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How to Create a Wiki

  1. Access the course.
  2. Ensure Edit Mode is ON.
  3. In the Control Panel, expand the Course Tools section.
  4. Select Wikis.
  5. On the Wikis listing page, click Create Wiki on the Action Bar.
  6. On the Create Wiki page, type a Name.
  7. Type optional Instructions. Format the text and add images, links, multimedia, Mashups, and attachments using the functions in the Text Editor, if needed. Attachments added using the Text Editor can be launched in a new window and have alternate text added to describe the attachment.
  8. Select the Yes option to make the wiki available to users.
  9. Use the Display After and Display Until date and time fields to limit availability of the wiki. Select the Display After and Display Until check boxes in order to enable the date and time selections. Display restrictions do not affect the content in the wiki, only the appearance of the wiki.
  10. Select the Student Access option. Student Access can be changed at any time.
    1. Closed to Editing: Select this option when the instructor will be the only one contributing pages or to disallow further page editing by users, such as when the wiki pages are set to be graded. Wikis can still be viewed when Closed to Editing is selected.
    2. Open to Editing: Allows users to modify any wiki page. In a group wiki, a user must be a member of the group to edit a wiki page.
  11. Select "No grading" or the "Grade" option and type the number of Points possible. Points possible will apply to one or more pages added and all edits by the user. Once a wiki is set to be graded, a column is created for it in the Grade Center. It is permanently gradable and cannot be set to No grading.
  12. Optionally, select the box and the number of Page Saves required to show participants in Needs Grading status. Applying this setting will show the Needs Grading icon in the Grade Center and place the entries in the queue on the Needs Grading page after the specified number of Page Saves have been made.
  13. Optionally, associate a rubric by pointing to Add Rubric. Rubrics contains more information about associating, managing, and grading with rubrics.
  14. Click Submit.

The wiki topics appear in alphabetical order on the Wikis listing page. Columns can be sorted by clicking the column title or caret.


How to Create a Wiki Page

Each newly created course or group wiki requires a first page, which is the home page. The instructor or any course or group member can create the home page. The home page cannot be deleted, but if the wiki is open to editing, it can be edited by any course or group member. The home page and all subsequent pages are created following the same steps.



You can delete an entire wiki or pages within a wiki, but you cannot delete the wiki home page by itself. Students do not have the ability to delete wiki pages.


How to Edit Wiki Content

Any course member can edit a course wiki page and any group member can edit a group wiki page, unless the instructor has disabled this function. An instructor might disable editing when it is time to grade the wiki pages; however, the instructor will still be able to edit student pages. All course members, including instructors, edit the same way.



Select History from a page’s contextual menu to see how the page has been modified, view any version, and compare two versions side by side. The Page History page allows instructors to retrieve information about the development of any page and see who contributed content. The most recent version of the page appears first. Instructors can delete one or more wiki page versions from the Page History page, but students cannot. Pages may be deleted because of offensive, inaccurate, or flawed content. When a version is deleted, all participation history for that version is deleted. If the latest version is deleted, then the version next in line becomes the most current version and is the page viewed in the wiki.


How to Add Comments to Wiki Page

Any course member can add a comment to a course wiki page rather than add to or edit a page. Comments provide a way for instructors and students to offer feedback and suggestions. Comments can be viewed by all course members. By default, group wikis can be read by all course members, but a user must be a member of the group to make a comment on a group wiki page. An instructor can change the default setting to allow only group members to view a group wiki.

  1. Access the wiki.
  2. On the wiki topic page, select the page to view in the side panel. The wiki page opens in the content frame.
  3. Click Comment following the user’s contribution. The Comment text box appears.
  4. Type a comment in the Comment text box.
  5. Click Spell Check at the bottom of the Comment text box to check the spelling of the content before continuing.
  6. Click Add. Click the Comments link below the contribution to view the comment.


How to View the Participation Summary

On the Participation Summary page, you can view a list of all student participation for the current wiki being viewed. The information provided can help Instructors understand how students contributed to the overall wiki content. This information can be especially useful when determining individual grades for gradable wikis.


  • Page Versions: The Page Version column displays all pages created and edited by the user. This allows the Instructor to see precisely how and what content the user contributed and edited. If many pages appear, narrow what is shown using the Display Pages drop-down list on the Action Bar. A new version is created each time a page is edited. When versions are compared, the difference between any version and its previous version are shown on the Page Comparison page. Click the Legend tab to understand the differences in how one version was changed in comparison to the other version. The Legend tab provides an explanation of the formatting used to communicate version differences.
  • Words Modified: Tally of any words added, deleted, or edited in all pages and each page’s version of the wiki.
  • Page Saves: Tally of any time Submit is clicked on the Edit Wiki Page in the wiki, regardless of whether or not content has been changed.


How to Grade a Course Wiki

After a wiki is set to be graded, a column is automatically created in the Grade Center. Then, individual student contributions can be accessed from the wiki’s Participation Summary page. A user’s name can be selected and all the pages the student authored and edited can be viewed to determine the grade. The Participation Summary page allows the Instructor to start at a high level summary and drill down to the changes that an individual student made. The grade applies to the wiki, not an individual wiki page.



If a rubric will be used to grade wiki contributions, it must be created and added to the wiki in advance.


Sources and Relevant Links