Teaching with the Wiki

NOTE: You may prefer the NEW OU Wiki. Please check it the online tutorials.

"A wiki is a collection of collaboratively authored web documents. Basically, a wiki page is a web page everyone in your class can create together, right in the browser, without needing to know HTML. A wiki starts with one front page. Each author can add other pages to the wiki by simply creating a link to a page that doesn't exist yet." In PolyLearn, wikis can be a powerful tool for collaborative work. The entire class can edit a document together, creating a class product, or each student can have their own wiki and work on it with you and their classmates. (moodle.org)

The PolyLearn (Moodle 2.0 ) Wiki tool is different than the Blackboard - Learning Objects Wiki tool. To have a successful experience for you and your students, please read this page first and follow the guidelines provided.

How to Teach with a Wiki


Individual Wiki / Blog

An individual wiki can be created to allow the students to have a personal developmental space that can be viewed only by the instructor for the purpose of providing feedback.

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Wiki not in the grades

Currently, the Wiki activity does not show up in the grades. If a grade entry is necessary, you can manually create a grade entry for the Wiki activity.

Create an Individual Wiki (Private)

Function: The student cannot view, edit or comment on other student wiki pages. Once the wiki is created, click on the wiki activity link and create a wiki page. Then the instructor can view student pages to edit comment via a pull-down list.

Please view the full instructions for creating a wiki and use these settings below:

  1. In the Wiki settings > Wiki mode choose Individual wiki
  2. In the Common module settings > Group mode...
  • No Groups: Each student is given their own wiki page. Instructor can view and provide comments/feedback.

In PolyLearn, we recommend that you create an individual wiki for a personal student course blog. This can be a journal space that can be modified by the student regularly and reviewed only by the instructor. When you create a wiki for a blog, you can name the wiki something like "ENGL 200 Course Blog." Then you can also ask the student to post each entry with a date so that it will be easy for you, the instructor, to view each entry.

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Grading a wiki

It can be helpful to open the PolyLearn gradebook in one browser window (or tab) and open the wiki in another browser window (or tab). This will allow the instructor to view the wiki in one window and add the grade in the other window and save time. From the Cal Poly portal, right-click to open the PolyLearn course in a new window so that you have two windows to work from.

Create a Blog (Private)

Function: The student can not view, edit or comment on other student wiki pages. The instructor can view student pages to edit comment via a pull-down list.

Please view the full instructions for creating a wiki and use these settings below:

  1. In the Wiki mode choose Individual wiki
  2. In the Common module settings > Group mode...
  • No Groups: Each student is given their own wiki page. The instructor can view and provide comments/feedback.

 

 


This individual wiki space could be created to allow other classmates to view, edit and comment on developing projects.

Create an Individual Wiki (Peer view, edit and comment)

Function: A Single wiki area is created for ALL the students. Each student can create their own pages within the wiki area. The student can view, edit or comment on other student wiki pages via the wiki tabs (Map & Comment). The instructor can view student pages (Map tab) and edit / comment (Edit / Comment tab).
Note: Students should NAME their new pages their own name to make it easy for their peers and instructor to find their page within the Map tab.

Please view the full instructions for creating a wiki and use these settings below:

  1. In the Wiki settings > Wiki mode choose Collaborative wiki
  2. In the Common module settings > Group mode...
  • No Groups: Each student is given their own wiki page. Instructor can view and provide comments/feedback.

Create an Individual Wiki (Peer view and comment)

Function: The student cannot edit other pages. The student can view and comment on other student wiki pages via the wiki tabs (Map & Comment). The instructor can view student pages (pull-down list) and edit / comment (Edit / Comment tab).

Please view the full instructions for creating a wiki and use these settings below:

  1. In the Wiki settings > Wiki mode choose Individual wiki
  2. In the Common module settings > Group mode...
  • Visible Groups: Individual wiki pages can be viewed by their classmates and comments can be added by students. Other classmates would not be able to edit the pages. The instructor can view and provide comments/feedback.


Collaborative Wiki

A collaborative wiki provides a wiki area for a group of students. This wiki would allow the students to work in a group on multiple pages in the wiki area and allows the instructor to provide feedback. This space could be hidden from the classmates or can be viewed for their comments as well.
Note:
Only one student can edit a page at one time. A collaborative wiki space can have more than one page, if needed.

PolyLearn Created Groups

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Warnings about groups...

WARNING: Wait to create groups until the Add / Drop period is over... then DELETE those students from your course.

Once a student has been added into a group and they have participated in a group wiki, you cannot change their group association. Changing which group the student is in WILL break the wiki page and it will no longer be viewable to you or the student.

Please view the full instructions for creating groups and use these settings below:

The use of groups within a PolyLearn course is controlled by a setting within the course's settings. This setting is turned off by default and therefore, must be turned on in the course in order for the instructor to use groups.

Create a Collaborative Wiki

Please view the full instructions for creating a wiki and use these settings below.

  1. In the Wiki settings > Wiki mode choose Collaborative wiki
  2. In the Common module settings > Group mode...
  • Separate Groups: Each group is given their own wiki page and cannot see other groups. The instructor can view and provide comments/feedback.
  • Visible Groups: Individual wiki pages can be viewed by their classmates and comments can be added. Other classmates would not be able to edit the pages. The instructor can view and provide comments/feedback.


Viewing Students' Wiki Pages

You should be able to view the student's wiki via the Choose / Group / Visibible Gropus: pull-down list. If you have difficulties viewing the content in the student wiki, try (in this order) ...

  1. Clicking on the Files tab
  2. Cicking on the Team / Group name in the pull-down list
  3. Click on the wiki link in the breadcrumbs on the top of the page
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How to Provide Your Students with Wiki Support

To improve the success of the wiki, it is important that your students know how to use the tool. You can provide helpful information, instructions, and a link to the Student Wiki support site (http://polylearnsupport.calpoly.edu/Students/StudentWiki.html) within the course content area.

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By adding a "Label" before the wiki link, you can provide support information and a link to the Student Wiki page.

A detailed project requirements and rubric document (Project One - Group Wiki: Rubric.pdf ) can be uploaded as a "File" before the link you provide to the wiki tool.

Student Quick Guides for using the wiki are also provided. Please download and add to your PolyLearn course or point your students to these guides.