OU Wiki - icon for OU wiki

The OU Wiki activity module is a collection of pages that are editable by anyone, and allows everyone in the course to collaborate with one another for learning. Pages can be added to the Wiki for organization, and can be commented on to offer suggestions, feedback, etc.

Getting Started

Create page

When the instructor creates an OU Wiki with separate wikis for each person or a one wiki per group, the student will first need to create a page. When you click on the OU Wiki on the course page, you will be taken to a page with a Create page button. Once the page has been created, the student(s) will be able to add content and additional pages to their wiki.

Create Page

Adding/editing a new wiki page

Separate content into different pages within the Wiki. These pages can be linked from the first page that was created, or can be linked to other pages within the Wiki.

  1. Click on the Wiki activity.
  2. Click on the Edit tab.

    Edit Tab
  3. In the text box, type in any content you desire and create links for pages in the Wiki (see Note). Apply necessary Tags and click Save.
  4. Note: Page links are not created via hyperlink. Instead, type the name of the page, and enclose it with double square brackets: [[ ]]. Separating page links can be done in any way desirable, but the "|" character (located directly below the backspace button, must hold shift to input) is recommended for a seamless look.

    Syntax to create links:

    Link Creation


    Start Page

  5. Click on the link to the page to be edited and click on the Create page. Enter the content of the page in the text box, any necessary Tags, and click Save.

    Note: After a page has been created, sections can be added by typing in a section title in the box below the other content on the page and clicking Add.

  6. An alternate way to add a new page:
    1. Type in a page name into the "Create new page" box and click Create.
    2. Add any desired content into the content box and click Save.
    3. This will ad a link to the new page, to edit the page again, click on the link.

Fixing page links

To add a link to an already existing page, you must type the exact name of the page enclosed in double square brackets: [[ ]]. You may not link to a page via hyperlink.  If you do this, it will work only for you. Anyone else who views your page and clicks on the link you made will be shown an error that says page does not exist. This is because the URL you used in the hyperlink is incorrect. If you have already made a link to an existing page using a hyperlink, you will need to fix it.

  1. Click on the link you made when you are in the Edit tab.
  2. Edit Tab

  3. In the HTML toolbox, two buttons will be highlighted. One is the Insert/edit link button, and the other is the Unlink button.
    Link Creation
  4. Click Unlink.
    Note: Instead of unlinking, you may just delete the hyperlink altogether by erasing the word(s).
  5. Now go to the page you are trying to link to and copy the name of the page. This can be done by highlighting the text and right clicking (or command click on a Mac computer).

    Name of Page 1
  6. Return to the page where you will be creating the link.
  7. Click the Edit tab once again.
  8. Paste the name of the page where you are creating the link, adjust the font as needed, and enclose it in double square brackets: [[ ]].  The link should now be correct. Click Save.
    The page name is inserted in square brackets.


The history and index of the Wiki are useful for easy navigating as well as keeping track of the activity within the Wiki.

  • History
    1. Click on the OU Wiki activity.
    2. Click on the Wiki Changes button in the upper right of the page.
    3. Wiki Changes

      Note: The changes are shown in descending order, newest at top.
    4. Within Wiki Changes, you can choose to view All changes to all pages, or just new pages and when they were created by switching between the tabs at the top of the page.
    5. Wiki Changes Tabs

      Note: Viewing the changes that have been made to a page will highlight the differences between the two versions. Each version can also be viewed in its entirety.

  • Index
    1. Click on the OU Wiki activity.
    2. Click on the Wiki index button in the upper right of the page.
    3. Wiki Index

    4. You have the choice to view the pages in the wiki alphabetically or by structure. If you view by structure, you will be able to see which pages are linked to each other . You can choose which view you want by using the tabs at the top of the page
    5. Wiki Index Tabs

      Note: If you have made links to pages, but have not yet created the pages, there will be a section in the index called "Missing pages" which shows these links. There will also be a section for "Unlinked pages" if you have created a page but erased the links to it


Files can be added by the instructor or by students to any page on the wiki.

  1. Underneath the HTML editor on each Wiki page, there is a box to add attachments to the page. You can either drag and drop files from your computer directly into the box or browse for the files.
  2. File Upload

  3. Click Save changes or Preview to view how your file looks on the page.


Annotations can be used as comments or as feedback in a Wiki. Both students and instructors can annotate each other's wikis.

  1. First, Click on the Annotate button that appears under the title of the page, next to "Edit page" on the page that you would like to annotate.
  2. Annotate

  3. After you have clicked on Annotate, small blue squares will appear between words. These are annotation markers. Choose where you would like to annotate and click on the blue square in that area.
  4. Annotate Markers

  5. Type in the text that you would like to appear in your annotation, and click Add.
  6. Annotation Text

  7. You will see another screen showing where your new annotation is as well as the text in the annotation. When you are satisfied, click Save changes.

    Save Annotation

  8. Your new annotation will appear as a clickable icon near where you added it.. If you click on the icon, your annotation text will expand or collapse.
  9. Annotation Icon

  10. You can also expand or collapse, hide, or add more annotations by clicking on the links next to "Edit page"
  11. Editing Annotations