Wiki Activity [Faculty]


Wiki is a collaborative Moodle tool whereby students and professors may add content of many forms in order to create a “webpage” without needing experience with HTML.

This Guide Will Help You to:

  • Create a Wiki

  • Manage your Wiki

  • Add a New Wiki Page

  • Seek further assistance

Create a Wiki

  1. Turn editing on

  2. Locate the week/topic block where you would like to add a Wiki.

  3. In the bottom right corner of the block, click Add an activity or resource.

  4. Select Wiki.

  5. Click Add.

For more information see, Adding an Activity in Moodle ISU [Faculty]


  1. In the Wiki name text box, type a name to represent your Wiki (this step is required)

  2. In the Wiki description text box, type a description of and/or instructions for your Wiki


  1. If you would like this description displayed on the course page, check the Display description on course page checkbox

  2. From the Wiki mode dropdown menu, select:

    • Collaborative Wiki - sets the Wiki to allow all students access to the same Wiki

    • Individual Wiki - each student has their own Wiki that only they can edit.

  3. In the First page name, type a name for the first page (this step is required)

[Note: Once created, the name of the first page of the Wiki cannot be changed. However, it is useful to use that front page as a table of contents to keep the organization and allow for easy navigation.]



  1. From the Default format dropdown menu, select an option:

    • HTML - a wiki page with the standard text editor

    • Creole - a wiki page with a limited text editor,

    • Nwiki - a wiki page with a limited text editor,

  2. Check the Force format checkbox to prevent students from choosing a different format other than the default format selected.

[Note: These options only set a default mode, students are able to choose a different format other than the one selected.]

Common module settings

Choose whether to Show or Hide the activity

For more information on Common module settings, see Groups and Groupings

Restrict access

For more information on restricting access, see Restrict Access

Activity completion

For more information on activity completion, see Activity Completion

Save Settings

  • Click Save and display to be taken to the Wiki activity.

  • Click Save and return to the course to be taken back to the course homepage.

  • Click Cancel to delete the activity and return to the homepage of the course.

Manage Your Wiki

The first thing you will see when you enter the Wiki will be the front page. The tabs at the top of the page will allow you to modify the Wiki.



View tab

The View tab displays the current page in the Wiki

Edit tab

The Edit tab allows you to edit the current Wiki page

Comments tab

The Comments tab displays comments that have been made concerning the current Wiki page. You can edit or delete your own comments.

  1. To add comments, click Add comment under the title of the page.

  2. To delete your comment(s), click the trash icon underneath your comment box and follow the prompts.

  3. To edit your comment(s):

  4. Click the gear icon underneath your comment box

  5. In the comment text box, change or add text or images

  6. Click Save Changes when you are satisfied

History tab

The History tab displays the date, and time of changes made, as well as the editor. It also contains links to the previous version of the page. To compare previous versions:

  1. Click the History tab

  2. Under the Diff column, select the two versions you want to compare. (Selecting the left or right side will display the page on that half of the screen)

  3. Click Compare selected

To restore a previous version:

  1. Next to the title of the version you wish to restore, click Restore

  2. Click Yes to continue, or No to return to viewing the previous version

[Note: Restoring an older version of the page creates a new version with the old version settings in the page history.  For example, restoring version 5(old) over version 6(current) will create version 7, which is actually a copy of version 5. This ensures that student work is not lost and that the restoration can be undone.]

Map tab

The Map tab allows you to see a map of the Wiki pages and their relation to one another. Select an option from the Map menu to change the configuration. The list of options is as follows:

  • Contributions: All pages you have edited

  • Links: All pages linked to this page

  • Orphaned Pages: Any pages that have no links to or from them

  • Page Index: Displays pages in a “tree” like the format

  • Page List: Displays pages in alphabetical order

  • Updated Pages: Displays a list of which pages were edited and when.

Files tab

The Files tab displays any and all files that have been uploaded to the current Wiki page, and allows you to download, upload, or remove uploaded files from the current page. To Edit wiki files:

  1. Click the Files tab

  2. Click Edit wiki files

  3. Click on the file in the Files box

  4. A pop-up will appear with the options to Download or Delete the file if you wish

  5. Click Update to save changes

To delete the file:

  1. In the Edit file pop-up window, click Delete

  2. Click Ok if you are sure you want to delete the file

Administration tab

The Administration tab allows you to remove pages or delete versions of pages. To do this:

  1. From the Admin menu dropdown menu, select Remove pages (you may have to Click List all at the bottom before seeing every page)

  2. To the left of the page, click the Trash icon

  3. The page will automatically be removed (Moodle will not double-check this decision)

Add a New Wiki Page

To add a new page to the Wiki, you will create a link to it from a current page.

  1. Click the Edit tab.

  2. In the Editing, this page section, type the name of the new page you want to create and surround it on both sides with two square brackets.

    • Example: [[Name of New Page]]

  3. At the bottom of the page, you have three options:

    • Click Save to save the new page titles.

    • Click Preview to see what the new page will look like.

    • Click Cancel to delete any changes.

Seek Further Assistance

For additional assistance please contact, ITRC at (208) 282 5880 or

For more information please visit:

Creative Commons License
This work was created by the Idaho State University Instructional Technology Resource Center and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License


Article ID: 50697
Wed 3/21/18 11:13 AM
Mon 8/9/21 4:15 PM