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Using Moodle by Jason Cole

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Chapter 11. Wikis

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.

Wikis 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 it’s own content. Consensus views emerge from the work of many people on a document.

Moodle’s wiki is built on top of an older wiki system called Erfurt wiki (http://erfurtwiki.sourceforge.net/?id=ErfurtWiki). If you want more information about wikis other than the Moodle version, check out the Erfurt web site.

In Moodle, wikis can be a powerful tool for collaborative work in education. 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.

Creating Wikis

Creating a wiki is relatively simple. Compared to the lesson module, you’ll find there are far fewer steps to creating a wiki. Most of the work involved with using wikis becomes easier once you start using them.

To create a wiki: ...

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