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Wikis provide an online workspace that allow for collaborative work between one or more authors. As an editable website this workspace usually consists of one ore more web pages. Contributors to a wiki can publish, edit content and add a variety of resources through links.

tipWikis can alse be used as ePortfolios

In Blackboard, campus pack wikis can be deployed for:

Course Wiki (Single Copy) – Creating a course wiki by default allows all participants – staff and students (as authors & viewers) to contribute to the course wiki in the Blackboard course

Group Wikis (One Per Group) – Group wikis can be created for groups created in Blackboard. Those then allocated to a group can have access and participate in their group wiki. Once created, group and individual wikis look and behave the same as course wikis.

The main difference is that in the individual wikis students will be able to view the pages created by themselves, in a group wiki those in the group view their pages.

Individual (One Per Person) – If you would like each student to have a wiki that is a private space for them to publish and for you to read and comment, the ‘One Per Person’ option is an easy way to create individual wiki for each student and assess them.



To create these wikis you can follow the below steps:

newcowikiaugustCreate a Campus Pack Course Wiki (Single Copy)

1. With edit mode ‘`On’ in your Blackboard course, locate the area (for example under a course menu item or folder in your course).

2. Select ‘Campus Pack Wiki’ from the ‘Tools’ button

The ‘Create New Campus Wiki’ screen will display

3. Select the Wiki icon to create a new wiki.

If you wish to copy from an existing wiki select ‘Copy From Existing‘ button, if you wish to add a shortcut from an existing wiki select ‘Add Shortcut‘ or you can choose to import an archived wiki from the ‘Import an Archive’ button

4. Enter the wiki details:
Title, Description,

Deployment: Choose one of the following

Single Copy – a wiki is for the whole class select;
One per group – group wikis;
One per person – private individual wikis (only between you and each student). Deploying an individual assignment using the One Per Person option creates a wiki each for the student.

For creating a course wiki, select ‘Single Copy’ – By default, a course wiki will give automatic access to all students enrolled to the module to have permission to add wiki pages and add comments to other wiki pages.

Set the following options if you wish to assess the wiki:

Create Grade Book Entry – Wikis can be set up as graded assignments and assessed from within Campus Pack. The grades will appear in the gradebook in Blackboard. Select this checkbox if this is desired.

Entry Name – Enter a entry name that will be the link to enter the wiki.

Points Possible – Enter the points possible

Display Grades to students – If you want the grades to be displayed to students select this checkbox

5. Select the Add button. The wiki will be added to the content area of your Blackboard course which you and students can access via the blue ‘View’ link to the wiki.

NOTE: Once you have selected the ‘Add’ button at this stage and you then decide that you wish to edit any details set above for example making your wiki site gradeable or make an amendment and change the type of wiki, you won’t be able to go back and edit the wiki but you will have recreate and start another wiki (delete the previous if not needed).


Before your students begin contributing to the course wiki you may want to set some settings to the course wiki. These configuration settings are available for all wiki types. Configuration settings can be set from the Settings menu to the far right of the screen.

FInd out more about the Settings Menu Options

Wiki Pages

The created course wiki has no pages, to add a wiki page select the ‘New page‘ button. Pages can have text, links, images and media using the text editor. On building content in a page, you have the option to ‘lock pages’ (‘padlock’ icon) so that the content of the page cannot be edited by others. You also have the option to delete the page (‘bin’ icon) – both icons are available to the far right. Please ensure you ‘Save’ any pages created and edited. The Save options are located at the end of the page.

A wiki page created can also be further edited by selecting the blue ‘Edit’ icon on the top right of the page. You have the opportunity to add Tags to any wiki page which can help further categorisation or search for similar wiki pages.


Note: create any pages that you need before you’re students start using the course wiki, note that in using the text editor here you can create links to other wiki pages that you have created within your course wiki (as well as being able to develop external links etc).  Page content is displayed in the full content of the screen, pages added to the wiki are accessible from the top ‘Pages‘ button. On selecting this Page button, all pages are listed, select a page to access that page.

Editing Page Hierarchy

Pages can be reordered by selecting the ‘Page Hierarchy‘ button under ‘Settings‘. In this view, you can view all pages listed in the wiki (pages you have selected on creation to be ‘non-navigable’ can’t be viewed, please note once a page created is set to ‘non-navigable’ its not possible to reverse or edit this setting. If you desire a page to be navigable again we would recommend creating a new page and copy content from the ‘non-navigable’ page and paste to this new wiki page). Pages can be reordered by ‘drag and drop’, to move a wiki page select the page and hold your left-click mouse button and then drag where you wish to position the page and release (drop) the page.Wikis can have a lot of pages and to make your wiki easier to navigate you may wish to group pages together and thus create a top level page (parent page) and sub pages (child pages) within. To do this create your wiki pages as described above and in Page Hierarchy you can drag and drop sub pages to the parent page. Note for this to work you need to ensure that the sub page is dragged on top of  the parent though slighty indented to the right so that this ‘drops in’. You will notice that if done correctly a green arrow icon will appear indicating that further sub pages are available.


