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The wikis tool is used for site users and/or group members to create their own collaborative repository for
unit information and knowledge. A site wiki is a vast source of information compiled by site users. Wikis
are used by students to collaborate on shared content from different times and locations. They can view
previous changes, comment on content or changes, include new content, and revise existing content.
Wikis can be assessable or can be used simply for unit content review. A student can contribute multiple
pages to a single wiki and make unlimited revisions to pages submitted by any site user. You can also
enable the group wiki tool to help groups share and interact. You can easily gauge and assess the relative
contributions of each participant.
Creating wikis
Wikis are created using the wiki tool, which can be accessed by either selecting Tools in the site menu,
then selecting Wikis, or by selecting Site Tools in the Control Panel, then selecting Wikis. This will open the
Wikis page which displays all wikis in the Learning Site, their type (site or group), whether they are open
for student edit or comment, and their last date of modification. Buttons on the Wikis page allow you as a
lecturer to enable/disable student access and student comment access. Wikis can also be made unavailable
or deleted on this screen.
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To create the wiki, click on the Create Wiki button. This opens the Create Wiki page where the initial
configuration of the wiki is set. The configuration options available include:
Wiki Information: Where the name of the wiki and instructions for students are entered. Instructions
can include text, images, links, multimedia, mashups and/or attachments.
Wiki Date and Time Restrictions: You can set the availability of the wiki here, as well as the display
period if desired.
Wiki Participation: This is where the student access options (for editing or commenting) are initially
Wiki Settings: Whether the wiki is assessable and, if so, what its grading settings are.
After selecting the wiki settings appropriate to your intended use, select Submit and the new wiki will
appear on the Wikis page. You can edit the wiki›s settings after creation (or delete it) by selecting the
downwards arrow next to the wiki name and selecting Edit (or Delete). When you select a wiki for the first
time, you will be prompted to create content for its home page.
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Viewing wikis
When a wiki is selected, its page opens showing the name of the wiki, wiki instructions, the contents of
the home page and a list of links to other pages in the wiki. There are also buttons that enable you to
Edit Wiki Content or Comment. Pages can be added to the wiki using the Create Wiki Page button.
The Participation Summary button gives you information on the contributions made to the wiki by
each student (in terms of words modified and pages saved). Selecting a participant on the Participation
Summary page will show the Participant’s Contribution page for that person, providing a detailed
breakdown of the modifications made by that participant.
If the wiki is graded, the Participation button is replaced by a Participation and Grading button. The
Participant›s Contribution page in this case will also include a Grade section where you can apply a mark
for the particular student, as well as give feedback and store notes regarding the mark. This information is
stored automatically in the Grade Centre.
Further information
Wikis – from Blackboard Help.
How to Create and Manage Wikis: Blackboard video on YouTube: Watch Video
How to Create and Edit Wikis Pages: Blackboard video on YouTube: Watch Video
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