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Using Wikispaces At UMB - A guide for faculty using Wikispaces at UMB

Using Wikispaces At UMB - A guide for faculty using Wikispaces at UMB



A guide for faculty at UMass Boston using Wikispaces...

A guide for faculty at UMass Boston using Wikispaces
What is a wiki
Creating an account
Creating a wiki
Inviting people to your wiki
Adding pages
Link to pages
Adding tags and notes
Embedding Widgets
Inserting tables in a page
Inserting code, math formulas
Edit navigation
Using Discussions
Tracking changes and page history
Reverting to previous page
Manage wiki
Logging in
Editing your wiki
Using wikitext
Inserting Images and Images



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    • Using Wikispaces at UMB
      A guide for faculty at UMass Boston using Wikispaces
    • What is a Wiki?
      A wiki is a web page or collection of web pages that can be linked together as a website.
      Wikis are often used as collaborative spaces where many editors can contribute content.
      A wiki makes it easy to get started with creating a website quickly.
      UMB Wikispaces also has a Discussions tool.
    • Login to UMB Wikispaces
      Visit UMB Wikispaces at http://www.wikispaces.umb.edu
      Click Sign Infrom menu located at the top right of the page.
    • Login to UMB Wikispaces
      Enter your UMB email account user name into the User Name box.
      For example : Fred Jones (fred.jones@umb.edu) email user name is fred.jones.
      Enter your UMB email account password into the Password box.
      Click Submit.
    • Request a Wiki
      Send an email to wiki.admin@umb.edu with the following information:
      Your name and position at the University.
      The class or project for which you need a wiki.
      How long you think you'll need this particular wiki
      If a course, please include - course name, catalog and section number (ex. HIST 320-01 Tudor History)- WISER class number
      Phone number and best time to reach you.
    • Inviting Students to your Wiki
      Click Manage Wiki.
      Click Invite People from the People row of the Manage Wiki page.
    • Inviting Students to your Wiki
      Enter the UMB email addresses of the students to add to the Wiki into the Send to box. Separate each email address with a comma.
      Enter a message into the Your message box.
      Click Send.
      An invite is sent to students who do not already have an account on UMB Wikispaces along with instructions on how to create an account.
    • Adding Students to your Wiki
      Alternatively, you can ask the wiki administrator to add the students to your wiki:
      Send an email to wiki.admin@umb.edu with the following information:
      The name of the wiki to which the students are to be added.
      A list of students with students’ first and last names and email addresses.
    • Edit the Page
      Click Edit this Page to edit your Home page.
    • The Editing Toolbar
      The Editing Toolbar appears at the top of the page when you are in edit mode.
    • Editing Toolbar
      The first group of options are basic options for formatting text:
      Bold, Italicize, Underline
      Text color
      The drop-down box allows you to select preset text heading styles or select Normal style.
    • Formatting Toolbar
      The next group of options allow you to :
      Create Ordered List
      Create Unordered List
      Insert Horizontal Rule
      Insert Link
      Remove Link
    • Editing Toolbar
      The next group of icons allows you to include objects:
      Insert Images and Files
      Embed Widgets
      Insert Table
      Insert Special Characters
      Insert Code
    • Editing Toolbar
      Text Editor – allows you to use wikitext , which is a short hand for formatting text. When using Text Editor, the button will change to Visual Editor.
      Preview – preview your changes before saving
      Save – to save changes
      Cancel – allows you to cancel your changes
    • Using Wikitext
      Wikitext is an alternative to HTML and is a simple way to format pages. To use wikitext, click Text Editor in the Formatting Toolbar and enter special characters in the Text editor. Some examples are listed below:
    • Using Wikitext to make a Table of Contents
      Click Text Editor.
      Enter the following wikitext at the top of your page to include a table of contents for the page: [[toc]]
      Click Save.
      All text that has been formatted with a heading style (ex.Heading 1, Heading 2, etc.) will be included in the table of contents at the top of your page and will link to the corresponding content . Each heading level is indented.
    • Wikitext Resources
      There is much more you can do with wikitext. View examples at Help.Wikitext:http://help.wikispaces.com/Help.Wikitext
    • Uploading and Inserting Images
      Click Insert Images and Files from the Editing Toolbar.
      From Insert Files tab, select inserts file to include the image on the page. Selecting the links option includes a link to the image.
      Click Upload Files tab
      Click Browse.
      Locate the image to upload and select it. Click Upload.
      A thumbnail of the image appears in the dialog box. Double click the thumbnail to place it on the page.
      Add a caption to the image by entering the text into the Caption box in the Image Properties dialog box.
    • Inserting Files
      Click Insert Images and Files from the Editing Toolbar.
      From Insert Files tab, select inserts file (to include a file icon on the page) or links to include a link only.
      Click Upload Files tab.
      Click Browse. Locate the file to upload and select it.
      Click Upload.
      A document icon appears in the dialog box. Double click the icon to link it from your page.
      Click Save.
    • Inserting Images and Files
      If an image or file has already been uploaded previously, you will only need to link to it the next time.
      Click Insert Images and Files from the Editing Toolbar.
      The InsertFiles tab is selected. Select the insert file option to include the image. Files will include a file icon along with the link. Selecting the insert link will link to the file or image only.
      Double click the thumbnail of the file or image that appears in the dialog box to place it on the page.
