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Help with the JiTTDLwiki, The Virtual Meeting Place

What is a wiki?

Wikis are collaborative web environments where people can share ideas democratically, everyone being able to comment on and modify everyone else’s contribution.

The Wiki concept was invented in 1994 by Ward Cunnigham and was inspired by his work with HyperCard stacks, the user friendly Macintosh database program. If you are interested to learn more about the Wiki concept read the book “The Wiki Way: Collaboration and Sharing on the Internet” by Bo Leuf and Ward Cunningham. By the way, Wiki (caps) denotes the idea, whereas wikis are particular implementations.

JiTTDLwiki is the digital library’s virtual meeting place for the JiTT practitioners. Every feature of the digital library will have a corresponding wiki location where people can share ideas and experiences related to that feature (e.g. the Assessment Room will have a wiki page.)

To explore other wikis please visit the wikimedia portal.

Logging In

Wikis come in many formats, from completely closed corporate intraweb wikis to wide open public wikis such as the popular wikipedia. JiTTDLwiki deals with the specialized topic of JiTT pedagogy and its implementation. It is open to every JiTT practitioners but it requires a login. The login button is located at the top right corner of the Main Page.

Every registered user has a UserPage. To access user pages go to the “tool box” sidebar on the left margin of each page, go to “special pages” and choose “User list”. Click on a user name and you will see his/her personal page. The search box will also lead you to the user’s page and any other pages associated with his/her name. You can also access your own user page by clicking on “my talk” at top of the page. The content of the user page is totally up to the user.

At the moment only the Main Page and the Login page are accessible without a password. While we are developing the library we need to decide what other pages should be available to anonymous visitors.

To recommend a colleague, please email his/her name and affiliation to Gregor Novak We will contact him/her and and if they agree to join we will set up an account.


JiTTDLwiki uses the MediaWiki engine [1], licensed under a GNU licensing agreement. It conforms to the standard wiki format. The navigation sidebar on the left side of the pages lists the principal topic pages. Most of the principal pages contain links to other parts of the JiTTDLwiki. Experimenting with these will make you familiar with the wiki layout. There is no site map. After some experience with the wiki you will see why.

The buttons at the top of the page open up various editing options. edit Allows you to edit the page. article takes you back to the article page, whereas discussion takes you to the talk page where people have posted comments about the article. The discussion pages are also called talk pages. To contribute to the discussion you click on the “edit” button above the discussion page. history shows you the history of the edits. move allows you to re-title or move the page. (Please use caution and good sense!) watch will add the page to your watchlist, a feature that allows you to be notified when a specific page changes. You can access your watchlist from: toolbox -> Special pages -> My watchlist.


You can share your JiTT experiences in three ways. You can modify existing wiki pages, you can contribute to the discussions spawned by the existing wiki articles or talk pages, or you can start a new wiki topic by starting a new wiki page.

Editing an Existing Page

To modify an existing wiki article or discussion page, click on the edit button at the top of the page to gain access to the edit screen. You can start typing anywhere. Various formatting options are available. Some are described in the markup section below. For an extensive description of the editing process go the mediawiki editing help page.

Discussing the Contents of an Existing Page

To examine the discussion of a topic on a wiki page, click on the discussion button the top of the page. To join the discussion, click on the “edit” button above the page.You can start typing anywhere. Use your judgment to determine where best to make a contribution.

Creating a New Page

A need for a brand new page will typically occur to you in the context of an existing page. You may see a need for a new page when reading a particular article or you may desire to create a completely new topic. At any rate, the community has to be alerted to the fact that a new page has been created. This is accomplished by creating a new page by first creating a link to it from an existing page. (This may be counterintuitive but it actually works well.)

Let’s say you are reading an article on collaborative work in the classroom and you want to start a page on classroom response system. Proceed to edit the page you are on and add a line such as: An interesting tool for collaborative work are the [[Clickers]]. This line will appear as: An interesting tool for collaborative work are the Clickers . The underlined word Clickers will be a link to a new, initially, empty page entitled “Clickers.” You can access the new page and start to input content by following the link. The page will now have all the attributes of a wiki page, including the associated discussion page. (To find out more about markups on wiki page see the section on markups below.)

Markup In Wiki: Sections, Paragraphs, Lists and Lines

Below is a small subset of wiki markups. The complete set can be seen at The wiki markup.

Is this enough or should we put more stuff on this page? I think we should add a page called Double Clikers just to see if I can actually make a new page.

What it looks like What you type

Start your sections with header lines:

New section



== New section ==

=== Subsection ===

==== Sub-subsection ====


A single newline has no effect on the layout.

But an empty line starts a new paragraph.

A single
has no
effect on the

But an empty line
starts a new paragraph.
You can break lines
without starting a new paragraph.
You can break lines<br>
without starting a new paragraph.
  • Lists are easy to do:
    • start every line with a star
      • more stars means deeper levels
  • A newline
  • in a list

marks the end of the list.

  • Of course
  • you can
  • start again.
* Lists are easy to do:
** start every line with a star
*** more stars means deeper levels
*A newline
*in a list  
marks the end of the list.
*Of course
*you can
*start again.

  1. Numbered lists are also good
    1. very organized
    2. easy to follow
  2. A newline
  3. in a list

marks the end of the list.

  1. New numbering starts
  2. with 1.
# Numbered lists are also good
## very organized
## easy to follow
#A newline
#in a list  
marks the end of the list.
#New numbering starts
#with 1.
  • You can even do mixed lists
    1. and nest them
      • like this
        or have newlines
        inside lists
* You can even do mixed lists
*# and nest them
*#* like this<br>or have newlines<br>inside lists
  • You can also
    • break lines
      inside lists
      like this
* You can also
**break lines<br>inside lists<br>like this
Centered text.
<center>Centered text.</center>

Special Pages

From the “tool box” sidebar you can access a large set of special pages. Included in the set is the “Upload file” page. The instructions on this page describe how to upload images.

Official Documentation

For official wiki help pages go to