This document outlines what a CCLE Wiki is, the ways in which wikis can be used by instructors and students, how to create a wiki in CCLE, and how to edit pre-existing wikis.
Much like a Wikipedia entry, a wiki in CCLE is a page or collection of web pages designed to enable anyone who accesses it to contribute or to modify its content. Some reasons one might want to add a wiki to a course site are:
To create group lecture notes or a collaborative study guide
To enable students to author a book or web page collaboratively
To use as a personal journal (in the case of individual wikis)
Each wiki will start with a front page ready to be edited; contributors can create additional pages by simply creating links to pages that don’t exist yet.
Creating a Wiki
To create a wiki:
Turn editing on in the upper right-hand corner of the screen and click Add an activity or resource at the bottom of the week/section where you want to add the wiki.
Scroll through the Activities list and select “Wiki” and click Add.
Give the wiki a name and, if desired, a description.
Set the wiki mode:
Collaborative wiki: everyone with access to the site can edit the wiki.
Individual wiki: individuals each have their own wiki that only they can edit.
You must also provide a name for the first page of the wiki. NOTE: once a page name has been created, it cannot be changed.
Under the “Format” tab, the default format should be HTML. You can check the box for “Force format” in order to ensure that all the pages in your wiki will be in HTML format. Avoid selecting any format other than HTML, unless you are familiar with the other formats (Creole and NWiki).
When you have finished editing the settings, click Save and return to course.
Editing a Wiki
Editing a page: if you wish to edit a wiki that has already been created, or to edit the basic settings of that wiki:
When in the section where the wiki is, click the orange Turn editing on button in the top-right corner of the screen. With editing turned on, click on the orange “Edit” button, then “Edit settings,” in order to edit your wiki.
When in the wiki, you can edit the content of the wiki by clicking on the “Edit” tab.
Also in this view, you can edit the settings of this wiki by clicking on the blue gear icon, which can be found to the top right-hand side of the screen. Select Edit settings from the drop-down menu that appears.
From here you can edit most settings of the wiki. You cannot edit the names of pages once you create them; editing the names will create new pages with those names instead of renaming already existing pages.
The wikis in CCLE use an HTML editor. This enables you to edit the wiki easily without having to know wiki markup language. However, some things that you will need to do in the wiki, such as creating a new sub-page, do require some very basic knowledge of wiki markup:
2. Creating a subpage: Wikis are composed of subpages, so users will likely have to create many of them.
To create a new wiki page, click on the Edit tab of the wiki.
Give a name to the new page, surrounded by two brackets. For example, if you wanted a page named “Day Two” you would type [[Day Two]] into the editor.
When you hit Save, a link will have been created with the title you put between brackets. Clicking on that link will take you to a new blank wiki page.
3. Wikis can be hidden or deleted. When in the section of your course site where your wiki is located click, the orange Turn editing on button in the top-right corner of the screen, then the “Edit” button to the right of the link to your wiki. From the drop-down menu that appears, you can click “Hide”/”Show” or “Delete” as required.
In principle, you should be able to use the same markup language as you use in the MediaWiki to format your text, but many of the commands do not work unless NWiki is selected as the format. It is generally easier just to use the HTML editor provided.
If you know HTML, you can click on the “</>” HTML button when in the “Edit” tab and make changes to the HTML directly.