Create Accounts for Your Students Yourself

For the past 3 years, Wikispaces has offered a service to educators where we would create all the accounts for their students in bulk. We are excited to announce that we have made this process even easier.

Now, for any of our K-12 wikis, you can create accounts for your students without having to send us an e-mail. Simply go to “Manage Wiki,” and then “User Creator.” All you need to begin are the usernames and passwords you want for your students. With the new user creator, you can:

  • create accounts with or without e-mail addresses
  • have passwords generated for you
  • add a suffix or prefix to all the usernames to ease creation
  • and make them members of multiple wikis straight away

Once the accounts are created, you will receive an e-mail with all the usernames and passwords you’ve created for your records.

Enjoy both the ease of use of the new feature and the extra planning time you will have in the morning.

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45 Comments

  1. Posted December 15, 2008 at 3:34 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for this great update. This will make adding students so easy. Thanks again.

  2. Leire
    Posted December 16, 2008 at 3:27 am | Permalink

    Thank you very much for this easy tool to create our students accounts. It’s a very important improvement for all the teachers that use Wikispaces with students.

  3. jsindorf
    Posted December 16, 2008 at 7:03 am | Permalink

    This is exactly what I was looking for help to do- now I can do it myself! Thank you!

  4. Posted December 16, 2008 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    I tried to do this, but I do not have the “User Creator” button in my Manage Wiki page. Does it matter what type of subscription you have to be able to create these student accounts?

  5. Posted December 16, 2008 at 4:01 pm | Permalink

    I totally love Wikispaces

  6. Marla Pollack
    Posted December 17, 2008 at 7:39 am | Permalink

    I don’t see User Creator

  7. Posted December 17, 2008 at 9:52 am | Permalink

    Darnee and Maria,

    The User Creator is currently available for wikis on our K-12 plan. If your wiki is used exclusively for K-12 education, but isn’t yet on this plan, you can request an upgrade by going to “Manage Wiki” and “Subscription.” The link is at the bottom of that page.

    Best,
    Sarah

  8. Melissa
    Posted December 18, 2008 at 6:44 am | Permalink

    I have the same issue as Darnee and Maria. I did subscribe and request an upgrade. I was just wondering how long this process might take? Thank you!

  9. Posted December 18, 2008 at 9:31 am | Permalink

    Melissa,

    It usually takes us a day to review upgrade requests. I have approved yours.

    Best,
    Sarah

  10. Peter Nelson
    Posted December 22, 2008 at 10:51 am | Permalink

    The User Creator should be made available to everyone not just educational sites. This looks like the kind of tool the private wikispace managers could use and build on too.

  11. Gwen Thompson
    Posted December 22, 2008 at 3:03 pm | Permalink

    Hi,

    Can you please make my account a K-12? I thought mine was, but I do not have the “Manage Wiki” link.

    Thanks,

    Gwen Thompson

  12. Kelly
    Posted December 22, 2008 at 5:51 pm | Permalink

    I just added 75 students this way. Thanks for making my life easier and headache-free!

  13. Posted December 27, 2008 at 3:01 pm | Permalink

    Gwen,

    Send us an e-mail to help@wikispaces.com and we’ll help you get your wiki set up on the K-12 plan.

    Best,
    Sarah

  14. Posted December 27, 2008 at 3:02 pm | Permalink

    Peter,

    Thanks for your suggestion. We are looking into making that a possibility for the future.

    Sarah

  15. Charlene
    Posted December 30, 2008 at 4:58 am | Permalink

    You guys rock! Thanks for this great feature!

  16. John Dickinson
    Posted December 30, 2008 at 10:35 am | Permalink

    Sarah,

    I agree with Peter. This feature should be available for non-K-12 wikis, especially for paying customers like me!

    Thanks for the continual upgrades!
    John

  17. Posted December 30, 2008 at 10:48 am | Permalink

    Will this feature also be made available to the Super plan users? We have a constant influx of new staff every year that would be much easier for me to assign their username that it is to ask them to set it up themselves. I constantly have to delete and contact people who create usernames that are unidentifiable (we post senstive material that we only want our current staff to have access to).

