For some background on wikis, see the What's a Wiki page.
How to navigate this wiki space
If you're reading this, then you've already figured out how to access a wiki through the Spark system. Congratulations!
You are currently viewing the Japanese 122 wiki space created for Kagawa Sensei's class.
Along the top of the page you will see 4 links:
- How to use this Wiki?
Each of these links represents a separate page within the Japanese 122 wiki space. To navigate to different pages of the wiki, simply click on the tabs in the horizontal navigation bar along the top.
You can learn more about how to create your own wiki page and begin adding content, see How to use this Wiki? (the page you're currently reading). Finally, under the Assignments area, you will see a list of links with student names, one of which should be yours. This is where we would like you to begin working on your assignment by creating your own wiki page.
You can also navigate the page by using what's referred to as the breadcrumb trail. The breadcrumb trail is a list of links that's generated as you move through the site. you can find your way back to where you came from by clicking a link to the left of the page that you're on. For example, a breadcrumb trail might look like this:
How to start creating your own wiki page
To begin working on your own wiki assignment, you must first create a new wiki space. To do this, go to Spark and login using your UTLN name and pwd.
After you've logged in, click the Go to Your Wikis arrow. If you have access to other wiki pages you should see them listed here. If not, you should see a list of public wiki pages posted here.
Next, click Create a New Wiki. Give your wiki a title, (I recommend you keep this title short as it is your spacekey and will become part of your wiki's url) and click Create.
Voila, you should have a wiki page that looks something like this:
To begin adding content to your wiki, click on the Edit tab. You should see a tab for three wiki views, Rich Text, Wiki Markup and Preview.
If you are eager to get started and you want to try something relatively easy, we suggest using the Rich Text View. The Rich Text view provides an interface for creating content and adding links to a wiki page. You can use the icons to format your text, add images, bullet points, etc. Note of caution: this view can be buggy so be sure to save your work often.
Creating content on your wiki page using the Rich Text Editor
Wikis are written in a language known as wiki markup. Wiki markup is not as difficult as other computer languages, but it does require you to know some basic markup commands. You can learn more about these by reviewing the Help Tips on the right-hand side of your interface when you are in Edit mode, or you can get the Full Notation Guide by clicking on the links at the bottom of that panel.
We've created a basic tutorial on wiki markup to get you started. You can find that here.
One of the best ways to figure out how to do things in wiki markup, however, is to view other people's pages, copy their code and then substitute your own text or content. In the wiki world, unlike in academia, this is actually encouraged.
The preview mode allows you to check out changes you've made before you save something. We recommend previewing your page before you save it in order to see whether you like what you've done.
When you first create your wiki space, you will be the only person who has access to it. To make it available for your class to see, you will need to change the viewing permissions and then link it to the Assignments page of the Japanese 122 Wiki space. Instructions on how to do this are contained in a video, found here.