Blackboard: Creating a Wiki

About Wikis in Blackboard:

  • Wikis allow course members to contribute and modify one or more pages of course-related materials and provide a means of sharing and collaboration.
  • Course members can create and edit pages quickly, and track changes and additions, which allows for effective collaboration between multiple writers.
  • You can create one or more wikis for all course members to contribute to and wikis for specific groups to use to collaborate.

Below are some of the common tasks you will need to complete in relation to Wikis.

Creating a Wiki

Creating a Wiki

  1. On the Blackboard course left hand menu go to Control Panel, expand the Course Tools section and select Wikis.




  2. On the Wikis page, click Create Wiki.




  3. On the Create Wiki page, enter a name, optional instructions and make the wiki available.




  4. Select the Display After and Display Until checkboxes to enable the date and time selections. Display restrictions do not affect the wiki availability, only when it appears.




  5. Choose the Student Access option. You can change the student access at any time.
  • Closed to Editing: Select this option when you are the only one contributing pages or to disallow further page editing by users when you are ready to start grading the wikis contributions. All course members are allowed to view wikis that are closed to editing.
  • 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.

Blackboard Wiki Settings screen, with grading, due date and rubric options

  1. In the Wiki Settings section, make a marking selection. If you select Mark: Points possible, type a point value to make the wiki a graded item. After you enable grading, a column is created automatically in the Grade Centre. It is permanently gradable, and you cannot change it to 'No marking'.




  2. Optionally, select the checkbox and the number of page saves required to show participants in needs marking status. Applying this setting will show the needs marking icon — the exclamation mark — in the Grade Centre and place the entries in the queue on the Needs Marking page after the specified number of page saves have been made.




  3. If you choose three page saves from the drop-down list and a user submits two, the in progress icon appears in the Grade Centre cell and within the tool until the specified number is met.




  4. Optionally, associate a rubric by clicking Add Rubric. To learn more, please see the Rubrics guidance.




  5. Click Submit.
Making a Wiki visible

How to add a Wikis link to the course

Option 1: Making the Wiki visible by linking from a specific content page

  1. Open the content area you want the wiki to be linked from (or create a new one for this purpose).




  2. Click the Tools menu and select Wikis.




  3. Choose a specific wiki page to link to or click Create New Wiki and follow the Creating a Wiki steps.




  4. Click Next.




  5. Enter any date/time restrictions you wish to apply or leave blank.




  6. Click Submit.

Option 2: Making the Wiki visible by linking from left hand course menu

You can add a link to the course menu for one-click access to the Wikis tool. You can customize the name of the link.

  1. Click the Add Menu Item button (+ icon) on the course left hand menu. 




  2. Click Tool Link.




  3. Enter a Name for the link.




  4. From the Type dropdown list, select Wikis.




  5. Select the Available to Users checkbox.




  6. Click Submit.




  7. Your Wiki link will now be available for students.
Creating a Wiki entry

Creating a Wiki entry

  1. Open the Wiki link created by following the How to add a Wikis link to the course instructions.




  2. Select a wiki page you have already created to add an entry to. 




  3. Enter a name for your wiki entry. 




  4. Type your wiki text in the 'content' field - your entry can contain text and other media. You can also attach files saved on your PC via the 'Browse My Computer' button or elsewhere in Blackboard using the 'Browse Content Collection' button.




  5. When the wiki entry is ready click Submit.




  6. The entry will now appear on the wiki page. 
Commenting on a Wiki page

Commenting on a Wiki page

Course members can comment on wiki pages. Comments provide a way for you and your students to offer feedback and suggestions. Comments are visible to all course members. The total number of wiki comments are counted in the Wiki Details section in the sidebar.

No one can edit comments after they're posted. Course members can delete the comments they wrote.

All course members can read group wikis by default but you must be a member of the group to make a comment. You can change the default setting to allow only group members to view a group wiki.

  1. Access a wiki topic and select the page to view in the sidebar. The wiki page opens in the content frame.




  2. Select Comment below a contribution and type a comment. You can use the spell check function at the bottom of the box as needed.




  3. Select Add.




  4. To view all comments, click the numbered Comments link.