Viewing Page History

To view a wiki page modifications select the ‘clock icon’ in the wiki page after the ‘Edited by’ and name details.


Assessing Wiki

If the wiki has been set up to assess student contribution you can grade and assess  a student’s or groups of students (depending on how you have deployed the wiki).

Select the Setting Menu and select ‘Assessment’;

The Assessment link allows you to view participation activity, initial activity will summarise total pages edited , total views, total revisions, total comments initiated and total comments. Individual student contribution can be reviewed by selecting the student in the Participant list box and the ‘Evaluate Participant’, statistics of the student activity will be displayed.

Selecting any page that the student has participated in from the Page History list box and then selecting the  ‘Page History’ button will further allow page changes to be viewed, restored or compare page versions.

In this view you can also leave a Grade and Feedback to the student. You will need to select the ‘Edit’ link to enter a grade and personal feedback to the student under ‘Feedback to user’ box. Students can access their feedback from the ‘My Grades’ link if you have made this available in your Blackboard course. You could also simply enter the Blackboard Grade Center directly and grade this way too.


Particular Student Activity

One Per Person and One Per Group WIki

Unlike a single copy wiki, group and individual wikis utilise an “Assignment Template”. Deploying a ‘one per person’ or ‘one per group’ wiki follows a similar workflow for setting up your course wiki however these wikis need to be made available to your students or groups of students as they are not available by default. Each group or individual student will have access to a wiki with content that you can add to this template. What this allows you to do is to amend the template with wiki pages if you wish which all students can view once you make this wiki available for students to us for example using wiki a for an e-portfolio, you can create some templates pages for how certain wiki pages for relection or learning outcomes need to be structured. You can create these pages which then once made available will be availble for each student to use in their wiki.  Please note once a wiki is made available in this set up adding further wiki pages for a student wiki will only be added to their wiki and not all student individual or group wikis.Also before making this available to your students you have the opportunity to set the wiki configuration. Once you have completed steps 1 to 5 above, you will be presented with the dasboard view in individual and group wikis which you as an instuctor can access which allows for an overview of student activity.

Note on terminology- – campus pack refers to blogs, wikis and podcasts as ‘assignments’

newwikioppIn this wiki dashboard view:

Top Active Assignments: Students or groups have an active wiki (have began their wiki) will be displayed here

Un-started Assignments: Students or groups yet with inactive (not started) will be displayed here

Latest Activity: Latest activity in wiki is displayed on the left panel

By selecting an ‘Assignee’ (student) name listed in Active Assignments allows you to view the individual or group wiki. As an instructor you can give feedback through the comments button.

6. To configure the wiki at this stage select the cog icon ‘ Configuration menu’ blogconfigmenugif the following configuration options will appear:

Subscribe: You can set a wiki that allows the participants to subscribe to the wiki and receive email alerts of latest activity.

Assignment Template: Allows you to create wiki pages (ensure you save your wiki pages as you create them and exit the page) and pre-set Widgets and manage attachments (Note, once students have begun using the template to create their own entries, you cannot make any changes to the template as these won’t be reflected in their wiki). SELECT THIS OPTION IF YOU WISH TO MAKE CONFIGURATION CHANGES TO THE WIKI BEFORE THIS IS MADE AVAILABLE TO STUDENTS. FIND OUT MORE ABOUT WHAT CONFIGURATION OPTIONS CAN BE SET.

Assignment Settings: Allow you to set, Banner, Title, Description, Instructions and WIki Image.

Export: Allows you to save the wiki as an off-line, as a website, individual pages or an importable archive

7. Once the configurations have been set, individual and group wikis need to be made available to students. Select the blue link ‘Click here to make it available‘ located in the left panel. Students or groups of students can now begin their wikis and can access their wikis through the content area that you created. Note that students can view the following options when they select the ‘Configuration Menu’ – Subscribe, Export (as above) and Instructions (for the wiki).


View individual or group student wIkis

Student wikis can be viewed by selecting the very same link that students will access to their wikis. Once you select this link you will view the instructor dashboard to access student wikis:

By selecting an ‘Assignee’ name listed in Active Assignments allows you to view the individual or group wiki. As an instructor you can give feedback or a comment at the end of each wiki page through the ‘Viewer comments’. Other students cannot view or leave a comment in individual wikis however in group wikis, group members can leave comments. To add a wiki page select the ‘New Page‘ button. Note that this will only add a wiki page for that particular students wiki and not for all other students wiki.



