The basics of using a wiki

Wikis are spaces within your module where you can work collaboratively with fellow students. You can create articles, and pages within articles in a wiki. The biggest example is wikipedia where anyone with an account can add or modify content.

The location of the wiki will vary from module to module so if in doubt check with your module leader. It will more than likely look something like this:

wiki

Click on View to access the wiki. If the wiki is new, you will need to create a page to get started. Clicking the New Page button in the middle of the screen will do this for you. Give your page a name and enter the contents in the large text box. Text can be modified to suit your needs – for example, you can make text bold or change the font and so on. You can add images and other media elements. Hovering your mouse over the text box icons will tell you what each button does.

When you have completed any action, remember to click Save.

Once your wiki has pages, you will see a navigational section at the top of the page which allows you to select the relevant page. Click on Pages to see a list of all the different pages in the wiki. You can also create new pages by clicking the New Page button.

Pages can be modified at any time by clicking the Edit button. Go to the relevant page first and then click Edit.

Page History

There is a History feature in the wiki which allows you to see the various stages of development of any particular page. You can use this feature to go back to a previous version of the page, or to compare different states of the page. This feature also shows you who has done what, and at what time they did it. To access the History of the page click the Clock icon (see below)

historyIcon

You can now see a list of all the different changes that have been made. Use the View button to look at previous versions. If desired, you can revert the page to a particular version – click on the version you wish to go back to and then click Restore. You can also compare versions. Click on one version to select it. Hold down the Shift key and then click on another version. You can now click Compare to see the two versions side by side.

Tags

Pages can have tags attributed to them. This can allow you to find content quickly by searching for specific tags. To tag a page, click the Edit button as shown below. tags

You can now enter your tags. Use a comma to separate your tags if a page has more than one tag. When you have finished entering your tags click the small disk icon to save them.