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Wiki (enhanced) Activity in Moodle

The Wiki (enhanced) activity is used to create collections of collaboratively produced web pages in Moodle. The activity begins with a start page (which the instructor can "seed" with content). Participants in the activity can then add and edit content, including linking to new pages. 

Wikis can be configured to allow editing by all course members, only a single individual, or a group of students. (For more information about groups, see An Overview of Managing Groups in Moodle.)

In Moodle, you would normally use a wiki when you want your students to create content. For example, you may want to us a Wiki for:

  • Group lecture notes or study guides
  • Planning work or a meeting agenda
  • Collaboratively authoring an online book
  • Collaborative storytelling or poetry, where each participant writes a line or verse
  • Personal journals for notes or revisions (to assign individual wikis see Create One-Person Groups Named for Individual Students in Moodle)

The Wiki (enhanced) activity, developed by the Open University (OU), provides a variety of additional options, including:

  • Save wiki as template (to reuse in a new wiki activity)
  • Set a release date for editing
  • Statistics on individual student's participation (number of pages created, number of pages edited, number of words added to the wiki,  number of words deleted)
  • Grading & feedback options, including the ability to annotate pages (by teacher or any role given permission)
  • Instructors do not need to be part of a group to view, edit or annotate the group’s wiki pages.

For help using Wiki (enhanced), in Moodle, on the Wiki (enhanced) settings pages, select the individual help icons for each item. You may also find it useful to visit Open University's Wiki Instructions, or download A Guide to Using the Course OU Wiki (PDF), developed by Lancaster University. 

Add a Wiki (enhanced) Activity:

  1. In the menu bar at the top of your course page, select Turn editing on (green pencil icon  ). Editing icons and links will appear.
  2. Locate the section where you want the resource to appear. If the section is collapsed, select the arrow icon above the Section name to expand the section.   
  3. At the bottom of the section, select + Add an activity or resource. The Add an activity or resource pop-up will open showing a tile for each available resource or activity.  
    Note: By default, the panel opens to All and shows all resources and activities. If you have starred favorite activities or resources, the panel will open to Starred. To only view activities, at the top of the pop-up, select Activities.
  4. Select the Wiki (enhanced) icon or Wiki (enhanced) link to add a new Wiki (enhanced) activity. The Adding a new Wiki (enhanced) page will open.
  5. Enter a title for your wiki in the Name field (required).  The name you enter will display as a link to the wiki on your main course page.
  6. Configure settings for the Wiki (enhanced). For help using Wiki (enhanced), in Moodle, on the Wiki (enhanced) settings pages, select the individual help icons () for each item. You may also find it useful to visit Open University's Wiki Instructions, or download A Guide to Using the Course OU Wiki (PDF), developed by Lancaster University.
  7. Select Save and return to course to return to your main course page, or Save and display to view the assignment page.