Wikis provide a way for the course team and learners to access, share, and collaboratively edit information both about, and for, your course.
Every course has a wiki that you can set up in a way appropriate for your course. If you have specific expectations for how the wiki should be used, communicate these expectations to your learners and staff. You can seed the wiki with specific content and provide a skeleton structure and some exemplars. At the beginning of the course, explain how you want the course wiki to be used, and provide clear instructions and guidelines for its use.
Common uses for the course wiki might include the following activities.
As learners and course team members create and edit wiki articles, they contribute to a repository of information about your course that can be immediately useful to other learners, or useful for you and your course team as you develop other courses or future runs of the same course.
The wiki for each course is a “child” wiki of the edX-wide wiki. From within any course wiki, select the top level Wiki link in the breadcrumb trail at the top of the page to visit the edX-wide wiki.
Keep these points in mind as you design the wiki for your course.
Members of the course team can perform these tasks to manage the wiki.
All users, including learners, can perform the following tasks, depending on the permissions that you set for an article.
When you create a course, a wiki is included by default, and a Wiki page is visible at the top of the course page. If you do not want to use the course wiki, you can hide the Wiki page at the top of the course.
To show or hide the wiki in the course tabs, follow these steps.
When you hide the wiki in your course, any existing articles remain in the edX- wide wiki, but the Wiki page is removed from your course pages.
You can control access to the wiki in various ways: by changing access to the wiki as a whole, by changing the read/write permissions settings of articles within the wiki, or by locking articles.
To change access to the course wiki, follow these steps.
To modify viewing or editing permissions for specific groups of users by article, see Setting Permissions for Wiki Articles.
To lock an article and prevent further editing, see Locking a Wiki Article.
To prevent certain groups of users from being able to add or edit articles, you need to modify the read/write permissions for articles. For example, as a member of the course team, you likely want to prevent learners from creating wiki articles at the top level, so you should remove write access to course- level wiki articles for most users. (Top-level wiki articles are children of the edX-wide wiki, and cannot be found within the course wiki).
To modify the permissions for wiki articles, follow these steps.
Note that there are two different Save changes buttons, one near the top of the page for the Notifications section, and one at the bottom of the page for the Permissions section. If you are modifying permissions, make sure you select the Save changes button at the bottom of the page for your changes to be saved.
There are three groups for each course, managed by adding users to these groups on the Membership page of the Instructor Dashboard.
- Beta Testers (by default there are no beta testers until you add them)
- Admins (by default, the course author is always in this group)
- Staff (these are course team members)
The permissions for the Others group apply to users who are not in the three course groups, including learners.
To ensure that learners get the most out of your course wiki, design the wiki space before the course starts by seeding the course wiki with articles that give it the desired structure.
For example, you could create wiki articles to mirror the course outline. At the top level, you could provide a course outline, FAQs, and links to the main articles for each section. In the child articles for each section, you could provide information specific to the units and components in that section, and a page for learners to share their feedback and experiences.
When you add an article to the wiki, be aware of what level you are currently viewing, to make sure that you add your new article to the correct level in the course wiki.
To move down a level in the wiki, select See all children; to move up, select the appropriate level in the wiki breadcrumb trail links at the top of the page.
To add a wiki article at your current level, follow these steps. If you do not have permissions to add an article, when you select Add Article, a message indicates “Permission Denied” .
To add a child article to your current article, follow these steps. If you do not have permissions to add an article, when you select Add Article, a message indicates “Permission Denied” .
If you have permissions to edit an article, you see an Edit button and icon to the right of the article content.
To make changes to a wiki article, follow these steps.
A Filter field is available only if any level of the wiki contains multiple articles.
Enter a text string in the Filter field to find a list of all articles with that text string in their titles.
The wiki includes a change history for each article. You can view each past version of the article, roll back to a selected earlier version of the article, or merge the current version of the article with a selected earlier version.
Locking a wiki article prevents further changes from being made to it. To lock a wiki article either after you create it, or after you make specific edits, follow these steps.
Only course team members can delete articles. In addition, you can only delete an article if you have permissions to edit that article. If you have the required permissions, you see a Delete article button at the bottom of the Edit page.
To delete an article, follow these steps.
When you delete and purge an article, it is completely removed from the wiki, with no option to undo the deletion. Select this option only if you are sure you will not want to restore the content.
To purge an article as you delete it, select the Purge checkbox on the deletion confirmation page.
Articles that have been deleted but not purged can be restored. A link to the article remains visible at the level at which it was created.
To restore a deleted article, select the link to the article and select Restore.