Using Wiki

Revision as of 23:22, 8 July 2008 by Hanna Kim (talk | contribs) (From a Wiki page)

Jump to: navigation, search

Note: You are currently viewing documentation for Moodle 2.8. Up-to-date documentation for the latest stable version of Moodle may be available here: Using Wiki.

This page is for documentation on how to use the wiki activity i.e. View, Edit, Links, History and is redirected from mod/wiki/view, a help page.


Wiki tabs.JPG A wiki has 4 tabs, the most commonly used tabs are view and edit.

Adding a wiki page

There are several ways to add a new wiki page. In later versions of Moodle, the course participant's privileges can affect adding or editing wiki pages. First you will create a link to a page that does not exist, then the wiki will create the blank page which someone can edit. Southeast Alaska: Human Habitation

The earliest evidence of human habitation in southeastern Alaska goes back nearly 12,000 years ago. Arrowheads, wooden tools and other artifacts were discovered from the period that is known as the Paleomarine tradition. During the Paleomarine tradition, tools such as mining drills, double-handled draw saws, axes, and fish cutting blades were widely used. These artifacts are often found in historic archeological sites. Archeologists believe that some of the tools, such as microblades, can indicate cultural similarities between native groups. The technology also helps trace routes of people’s immigrations. Technology was spreading throughout North America, especially metal tools. Southeast Alaska also made metal, but made it without heat. This was called cold hammering. Tools and technologies are created in order for people to adapt and invent to their life surroundings. Much later, other countries noticed the easy ability to make tools and rapidly spreading technology in Alaska. The earliest historic breakthrough for Alaska was in 1743, when Russians found Alaska and marked it as their territory. The word spread that there was gold found in Canada, suddenly people all over the world became interested in the gold, which was found in northern Canada/southeastern Alaska. Alexander Baranov was the Russian governor of Alaska; he was responsible for the establishment of Sitka. In 1967 Alaska was bought by the United States. Gold mining and fish canning brought it most of the town’s money, World War 2 brought in an extensive amount of money for the city of Sitka. The Navy constructed an air base on Japonski Island. Sitka became the capital of Alaska Territory until 1906. The capital re-located to Juneau. In 1880 two men marked a 160 acre area which soon became a mining camp. Within a year, the mining camp became a small town. The town was initially called Harrisburg, after Richard Harris but later changed to Rockwell. In 1881 it was renamed again-Juneau, after Joe Juneau. In 1906 Sitka had a massive decrease in whaling and fur trade making city not as important, moving the capital to Juneau. Just a little northwest of Juneau is a city named Skagway. Skagway was inhabited by Tlingit people from prehistoric times. In 1896, gold was found in the Klondike and thousands of miners came into the new town hoping to find gold 500 miles away in Canada. By 1898 Skagway’s population soared because of the gold rush and the city became popular around Alaska. Skagway seemed to become an actual city by 1900, newspapers came out and more people came to the city. Haines is located north of Juneau. The Chilkat group of Tlingit Indians asked missionaries to come to the area to help construct the city. Later in 1904, a U.S. Army installation was constructed south of Haines called Fort William Seward. After war the fort was deactivated and became into one municipality with Haines. ` Southeast Alaska has an interesting historical background. The region where the capital is located and the place where small cities were founded due to wars. What separates southeast Alaska from the rest of Alaska is the unique culture that was developed from prehistoric times.

Bibliography 1., “Alaska Regional Profiles.” 26 June 2007. <>.

2. Heaton, Timothy H. “Southeast Alaska.” Google. <> 12 June 2007.

3. "Juneau, Alaska." Wikipedia Online Encyclopedia. 18 Jun 2007,_Alaska .

4. Schoenberg, Ken. “Prehistory of Southeast Alaska.” Google. <> 12 June 2007.

5. Person, Roger W.. "Historical and Archaeoloigical Landmarks." 1998. Alaska Geographic. 21 Jun 2008

Add by initial wiki creation

When the teacher selects Wiki from the Add an Activity pull down menus in a course, they will be asked to create the first page.

Add by using search

In some versions of Moodle (not in 1.8 standard), any participant (with correct privileges) of an existing wiki can enter the name of the page they would like to create in the Search box on a wiki page. For example they might enter the name "Roses".

If the page already exists
they will be taken to the page "Roses"
If the page does not exist, they will see:
There is no page titled "Roses"
They can create this page by clicking on the "create this page" link
and begin editing the new page called "Roses"

Editing a wiki page

Editing the standard Moodle wiki is simple

  • Click on the edit tag at the top of the wiki page
  • Edit the text
  • Then save the page, or preview the page before saving
  • Remember that MoodleDocs is a different(more robust and complicated) kind of wiki than the standard Moodle wiki. Many MoodleDoc or WikiMedia wiki tags (See Help:Editing) may not work in the standard Moodle wiki in versions 1.8 and earlier.

The standard help file gives the basics of editing in ErfurtWiki. See Moodle Help Docs on How to wiki

Wiki search

Wiki search ignores hyperlinks so it is wise to add a "Keywords:" line which contains the words of the the page title separated by commas, and any other entries that you wish to be found by the search.


if you are using Ludo's new Nwiki module, there are some additional features.

Change to one of the following editors

Nwiki has several parsers, each one requiring a different sort of text. Its best to choose properly at the beginning, as altering half way through is not a good idea - they may well make a mess of text with a different formatting.

  • HTMLeditor - the default editor that is used for all other moodle forms
  • DFwiki - the parsing engine from a previous third-party version of the wiki software. You or your students may be familiar with this and wish to continue using it
  • Ewiki - the parsing engine from the previous default moodle wiki.
  • nwiki - the most up to date engine, which is almost identical to the one used by wikipedia.