Editing the wiki requires lots of different skills, and everyone struggles in one area or another. The following tutorials are available to help you learn the skills you need. Note the Table of Contents to the right that will help you find what you need.
If there is anything confusing, unclear, or missing (i.e. there is no tutorial for something you want to do) on this page, please let us know in the discussion area at the bottom.

DISCLAIMER: Wikispaces has made updates since these tutorials were created. We are working on updating the tutorials to match the changes, but some things still need work.

Accessing Blackboard

  1. Go to www.sjrstate.edu.
  2. Click on My SJRState at the top.
  3. Click login.
  4. Enter your school username and password
  5. Click on the MyCourses tab. Alternatively, you may click on Blackboard from the menu on the left-hand side of the page.
  6. Click on the Blackboard box.
  7. Click on the course name.

Quizzes

  1. Log into your blackboard account (see above).
  2. Click on Content in the upper left menu box. Alternatively, you may find quizzes in the My Announcements box.
  3. Click on the quiz you want to take.

Viewing Completed Quizzes

See also Accessing Quizzes Tutorial (detailed tutorial with pictures)
  1. Log into your blackboard account (see above)
  2. Click on "My Grades" in the upper left menu box. Alternative: Find the block labeled What's New, click on Gradebook, click on a quiz
  3. Click on the grade that you received under Calculated Grade--it will pull Review Test Submission.

How to use Recent Changes


Viewing Revisions for a Wiki Page (Page Revision History)

Revert a page to a previous version


Create a Page

From a dead link

  1. Find or create a dead link (see "dead links" below), and click on it.
  2. The page you are on should say:
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  3. Select a template from the list if desired (i.e. "Vocabulary" for vocab pages, the appropriate discussion or assignment template).
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  4. Click the Save button in the tool bar at the top to save your changes.

From Scratch

  1. In a separate window, go to the wiki home and click the "+" next to Pages and Fileson the actions menu.
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  2. Type the title of your page into the Page Namefield.
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  3. Select a template if desired [user pages, vocabulary pages, small essay, etc.]
    • New Page creation-template.jpg
  4. You do not need to add tags at this point.
  5. Click the Createbutton.
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  6. Type in or copy and paste the text that you want to have on your page.
  7. Click the Savebutton in the tool bar at the top to save your changes.
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Finding a Page

After you save a page, it goes into the list of files. If it doesn't appear in the navigation bar, there are three different ways to search for it.
Example: Finding your User Page:

Search using the search bar.

  1. In a separate window, go to the wiki home.
  2. Find the white search bar up towards the top of it.
  3. Type the name of the page you are searching for (i.e. your grading number) into the search bar.
  4. Press enter.

Search using the Recent Changes page.

  1. Find the "Recent Changes" link just above the white search bar.
  2. Click it to see a list of all the recent changes to the wiki.
  3. Enter your username in the username field to find every change you've made to the wiki since you entered.
  4. Find your user page in this list. You can use this method if the first doesn't work; usually because of a misspelling.

Search using the Pages and Files page.

  1. Find the "Pages and Files" link two lines above the Recent Changes link.
  2. Click it to see a list of all the pages and files.
  3. Search through the list until you find your user page.


Adding text

While in Edit mode, just start typing.

Editing a page in Wikispaces is a lot like using a simple word processor. Use the bold, italic, and underline buttons for simple formatting, or use the Color and Style Editor button to change your text’s size, color, font, and more.

Copy and Paste Text Problems

If you copy and paste text into your page and the formatting is giving you problems, you can clear the formatting using the Style Text button (T w/ picture of a painters pallet) in the editing tool bar.
  1. While in Edit mode, highlight all of the text you want to fix.
  2. Click the Style Text button
  3. Click Clear Styles button at the bottom of the pop-up box. This button only appears when you have selected (highlighted) text for formatting.


Making a Table of Contents


Setting a heading


This will change the formatting of the line and any text that you format as headings will appear in the table of contents once you embed a Table of Contents widget on your page, .
  1. While in Edit mode, highlight the text that you want to make into a heading.
  2. Select the level of heading from the dropdown list in the editor bar.

Embed a Table of Contents

  1. While in Edit mode, make sure the cursor at the very top of the page
  2. Click the Widget button in the editing tool bar.
  3. Select Table of Contents Widget from the list of Wikispaces Widgets.


Linking

Make sure you are in Edit mode (click Edit at the top of the page) on the page where you want to add a link before you proceed to one of the following.

Internal link (live):

Link to an existing page in the current wiki
  1. Highlight the text or image that you would like to make into a link.
  2. Select the Link icon from the editor toolbar.
  3. If there is already a page in the wiki named with the highlighted text, you will see the green check-mark in the Page Name field. If this is not the case, start typing the name of the page you would like to link to into the Page Name field. You can either type the full name or choose it from the drop-down.
  4. Click the Add Link button.
  5. Save the wiki page.

