Moodle- Creating and Using a Wiki


UW-Madison has adopted Canvas as its single, centrally supported learning management system. As of 6/1/2018, support for Desire2Learn (D2L) and most Moodle courses has been discontinued. Access to those courses has permanently ended. However, certain Moodle courses that are part of the Adanced Quizzing Content Functional Gaps project are still available on Moodle. Those courses are located on the Moodle Extension site.

This an article that explains the steps to create a Wiki activity along with helpful tips to make your Wiki more useful to your users.

Creating a Wiki

1. First, turn editing on by clicking the Turn editing on button at the top right corner of your course homepage.

2. In the desired week/topic, click the Add an activity drop-down menu and select Wiki.

3. Give the wiki a name and description.

4. Give the first page a name under Wiki Settings. This is a required field.

5. Use the “Wiki Mode” drop-down menu to choose who will be able to edit the wiki.

6. You can also restrict access to a certain time period and change other settings as you see fit.

7. Once finished, click the Save and return to course button at the bottom of the page. To preview, click Save and display instead.

Wiki Use Basics

Adding a page to wiki

1. Click the wiki link from the course main page with editing turned on.

2. If no pages in the wiki exist, a box will appear asking to "Create page." Type in a title for the page and select the desired editor format. Click the clear question mark for information about the different formats. Click the "Create page" button at the bottom to proceed. If a page does exist, you can still create a new page by clicking "new" in the navigation toolbar on the left

3. An HTML (or whatever format was selected) box will appear and the page material should be entered here. 

4. Tags can be added for the page below the "editing this page" box. These tags are used a key words when the wiki is being searched.

5. Click the Save button on the bottom of the screen to proceed.

6. You should now see a title of the page you created. You can edit the page at any time by clicking the Edit tab.

Adding additional pages to wiki

1. In the HTML editor of any existing page, a new page can be added and linked to by following the format [[page title]]. For example, if the first wiki page was about computer operating systems and you wanted to add a specific page about Windows, you would add [[Windows]] at the bottom of the page and click "Save" at the bottom of the page".

2. The first page will appear and at the bottom of the page a red link should contain the name of the page you typed in the double brackets. Click the link to edit the page title and the editor format of the page. 

3. Click Create page when the format and page name has been chosen.

Editing multiple pages

1. The last page that was "created" will be the default page to load when either the "view" or "edit" tab is selected. If you would like to edit a page created earlier, click the "map" tab.  

2. All of the pages in the wiki will be listed as links in ascending alphabetical order here. Click the page title that you are interested in changing and this page will now become the "active" page for editing and viewing. 

Miscellaneous wiki features

1. Click the Comments tab to view all the comments about the current "active" page. Click the Add comment link under the page title to add a comment of your own. If you would like to view the comments of another page in the wiki follow the steps above in the "Editing multiple pages" section.

2. Click the History tab to view all of the versions of the "active" page. Moodle automatically creates a new version of the page after changes are made, and it archives past versions. Using the "Diff" column, two different versions can be compared to evaluate the differences. 

  1. Click one of the two bubbles in the row of the version you would like to start with.
  2. Click the other bubble in the row of the version you would like to compare the first version to. 
  3. Click the Compare selected button below the first version to proceed. 
  4. The two versions will be presented side by side, and any differences will be highlighted in light blue
  5. At the top, next to the version number there are two links for "view" and "restore." 
  6. At the bottom of both versions there is a full list of the versions. Quick switches can be made by clicking other version numbers. 

Wiki Editing Basics using Wiki Editor

Editing tips

  1. On your first trip to the wiki, you’ll see a multiple choice menu of possible editor choices. Choosing HTML editor will display a full-featured editor (see below). Choosing any of the other editors will display a smaller editor with only essential text formatting, as shown at the bottom of this page.
  2. Use a blank line between paragraphs. Tabs do not work as expected, and indenting with spaces will remove the formatting from that paragraph of text.

Icon summary (for HTML format)


Some key features in the editor that may help you:

Create linkslinks

When you highlight some text, these buttons will illuminate

1. Create a link (text that you want to be clickable as a link should be highlighted first)
2. Remove a link

Format generallyEquations

1. Insert an equation (help on this can be found at
2. Insert a custom character
3. Insert a table
4. Clear formatting
5. Use WIRIS editor for more complex equations

Every button in the HTML toolbar has a short description of what it is if you hover the cursor over it.

Icon summary (for Creole and NWiki format)

Creole Toolbar

Many of the icons in the Creole/NWiki wiki editor will also look familiar to you. In order from left to right, you see icons to:

Create links: Creole Links bar

1. Create a link to a new page in the wiki
2. Create a link to a webpage that is not in the wiki

Format headings: Creole Header Toolbar

1. Format text as a Level one header (very large)
2. Format text as a Level two header (large)
3. Format text as a Level three header (less large)

Format generally: Misc Creole

1. Insert a horizontal line
2. Remove any wiki formatting from your text

Wiki Administration

1. From within the wiki, click the Administration tab on the far right.

2. Click "List All" to list all of the pages.

3. To delete a page click the X button. To edit a page click the gear symbol.

Keywords:wiki   Doc ID:21574
Owner:Elizabeth H.Group:Moodle
Created:2011-12-02 12:56 CSTUpdated:2018-02-16 10:09 CST
Sites:DoIT Help Desk, Moodle
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