View and Grade Wiki Participation



An instructor can choose to make a wiki graded. Grading a wiki is much like grading in other collaborative tools in Blackboard and when you enable grading, a column is created automatically in the Grade Center. You must create or have access to a wiki before you can assign grades. If you don’t have a wiki topic to work from, please review the post on creating wiki topics.

To enable grading in a wiki, an instructor must create or edit that individual wiki’s settings:
Wiki Grade Settings

You must enter the number of points possible for the wiki (all work by a single student cumulatively in an individual wiki is considered one grade), and note that you may choose to use a rubric. To learn more about rubrics, see the Grading Rubrics article.

This article will cover what you need to know in order to view a single student’s contributions to a wiki, so you can evaluate their participation and assign them a grade.

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The Wiki Interface

Image of the Wiki interface

  1. The Create Wiki Page button will add a new page to the wiki.
  2. Below the action bar, the Wiki Instructions are expanded by default. You can minimize them.
  3. In the sidebar, you can expand the Wiki Details section to display information such as the type, creation date, and number of pages and comments. Click the right-pointing arrow to collapse the sidebar for more viewing room in the content frame. Use the four arrows to view the wiki in full screen.
  4. To view a summary of student activity, click Participation and Grading for graded wikis (this button will be labeled as Participation Summary for wikis with no grading). This will open a Participation Summary page where you can view participation for the students who have contributed to the wiki.
  5. In the sidebar, the wiki pages appear in alphabetical order after the home page, which is noted by the house icon. The home page always appears first in the list. Click a wiki page title to view it in the content frame. Access its contextual menu to view the page history. You can view the changes made to a single page in the wiki.
  6. All versions of the page appear on the History page with the most recent version appearing first. From this page, you can delete versions. You might delete pages because of offensive, inaccurate, or flawed content. If you delete the latest version, then the version next in line becomes the most current version and is the page viewed in the wiki. You can delete more than one version of a wiki page, but at least one version must remain. When you delete a version, all participation history for that version is deleted.

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Grading Status Icons

When setting up a wiki to be graded, you are given the option to show a “needs grading” icon Needs Grading Icon in your Grade Center after a certain number of saved pages:

Wiki Grading Settings

The default setting is to show the needs grading icon every time a student saves 1 wiki page, but this box can be unchecked so that this icon never appears, or you can alter the number of pages that a student must save before the icon appears. (This icon will also appear on the wiki’s Participation Summary page, next to the student’s name.)

The in progress icon Attempt in Progress icon shows in the Grade Center cell and in the wiki’s Participation Summary page when:

  • There has been student activity that does not meet the minimum number of page saves you set.
  • If you did not select the Show Participants in needs grading status check box.

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View the Participation Summary

On the Participation Summary page, you can view a list of all student participation for the current wiki you are viewing. The information provided can help you understand how students contributed to the overall wiki content. This information can be especially useful when determining individual grades for gradable wikis.

  1. Access a wiki.
  2. On the wiki topic page, click Participation and Grading for graded wikis (or Participation Summary for wikis with no grading).Accessing the Participation and Grading page
  1. On the Participation Summary page, view participation for the students who have contributed to the wiki.Wiki Participation Summary
  2. By clicking the downward-facing chevron in the side bar, you can expand the Wiki Details to show all participating students. In this sidebar area, you can select a user to view his or her Participant’s Contribution page:
    Wiki Particpant's Contribution page

      • Page Version: Displays all pages created and edited by a user. This allows you to see precisely how and what content a user contributed and edited. If many pages appear, narrow what is shown using the Display Pages drop-down menu.
      • User’s Modifications: A new Version is created each time a page is edited. When you compare versions, the difference between any version and its previous version are shown on the Page Comparison page. Click the Compare to Version __ link to go to the Page Comparison page.
      • Created On: Displays the date and time each new version was created by this student.
      • Words Modified: Tallies the total number of words altered in each version that was created by this student.

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Page Comparison

When you compare two versions, the Page Comparison page opens in a new window. The Comparison Details tab lists basic information about the two versions side by side.

Click the Legend tab to view the comparison with a legend or explanation of the formatting used to communicate version differences. Collapse either tab by clicking the X to allow for more room to view the page.

Wiki Page Comparison Page

In the preceding image, contributed text is highlighted green and removed text is red and uses a strike-through the words. An image is highlighted green with a plus sign in the corner to indicate it is new. The removed image is highlighted pink with a diagonal strike-through pattern.

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Grade Wiki Contributions

  1. Access a wiki.
  2. On the wiki topic page, click Participation and Grading Participation and Grading button on the action bar.
  3. On the Participation Summary page, click a student’s name in the content frame or in the drop-down list in the sidebar. In the drop-down list, students with contributions ready for grading appear with exclamation marks.
    Participation Summary page
  4. On the Participant’s Contribution page, a list of the student’s pages and page versions opens in the content frame. You can also view information about the contributions.
  5. In the Page Version column, click a page’s title to review it.
  6. In the grading sidebar, type a numeric grade in the grade box. If you associated a rubric with this graded wiki, expand and complete the rubric. To learn more, see Rubrics. To edit an existing grade, click in the grade box and change the grade.
  7. Optionally, type Feedback notes for the student. In the Add Notes section, make notes that appear only to you and others with Instructor, TA or Grader course roles.
  8. The icon for Click to open full content editor gives you access to all the content editor functions. You can use the spell check function in the bottom of each box.
  9. Click Submit to add the grade, feedback, and grading notes to the Grade Center.
  10. Use the left- and right-pointing arrows to navigate to the previous or next student.

    Participant's Contribution page

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Group Wiki Grading

On the Participation Summary page, the grading sidebar appears, listing all group members.

Wiki Group Participation Summary

The needs grading icon appears in the All drop-down list Image of All dropdown list for contributing group members. When you add a grade for a group wiki and click Submit, the grade is automatically given to all the members of the group (even if a member did not contribute) and is populated in the corresponding column in the Grade Center for each group member. Students can view their group wiki grades in My Grades and on their My Contribution pages.

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Change a Single Group Member’s Grade

You can assign an individual group member a different grade than the group by editing the grade for the member. If you change a group member’s grade, and you assign a new group grade, the new group grade will not affect the individual’s new grade. Individual members only see one grade, not what each member earned. The individual’s new grade will not appear to the other group members.

On the Participation Summary page, in the grading sidebar:

  1. Click the pencil icon Image of pencil icon to change the group grade for a member.
  2. Type a new grade.
  3. Click the check mark icon Image of checkmark icon to save it or the x icon Image of x icon to cancel.

Wiki Group Grading

The group grade and the individual group member’s edited grade also appear in the Grade Center, (grades can also be edited or overwritten directly from the Grade Center). Grayed out cells appear in the group wiki column for course members who are not part of the group.

Image of Grade Center group wiki columns
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Revert a Group Member’s Edited Grade

You can revert a member’s edited grade to the original group grade, which all group members received.

On the group’s Participation Summary page,

  1. Click the pencil icon Image of pencil icon for the user with the edited grade.
  2. Click the left-pointing arrow to change the grade to the original group grade.
    Image of Wiki Grade Override

The override icon is removed, and the change also appears in the Grade Center.

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