Seamless Integration of Wikis into the Learning Environment: Part 3 of 12
Creating a Wiki in Blackboard
Decide where you want to place the new wiki. The content area "Course Materials" is a good location – we'll use that for this tutorial.
In the left-hand navigation bar, click on Control Panel.
On the Control Panel page, in the Content Areas section, click on Course Materials.
On the Course Materials page, locate the pull-down menu on the right of the gray editing bar on top of the page. Click here and select Wiki. Then click Go.
On the Create Wiki page, give a name to the wiki and provide a short description.
In the "Select Members" section, create the group who will have editing access to the new wiki. Select a student name(s) by clicking on their name or if you want to select multiple names at once hold the [Ctrl] key down while clicking on names.
Then click the right arrow to add the student to the group. You can also select "All Students" to give editing access to the entire class. Instructors and TAs automatically have access to all wikis, so there is no need to add yourself to the list of members.
The "Options" section allows you to configure access to the wiki further. Here is what these options do:
Do you want to make the content visible? – unless you set this to "Yes", the wiki will be hidden to everyone
Do you want to allow students to purge wiki pages? – We recommend setting this to "No". Purging is a permanent deletion with no possibility of retrieval.
Who do you want to allow to comment on wiki pages? – Choosing a commenting option allows others to comment on each wiki page without altering the actual page. We recommend enabling this for the entire class.
Choose the dates and times for which group members will be allowed to edit the wiki – use this option if you want to enforce due dates on work done in the wiki. You do not have to set these dates.
Choose the dates and times for which non-group members will be allowed to view the wiki – use this option if you want to restrict the dates by which non-members can views their classmates' wikis. This allows you, for example, to create wiki sites for small group projects, and make the sites viewable to the entire class only after the student projects are completed.
If you what to provide students with credit for participating in the Wiki set the following items under the "Create Grade Book Entry" section.
Create Grade Book entry for this wiki – click the check box if you would like to create a grade book item for the wiki.
Entry Name: – Enter the name that you would like to appear in the grade book in the form field.
Category: – Click on the drop-down arrow to the right of the category list, then select the assignment type from the drop-down list.
Point Possible: – Enter the possible points that can be earned for this assignment in the form field.
Make grade visible to students? – The system default for this field is "Yes", if you don't want the grade for this item to be visible to the students click on the "No" radio button.
Click on the [OK] button located at the bottom of the page when all the wiki parameters are set.
Class participants access wiki sites by clicking on the content area where you have placed them in the left-hand navigation bar. If a student clicks on a wiki to which they do not have viewing access, s/he will see an authorization denied message.
Next week – Accessing the Wiki and Creating New Pages
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