Wikis are websites that allow you to create and edit pages in your web browser. These are simple wikis which allow your students to collaborate and build multifaceted websites within your module/organisation area.
Students can cooperatively write, critique and publish their work online, create shared knowledge bases for their module/organisation, upload multimedia, link to external websites, all without touching a website authoring program.
In Blackboard, you can turn a wiki into a challenging group work activity and use built in tools to assess student participation.
You can create two different types of Wiki:
Help your students by linking to the student guide on Wikis.
These are the instructions for creating a module Wiki. See the Groups section for a group Wiki.
In the Control Panel, click on Module Tools and then Wikis.
If you have already created Wikis for this module, they will appear here. Click on Create Wiki to create a new one.
Now you need to add a link to the Wiki so that your students can access it. There are two ways to add a Wiki link:
Here you will be presented with two options:
a) Link to the Wikis Page - Add a link to the main Wiki listings page, any Wikis that have been added will be listed here.
Wikis can also be created from this page.
b) Link to a Wiki - Link to a single Wiki.
Students can now access the Wiki.
If students tell you they cannot access a wiki, remember both the link to the wiki needs to be available to students and the wiki itself. You can double check the wiki's settings by following the instructions in the edit section.
If you use the Groups tool in your module, you can also create a Wiki when setting up/editing the Groups. This method should be used if you only want certain students on your module to post to a Wiki.
Note that the interface doesn't allow you to check the settings when creating the Group. After you've created the Groups, go to the Control Panel, Module Tools, Wikis. Select the drop down menu and then Edit Properties next to the relevant Wiki and change any settings as relevant.
Only members of a group can post to a group Wiki although other people on the module can view it unless this option is removed (from the Wiki's Settings).
Students can access the wiki via their Group's Home page. If you want students to see wikis for Groups they are not members of, make sure you add a link to the Wikis page.
1 Create Wiki Page
Create a new page in the Wiki.
2 Participation Summary
View who has contributed to each page by Words Modified and Page Saves.
Students will see a similar page limited to their contribution named My Contribution.
If you have enabled grading you will see Participation and Grading instead of Participation Summary. See the grading section for further information.
Any instructions added will be displayed here.
4 Edit Wiki Content
Click this button to edit the current page.
Make a comment on the page and view any comments that have already been made.
6 Wiki Details
Basic statistics on the page.
7 Page listings
All pages in the Wiki are listed here, they can be modified using the action link to the right of their name.
If you need to change settings after creation, go to the Control Panel, Module Tools and then Wikis.
Select the drop down menu next to the relevant Wiki and select Edit Properties.
Change settings as required and click Submit.
Note that you can delete Wikis from this page but remember this is the complete deletion of the Wiki including all of the students' entries. If you delete this content we won't be able to retrieve it. If you want to stop access to a Wiki, don't delete it, instead change the Wiki Date and Time Restrictions by editing the Wiki.
You can view and grade a Wiki member's contribution. From a Wiki page select the Participation Summary button, here you will see each member's contributions to the Wiki by Words Modified and Page Saves.
Select the student name to see their contribution and any comparison of page versions.
When you create a Wiki, you have the option to enable Grading. You enter points and a column is automatically created for the item in the Grade Centre. You also need to consider when you want to be prompted to grade the item.
You can grade the Wiki from the Wiki interface, enabling you to see the student's entries as you add any marks and feedback. Select Participation and Grading button when in a Wiki page. To view student contributions select the arrow beneath All in the Participation and Grading interface and click on the student you want to grade:
This will show you all the contributors. If students have contributed you'll see a Needs Grading Flag:
Alternatively you can click the left and right arrows to navigate through the contributors:
Click on the student's name and enter any marks/feedback:
Remember to click Submit when you are finished.