There are a lot of educators out there, using wikis and reading this blog. And right about now, you’re probably starting to think about wrapping up the school year. Just for you, here are some helpful hints for winding down your wikis at the end of the year. We hope this will help you get as much as you can from them.
Take time to review
The simplest steps are often the easiest to overlook. Make sure you take few minutes to run a “post mortem” on your wiki. Either alone or with your class, go through the wiki and ask a few simple questions:
- What worked well in this wiki?
- What didn’t work?
- What would I do again?
- What would I do differently next time?
You can also look back at how your wiki has performed by reviewing your wiki stats.
Export your wiki
You (and your students) have put a lot of work into that wiki. Why not take it with you?
- Make sure you’re logged in as the organizer of the wiki.
- Go to Manage Wiki.
- Scroll down to Tools and click Exports.
- Select the Content Type (HTML, wikitext, or PDF), and, if applicable, File Type (.zip or .tgz).
- Click Export Wiki.
- Wait. It may take a couple of minutes to process your export. You can either wait for it to run, or you can leave the page and go do something else — you’ll get a message (and, if your address is confirmed, an email) when the export is ready.
The Export Wiki page also keeps an archive of all the wiki exports you’ve processed, so you can save the export to your hard drive now or later or never. It’s up to you.
While you’re enjoying your summer vacation on a tropical beach without internet access, you can still open up your wiki on your laptop, and look back at all the great work you’ve done.
Save individual pages of student work
Whether your students are compiling their online portfolios or just want a record of their work, it’s easy to export single pages from any wiki. You can do this for them, or give them these instructions and they can capture all the PDFs they want:
- Go to the wiki page you want to export. It doesn’t matter whether you’re logged in. As long as you can see the page, you can export a PDF.
- Roll over the down arrow on the Page tab.
- Select Download PDF from the dropdown list.