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HOW TO: USE WIKIS IN YOUR BLACKBOARD COURSE

Teams LX is a Blackboard plugin which is available on the UC Riverside installation of Blackboard. It


allows you to create a wiki as part of your Blackboard course.
A wiki is a simple tool for creating web content. You can in-
clude text, links to websites or other wiki pages and images
in a wiki, as well as comments. One of the unique features of
wikis is that they can be edited by more than one person, and
they keep a record of edits. This makes them a good tool for
collaborative projects. Wikipedia is a well known example of
a wiki. The Teams LX wikis can be created for use by individ-
ual students, for student work groups and for the entire class
and instructor.

The course wiki, which can be used by the instructor and students (depending on how it is config-
ured), is available through the Control
Panel. Under Course Tools, click on
Configure Wiki Tool. You can set the op-
tions for whether or not students can
create entries or comment on the course
wiki. I’m not sure why an instructor would
create a wiki and not give students ac-
cess to it, but that is an option. If you add
the course wiki to the Course Menu and
it will be quickly accessible to everyone in
the course.
Course wiki configuration in the Control Panel.

If you have students do research online, they could each create a page in the course wiki to report
on what they find. You might specify what kinds of content they should include in their page -- a link
to an external website, an image, etc.

How To: Set up and use a wiki - Instructor


STEP BY STEP: Set up and use a wiki

1. Add the wiki

In a course content area -- Assignments,


Course Materials, Syllabus -- click on Edit
View (upper right) and then choose Wiki in
the tool menu at the upper right part of the
screen. Click Go to add the wiki.

2. Fill in the wiki form

Add the name of the wiki and provide a descrip-


tion of how it will be used.

3. Access

Select the student group or individual students


who will create pages in the wiki.

How To: Set up and use a wiki - Instructor


4. Choose your options

Decide when the wiki is available for use and who


can comment on it.

5. Add to Gradebook

If the wiki entries will be graded, you can assign a


name, category and the number of points to the
wiki assignment. If you don’t plan to grade the
wiki, leave this unchecked.

6. Save

Click OK twice to save your settings for the wiki.


You can come back later and modify them if nec-
essary. The wiki should show up in the course
content area where you created it. Click View
to enter the wiki.

How To: Set up and use a wiki - Instructor


7. Create a page

Navigate to the blog, then click new entry to add


an item. Most recent entries will show up at the
top of the blog.

8. Start writing

Add a title, then write your entry in the text box.


A variety of formatting options are available.

9. Check the history

You can click on history to see a list of changes


that were made to each page.

How To: Set up and use a wiki - Instructor