Wiki Moodle ISU


A Wiki in Moodle is a group of web pages that can be created and edited by students in your course. It is essentially a series of web pages that you and/or your students can work on together without needing to know HTML. A Wiki is started with a single front page, and each student can add pages by creating links to the front page or other pages that have been created.

This guide will help you to:

Create a Wiki

  1. Open Settings Gear Menu, and Click Turn editing on. For more information, see Moodle ISU Overview
  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.

  1. Select Wiki.
  2. Click Add.


  1. In the Wiki name text box, Type a name to represent your Wiki.
  2. In the Wiki description text box, Type a description of and/or instructions for your Wiki.

Note: If you wish to have the description displayed to students on the homepage, Check Display description on course page.

  1. From the Wiki mode dropdown menu, Select:
  1. Collaborative Wiki - sets the Wiki to allow all students access to the same Wiki.
  2. Individual Wiki - each student has their own Wiki that only they can edit.

Note: Once the Wiki is created, this option cannot be changed.

  1. In the First page name text box, Type a title for the first page of your Wiki.

Note: It is useful to use the front page of your Wiki as a table of contents to keep pages organized and allow quick access to them.

Note: Once the Wiki has been created, the name of the first page cannot be changed.


  1. From the Default format dropdown menu, Select an option.
  1. This setting determines the default format used when editing Wiki pages.
  2. You do not have to select a format.

Note: These options only set the default mode with which students edit the Wiki. Students are able to select a different editing format.

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

Common module settings

  1. Choose whether to Show or Hide the Page (default is Show)
  2. Enter an ID number only if you want a way of identifying the activity for grade calculation purposes. If the activity is not included in any grade calculation then the ID number field may be left blank.

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

To save:

  1. Click Save and display to be taken to the Wiki.
  2. Click Save and return to course to be taken back to the main course page.
  3. Click Cancel to delete the Wiki settings.

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.


The View tab displays the current page in the Wiki.


The Edit tab allows you to edit the current Wiki page.


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

To add comments:

  1. Click Add comment under the title of the page.

To delete your comment(s):

  1. Click the Trash icon underneath your comment box.

  1. The Wiki will ask you if you are sure you want to delete your comment.
  2. Click Yes if you are positive you wish to delete the comment.
  3. If you are not sure, Click No.
  1. You will be taken back to the Comments tab.

To edit your comment(s):

  1. Click the gear icon underneath your comment box.
  2. In the Comment text box, change or add text or images.
  3. Click Save changes when you are satisfied.


The History tab displays the date and time of every modification to the current Wiki page as well as who made the change. It contains links to each previous version of the page, allows you to compare page changes and restore previous page versions if desired.

To compare a previous version of the page:

  1. Click the History tab.

  1. Under the Diff column, Select the two versions you want to compare.
  1. There are two radial buttons for each option (left and right). Whichever button is selected for an option corresponds to the side of the screen on which that version will be shown.

Note: The newest versions will be at the top of the list.

  1.  Click Compare selected.

Note: Only two pages may be compared at a time. By default, Moodle selects the two most recent pages.

Note: You will be able to tell what the difference is between the two versions by looking for anything that is highlighted in the newer version.

To restore a previous version:

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

  1. Click Yes to continue with the restore.
  2. Click 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.


The Map tab displays a map of the Wiki pages and how they relate to each other. You can determine how you want the map to be configured by selecting an option from the Map menu dropdown menu.

The following is a list of the options available in the Map menu.


This page 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 Wiki page.

To edit wiki files:

  1. Click the Files tab.
  2. Click Edit wiki files.

  1. Click on the file in the Files box.

  1. A pop-up will appear with the options to Download or Delete the file if you wish.
  1. You can change the name of the file in the Name text box.
  2. To save the name change, at the bottom of the section, Click Update.


Note: To download a file, Click Download in the upper left hand corner of the Edit file pop-up window.

To delete the file:

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

  1. Click OK if you are sure you want to delete the file.


In the Administration tab, you can remove pages or delete versions of pages.

  1. From the Admin menu dropdown menu, Select Remove pages.

Note: You may have to Click List all at the bottom of the page before your pages will be visible in the list.

  1. To the left of the page name, Click the Trash icon.

  1. The page will automatically be removed.
  1. Be sure you wish to remove the page because Moodle will not double check.

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.
  1. Example: [[Name of New Page]]

Note: You can do as many of the bracket sets at one time as you would like. For example, if you wanted to make three new pages, you could do them all at once by pressing Enter between the page names.

  1. At the bottom of the page, you have three options:
  1. Click Save to save the new page titles.
  2. Click Preview to see what the new page will look like.
  3. Click Cancel to delete any changes.

For more information on Wikis, see Wiki Page

For additional information, contact the ITRC - (208) 282-5880 or email

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