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Grade Wikis

This information applies only to the Original Course View. Your institution controls which tools are available.

You can grade wiki contributions to measure students' understanding of course material and their ability to work collaboratively.

How wiki grades behave

When you enable grading, a column is created automatically in the Grade Center. As students work on wikis, icons begin to appear in the Grade Center, on the wiki's Participation and Grading page, and on the Needs Grading page.

  • The Needs Grading icon appears when student activity has met the threshold you chose in the wiki settings. For example, if you choose to be notified after four students contribute to a wiki, this icon appears after at least four students save their work.
  • The in progress icon appears when these occur:
    • Student activity doesn't meet the minimum number of page saves you set.
    • You didn't select the Show participants in needs grading status check box in the wiki settings.

Edit the column information in the Grade Center to determine whether or not students can view their grades and feedback in My Grades.

More on grade columns and items in the Grade Center

As you grade students’ wiki contributions, the grades show immediately in the Grade Center. When you edit an assigned grade from the wiki topic page, the Grade Center is updated.

Change a topic from graded to ungraded

You cannot change a graded wiki topic to ungraded. You need to delete the graded wiki topic from the Wikis listing page and the Grade Center and create a new ungraded topic.

Alternatively, to retain entries, set the wiki's Grade Center column to not be included in calculations. In essence, the wiki continues to be considered graded by the Grade Center, but any results or grades assigned are ignored in other calculations.

View participant contribution

On the Participant’s Contribution page, you can view all the pages a student authored and edited as you determine the grade. The grade applies to the whole wiki topic, not an individual wiki page.

Get to the Participant’s Contribution page in the following ways:

  • In the wikis tool, access a wiki and select Participation and Grading. If you haven't enabled grading, this option is called Participation Summary. Select a user’s name from the list to view their page modifications and access the grading sidebar. Alternatively, in the sidebar, select All to access the list with all members who have contributed to the wiki and select a user.
  • On the Needs Grading page, select Grade All Users in the wiki's menu.
  • In the Grade Center, locate the column for the wiki you want to grade. Move the mouse pointer over a cell with the Needs Grading icon to access the wiki's menu. Select Grade User Activity.

You can edit previously assigned grades on the wiki’s Participant’s Contribution page or in a Grade Center cell.

You can also view the Participation Summary page to see a list of wiki contributions from all students.

View the participation summary

On the Participation Summary page, you can view all student participation for the wiki you are viewing. This information can help you understand how students contributed to the overall wiki content. This information can be especially useful when determining individual grades for gradable wikis.

  1. On the wiki topic page, select Participation and Grading for graded wikis, or Participation Summary for wikis without grading.
  2. On the Participation Summary page, view participation for the students who have contributed to the wiki.
  3. In the sidebar, view information about the wiki and select a user to view his or her Participant's Contribution page.
    • Page Versions: Displays all pages created and edited by a user. This allows you to see precisely how and what content a user contributed and edited. If many pages appear, use the Display Pages list to narrow the list. A new version is created each time a page is edited. When you compare versions, the difference between any version and its previous version are shown on the Page Comparison page. The Legend tab shows the changes between one version and another version.
    • Words Modified: Tally of any words added, deleted, or edited in all pages and each page’s version of the wiki.
    • Page Saves: Tally of any time a user selects Submit on the Edit Wiki Page in the wiki, regardless whether or not content has been changed.

Page Comparison

When you compare two versions, the Page Comparison page opens in a new window. The Comparison Details tab lists basic information about the two versions side by side.

The Legend tab displays a comparison of the version differences. A legend appears at the top of the screen to indicate which changes occurred. Select the X to collapse a tab.

A user's contributed text is highlighted green. Text that they removed is in red and formatted with a strikethrough. Newly added images are highlighted green with a plus sign in the corner. Removed images are highlighted pink with a diagonal strikethrough pattern.

Grade wiki contributions

  1. Access a wiki.
  2. On the wiki topic page, select Participation and Grading.
  3. On the Participation Summary page, select a student's name in the content frame or in the All menu in the sidebar. In the menu, students with contributions ready for grading appear with the Needs Grading icon. Use the left- and right-pointing arrows to navigate to the previous or next student.
  4. On the Participant’s Contribution page, a list of the student’s pages and page versions open in the content frame. You can also view information about the contributions. In the Page Version column, select a page’s title to review it.
  5. In the grading sidebar, type a numeric grade in the Grade box. If you associated a rubric with this graded wiki, expand and complete the rubric. To edit an existing grade, select in the Grade box and change the grade.
  6. Optionally, type Feedback for the student. In the Add Notes section, make notes that appear only to you and the grader role. You can use the spell check function in the bottom of each box. You can also open the full content editor to access additional formatting functions. The content editor icon appears as an A.
  7. Select Submit to add the grade, feedback, and grading notes to the Grade Center.

Grade a group wiki

On the Participation Summary page, the grading sidebar appears with a list of all group members.

The Needs Grading icon appears in the All menu for contributing group members. When you add a grade for a group wiki, the grade is automatically given to all the members of the group and is populated in the corresponding column in the Grade Center for each group member. All members are assigned a grade regardless of their contribution amount, including if they didn't contribute at all. Students can view their group wiki grades in My Grades and on their My Contribution pages.

Give a different grade to group members

You can assign an individual group member a different grade than the group. If you change a group member’s grade and then assign a new group grade, the new group grade won't affect the individual’s grade. Individual members only see their own grade, not what each member earned.

On the Participation Summary page, in the grading sidebar, select the pencil icon to change the group grade for a member. Type a new grade and select the check mark icon to save it. This grade becomes an override grade. You can also edit the grade from the Grade Center.

The group grade and the individual group member’s edited grade also appear in the Grade Center. Grayed out cells appear in the group wiki column for course members who aren't part of the group.

Change a group member's grade back

You can revert a member’s edited grade to the original group grade that all group members received.

On the group's Participation Summary page, select the pencil icon for the member with the edited grade. Select the left-pointing arrow to change the grade to the original group grade. The override icon is removed. The change also appears in the Grade Center.