Get Your Class in Your Wiki Painlessly: New Join Code for Your Students

You asked, and we listened! Announcing the arrival of one of the most requested features of all time, this blog post explains how to use a Join Code to make joining a wiki easier for students.

Try it out and let us know what you think!  Step by step directions below.

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Here’s how to use a Join Code. 

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Go to Members at the top right of your page. Then you’ll see the Join Code option. Press Create Code.

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Woo hoo! Now you’ve got yourself a 7-character code that lets other Wikispaces users join your wiki easily.

Full CodeThen, your students can simply go to the address where they will be prompted to log in and automatically become members of that wiki. If the students do not have accounts yet, they can either go to your wiki address, or the Join Code address. They will then be prompted to create an account and also put in your Join Code. Then they will become a member of Wikispaces.com AND of your wiki!

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If your students already have accounts, they will automatically become a member when they go to the Join Code page address you receive.

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If your students just go to your wiki address, then they will be prompted to go to the “Join page” to input the code.

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As a note, the code currently lasts one week and then you’ll need to add it again. You can also disable the code anytime you’d like. It shows up under “Members” as well as on the top of your wiki as long as it’s active.

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We were excited to see it in practice at ISTE (International Society of Technology in Education) this past month at Vicki Davis’ Wonderful World of Wikis hands-on session! Below, Eric from our team helps moderate the backchannel as dozens of eager educators used the join code to easily gain access to Vicki’s resource site!

Eric at ISTE

Let us know how it goes in the comments below. Have you tried the Join Code feature yet? For what class? And how have your students liked it? We look forward to hearing from you!

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14 Comments

  1. Posted July 21, 2014 at 11:07 pm | Permalink

    I am unable to see the JOIN CODE on my web page. I searched for it on the topright of my page but can not find any thing like join code there.

  2. wendy
    Posted July 22, 2014 at 3:37 pm | Permalink

    Did you turn it on under “General” settings? Email us at help@wikispaces.com and we can try to help! Thanks!

  3. Posted August 7, 2014 at 8:55 pm | Permalink

    I gave my students the join code – they joined. Now a week later, the code has expired and they can’t access the site! Am I doing something wrong here? I have now made a new join code and sent it to them but it would be good for them to continue to access the site during the whole semester without me sending a join code every week.

  4. bobbie ann
    Posted August 31, 2014 at 4:06 pm | Permalink

    yea what if I don’t have the member button. what then.

  5. wendy
    Posted September 10, 2014 at 9:13 am | Permalink

    Email us at help@wikispaces.com Bobbie Ann, happy to help!

  6. wendy
    Posted September 10, 2014 at 9:16 am | Permalink

    Hey Andy! Can you email us help@wikispaces.com for more information? Thanks so much!

  7. Posted September 10, 2014 at 7:43 pm | Permalink

    I want to verify if I understood well a) that the code will be the same for everybody, but the username will be different, and b) that the students must give their real e- mail adress. Thanks.

  8. Posted September 12, 2014 at 7:51 am | Permalink

    I’d like to use the code for an on-demand professional development wiki but need the code to remain the same and accessible for the entire school year, July 1, 2014 – June 1, 2015. Will you be changing this option to allow the wiki organizer to set the join code access period?

  9. Chrisch
    Posted September 15, 2014 at 2:52 am | Permalink

    Dear wendy,

    Why is the help fixed to E-Mail? I want to know all the answers, before I will give it a try, with my students. So:
    * Is it possible to shift the expire date for a half of a year?
    * Is it possible to give something like a guest account to all the students, for they can contribute to the wiki, without log in or register at wikispaces.com, but only give themself a forname or alias, to see who have contributed staff?
    Some countries restrict the use of social media for teachers, if the students are forced to a individual log in (e.g. facebook, google+, whatsapp etc. are banned for some german countries).
    * Is the log-in-screen translated to other languages?

    Thank you a lot for all efforts
    Kindest regards
    Chrisch

  10. Posted September 19, 2014 at 12:16 pm | Permalink

    I don’t understand the purpose of the code. My students are having to enter it each time and then it expires after a week? What is the supposed benefit of ‘joining’ my space? I think I’ll disable the code unless you can tell me what it’s use is? I thought it would make it easier for students to use the wiki…so far not so.

  11. Posted September 19, 2014 at 12:53 pm | Permalink

    Karen, we’re considering making the timeframe more flexible. Thanks for the feedback.

  12. Posted September 19, 2014 at 12:54 pm | Permalink

    Konstantina,

    a) The code will be the same for everybody, but each user gets to pick their own username

    b) Each user must enter an email address but we don’t have requirements about what that email address should be.

  13. Posted September 19, 2014 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Christina,

    Your students absolutely do not have to enter it each time. Once they’ve used it once they should just be able to log back in to their account. Drop us an email and let us know what process they are following and we’ll clarify what they should be doing.

  14. Posted September 22, 2014 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    Chrisch

    1) We prefer email because it’s just much more efficient for us. We do, as you see, also answer blog comments. It just takes us longer.

    2) You can’t change the expiry date right now but that’s something we’re looking at.

    3) We don’t have the concept of a guest account as you described. We have considered it though.

    4) We do have some translations into other languages but they aren’t particularly up to date right now.

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