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Creating/Building a Blackboard Wiki

This article will explain how to create/contribute to a collaborative Wiki on Blackboard.

A wiki is a collaborative tool that allows you to contribute and modify one or more pages of course-related materials. A wiki provides an area where users can collaborate on content. Users within a course can create and edit wiki pages that pertain to the course or a course group. Instructors and students can offer comments, and your instructor can grade individual work.

Where to find Wikis

You can find wikis on the course menu of your Blackboard course, or on the Tools page. On the wikis listing page, select the name of the wiki topic you want to read from the alphabetical list.

Create a Wiki page

Only your tutor can create a wiki, but after creation, you can create pages.

  1. On the wiki topic page, select Create Wiki Page.
  2. Type a name and the information in the Content textbox. You can use the content editor functions to format the text and include files, images, web links, multimedia, and mashups.

  1. Select Submit.

Pages are listed alphabetically by title. If this results in your pages not being listed as you wish, a workaround is to rename your titles with a.,b.,c., etc,.(with ‘a’ being for the page you wish to appear first and so on). When you refresh the page, the pages should be reordered.

Edit Wiki Content

Any course member can edit a course wiki page and any group member can edit a group wiki page. All course members, including your tutor, edit in the same way.

When a user is editing a wiki page, it is locked for a duration of 120 seconds to prevent others from editing the same page. If you try to edit a page someone else is editing, you are informed that another user is currently editing the page.

  1. On the wiki topic page, select the wiki page to edit.
  2. Select Edit Wiki Content.

  1. On the Edit Wiki Page, make the necessary changes.
  2. Select Submit to save your work.

If a wiki has many pages, you can link to another page to help organize information for easy access. You can only create links to other wiki pages when at least two pages exist. In the content editor of the page you are working on, you will see the link icon in the third row of functions.

  1. On the wiki topic page, select the wiki page where you want to place the link.
  2. Select Edit Wiki Content.
  3. On the Edit Wiki Page, position your cursor where you want to add the link.
  4. Select the Link to Wiki page icon in the content editor, which looks like several sheets of paper. If only one page exists in the wiki, this function is disabled.

  1. In the Insert Wiki Page Link pop-up window, select the wiki page to link to from the list.

  1. Optionally, type a name for the link in the Rename Wiki Page Link text box. If you do not rename the link, the original page title is used as the link.
  2. Select Submit. The link appears in the content editor.
  3. On Edit Wiki Page, select Submit. The link appears in the wiki page.

The following video explains how to:

  • Create a Wiki page
  • Edit a Wiki page
  • Link Wiki pages together
  • View the Wiki history

Assessed Wikis: Rubrics

If your tutor associated a rubric with the wiki and made it available, you can access it on the My Contribution page. Select View Rubric in the Grade section to display the grading criteria.

If no associated rubric exists or your instructor made none available, you will not see the View Rubric function.

Comment on a Wiki entry

On the wiki topic page, select the wiki page you want to comment on. Select Comment to add your thoughts, and select Add when you’re finished. You can view all comments by expanding the Comments.

View your contributions

You can view a list of all the pages and versions you contributed or modified. On the wiki topic page, select My Contribution. On this page, you can view information about your contribution to the wiki in the content frame and the side panel.

My Contributions page

  1. Display Pages: use the Display Pages list to narrow what appears on the My Contribution page.
  2. Wiki Instructions: expand the section to view the instructions and any goals your instructor may have aligned with the wiki.
  3. Page Version: in the Page Version column, page titles appear with their corresponding version numbers. Select a title to view the page without annotated changes. The page opens in a new window. By default, the most recent page version is listed first.
  4. User’s Modification: in the User’s Modifications column, select a link to compare a page to its previous version. The page opens in a new window. Select the Legend tab to view the comparison with a legend or explanation of the formatting used to communicate version differences.
  5. Wiki Details: in the sidebar, expand to view the information, including how many pages you contributed and edited, and how many comments you added to the wiki.
  6. Grade: this section appears if your instructor enabled grading for the wiki. You can see if your wiki pages have been graded.
  7. Participation Summary: in the Participation Summary section, you can view Words Modified — which tallies any word added, deleted, or edited in all pages and each page’s versions. Word Modified is available as a number count and percentage. Total Page Saves includes any time Submit is selected on any Edit Wiki Page in the wiki, regardless of content being changed. Total Page Saves is available as a number count and percentage.

View wiki grades and feedback

After your tutor grades wiki contributions (which only happens for graded wikis), you can view your grade in two places. The grading information appears on the My Contribution page and in My Grades. To learn more, see My Grades.

On the wiki topic page, select My Contribution. On the My Contribution page, you can view your grade in the Grade section. You can also view your instructor’s feedback and the date the grade was assigned.

Updated on 06/19/2019

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