How do I use Blackboard Wikis?
***Updated for Fall 2011***
Blackboard makes wikis available to its users. The information below is provided for instructors who use Wikis. A companion piece for students is available here.
Making a New Wiki
1.) Enter your course.
2.) Confirm that Edit Mode is ON. (If it is Off, click the word Off once to turn it On.)
3.) Click on the area of the course where you wish to place the Wiki, such as Assignments (or perhaps a new area that you create called Wiki).
4.) Hover over the Add Interactive Tool menu. Choose Wiki from the drop-down menu.
5.) In the new page, you can choose to create a link to all Wikis, or Link to one Wiki. For these instructions, select the"Link to a Wiki" radio button.
6.) Click the Create New Wiki button (another option is to select a pre-existing Wiki).
7.) In the new page, enter a name for the wiki and in the larger text field type your instructions for student use of the wiki.
8.) Set the Availability of the Wiki.
9.) In Step 3, choose Open to Editing if you want students to be able to edit the wiki. Closed to Editing makes the wiki visible but inaccessible for editing.
10.) In Step 4, click to choose whether to assign a grade to the wiki (which will generate a Gradebook item).
11.) Click Submit. You will now return to the original page. Notice that the new wiki is now listed on this page.
12.) Click the Next button at the top or bottom right.
13.) In the Link Name line, type the name you want to give to the link to the wiki. It could be the same name as the wiki itself. In the larger text box, you may add descriptive text about the wiki you are linking to.
14.) Click Submit. The wiki and its link has now been created.
15.) Enter the Wiki by clicking its name. Click on Create Wiki Page to begin creating pages. Often, the page that contains introductory materials is titled Home. New pages may be created by clicking the Create Wiki Page at any time.
16.) To edit a page, click on Edit Wiki Content at the top right of the wiki page.
17.) To move among pages, use the page index at right. Click on the page you want to view or edit.
18.) Type your entry and use the buttons much as you would in a word processor. (The button in the second row that looks like a globe is the Hyperlink button for inserting URLs.)
TIP: To view the History of a wiki page, look at the index of pages at the right. Click on the down arrow to the right of each page name, and choose History.
***Click here for hints about adding Media to Blogs/Journals and Wikis***
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