Wikis

Create collaborative online content with multiple contributors.

Creating a Campus Pack Wiki

 
Campus Pack is an addition to VU Collaborate that offers blogs, wikis and podcasts to staff and students.  Wikis allow students in a space to collaborate, edit and comment on basic web pages. A wiki is an online space for knowledge-sharing and problem-solving, usually featuring a rich text editor and a community of editors who can make changes throughout the wiki content. The creator of the first wiki software has described it as "The simplest online database that could possibly work". 

Wikis can support group work and peer review with shared text, links and media, allowing students to build up a collaborative knowledge base.

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Below are the steps taken to create a Campus Pack Wiki:

 

Step One: Navigate to a Module


 

1. Login to VU Collaborate and go to the space. Click Learning Space to view all modules.

 

 Within the unit space, Learning Space is selected on the navbar
 
 
2. Choose the module that you would like to include a wiki in, and click to open it up. (Our example module is called Campus Pack Wiki).
 
 
 DL Module Week1

 

Step Two: Use External Learning Tools to Create a New Wiki


 

1. Click the Add Activities drop-down menu at the top of the module you have selected.

2. A list of options will appear. Select External Learning Tools.

 

Add Actitivities selected, followed by External Learning Tools

 

3. The External Learning Tools menu will appear.

4.Click on Campus Pack Wiki. This will create a new wiki at the bottom of the content page.

 

External Learning Tools screen with Campus Pack Wiki option selected

Tip: You can move this item further up in your content. Just click on the three lines beside it, and drag it up or down to reorder the content.
Icon beside Campus pack Wiki Item selected

 

Step Three: Add a Title and Details


 

1. The new Wiki will automatically be titled "Campus Pack Wiki". 

2. Click on the drop-down arrow next to the "Campus Pack Wiki" Topic name. Click Edit Properties to change what the wiki is named.

 

Click on the drop-down menu beside the Campus Pack Wiki and select Edit Properties

 

3. Click on the title region and fill in a title that students will recognise easily when they open up the module.

 

Click on the title region of the item to alter the title of the Campus Pack Wiki

 
4. Click on the drop-down arrow beside the Campus Pack Wiki item and select View Topic.
 
 
Select the drop-down menu beside the Campus Pack Wiki item and click on View Topic


5. You will now be navigated to the new Campus Pack Wiki item. Give the Campus Pack Wiki a description to help students understand what the purpose of the wiki is. You can come back and edit this later. When you're finished, click the add button button to save your work.

 
 wiki title and description
 
 
6. If you would like to Copy this Wiki from an existing space, click Copy From Exisiting. 
 
 
copy from existing
 
 
7. Select Courses and find the unit that the Wiki will be copied from, then select the Wiki and click Copy. 
 
 
search unit to copy from and select copy
 
 

Note: If you choose to copy sharing settings to new version, this will duplicate the settings created in the previous WIKI. 

 

 

If you wish to assess this Wiki and send grades to the VU Collaborate gradebook, enter the grade book properties.

1. Click Create Grade Book Entry.

2. Type in the Entry Name with the name you wish this to display in the grade book for your space.

3. Decide how many Points the grade item will be out of and put this number in Points Possible.

4. Tick the box next to Display Grades to Students.

5. Click the Add button.

 

You are now ready to start using the wiki! See Using a Campus Pack Wiki for more information on what to do next.

 

image of campus pack blog screen highlighting fields creating a great book entry

Tip: Students will be able to see the grade entry by default. Choose a different option under the Restrictions section to hide the grade, or make it visible only for a certain time period.


Further Support

Visit the VU Collaborate Help site at https://vucollaboratehelp.vu.edu.au for up to date information and resources on blended learning or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Contact ITS Service Desk on (03) 9919 2777 or via self-service http://servicedesk.vu.edu.au for further technical support.