A wiki is a collaborative space where you can create and edit content along with other users. Wikis are often used to build knowledge bases but can be used for a range of collaborative activities.
Unlike other activities there are no plugin settings to configure for the wiki activity under Plugins > Activity modules, although you can choose to enable or disable the plugin here.
(The video above is taken from the Glossary and wiki course in the Totara Academy).
To create a new wiki follow the steps below on any course you have editing access to.
You can now start editing the first page.
The first page of your wiki is automatically created during the creation of the wiki (as detailed in the steps above).
To create subsequent pages you will need to follow the advise for adding and linking pages. There is no button to create new pages, instead these are created from within an existing page.
|Wiki name||The name you give to your wiki here will appear as the link on the course page for your Learners to click.||-|
|Wiki description||Explain the purpose of your wiki here.||This description may or may not be compulsory depending on your admin's settings).|
Display description on course page
|If this box is checked, then the description you added above will appear with the wiki link on the course page.||-|
|First page name||The name you add here will form the first page of your new wiki.|
This is a mandatory field, and once you have entered a name it cannot be changed.
|The individual wiki is shared between the user and their Trainer(s)/Editing Trainer(s). It can be used as a journal or note taking area, as it's not visible to other Learners.|
Set the default type of editing your wiki will use. Choose from:
|The most commonly used format is HTML.|
|Force format||If you check this box then Learners cannot choose their own method of editing the wiki.||-|
Common module settings
See Common module settings to learn more.
See Activity Completion to learn more.
See Restrict Access to learn more.
See Tags to learn more.
Once you have created your wiki you can then view, edit, and manage the content within it. When you open a wiki you will notice a number of tabs:
To start editing simply open the wiki and then click the Edit tab and start adding content in the editor. You can add text, images, and multimedia content.
You can only view the wiki one page at a time, so whichever page is selected will be the one that is displayed under the View, Edit, Comment, History, Map, and Administration tabs. You can navigate between pages using either the Map or Administration tabs.
The Map tab shows lists of pages based off various criteria including (but not limited to):
The Administration tab allows you to delete () and edit () pages. By default the current page will be displayed but by clicking List all you can display all pages to make changes to them or navigate to them by clicking on them. You can also delete page versions to revert to an older version of the page.
If you wish to compare versions of a page then this can be done via the History tab.
Once you have created the initial page you can add additional pages by creating links from it.
You can now enter content to the new page, remember to click Save when you are done.
You can create a link from any existing page to any other existing page(s) by entering the name of the page(s) you wish to link to in double square brackets e.g. [[existing page]].
If you are linking to multiple pages then they will all need to be added in their own double square brackets e.g. [[existing page 1]] [[existing page 2]]. You do not need to separate multiple pages with commas but you may wish to do this for formatting.
If you enter the name of a page that does not yet exist during this process then you can create it as described above.
To edit a page you will need to navigate to the navigate to a page via the Map tab.
The Comments tab is used to make comments on the current page. This can be a useful place to discuss any required actions, allocate work, and leave feedback.
Once you have added a new comment you can also edit () or delete it () under the Comments tab.
The Files tab allows you to upload, edit, and delete files associated with the wiki. Files can be uploaded directly here or within a page but they are all managed here.
The Totara Academy has a whole course dedicated to using using the Glossary and wiki in Totara Learn. Here you can learn more on how to use these tools, see best practice, and give it a go yourself.