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Blackboard 9.1 Online Guide: Wiki Tool
Online Learning Modules


In this module, you will l learn how to engage students and promote reflective and collaborative learning with wiki.


create a wiki
edit wiki settings
post a wiki entry
grade a wiki
incorporate Best Practices

Learning Activities

What is Wiki?

The word "wiki" means quick or fast in Hawaiian. A wiki is a website that allows collective work of many authors to write, edit, delete or modify content that has been placed on the Web site using a browser interface (Watch the video wiki in Plain English to have a further understanding of Wiki).

How is a wiki different from a blog?

A wiki allows a visitor to make changes to the page. This is what makes wikis different from blogs, which permit readers to give feedback or comment but prevent them from editing anything post previously by others.

Wiki tool in BB9.1

InBB9.1, Wikis allows students to contribute and modify one or more pages of course related materials.The Instructor can create Course Wikis for all course members to contribute or create Group Wikis members in the Groups to collaborate. The Instructor can view all changes to all pages in the Wiki and retrieve information about the development and contributions for any individual.

Instructor can assign a Wiki to be grade or not. Once a Wiki is set to be graded, a grade column is automatically created in the Grade Center.

Creating a Wiki ( Watch the video: Creating a Wiki)

Step 1: Log in the Course and turn on Edit Mode.
Step 2: Under Control Panel, click the arrow in front of Course Tools to expend the list.
Step 3: Select Wiki to open the Blogs listing page
Step 4: Click Create Wiki on the Action Bar, the Create Wiki page opens.
Step 5: Type a Wiki Name.
Step 6: Type Instructions for the Wiki.
Step 7: Select Yes to make the Wiki available to users.
Step 8: Setup the available dates as needed.
Step 9: Select the Student Access option.
if Closed to Editing is selected, it will disallow further page editing by users. Wikis can still be viewed when Closed.
If Open to Editing is selected, users will be able to modify any Wiki page.
Step 10: Select No grading or the Grade option and type the number of Points possible.Note: Once a Wiki is set to be graded, it cannot be changed to No grading.
Step 11: Click Submit.

Creating a Wiki Page

Step 1: Access to the Wikis listing page, click a Wiki title to open Wiki’s topic page.
Step 2: Click Create Wiki Page on the Action Bar, the Create Wiki Page opens.
Step 3: type a Name for the Wiki page.
Step 4: Type text in the Content text box. Format the text and add images, links, multimedia, Mashups, and attachments as needed.
Click Submit.

Note: the first page of a Wiki, either created by the Instructor or any Course or Group members is considered as the home page and cannot be deleted.

Grading a Wiki (Watch it: Grading a Wiki)

Step 1: Access the Wiki to be graded. Click a Wiki title to open Wiki’s topic page.
Step 2: Click Participation and Grading on the action bar on top right, the Participation Summary page opens.
Step 3: Select a user’s name listed under View Contributions By. Participant's Contribution Page opens. (Users with contributions ready for grading appear with the exclamation mark.)
Step 4: In the Page Version column, click a page’s title to review it.
Step 5: In the Grade section in the side panel, click Edit Grade. The grading field appears in the side panel.
Step 6: Type a numeric grade in the Current Grade Value text box. Note: If a Rubric has been created for this graded Wiki, click View Rubric.
Optionally, type Feedback for the user and Grading Notes, which appear to the Instructor and Grader only. Optionally, use the Spell Check function in the bottom of each text box.
Click Save Grade

Note: If a Rubric will be used to grade Wiki contributions, it must be created and added to the appropriate Grade Center column in advance.



It's Your Turn!

List some wiki ideas for your course. Create a wiki space for your students and post guidance and rubrics for the wiki project

Best Practices in Higher Education

Best Practices:

1.create meaningful and authentic wiki projects:

some wiki ideas:

  • Application of concepts to real-world scenarios
  • Business and technology analyses
  • Frequently Asked Questions
  • Glossary
  • Icebreaker exercise
  • Knowledge management system experience
  • Literature review
  • Living encyclopedia about university or university community
  • Peer review of writing exercise

2.Provide clear guidance and expectations
3. Provide rubrics for evaluation





7 things you should know about wiki






Wiki is a powerful tool for collaborative projects. Planning a meaningful wiki activity and provide detailed guidance and expectations to your students is very important.

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Last Updated: 6/26/15