Using Wikis


Welcome! This tutorial will help you set up a new wiki page.

Create a Wiki Page
Set Wiki Access
Adding Text
Adding Lists
Text Styles
Adding and Editing Links
Insert images, audio, or Quicktime movies
Attach a File
Insert a Table
Edit HTML
Cancel and Save


Create a Wiki Page

Go to: roma.wcu.edu

Go to: Wikis

Click on: Log in to my page

In the Log In window type your:
Username: email username (everything before the @ symbol)
Password: email password

Click on: Create a New Wiki (right side of the page)

In the Create a New Wiki window type in the name of the Wiki. Description is optional.
When naming your wiki, think through if you might reuse it beyond the current semester. If so, it would be a good idea to be generic with the name as in “Sandbox 101 – Melvin”. If you plan on the wiki only lasting a semester, you could be more specific by also giving a date, such as “Sandbox 101 – Sp 2010″. This is because the name of the wiki becomes part of the URL of the wiki which can not be changed once the wiki has been created.

Click “Next”.

Choose a Theme: scroll through the available themes and choose one that appeals to you.

Click “Next”.

Set Wiki Access

Choose either Public or Private. Public settings can be set to be viewed and edited by anyone.

Clicking the Private settings option allows you to add specific people access to your wiki. You may add/remove people from this list after you have created the wiki. To add someone for private access type in their name as it appears BEFORE the @ symbol of their email. For example: student John Smith’s email is jsmith@catamount.wcu.edu so only type in jsmith. When you type in the name a pull down window automatically appears that shows you that the system has recognized the name. Click once on the name in the pull down menu. NOTE: if you do not choose the name from the pull down menu the system WILL NOT recognize the student/teacher/staff name.

The users ability can be restricted to read and write or just read. Click once on the Read and Write expansion arrows and choose how you would like for this user to interact with the wiki.

Click “Create” (if you have set the public/private settings when you created the wiki).
Click Save” (if you have set the public/private settings after creating the wiki).

To access the Admin functions AFTER you have created the wiki page.

Click once on Settings under Admin functions.

Under Settings click once on Permissions.

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Adding Text

Place cursor in the text area on the page (if you don’t then you won’t be able to choose from the editing toolbar). Click the “Choose a paragraph syle” button in the editing toolbar.

Choose from the following: Paragraph, Block Quote, Monospace, Header 1, 2, or 3.

Click “Save.”

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Adding Lists

Place cursor in the text area on the page. Click the “Choose a list style” button in the editing toolbar.

Choose from the following: Bullets, Ordered, Indent list.

Click “Save.”

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Text Styles

Place the cursor in the text area of the page. Click on the “Choose a text style” button in the editing toolbar.

You must highlight the text before you make a change to any of the above.

Click “Save.”

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Adding and Editing Links

Click on the “Create or edit a link” button in the editing toolbar.

Choose from the following: New Page, Search, Enter URL, or Unlink.

New Page creates a new wiki page. Type in the name of the new page and click “create”.

Search allows you to search and add links within the wiki domain.

Click on the “Create or edit a link” button in the editing toolbar.

Choose “Search” from the pull down menu.

Type in a word in the first window, if there are any similar wiki’s they will appear in the larger bottom window. Click on a link and it will automatically add a link to your existing wiki page.

Enter URL allows you to manually add links to a wiki page.

Place the cursor where you want to place your link. Click the “Adding and Editing Links” button in the editing toolbar.

Choose “Enter URL.”

Type in the URL (http://www.wcu.edu) and the text that will represent the link (Western Carolina University) and click “Link.”

This is what shows on your wiki page: Western Carolina University

If you want to add a link to a single word or string of words, highlight the word(s) first then click on the “Create or edit a link” button in the editing toolbar.

Choose “Enter URL”.

Click “Link”.

An example: “Welcome to WCU!”

Unlink allows you to remove a link from a wiki page. Highlight the linked text with the cursor and mouse.

Click on the “Create or edit a link” button in the editing toolbar.

Choose “Unlink” from the menu and the link is automatically removed (the line underneath the text will disappear).

Click “Save.”

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Insert images, audio, or QuickTime movies

Place the cursor where you want to place your media file. Click the “Insert images, audio, or QuickTime movies” button in the editing toolbar.

Browse for a media file (images, audio, or movie) by clicking “Choose File”.

Type an alternate text (optional) and select a layout alignment.

Click “Insert.”

Click “Save.”

Troubleshoot: Files that do not have the correct extension (.jpeg, .tif) will result in a message that claims your media file is not supported. Change the extension name.

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Attach a File

Place the cursor where you want to place your media file. Click the “Attach a File” button in the editing toolbar.

Browse for a file (.doc, .pdf) by clicking “Choose File”.

Click “Attach.”

This is what will appear in the editing screen.

This is what will appear on the wiki page.

Click “Save.”

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Insert a Table

Place the cursor where you want to place your table. Click the “Insert a Table” in the editing toolbar.

By clicking on the table menu a table immediately appears in the window.

You can do some basic editing of the table which includes: Add Row, Add Column, Delete Row, Delete Column, Disable Header Row, and Enable Header Row.

Click “OK.”

Click “Save.”

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Edit HTML

Click the “Edit HTML” in the editing toolbar.

When you click the “Edit HTML” the wiki page is automatically converted to standard HTML formatting which enables the user to edit his/her page using HTML code.

Click “Save.”

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Cancel and Save

To cancel work done on a wiki page click “cancel.”

To save work done on a wiki page click “save.”

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