  18. Posted December 30, 2008 at 2:16 pm | Permalink

    I have looked at the create accounts page and it tells me that there is a limit to 100 students.

    I teach technology to two schools of students and have 18 classes of 4th and 5th graders that I teach. That is about 450 children that I would like to use this with. Can this be done?

    I was wondering, can I submit them in sections that do not exceed 100?

  19. Lana
    Posted December 30, 2008 at 9:06 pm | Permalink

    Hi, Sarah.

    When I first started using Wikispaces with my students, Wikispaces created IDs for me in Aug 2007 — a service that saved me a lot of time as I moved all my courses over to Wikispaces.

    Is it possible that these IDs be reused by my next batch of students? Or, should I assume that these become students’ personal accounts?

    Since, the passwords were changed by students that year, I no longer have access to those accounts. Do I, as the originator of the accounts, have permission to change those passwords? If so, how is that done?

    To avoid the above issue in Sep 2008, I decided to have students (high schoolers) create their own accounts.

    In the future, I’m not sure whether I should use this new service, or just have students create their own.

    Thanks for your advice.

  20. Jane
    Posted December 31, 2008 at 8:40 am | Permalink

    I used the user creater to set up my student’s member accounts and it worked very well! First I created the list and passwords (I did not include emails and so just skipped that column) in word and copied and pasted them into the User Creator. I forgot to add one student and was able to easily go back in and create the additional account. The whole process took me about 5 minutes.

    Thank you so much for all your hard work to make the wiki user friendly and fun to create. My students are having a great time creating our first wiki!

  21. Amy
    Posted December 31, 2008 at 10:43 pm | Permalink

    I am SOOOO thrilled about this! My students are going to be so excited that they don’t need to have an e-mail address to be a part of my wiki!
    THANK YOU!!!!
    Mrs J

  22. Posted January 1, 2009 at 1:57 am | Permalink

    I am using wikispaces since 2006 for each a my French courses at the University of Las Palmas. It’s the best tool I ever had for teaching. But I am in Spain….How can I have a wiki with all the possibilities of a K-12 account ?

  23. Posted January 1, 2009 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    I have used Wikispaces in two graduate level psychology classes in the last year. They have been enthusiastically used by my students. There are appear to be several features available to K-12 educators that I am locked out of. Why can’t these features be made available to those of us in higher education as well?

    MB

  24. Posted January 2, 2009 at 4:54 am | Permalink

    Thanks for this truly useful feature. Wikispaces is by far the most education friendly of all the wikis out there.

    I’ll be highlighting this feature at the forthcoming National Literacy Conference in Scotland where I’m talking about how I use wiki(spaces) in schools.

    Thanks again!

  25. Posted January 2, 2009 at 4:20 pm | Permalink

    Rita,

    You can only add up to 100 students at a time. However, as soon as you add one batch of 100 students, you can go run through the user creator again to create more. There is no limit on the total number of accounts you can create.

    Best,
    Sarah

  26. Posted January 2, 2009 at 4:42 pm | Permalink

    John, Traci, and monte,

    We are looking to make the user creator tool available to other users as well. We wanted to first make sure that it was easy to use, people found it useful, and it wasn’t being abused by spammers. Keep an eye on our blog for information about its larger release.

    Best,
    Sarah

  27. Posted January 2, 2009 at 4:51 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lana,

    If you want, you can use the accounts over again for the next group of students. Other educators often do this. If the students have changed the passwords for these accounts, however, it can be difficult to reset passwords for them.

    What I’d suggest for the next time around is to use the user creator to create the accounts. This probably would be faster and easier than giving your students instructions for setting up their own accounts. Also, it would be necessary if the students don’t have e-mail addresses. At the end of the process, we’d send you an e-mail to make it easier for you to keep track of the passwords you assign for each account.

    Hope this helps,
    Sarah

  28. Posted January 2, 2009 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    Florence,

    If your wiki is used for primary and secondary education, you can upgrade it by going to “Manage Wiki” and “Subscription.” If your wiki is used for higher education, we are looking to make the user creator available to all users in the near future. Keep an eye on our blog.

    Best,
    Sarah

  29. Veronica
    Posted January 2, 2009 at 6:38 pm | Permalink

    I agree about access to the features noted for K-12!

