This thread is just to let people know about the OU wiki, which should be available in a couple months as a contrib module, in case anyone else is interested in it. This is currently not finished.
If anyone wants I'll post unfinished zip files here (installs on Moodle 1.8 stable); for now I'll post a screenshot or two. These screenshots all are from OU theme which maybe looks slightly nicer than the standard theme version.
A key point is that this wiki is completely separate from the existing one and we haven't done any facilities to upgrade content from the existing wiki. (These would be quite easy to do but we haven't done it because we don't need it. Other people are welcome to contribute.)
As far as I know there is no current plan to include this wiki in core moodle. (Obviously I can't control what anyone posts but I'd appreciate if people keep this thread to ask questions about ouwiki and not about the new nwiki for instance - I haven't looked at nwiki and am not going to put forward an opinion as to which is better.)
The design goal (insofar as I can squeeze one past our feature-crazed overlords) is to create a wiki that's as simple as possible, i.e. it includes only the useful features and not other ones.
First screen attached here shows the main view page, with comments opened for one section.
1) Index. Can be alphabetical or 'structure' (like old wiki 'site map'). Shows orphaned pages and wanted pages.
2) History tab (of single page).
3) Changes view, from history
4) Edit tab, basically just has a little bit of help and an html editor.
I really like the appearance, it looks great.
If you would have talked with us in the first time we would have been very glad to collaborate and customize with your help a nwiki version according to your ideas and needs. Is always easy to trim features (at least easier than to create them).
Good luck with your module, any wiki related educational tool is good news to me.
BTW: some of your interface ideas look great, maybe we will borrow some of them.
As for why we wrote a wiki from scratch rather than using nwiki, I didn't take any part in that decision as I hadn't even seen nwiki. I told the people in charge (who had looked at it) that they had two choices: use nwiki or get me to write a new one. They chose the latter option.
Obviously that may have been based on an older version of nwiki and it doesn't necessarily mean we will never use nwiki here. I am quite used to my software being thrown away shortly after I've written it so it could happen again.
Obviously please do use any interface ideas that would help...
DO NOT INSTALL THIS ON ANY PRODUCTION SERVER.
Is that clear? Good. Sorry for the patronising bit, just thought I'd be on the safe side.
- You must install in Moodle 1.8 stable. Install in the usual way i.e. just copy into the mod folder then visit admin.
- I haven't tested on databases other than Postgres or PHP older than 5, although it is theoretically supposed to work in these situations (esp. the first).
- Group support works on OU moodle but may not work properly in core moodle. (It also doesn't support visible groups, always works as separate, and you don't get grouping support.) This is complicated a bit because ou-moodle is based on an old 1.8 beta, while even current core moodle doesn't include the core support for grouping that we do have in ou-moodle, so it's a pain to make it work on both; should be fixed later after we update our base version, hopefully.
- This has not been to the testers yet (actually they are testing it starting now) and I know there are some bugs
- I didn't really test this exact release at all, just asked our ant script to build me the zip file.
- Templates (to basically save the contents of a wiki then have it initialise a wiki, or each subwiki in a group/individual wiki, with those contents).
- User tracking (ability to get a list of changes made by an individual user).
- Export entire wiki to Word (RTF).
- Atom and RSS feeds for changes to wiki or individual pages.
- Section-specific locking (so 2 people can edit different sections of the same page at once).
- View counts for pages and a way to view the index in 'most visited' order.
- 'Most often changed pages' order.
If many other people demand it then we might consider making it possible to import from the old wiki to this one, or we would welcome contributions to that goal (if you are seriously interested in doing this, email me before starting so we can discuss how it should be implemented! s dot marshall at open dot ac dot uk). We're not really expecting many other people to use this so we haven't bothered as yet.
I've been keeping a close eye one the whole wiki situation in moodle for some time now. I was wondering if you had any news on the OU wiki? Have the OU decided to go with your implementation or hold out for nwiki? I think nwiki just needs a little tidying up here and there and then it should be ready for release.
I have just installed OUWiki. Great interface and functionality! I wonder though if there is a delete function somewhere? It would be neat when administering to be able to delete pages and history versions.
NIce module. We use it at Sussex University and we think it is considerably better than the standard Moodle wiki. However I note the DB table needs a timemodified field to be consistent with other modules.
We use this field in our recent updates feeds.