External link:

Link to another Web site
  1. Highlight the text or image that you would like to make into a link.
  2. Select the Link icon from the editor toolbar.
  3. Select the External Link tab.
  4. Type or paste the URL into the Address field.
  5. Click the Add Link button.
  6. Save the wiki page.

Internal Link (dead):

Link to a non-existing page in the current wiki
  1. Highlight the text or image that you would like to make into a link.
  2. Select the Link icon from the editor toolbar.
  3. Type the name of the new page into the Page Name field.
  4. Click the Add Link button.
  5. Save the wiki page.

Create a new page from a dead link:

  1. Click the dead link. This will take you to a new page that says "This page does not exist yet."
  2. If you are making a Vocabulary Page (most common), select the vocabulary template. Otherwise, click Edit to begin editing the new page.
  3. Fill in template to the best of your ability (see Wiki Assignment #3 for more info).

Turn pictures into links:

  1. Click on the image that you would like to make into a link.
  2. Click Add Link in the tool bar that pops up.
  3. Start to type the name of the page you are linking to into the Page Name field. The page name you want should show up in the drop-down list.
  4. Find the page name you want in the drop-down list and click on it.
  5. Click the Add Link button.
  6. Save the wiki page.

Video Demonstration


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Adding Pictures and Files

Adding an image

  1. Place the cursor where you would like the image to appear.
  2. Select the File icon from the editor toolbar.
  3. Click the Upload Files button.
  4. Page through your files, search by file name, or sort by tag.
  5. Click on the image to place it on the page.
  6. Click on the image to get the File Properties popup, and adjust the alignment and size of your image, or add a caption.
  7. Save the wiki page.

Adding a file

  1. Place the cursor where you would like the link to your file to appear.
  2. Select the File icon from the editor toolbar.
  3. Upload Files.
  4. Page through your files, search by file name, or sort by tag.
  5. Click on the file to place it on the page. Images, videos, and audio clips can be embedded directly into the page. For other file types — including PDFs, Word docs, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations — the Embed File option will place a link to the file on the page.
  6. Save the wiki page.

Video Demonstration





Adding Videos

Embedding a Video

  1. Place the cursor where you would like the video to appear.
  2. Select the Widget icon from the editor toolbar.
  3. In the Widgets tool, select Video from the side menu and choose your video service or click Other.
  4. In a separate browser window or tab, navigate to your video. Look for something that says “Embed” (or maybe "Share"), followed by a piece of code. Copy this code.
  5. Back on your wiki page, paste the copied code into the field in the Widget tool. Hit Save.
  6. Click on the embedded widget (in editor mode, it will be a blue square) to get the Widget Properties popup, and adjust the alignment and size of your video.
  7. Save the wiki page.

Video Demonstration



Tagging

  1. Next to the "Edit" button there are four others. Click on the one with ellipses ("...").
  2. Click on "tags" and type the appropriate tag (i.e "Essays for Peer Review")
  3. While typing, watch for the tag to appear in a list of possible tags. If it appears, select it from the list.
  4. Save tags. If the tag refers to a group on the navigation bar, the page should appear in that group. For essays, if they are tagged properly, they will automatically appear in the Peer Forum.


Comments

Comments are a very important feedback feature here on our wiki, and may earn you credit if a classmate finds your comment helpful. To make a comment on a page, follow these steps:

Making Comments

  1. Click "Edit." just as if you were editing the page itself.
  2. Highlight the part you want to comment on.
  3. Click the "Comment" button (with the yellow speech bubble) in the editing tool bar at the top of the page.
  4. Type your comment in the yellow box that appears on the right side.
  5. Finish your comment with a link to your user page by typing your grading number and turning it into an internal link.
  6. Save the page to close your comment.
  7. Click the comments bubble at the top to see your comments.

How to Reward a Helpful Comment (Giving a Comment Badge)

  1. Find a comment that was helpful to you, click "edit" on the page, then click reply on the comment you wish to reward.
  2. Type your reply message (if any) and insert the picture "comments badge.jpg" (see Adding an image)
  3. Save the page.
  4. Click on the link in their comment to go to their user page. If they forgot to add the link, you can click on their user number in the navigation bar to the right.
  5. Click edit on their user page, click in the table below the heading Comment Badges then click file and insert the picture "comments badge.jpg" (see Adding an image).
  6. Link the badge to the page the comment is on, so we have a record of why the badge was awarded (see Turn pictures into links). IMPORTANT: The badge will not receive credit unless it is linked.
  7. Save the page.

Adding a Signature

Type four tilde (~) symbols. You must use shift to type it--see below for location. After you have saved the page it will look something like this - emmaleebee emmaleebee Jul 8, 2012
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