OU Blog, OU Wiki & regular Wiki

OU Blog

OU Wiki

Standard course wiki

OU stands for Open University.

Create an OU Blog

The OU Blog provides a space in Moodle for students to Blog. While there is a discussion forum choice that mimics a blog, this activity has a bit more flexibility that the discussion forum.

Select OU Blog from Activity list.

Configure these settings:

  • Add a name and intro
  • Allow comments – select either yes from logged in users, yes from everyone (careful of FERPA regulations), and No.
  • Individual blogs – specify how the blog behaves. Choose “no” for one community blog where everyone participates in the same blog; choose separate individual blogs in which the blogger chooses the visibility level; choose individual visible in which all blogs are visible.
  • Maximum visibility – select the level of visibility
  • Contribution time period – specifies parameters around time limits for posting.
  • Grade – choose no grade, teacher grades students, or rating. If the ratings option is chosen, use the Ratings section to set those parameters.

 

Wikis allow collaborative creation of web documents.

The biggest difference between the OU Wiki and the Moodle default Wiki is that the OU opens up a grade column and has far more functionality than the default Wiki in Moodle. Explore both to see which one suits your activity goals.

Ideas for using Wikis:

  • Collaboratively create a study resource for exams
  • Post group project-related documents research, drafts, outlines, etc.
  • Create a course encyclopedia (wikipedia)
  • Brainstorm ideas
  • Collaborative story-telling

Create an OU Wiki

  • On the course homepage > click Turn Editing on
  • In the section where you want the wiki to appear > click Add an activity or resource
  • Click the radio button beside OU Wiki
  • Click Add

Configure these settings:

  • Add a Name and Description
    • Explain the purpose of your wiki in the description
  • Choose the sub-wiki
    • Single wiki for course
    • One wiki per group
    • Separate wiki for each user
  • Grade – option to add a grade for the wiki

Use a wiki


Create a Moodle default Wiki:

  • On the course homepage > click Turn Editing on
  • In the section where you want the wiki to appear > click Add an activity or resource
  • Click the radio button beside Wiki
  • Click Add

Configure these settings:

  • Add a Name and Description
    • Explain the purpose of your wiki in the description
  • Select a Wiki mode
    • Individual – each student gets their own wiki (Only the instructor can see all wikis)
    • Collaborative – students work together on a single wiki
  • Enter a First page name – the title of the wiki’s first page
  • Click Save and return to course

Use a Wiki:

  • Create the first entry
    • Open the wiki
    • The first participant must click Create page
    • Type or copy & paste information in the text editor window
    • Click Save
    • Add information to the wiki page *
    • Open the Wiki
    • Click the Edit tab
    • Add to the information in the text editor window
    • Click Save

* Only one person can edit a wiki page at a time and the page does not distinguish between different individuals’ contributions


 

The Moodle default Wikis do not automatically create a column in the gradebook. To assign a grade to a wiki, use the Add a grade item feature in the gradebook.

 

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