LEO Guides

How to set up a Wiki activity

  1. Navigate to your unit from within LEO.
  2. Click 'Turn editing on'.
  3. Scroll down to the section in your LEO unit you would like to add the Wiki, then click on ‘Add an activity or resource’. From the options given under the ‘ACTIVITIES’ heading select ‘Wiki’ and then click on ‘Add’. In the new page that opens up you will be able to edit the settings for your Wiki.

screenshot of the activity chooser in LEO, with Wiki highlighted

NOTE: Clicking on any of the section heading on the settings page will expand that section, allowing you to edit the settings as appropriate.  Alternatively, you can click on ‘Expand all' sections. a screenshot of the 'Expand all' option, with a red arrow pointing to it. Clicking this button will expand all of the Settings options.

  1. You will need to give your Wiki a name. It is also useful to enter text in the ‘Description’ text box, so that your students know what the Wiki is about, and how you expect them to interact with it. Click on the box next to ‘Display description on unit page’ if you would like the description to be visible from the main page of your LEO unit.
  2. You will also need to select your 'Wiki mode' from the dropdown menu. To learn more about Wiki modes, click on 'Other settings' below. You can also add your the first page to your Wiki from this screen. To learn more about adding pages to your Wiki, please see 'How to add a page to your Wiki'.
  3. Once you have selected your settings as appropriate, click on ‘Save and return to unit’ to return to the main page of your LEO Unit, or ‘Save and display’ to start using your Wiki.

NOTE: More information about each of the settings is available under ‘Other settings’ section of this LEO Guide.

There are many potential uses for the Wiki activity within LEO. These include (but are not limited to):

  • For your students to contribute their lecture notes, or commentary on set readings or topics, to a shared space
  • Collaborative authorship of a fictional text, such as a novel, story, or poem
  • As a personal writing journal (in the case of an 'individual' Wiki)
  • For students to plan a group assignment.

There are a few settings which are unique to the Wiki activity within LEO. The settings you select will alter the way your students are able to interact with the Wiki activity. These are explored in length below:


Wiki mode

The dropdown menu next to 'Wiki mode' gives you two options to select from: 'Collaborative wiki' and 'Individual wiki'.

Collaborative wiki - all students within your LEO unit work together in the same Wiki

Individual wiki - Each student will have their own Wiki that they will work on individually

First page name

The name you put here will be the first page of your Wiki. It is a compulsary field (marked with a red asterisk).

NOTE: The name you enter into this field can't be edited or changed later so watch out for typos!screenshot of the wiki mode and first oage name options in the Wiki settings screen


Default format

The dropdown menu next to 'Default format gives you three options to select from: 'HTML', 'Creole' and 'NWiki'.

HTML - HTML is the standard editing screen that you have accessed in Quiz, Page, and Lesson activities. This is the default option. It is recommended that you select HTML, unless you are already familiar with the other available options.

Creole - Creole is a popular Wiki editing language. If you select 'Creole' then a small editing toolbar will appear.

NWiki - NWiki is another Wiki editing language.

Force Format

If you select this check box then students will be unable to change the format from the default that you selected (above).

screenshot of the 'Fromat' section of the Wiki settings page