The Moodle wiki

Posted on: January 7, 2017 | By: Cheri Crabb, PhD | Filed under: Instructional Technologies, Moodle, Teaching & Learning

Post-its on a wallA wiki is a collection of collaboratively authored web documents. Wikis were named from the Hawaiian term “wiki wiki” which means “very fast.”   Indeed wikis are a quick method for creating content as a class, group or individual.  Wikis don’t have a center of control but rather the community edits and develops content directly in a browser, without any knowledge of HTML.   A wiki is created with a front page and authors add subsequent pages by creating links.


Wikipedia is an example of the world’s largest wiki. A class can use wikis to build a subject based resource that can be continuously updated.

General Wiki Ideas

  • Group project space for students to brainstorm, record research, store images, videos, files and create outlines for projects, research papers or presentations.
  • Study guides made by students/groups on lecture notes or units of study.
  • Vocabulary lists and examples of the words in use, contributed by students.
  • Epicenter of the class displaying all assignments, research papers, presentations, projects, rubrics, etc.
  • An annotated collection of examples and illustrations showing real-life connections to materials read and discussed in class; a virtual library of resources, or a collection of book or journal article reviews.
  • Travelogue from a study abroad or service trip.

Read the Moodle Musings post with specific ideas about using a wiki in History, Literature, Math and Science.

Photo by Flickr user @boetter / Creative Commons licensed BY 2.0

About the author

Cheri Crabb, PhD, Academic Technology Consultant with TLT, has a career in academia focused on instructional design and development using integrated electronic media systems for blended learning.

Cheri Crabb, PhD

I am dedicated to working with online faculty at Elon University and pride myself on designing quality curriculum advocating instructional technology usage. My career in academia is focused on instructional design and development using integrated electronic media systems. I earned my Doctor of Philosophy in Instructional Systems Design and Development from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University while representing NASA’s Office of Education as their first Graduate Studies Research Program doctoral fellowship recipient.

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One response to “The Moodle wiki”

  1. Wikis are quite popular now days due to the very same nature you have described.