    • Adding Pages to your Wiki
      Click New Page link above the Navigation Menu.
      The Make a New Page window appears. Enter a page name in the text box.
      Click Create.
    • Link to another Wiki Page
      Select the text to be linked.
      Click Insert Link icon.
      The Wiki Link tab is selected.
      Click Choose an existing page below the Page Name box.
      The Page Name box changes to a drop down list. Select the wiki page from the Page Name drop down box.
      Click Add Link.
    • Insert a Link to a web site
      You can link to another wiki page or another web page outside of your wiki.
      Select the text to be linked.
      Click Insert Link from the Formatting Toolbar.
      Select the External Link tab from Insert Link dialog box.
      Enter the web address in the Address box.
      Click Add Link.
    • Add Notes and Tags to Pages
      Two text boxes are displayed at the bottom of every page in edit mode.
      The notes box is used to let other wiki editors know what you edited on the page ( ex. the link to support vendor was updated)
      The tags box is used to indicate the topic of your page (ex. Web 2.0 tools, Social Bookmarking, etc.)
      Click Save to save the changes to the page.
    • Widgets
      Widgets are used to include dynamic content within a web page.
      It is possible to embed one or several widgets on one web page.
      Some examples of widgets are: a calendar displaying links to events, a youtube video, a survey or chat application.
    • Embed Widgets
      Click the Embed Widget icon.
      Select the icon of the widget to embed.
      Follow the instructions displayed within the widget dialog box.
      Click Save to embed the widget.
    • Insert Widget with HTML
      To embed a widget that is not listed in the Widgets dialog box, use the Other HTML option.
      Visit the web page that contains the widget to embed.
      Copy the HTML. Find on the page “Embed this content”, “Add to mySite blog” or similar.
      Paste the HTML into the box.
      Click Save.
      The next time the page is viewed the content will appear on the wiki page.
    • Insert Tables
      Click the Table icon
      Select the number of rows and columns to display.
      Click Insert Table.
    • Formatting Tables
      Click on any cell of the table to display the table formatting icon.
      Click on the table icon to open the formatting options menu.
      Individual cells, rows or columns can be formatted by selecting the option from the menu .
    • Insert Special Characters
      Click the are of the page where the character is to appear.
      Click Special Characters icon.
      Click on the desired character to place it on the page.
    • Inserting Code
      It is possible to include code from scripting and programming languages such as action script, javascript, php and javascript to name a few.
      Click Insert Code from Editing Toolbar.
      Select the code language from the pull-down menu.
      Paste the code into the text box.
      Click Insert Code.
    • Math Formulas
      LaTeX support allows you to insert math formulas into your pages.
      Enclose the LaTeX formula within [[math]] tags. For example:
    • LaTeX Symbols
      Visit the following websites for more information about LaTeX symbol usage:
      Most commonly used http://www.artofproblemsolving.com/Wiki/index.php/LaTeX:Symbols
      LaTeX Tutorialhttp://www.andy-roberts.net/misc/latex/latextutorial9.html
    • Your Wiki Navigation Menu
      The Navigation Menu located to the left of the content area, appears on all wiki pages.
      The Navigation Menu usually contains all pages in your wiki and may include links to other websites.
    • Edit the Wiki Navigation Menu
      Click the Edit Navigation link that appears below the Navigation Menu.
      The Navigation Menu appears as a wiki page along with the Editing Toolbar allowing you to make changes to the page.
      Click Save after making edits.
    • Discussions Tool
      Your wiki has a Discussions Tool. It allows you to create discussion topics to which others can respond.
    • Create Discussion Topic
      Click Discussion Tab.
      Enter a subject in the subject box.
      Enter a message in the message box.
      Click Post.
    • Open Discussion
      Once you have created a Discussion post, it appears as a link in Discussions.
      Click the Discussion Subject link to open it.
    • Reply to Discussion
      A Reply box appears below the Discussion post.
      Enter a response into the Reply message box.
      Click Post.
    • Tracking Changes
      It is possible to view all page edits and new discussion messages on the Recent Changes page.
      Click Recent Changes above Navigation Menu.
    • Recent Changes
      The Recent Changes pageadds a new entry in a listing each time a page is edited and saved. Each page version listed chronologically, includes page title, the date and time it was saved, the author name and any comments associated with the page.
    • Reverting to a previous version of a page
      To Revert to a previous version of a page, select the link of the page version to revert to.
    • Reverting to a previous version of a page
      After the page opens, click the revert to this version link.
    • Reverting to a previous version of a page
      Click Revert to commit to the changes.
    • Setting up Change Notifications
      • Click Recent Changes above Navigation Menu.
      Click Notify Me tab if you wish to be notified whenever a change is made to the wiki. You have the option of selecting the following:
      Entire space or specific pages to monitor
      Page edits, new discussion posts or both
      Receive notifications as email messages or RSS feeds
      Some examples of RSS readers are Google Reader, Bloglines, or Pageflakes, Microsoft Outlook allows RSS subscriptions
    • Manage Wiki
      Click Manage Wiki link to access Wiki Preferences
    • Manage Wiki Preferences
      Wiki organizers can manage the following:
      Name, description, copyright license
      Look and Feel – colors, templates and themes
      Members and permissions
    • Wikispaces Resources
      Wikispaces Help
      Wikispaces Tours