How do I use Blackboard Wikis?
Blackboard makes wikis available to its users. A wiki is a collection of pages that can be created, edited, updated, and organized at the will of the contributors. A wiki is a great way to quickly paste together important course material and information so that it can be available for all, or some (as the Instructor wishes) course users. Your instructor may choose to create a class wiki or have you participate in a group or individual wiki.
· New pages may be created by clicking the Create Wiki Page.
· To edit a page, click on Edit Wiki Content at the top right of the wiki page. Your Instructor will be able to track changes to pages, so if you have to edit a page for an assignment, your name will show up in the history information for that page.
· To move among pages, use the page index at right. Click on the page you want to view or edit.
· If the instructors allow it, you can add comments to wiki pages (your own or other people’s) by clicking on the Comment button at the bottom right of the wiki page. Comments are saved, and to open the comments, click the Comments: (#) button at the bottom left of each wiki page.
· Type your entry and use the buttons much as you would in a word processor. The third row of buttons will help you place and embed media in the wiki page. The button in the second row that looks like a globe is the Hyperlink button for inserting URLs. Note: If you do not see the text editor buttons, change the option for Text Editor to "ON".
· When placing photos in the wiki, if you do not choose a size option, you can resize the photo when editing the wiki by clicking and dragging from the corner of the photo. You can also set the width and height (see below).
· When placing video in a wiki page, it will be too small unless you enter the pixel size you desire. A good size is 420x300. To add the video: Click on Add MPEG/AVI Content for *.mpeg, *.avi, or *.mov files (this is third button in Row 3). For *.swf files, choose Add Flash/Shockwave Content (sixth button in Row 3). Next, choose your video, and for Set Width enter 420 and for Set Height enter 300. (This also works for photos.) Click on Submit. Click the play button to ensure that your video works properly. If it does not work you may need to update your browser plugins. Click Submit again in the next window that appears. You will need to save the entry to see it (the portion with the video will look blank until you do). Please note that *.wmv files cannot be embedded, but they can be added using Attach File (First button in Row 3) so the student can download and then view the video.