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Wikis: Using Wikis for Summative Examinations

Wikis can be a powerful took for summative assessment. Assessment can either be for Group Assessment or an individual assessment.

A wiki is an area for students either in groups or as one group to collaborate on producing a knowledge artefact that is representative of all their knowledge combined on a specific topic. More details on pedagogic use of wikis at the end of this document.

If using for group assignments, contact prior to deployment.

Step One: Adding a Wiki Area to Blackboard

  1. Click on the plus icon on top of the menu bar.
A screenshot of the Blackboard Module Site Navigation Menu. The top of the menu is shown, it contains the site name and ID, and a plus icon in the top left.
  1. Click on the Tool link option.
A screenshot of the Blackboard Module Site Navigation Menu. The Add menu is expanded and the Tool Link option is highlighted.
  1. Click on Wiki from the drop-down, give the item a name describing the activity and tick Available to users.
A screenshot of the Add Tool Link menu in Blackboard, the Name field, the type field, which is set to Wikis, and the Available to Users checkbox is shown.
  1. Move the item up on the menu bar using the Reorder menu items tool.
A screenshot of the Reorder Menu Items feature of a Blackboard Module Site. A list of items is shown including Announcements, Staff Details and Journal Activity, two arrows are shown to move an item up or down in the navigation menu.
  1. Click on the menu item and Create Wiki.
A screenshot of a Blackboard Module Site, the Wikis page is shown, a red box highlights the Create Wiki button.
  1. The Create Wiki wizard is comprised of four sections. For the first section, type in the Name of the activity and Instructions for students.
A screenshot of the Create Wiki page of a Blackboard Module Site. Two text boxes are shown, the first is Name of the Wiki, the second is Instructions for how to use the Wiki.
  1. Fill in the Wiki Date and Time Restrictions area.
A screenshot of the Create Wiki page of a Blackboard Module Site. The Wiki Availability setting is shown with the option to set to Yes or No. The Limit Availability option is shown with date and time fields for Display After and Display Until.
  1. Fill in the Wiki Participation details. You can change the student access at any time.
  • Closed to Editing: Select this option when you’re the only one who contributes pages or to prevent further page edits by course members. Select this option too when you’re ready to start grading the wiki contributions. All students are allowed to view wikis that are closed to editing.
  • Open to Editing: Allows students to modify any wiki page. In a group wiki, you must be a member of the group to edit a wiki page.
A screenshot of the Create Wiki page of a Blackboard Module Site. The Wiki Participation options consist of choosing open or closed access for students in terms of editing access and commenting access.
  1. In the Wiki Settings section, select Grade: Points Possible and type the number of Points possible as 100. Set Needs Marking to 1 and set the Due Date. After you enable grading, a column is created automatically in the Grade Centre. The wiki is permanently gradable, and you can’t change it to No grading.
  1. Click Submit. Your wiki is almost ready to use with students.

Step Two: Hiding the Total Column and the Wiki column in Full Grade Centre

  1. Go to Full Grade Centre.
Screenshot showing the full grade centre menu item in the left hand navigation bar in Blackboard.
  1. Click the chevron next to the Total column and go to Edit Column Information.
A screenshot of the Total Column in the full grade centre. The chevron arrow is shown next to the column title, the expanded menu shows the Edit Column Information option.
  1. In the Options area, make sure Show this Column to Students is set to No.
A screenshot of the Edit Column Information menu for the Total Column in the Grade Centre. The option to make available to students is set to No.
  1. Do the same for the column relating the wiki summative assignment. Your summative Wiki assessment is now ready to be used.

Step Three: Unhiding the Wiki column in Full Grade Centre to release marks

On the day you are releasing marks and feedback, you need to go to Grade Centre, click the chevron for the Wiki column, choose Hide from Students (on/off), and the red line will disappear