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A Wiki is a collection of collaboratively authored web documents. Basically, a Wiki page is a web page everyone in your class can create together, right in the browser, without needing to know HTML. A Wiki starts with one front page. Each author can add other pages to the Wiki by simply creating a link to a page that doesn’t exist yet.

Wiki's get their name from the Hawaiian term “Wiki Wiki,” which means “very fast.” A Wiki is indeed a fast method for creating content as a group. It’s a hugely popular format on the Web for creating documents as a group. There is usually no central editor of a Wiki, no single person who has final editorial control. Instead, the community edits and develops its own content. Consensus views emerge from the work of many people on a document.

In Moodle, Wiki's can be a powerful tool for collaborative work. The entire class can edit a document together, creating a class product, or each student can have their own Wiki and work on it with you and their classmates.

Adding a Wiki

  • With the editing turned on, in the section you wish to add your Wiki, click the “Add an activity or resource” link (or, if not present, the “Add an activity” drop down menu )and choose Wiki.
  • This will take you to the Wiki settings page titled “Adding a new Wiki”.
  • In an existing Wiki, the Wiki settings can be found in Settings > Wiki administration > Edit settings.


Wiki name

The name you give to your Wiki here will appear as the link on the course page for your students to click.

Wiki description

Explain the purpose of your Wiki here. (This description may or may not be compulsory depending on your admin’s settings.)

Display description on course page

If this box is checked, then the description you added above will appear with the Wiki link on the course page.

7iki mode

Choose between “Individual Wiki” where each student gets their own, or “Collaborative Wiki” where students work together on a single Wiki

First page name

The name you add here will form the first page of your new Wiki It is a required field and once a name has been entered,it can’t be changed.


Default format

  • Set the default type of editing your Wiki will use. Choose from
    • HTML – editing using the normal text editor
    • Creole – a popular Wiki editing language. If this is selected, a small editing tool-bar will appear.
    • Wiki – a Wiki editing language used in the contributed Wiki module.

Force format

If you check this box then students cannot choose their own method of editing the Wiki


Group Mode

When course group mode is turned on, the group mode can be one of three levels: No groups, Separate groups or Visible groups.

Common module settings or groups

Restrict access settings

The restrict access section asks for the conditions when the activity (or resource) should be visible. This can be based upon dates, and/or score ranges of other activities and/or if other activities are considered completed. Note that ALL access restrictions (date, grade condition, activity completion condition) have to be met in order for the activity to be made available.

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Save or Cancel

Save and return to course-Allows to save and go back to main Moodle page.

Save and display- Allows to save and display new page/activity.

Cancel- will not save any changes, and send back to main Moodle page.


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