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Create and use a wiki

A wiki can be described as a collection of collaboratively authored web documents that is used for creating content as a group. There is usually no central editor of a Wiki - all participants edit and develop the content which may change through multiple iterations until a consensus view is reached. In Moodle you would normally use a wiki for student-created content.

As noted, wikis can be a powerful tool for collaborative work where an entire cohort can edit together or in groups. However, it is also possible for each student to have their own Wiki, visible only to them and the course editors.

In this guide:

Add a wiki activity

  1. Go to the Moodle space and click Turn editing on.
  2. Click Add an activity or resource.
  3. Select Wiki from the list.
  4. Give the Wiki a Name.
  5. Give the Wiki a Description (optional). This will be the first page of the wiki.
  6. Click the Wiki settings header to expand the section.
  7. Review the Sub-wikis drop-down menu to select whether all participants should work collaboratively on one Wiki, or whether each participant or group will work on their own Wiki. The default is set to Single Wiki for course. Click the question mark icon for more on each option.
    • If selecting One Wiki per group, enable Group mode under the Common module settings and make groups available.
  8. You may also review other noteworthy settings outlined below:
    • Annotation system: Editors can add annotations to students' Wiki entries.
    • Time allowed for edit: Sets a time limit on editing an entry. This prevents other participants being locked out of editing for long periods. A countdown timer will be displayed and the entry will be saved once time runs out.
    • Show word counts: Displays a word count beneath each wiki entry.
  9. Click Save and display at the bottom of the page.

    Use a template to create a wiki

    A template is a predefined set of wiki pages. To create a template, you must use an existing wiki. Go to the index page and click Save wiki as a template.

    Add the template under Wiki settings by clicking Choose a file and browsing to your stored Wiki template. Your template will be applied regardless of whether you have a single wiki for the course, or one per group or individual.

    Moodle wiki

    This video is for the standard Moodle Wiki, whereas the Wiki at Warwick is based on the OU wikiLink opens in a new window). Nevertheless, it still has some very useful information and concepts (03:27):

    The author of this plugin has made guides available via the Lancaster University website. The Warwick website also hosts copies of the Student guide and the Editor guide.
    The information on this page relates to Moodle v3.10 and was last updated September 2021.


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