Settings Menu Options
There are several tasks you can do within your wiki (blog and journals). This includes grading their contributions (blog or wiki), changing viewer/author permissions, subscribing to content changes (via email) and more. These tasks can all be done from within the blog, wiki or podcast content area.

Subscribe: You can set a wiki that allows the participants to subscribe to the wiki and receive email alerts of latest activity.

Export: You can choose to export a wiki

Settings: Changing the look and feel of the wiki.

Permissions: Set and adjust permissions to the wiki. By default, a course wiki will give automatic access to all students enrolled to the module to have permission to add wiki pages and add comments to other wiki pages.

Note: To see the current permission status click on the Permission link, as stated before student and staff are automatically viewers and authors in a course wiki (see Figure 4 Permissions Wiki below). If we take a closer look at figure 4, the current tab is the ‘Viewers’ tab, which states ‘Viewers can read the wiki, but can’t participate.’ The blackboard course in the image below is called ‘Charles_Frears’ and as this wiki is for the course its displaying the name of the course under ‘The Viewers’ list box. If other particpants were added they would appear in this list box.

The Authors tab (if clicked) states ‘Authors are the actual participants who can make new pages and edit content.‘ and ‘The Authors’ list includes the name of the Blackboard course (Charles Frears).

NOTE 1: We advise that you don’t add ‘Everyone in the world’ as viewers to your campus pack

NOTE 2 Campus Pack also offers an Invite by email feature to send a secure invitation to a user outside your institution. If you do make available a ‘site’ viewable to someone outside the institution it is essential that you read the following guides ‘ DMU User Guidelines for the use of technologies in learning and teaching’ to protect your own, the institutions and notify the rights of others who have contributed to and participate in the campus pack site (i.e wiki blog etc).


Widgets are items that you can add to your wiki to allow for more interaction, to see which widgets are available to use, select the ‘Available’ tab, a list of all the widgets will be displayed and be added by selecting the ‘Add’ button

Viewer Comments Everyone who can access the content item can comment.

Owner Discussion– Owners can take private notes (visible only to other Owners). So tutors with instructor status could have a private discussion on a blog post etc which the student can’t view

Viewer Feedback – Viewers can leave private feedback for Authors (and Owners) to read. Viewers can not see feedback left by others.

Author Discussion – Only Authors can comment. Use this to have a collaborative discussion within the group of Authors.

Tags – Authors can read and apply tags and Viewers can read them.

Author Tags – Only Authors can read and apply tags.

Categories – Authors can read and apply categories and Viewers can read them.

Author Categories – Only Authors can read and apply categories.

Voting – Viewers can vote on content and view the vote count.

Ratings – Viewers can rate content and view the aggregate rating.



Site owners can manage site attachments through the Attachments link. The initial view will allow you to view all the attachments that have been upload to blog posts. As a instructor there is also the option to ‘view all attachments in this course’. This will list all campus pack sites (blogs,wikis, podcasts etc) in the blackboard course.


Site owners can recycle sites for reuse. Once content is recycled, it may be permanently removed. Exporting a site to maintain an offline backup is recommended. The recycle option may not be available on a system if the institution has policies for managing content.

Note: You can also create a course wiki and have this as a link from your course menu.

To do this:

1. Hover over the plus sign (+) icon at the top of the Course Menu to show the drop down menu and select Create Tool Link.

2. Enter the name of the link that will appear on the course menu i.e. ‘Course Wiki’.

3. Under Type, select ‘Wiki Tool’.

4. Check the box next to Available to Users.

5. Click Submit.

Deleting Campus Pack WIkis

To delete a campus pack wiki it is essential that you make these ‘sites’ unavailable in the Blackboard module (and then delete if necessary). This ensures that if a student has a ‘Campus Pack Personal Learning Space’ set up then these sites will not be available to access. If these sites are deleted without setting these to ‘unavailable’ they will appear in a students PLS if they are set up and can cause confusion in PLS by having ‘redundant sites’.

To deleting and make unavailable ‘one per student’ wiki and ‘groups’ wiki, do the following:

1. Locate the wiki in your Blackboard course and with Edit Mode on, against the item right click on the drop down chevron and select ‘Edit’ from the pop-up menu.

2. Make the wiki unavailable by selecting the ‘Make site unavailable’ link. The site will now be unavailable for students to access.

Deleting course wikis

For a campus pack course wiki

1. Locate the wiki in your Blackboard course and with Edit Mode on, against the item right click on the drop down chevron and select ‘Edit’ from the pop-up menu.

2. Select Settings (top)

3. Uncheck the checkbox that states ‘Make Available’

4. Click Save

Doing the above allows you to make you site available at a later stage, therefore it’s not been deleted. If you wish to further delete, after making the site unavailable, locate in the wiki in Blackboard , right click the chevron and then select ‘Delete’

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