Strategy (BEMM119) Getting Started with Wikis The University uses a system called “Confluence” to host wikis. You will be using a wiki within this module in order to work collaboratively with the other members of your group to create an extended executive summary. Why work in small groups? Students learn best when they are actively involved in the process. Researchers report that, regardless of the subject matter, students working in small groups tend to learn more of what is taught and retain it longer than when the same content is presented in other instructional formats. http://teaching.berkeley.edu/bgd/collaborative.html Why use a wiki for learning? ‘Wiki’ is the Hawaiian word meaning quick, first used by Ward Cunningham in 1994. Wikis are editable online spaces within which any user can read or develop content. This functionality means that wikis are an excellent tool for collaboration in an online environment. When used effectively to build new knowledge in a group work situation, wikis provide a valuable technology for teaching and learning online. Using the University’s ‘Confluence’ wiki you will be able to read, write, re-organise and update the structure and content of your group’s extended summary. All you need to do this is access to a web broweser. You can then participate in development of your wiki at a time and place to suit you. Accessing your BEMM119 wiki Type the following URL into your browser’s address bar: http://wiki.exeter.ac.uk Log in with your normal University Username and Password.
Strategy (BEMM119) Alternatively, if you are already logged into WebCT you can access the wiki by clicking on the â€œWeb Linksâ€? icon at the bottom of the on the left hand tool bar in the Strategy (BEMM119) WebCT course. You will then see the following screen and by clicking on the link you will be taken to the main wiki log in page where you will need to enter your log-in details again.
Strategy (BEMM119) The Dashboard The first screen that you will see once you have logged into Confluence is called the “Dashboard”. This is a start screen that gives you a quick overview of the wiki spaces you currently have access to and any recent activity that has been happening within them, for example, recently updated pages. Listed under “Spaces” on the left-hand side of the screen you will see a link to your group’s wiki and also a default wiki called “Demonstration Space”. The Demonstration Space is an example of a Confluence space with a tutorial and sample content. It is available for everyone to use in order to explore and experiment what can be done with wikis.
To access your group’s wiki, click on the link “BEMM119-GroupXX” (where XX is your group number) to be taken to the homepage, which will look similar to this (with less wiki spaces listed):
Strategy (BEMM119) On the left-hand side you will see a list of recently updated pages and on the right-hand side is a tree structure showing all the pages contained within the wiki. To navigate the wiki, click on the link for the appropriate page as shown on the right-hand side of the screen. Editing a page Your group’s wiki already has a set of ten pages to help you structure your executive summary. Your group will be expected to populate these pages with content: text, images, links, references comments etc. To develop your wiki content: Go to your Dashboard Select the page you wish to edit Then click on the “Edit” button in the top right-hand corner of the page you wish to edit.
You will then be presented with a WYSIWYG editor
Strategy (BEMM119) Text can be entered manually or by copying and pasting from another document, so if you prefer to draft your work in a word processor and then add it to the wiki then that’s fine. Note: Copying and pasting from a MSWord document When you copy and paste text into the wiki from MSWord, and save your text, it may produce a lot of unnecessary code. To avoid this you can: EITHER, copy and paste from MS Word ¾ Click Save ¾ ‘Edit’ this page again ¾ Select all the additional code above your text ¾ Delete this code ¾ Save your contribution again (You should now see your text without any additional MSWord code.) OR, ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾ ¾
copy your text from MS Word, ‘Edit’ your page Before you paste in the text ‘Wiki Markup’ tab Paste in your text Save (you will avoid the additional code, but may lose your text formatting so you would need to return and re-format)
Copying and pasting in links, quotes or text from online sources should not create additional formatting problems. Inserting an image Images can be inserted by clicking on the “Insert image” button on the toolbar of the WYSIWYG page editor:
Inserting web links Web links can be inserted into a page by clicking on the â€œInsert Linkâ€? button in the WYSIWYG page editor:
Inserting a table To insert a table, click on the “Insert table” button in the WYSIWYG editor:
Adding a comment: You may wish to comment on some of the content that other members of your group have created in order to give feedback and make further suggestions for improvement. You may also wish to respond to comments left by your group regarding work that you have contributed. To add a comment to a page click on the “Add comment” on the left-hand side of the screen:
You can then use the WYSIWYG editor to type your comment and click “post” to make it visible to the group:
Note: Please ignore any strange text that you may see in curly brackets anywhere in Confluence, this is just to do with the mark up language that makes Confluence work. And finallyâ€Ś A discussion board has been set up in WebCT for any technical queries you may need to ask us about.