The wiki popularized by ‘Wikipedia’, is web-based software that can be used collaboratively to create websites. While a typical website stays the same until updated by the author, a wiki can be edited by groups of users. Each user can very quickly and easily make contributions to the overall work.

1. To request a wiki page, please send us an e-mail at

2. After we receive your request, our wiki team will be in contact with you to have a brief consultation.
For submitting student groups to setup on wiki, please download the wiki_users_example.xls.

3. Once the wiki account is created, you will be given a wiki URL based on the course ID. For example, if the course ID is SCIENCE_1A00, then the wiki URL will be: (Please note that this is case-sensitive)

4. To log into wiki, click at the top right corner. Your user name and password are your MAC ID and Password.


1. If you have read-only permission on current page, you will see show pagesource tab on the top of the page. By clicking on the show pagesource tab, you can view the source page.











2. If you have edit permission, you can modify the page source.










3. You can view, compare and restore previous versions by clicking on the old revisions tab.



1. Click on the edit this page tab to modify your current page. Use the toolbar for basic formatting.


2. Click on Preview button to view changes before saving them.

3. Click on Cancel button to discard the changes.

4. Click on Save button to save the changes. A new entry is then added to the page revisions.


5. For additional help on advanced topics, click on Wiki Help from the navigation section on the left.


6. We highly recommend reviewing the Syntax Editing page.


1. Wiki pages are referenced by internal links, for examples:

[[file name]]
[[file name|Text to be displayed]]
[[first folder:second folder:file name|Text to be displayed]]

a) A folder is identified with a colon following the name and a file is
without a colon. The default folder or the most outside one is the root:

b) Folder and file names are converted to lower case, and spaces are
converted underscore on the URL.

c) Text to be displayed is case sensitive, but is optional. Without
specifying it, the text displayed will be the same as the file name.

2. To create a new page, you first add a link on the page where the new page should be referenced. Click on the Internal Link button from the tool bar to create a new link.


3. After a new link is created, the text displayed is in red, indicating non-existing page. Click on the link to continue.


4. Click on create this page to start editing the page source. Saving it will create the new wiki page.

Adding User Account (for admin users only)

1. Click on the admin button to access the control panel.


2. Click on the user manager to add, delete and modify user accounts.


3. To add a new user, type in MAC ID, full name, email and group, and click on the Add button.

4. To delete an existing account, check the box beside the user and click on Delete Selected button.


5. To modify an existing account, click on the human icon beside the user. Please note that you cannot modify MAC ID Password on wiki.


Managing Access Control (for admin users only)

1. For all wiki pages or folders, you can grant permissions (view, edit, delete etc.) to each individual user or user group by using the Access Control tool.

2. Click on the admin button to go back to the control panel. Click on the Access Control List Management to continue.

3. For example, to grant ‘test’ user edit permission for the new page we just created.

a) First click on the new_page_name, select Permissions for User, then type in user name (in this case ‘test’) and click on the Select button.

b) Select the permission type (in this case ‘Edit’) and click on the Save button. Please note that the permissions are increasing power from left to right.

c) A new rule is added on the Access Control list. The ‘test’ user can now edit the new page.

d) You can also edit a rule and click Update button. To revoke the permission, simply delete the rule from the list.


4. Try to keep the Access Control list clean by assigning permissions to groups.


5. When rules are overlapped, the greater permission wins. For example, if a rule grants Read permission of a page to ‘test’ user, but another rule grants Edit permission to the group that this user belongs to, then this user will have Edit permission.


“Students find this really cool – they control it, and they can construct the learning they are creating in any way that they like. It’s really simple to learn, and the imagination is the only limit on what it is good for from their perspective.”

Barb BloemhofTaught multiple economics courses utilizing wikis.

“With a choice between presenting their work using the wiki or using a standard term-paper format, 27 out of 30 student groups adopted the wiki.”

Michelle MacDonaldFrom the Biochemistry program reported that many of her students chose to use the wiki over a more conventional term paper.

“Whenever we need to host an easily-editable, easily-hosted webpage we would use a wiki.”

Bruce WainmanAsked if a wiki might be used in future courses in the Anatomy program.