Tools for Learning Activities: Blackboard Activities – Wikis

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Blackboard Wikis are collaborative spaces for group project work that can show individual contribution to a general piece of work.

Wikis are created and managed by instructors and can be set as graded or formative pieces. Depending on permissions, Wikis are discrete to groups, or visible by all members of a course.

This page is designed as a brief overview of the tool. You can find further support on how to set up, deploy, and grade Wikis on our support site.

Availability:

  • Free
  • Online (via Blackboard)
  • Blackboard App

Key features:

  • Can be set up for course or group work
  • Full use of the Blackboard text editor to include a variety of styling and media
  • Allows for structured, collaborative group work
  • Records individual contribution
  • If graded, pages will show as Needs Marking after a specified number of pages
  • Allows for commenting on individual pages
  • Stores version history on pages

Benefits:

  • Records individual contribution and allows for grading of individual contributions
  • Creates a clear structure
  • Can be created privately and released to the course later
  • Provide an easy to use environment for communication
  • Promote collaboration
  • Foster a social and interactive approach to learning

Considerations and limitations:

  • Can be considered unintuitive and may require intervention to aid use
  • Once a Wiki has been set as graded, this cannot be undone
  • Lacks similarity reporting features, like Turnitin, to aid in the discovery of poor academic practice

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