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This refers to Moodle 3.10 from August 2021 onwards

Moodle Help & Support 


A wiki is a web page or website which can be edited collaboratively by a number of people. For example it might be used for students to work together, collaboratively creating a document such as a list of resources, response to a question, presentation plan, etc.

Each person can add to the page(s) or edit others' contributions. A history is kept so that the teacher can see who has changed what and when.

How to add a wiki

To add a wiki

  1. In your module, click on the 'Turn editing on' button  (top right), and go to the section in which you want to add the wiki.
  2. Click on the + Add an activity or resource hyperlink,  then click on the word 'Wiki' to go straight to the 'Adding a new Wiki' screen

3. This will take you to the 'Adding a new Wiki' settings page (NOTE: In an existing wiki, the wiki settings can be found by clicking Edit > Edit settings). Here you will need to:

a) Give your Wiki a "Name" 

b) Give your Wiki a "Description".

c) Give your first page a name.  WARNING - it is not possible to edit the name of the page later on so choose carefully!

d) Choose a "Wiki Mode". The options are 'Individual wiki' where each student gets their own, and 'Collaborative wiki' where students work together on a single wiki

Adding information on the Wiki

4. Later on the page you will need to choose the "Default format" which sets set the default type of editing your wiki will use. We recommend HTML – that is,  editing using the normal text editor. NOTE: check the Force format box to restrict students from choosing their own method of editing the wiki.

Default format option

5. (optional) You can restrict access or set groups as in other Activities. 

 Restrict access options for Wiki

6. When you are happy with the settings, click on 'Save and return to module' 

7. When you have finished editing, click on the 'Turn editing off' icon  on the top right of your main Moodle page

How to add and delete subsidiary pages

NOTE: Don’t click on the ‘Edit’ option in the Moodle editing mode as though you were going to change the wiki settings. Instead click on the wiki resource.

  1. Open your Wiki resource and click on the blue Create page button

Create a page

2. Now go to the main wiki content area and type 
[[new page name]] 
(the double square brackets go either side of the name you choose) on the main page at the point where you’d like to add a link to the new page. In the example, below it says [[Test2]]
WARNING - it is not possible to edit the name of the page later on so choose carefully!

If you don’t actually want to have a link on the main page, bear with me.
When you have added the new page name click on 'Save'

Creating a link to new page

3. In the wiki, click on the new page title that you just added. In this example Test 2

Wiki with new page link

4. You will be taken to a set-up screen for the new page.  When you have finished making your choices, click on 'Create page'

5. If you didn’t want the link to appear on the main page (it can always be found on the Map tab of the wiki) then you’ll need to go back to the wiki’s main page (navigate there using the list of pages given when you click on the Map tab).  

Map tab

6. Select your first page and click on 'Edit'

7. This will take you to the edit page where you can delete the [[new page name]] you recently added.  This will remove the link on the main page, but won’t delete the new page itself.

Should you actually want to delete a page, you will need to click on Administration tab at the top of the wiki and delete the page from there. 

Deleting a page will also delete links to that page from other pages. 

Removing a Wiki page

To delete the whole wiki you’ll need to be in Moodle editing mode and then you can delete it just as you would delete any other content.

Edit menu

Further reading

Online collaboration with Moodle Databases and Wikis is a useful Xerte toolkit that will help you use both Wikis and Databases more effectively for student collaboration

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