Help:Using the TRU Wiki for Course Work

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The Kumu Wiki is an excellent tool for managing, creating, and sharing course content. You can use it for a wide range of activities: from creating a central repository of course info to hosting online student discussions. The possibilities are endless and how you use the Wiki is really up to you.

Organizing your Course Content

One of the most important steps when using the Kumu Wiki is organizing your content within the Wiki. There are three basic levels of organization that all course pages should meet:

First, Put Your Course Pages into the Course Space

Make sure your course work is in proper space. The Kumu Wiki is organized into different spaces; course work fits best into the Course space.

Putting course pages into the Course space keeps the UBC Wiki organized and structured. For example, if you create a page entitled "Student Assignments" and it is in the main space on the wiki, users of the wiki will think that it is a general knowledge article on the topic of student assignments at UBC and not something that relates specifically to your course.

Please note: if you create course pages that are not located in the Course space, we may move your pages into the Course space for you.

Second, Use Your Course Number

Another good practice when creating course pages is to organize the pages by the course number. For example, if you create a page entitled "Course:Student Assignments", it is not clear to which course the student assignment page belongs. Instead Course:ABCD123/Student Assignments shows that the student assignment page belongs to course ABCD123.

Finally, Use Subpages to Keep Course Pages Together

We suggest that every course have a main page and that this main page be the course number. The main page for the example course ABCD123 would be Course:ABCD123. Additional content can then be added as subpages. To create a subpage for a course page, put a forward slash '/' after the course name and type in the name for that subpage. For example, a subpage for the course ABCD123, would follow this pattern: Course:ABD123/subpage. Subpages automatically create links to their parent pages.

Examples of Course Organization

Here are some ideas on how you could setup your course:

Course Name (URL) Description
kumu.tru.ca/Course:ABCD123/ Your course homepage, please keep it up to date with the contact info, registration information and other important information.
kumu.tru.ca/Course:ABCD123/2015WT1/ The course homepage for 2015, Winter Term 1. If you plan to keep and differentiate information for the course over different terms it might make sense to have separate subpages for different terms.
kumu.tru.ca/Course:ABCD123/2015WT1/Course_Notes Your course notes could go here; please use subpages to separate different content
kumu.tru.ca/Course:ABCD123/2015WT1/Course_Notes/Unit1 Typical lecture notes
kumu.tru.ca/Course:ABCD123/2015WT1/Student_Activities section of your course where students contribute, write assignments, etc...
kumu.tru.ca/Course:ABCD123/2015WT1/Student_Activities/Assignment_1/John_Doe John Doe's first Assignment
kumu.tru.ca/Course:ABCD123/2015WT1/Student_Activities/Assignment_1/Jane_Smith Jane Smith's first Assignment

Please visit Course:ABCD123 to see how the above organizational examples work.

Create a New Course Page
  • Simply add the title of your new page after the prefix Course: in the form below and click on the create page button. Then follow the directions on the editing page. While you may use this space the way it suites you the best, we require users to at least use the following format for creating new course page: Course:MATH1011, where Course: is the namespace prefix, MATH is the subject code and 1011 is the course number.


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  • This form loads an infobox template to help organize your course page. You can delete the infobox code if you do not wish to use it.
  • To add an already existing page to the course space, use the move function and rename the page with the "Course:" prefix. For example, a page named ABCD1234 would be renamed Course:ABCD1234. See Help:Moving a page for more information.

Using Categories

Categories can help you keep all pages related to your course together as well as make the course findable in larger contexts. For example, if you are teaching class ABCD123, you might want to create a category called ABC123 and add every course page to that category. You can do this by adding the following code to your pages: [[Category:ABCD123]].

You can also add your course to broader categories. For example, if course ABCD123 were an economics class, adding the main page to the economics category will help create a broader picture of all physics topics at TRU as well as make your course easier to find.

If you categorize the top level page of your course with it's four letter subject code, it will be automatically added to the course space index. For example, the category [[Category:MATH]] has been added to the top level page for the Math 110 course.

See Help: Categories for more information.

Using Dynamic Page Lists (DPL)

In its most basic form, the Dynamic Page Lists (DPL) function displays a list of pages in one or more categories or subpages. This could be useful to organizing course content if you want to display all the pages or subpages that relate to your course.

Listing subpages

Copy the following code and put it in the body of a page (such as your main course page) to list all the subpages of that specific subpage (please note that if the page on which the below code has been placed has no subpages, an error will be generated). See Help:Dynamic Page Lists for more information.

<dpl>
titlematch={{PAGENAME}}/%
namespace={{NAMESPACE}}
shownamespace=false
</dpl>

Listing categories

Copy the following code and put it in the body to list all the categories.

<dpl>
category= categoryname
</dpl>

Categoryname is a placeholder for whatever category you wish to list.

See Help:Dynamic Page Lists for more information.

Copyrighted Material

Only upload materials that you own the copyright to or have permission to share.

Additional Resources

First draft of this page derived from: http://wiki.ubc.ca/Help:Using_the_UBC_Wiki_for_Course_Work