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Seamless Integration of Wikis into the Learning Environment: Part 7 of 12

Recovering Wiki Content

wiki history linkWikis are inherently built on trust, since all participants can edit all content. That means that it is possible for anyone in the group to edit or even delete other group member's contributions. Theoretically, it is possible for a user to delete all pages within a wiki, inadvertently or not. Fortunately, recovering content is simple.

To restore a page to a previous version, go to that page, and click on history in the page section of the gray task bar on the right. This will bring up a list of all the saved versions of the page, identifiable by date and time, and by user name.

 

listing of links to previous versions

 

Click on the [View Diff] button next to any of the versions to view that version. The page will be displayed with all changed items will be highlighted in green.

To restore the page to the version you are currently viewing, click on the Revert link at the top of the page.

 

revert to older version link

 

toolbox page listingTo recover a deleted page, click on page list in the toolbox section that is located in the gray task bar on the lower right-hand-side of the page. This will bring up a listing of all pages in the current wiki, including deleted pages.

 

recover deleted page

 

Click on the name of the deleted page you wish to revive, which will give you a view of the deleted page. To restore the page, click on the edit link in the gray bar on the right-hand-side of the screen. The edit page will be displayed. Click on the [Save] button to restore the page.

Next week – Planning for the Integration of Wikis

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This entry was posted on April 14, 2008 by in Blackboard 8, Instructional Technology.

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