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PBworks Basics

Website: http://etc.usf.edu/te/

A wiki is a website that allows visitors to edit or add their own content to the pages on the site. The word wiki is Hawaiian for “fast” and this refers to how easy it is to create online content using a wiki. Most wikis support a graphical interface that allows you to create a wiki site in just a few minutes without having to know any HTML or other markup code. PBworks (formerly known as PBworks) is a popular wiki that provides free accounts for educators.

Setting Up a Wiki To set up a new wiki on PBworks:

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    Go to http://pbworks.com and click on the Sign Up link at the top of the page.

  • 2.

    Select the Basic plan. This is the free plan that includes up to 2 GB of storage space.

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    Choose an address for your PBworks wiki and make sure to select the For education option.

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    Using the pulldown menus, choose an education level (K-12, Higher Education, Nonprofit or Library) and purpose for your wiki (Collaborative Classroom, Library Workspace, Easy Website, or Other).

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    Enter your name, a valid email address and the password you wish to use for your wiki.

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    Click on Next. A confirmation email will be sent to the email address you provided. Open the email and click on the activation link to return to PBworks and continue setting up your account.

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    Choose the privacy settings for your wiki (who can view or edit your wiki).

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    Check the box at the bottom of the page to indicate that you agree to the terms of service and click on the Take me to my workspace button.

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    Your new wiki will open with some placeholder text already added to the wikiʼs first page, which is also known as the FrontPage. To begin editing the wiki, click on the Edit tab at the top of the window.

role. This role allows you to add and remove users, change permissions and access the settings page.

  • Editor: can rename and delete pages, files and folders. You should be careful in assigning this role as it allows the removal of content from the wiki.

  • Writer: can edit pages and revert them to previous versions, as well as upload files and add pages. This is the recommended role for most of the people you will invite to work on the wiki.

  • Reader: can only view content on the wiki and does not have the ability to make any changes.

  • Page-level only: allows you to give someone up to Editor level permissions on a single page without giving them access to the rest of the wiki.

To assign user roles:

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    While you are in View mode, click on the Settings link in the upper right corner of any PBworks page to open the settings page for your wiki.

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    Click on Users on the left side of the page.

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    On the right side, enter the email address of each user you want to add, select the role you want to assign to them from the Permission level pulldown menu and click on Add user. This will send out an invitation email to each user with a link to access the wiki.

User Management Once you have set up a wiki you can assign permissions that will determine the level of access visitors to the wiki site will have:

  • Administrator: as the wikiʼs creator and

owner, you are automatically assigned this

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Adding and Formatting Content If you have been assigned the role of Writer, Editor or Administrator, you can edit the content on a wiki page as follows (you may have to log in and provide the wiki password/ invite key first): 1. Click on the Edit tab at the top of the


Created by Luis Perez Last Updated: 6/22/09

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