  30. Catherine
    Posted January 3, 2009 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

    I’m real new and want to add students my wiki. Couldn’t find the User Creator in Manage Wiki, so I requested a Complimentary Upgrade in my subscription.

    Will this get me the User Creator?

    Thanks

  31. Catherine
    Posted January 3, 2009 at 6:10 pm | Permalink

    AAAH! Now I have Google adds! Whay is that?

  32. Posted January 5, 2009 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    Catherine,

    Send us an e-mail at help@wikispaces.com and we will help you get your wiki on to our K-12 plan. This will both get rid of ads and enable the User Creator.

    Best,
    Sarah

  33. Posted January 6, 2009 at 8:46 pm | Permalink

    Folks,

    I am also a private account manager with several spaces. I am planning to use my wiki to publish for my friends and relations. Psychological research shows that most people naturally chose the default option. If the default option is opt-in, and opting-out takes effort, most people will stay in. I want my readers in, so would like to create accounts and passwords for them, then give them a link directly to the pages I want them to start with.

    It sounds like User Creator is what I need, but I need it in the next week or two. Is my best current option to go to the new member registration page, and register each one singly, then send each an invitation?

    Thanks,

    Dave

  34. Posted January 6, 2009 at 8:53 pm | Permalink

    I see from the help screens on adding users, that you would be happy to create my bulk user names from a list, which I will be happy to send you.

    Many Thanks,

    Dave

  35. Posted January 9, 2009 at 12:40 pm | Permalink

    I love being able to create my students’ accounts on my own. Is it also possible for us to delete these student accounts in bulk?

  36. Laurie
    Posted January 11, 2009 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    This was so much easier to use than the last time I added a class! I didn’t even have to ask for help. : ) I do appreciate all of your friendly assistance replies when I’ve previously asked questions. I now just need more time in the day to work (actually play) on my wiki to prepare for my student’s participation. Any suggestions? Thanks for making wikispaces so user friendly.

  37. Joyce
    Posted January 14, 2009 at 7:41 pm | Permalink

    I joined Wikispaces today because I will be teaching a course in two weeks. Are there any good examples of successful wiki’s in higher education that I could view as a demo?

  38. Posted January 26, 2009 at 6:21 pm | Permalink

    Joyce,

    A few wikis used in higher education are below:

    http://ccit205.wikispaces.com
    http://ccit300-f06.wikispaces.com
    http://usefulchem.wikispaces.com

    Best,
    Sarah

  39. Jennifer
    Posted February 2, 2009 at 8:27 am | Permalink

    When I create user accounts for my students is it possible to limit their access to specific pages on my wiki? Specifically, I teach multiple grades and have a separate page for each grade. Can I limit my students access to only edit the page for their grade?

  40. Posted February 2, 2009 at 1:57 pm | Permalink

    Sarah – UsefulChem is a higher ed wiki but is not for a class. For organic chem class I use:
    http://chem241.wikispaces.com
    http://chem242.wikispaces.com
    http://chem243.wikispaces.com

  41. Diana
    Posted February 21, 2009 at 9:43 pm | Permalink

    Can this feature also be opened up for non-profits (not just K-12)?

    It would be great to be able to set up accounts for colleagues as well — especially since we work from a number of wikis!

  42. Posted March 12, 2009 at 12:19 pm | Permalink

    The screen for create users does not give me any options. I can’t add my students. The tabs are greyed out.

  43. Posted March 12, 2009 at 4:15 pm | Permalink

    Hi gillespie7,

    Can you send us an e-mail to help@wikispaces.com with your wiki address and the Internet browser you are using? We will look into what is happening for you.

    Best,
    Sarah

  44. Posted August 29, 2009 at 6:36 pm | Permalink

    I see where I can upload a list of 100 users at one time. What is the maximum number of users I can have on the site?

  45. Posted August 29, 2009 at 6:55 pm | Permalink

    Hi Curry,

    There’s no limit, you can have as many members in a wiki as you like. We have wikis with thousands of members, and in some cases tens of thousands!

    Let us know if we can help get you started with creating accounts, drop us a note at help@wikispaces.com.

    Best,
    James

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