already there, or in the appropriate place, e.g.
if this is for a group assignment. wherever it fits within
the essay structure.
- If not an essay, then it would probably be best to add a
line (hold hyphen key) below the latest entry, add your
entry, and then add another line.
- If not an essay, then it would probably be best to add a line (hold hyphen key) below the latest entry, add your entry, and then add another line.
- Note the various text editing tools, in the text editor
below, eg. bold, italic, dot points, insert an image, change
colour of font, insert a link, etc. Hover over an icon to
see what it is.
- Click Save. You can preview it first before you save it, or just edit again, if you see an error after saving.
- Tags are not normally used, but you can add some to your own
entry, if you wish. Tags just help entries to be found more
easily, so are a good idea if the wiki has a lot of
pages/entries. Note that most Wikis will only have one
- With a group assignment there will most likely be several
groups in the class. If each group is permitted, or
required. to read the assignments of other groups, you may find
that when you first click on the other group's wiki, that you
can't see anything. Go to the drop down box, which will
Visible groups (Group...), and All
participants, and choose the other
option, which should be the group whose wiki you want to look
at; that should then come up for you:
- If you cannot see the other group's wiki page, or there is no drop down arrow or Visible group spot, let your lecturer know, as it has probably just not been set up correctly.
- If your wiki has more than one page, click on Map tab
to find other pages.
Note: Currently you will not receive a Gmail alert to let you know a post has been added to a Wiki, as you would do in a Forum. So you just need to check the Wiki every so often for further posts.