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 Control Panel, expand the Course Tools section and click Wikis.
  2. On the Wikis listing page, click Create Wiki on the action bar.
  3. On the Create Wiki page, type a name and optional instructions. Make the wiki available.
  4. Select the Display After and Display Until check boxes 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.

Showing the marking options for a wiki on a blackboard course

  1. In the Wiki Settings section, make a grading selection. If you select Grade: Points possible, type a grade to make the wiki a graded item. After you enable grading, a column is created automatically in the Grade Center. It is permanently gradable, and you cannot change it to No grading.
  2. Optionally, select the check box and the number of page saves required to show participants in needs grading status. Applying this setting will show the needs grading icon—the exclamation mark—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.
  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 Center cell and within the tool until the specified number is met.
  4. Optionally, associate a rubric by pointing to Add Rubric. To learn more, see Rubrics.
  5. Click Submit.
Making the wiki visible

How to Add a Wikis Link to the Course Menu

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

  1. Open the content page you want the wiki to be linked from (or create a new one for this purpose)
  2. Move the cursor over the 'Tool' button and select 'Wikis' from the list provided
  3. Choose to link to a specific wiki page or this one create a new one
  4. Click on 'Next'
  5. Enter any date/time restrictions you wish to apply or leave blank
  6. Click on 'Submit'

Option 2: Making the Wiki visible by linking from left side 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. Point to the plus sign above the course menu. The Add Menu Item drop-down list appears.
  2. Click Tool Link.
  3. Type a Name for the link.
  4. From the Type drop-down list, click Wikis.
  5. Select the Available to Users check box.
  6. Click Submit.
  7. Your Wiki link will now be available for students
Creating a Wiki entry

Creating a Wiki entry

Open the wiki using the link created above
Enter a wiki page name
Type your wiki text in the 'content' field - your entry can contain text and other media and you can attach files saved on your PC via the 'Browse My Computer' button or elsewhere in Blackboard using the 'Browse Content Collection' button
When the wiki page is ready click 'Submit'.
After clicking 'Submit' the blog title appears in the main panel of the screen

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, select the numbered Comments link.