I am in the process of setting up our first live Moodle site and am faced with the dilemma of selecting the wiki to use now, knowing that there will be a new wiki in Moodle 2.0.
Our users have limited experience of using Wiki's and my primary concerns are for stability and a clear upgrade path to 2.0. I have some experience of using the current wiki that is in the Moodle standard distribution and no experience of using Nwiki.
If I use Nwiki, in order to gain more functionality will there be a clear upgrade path to 2.0 or am I better staying with the current standard wiki?
I was using nWiki with moodle 1.8+ and moved to moodle 1.9+ At first I had trouble (a parsing error?) but they posted a revised nWiki version and since then have not had any problems. Not sure if I am "the norm" or "just lucky," but its been working well for me in moodle 1.9+
I would say the learning curve is a little steeper with nWiki because I didn't know media wiki syntax which I now prefer, but it is much better than standard wiki that I used for a short time in moodle 1.8+
Is not about features... that nwiki has of course (if you activate blocks on activities and use some usefull blocks or you use the wiki format course.
Why don't you try it on a dummy instalation on a windows XAMP machine...
You know it's not enough for tech types to be told one product is better than another, they want to know why (real reasons) especially if they have to go out of their way to support it. ewiki is still included, so there is less initial support needed.
However, you are making a valid claim that one has to look at the TCO. As all this stuff is "free", the cost is time, of course.
As I have not used either ewiki nor NWiki very much, I was hoping that a feature comparison already existed, so I don't have to reinvent the wheel.
We have 4 installations of Moodle going, one 1.9 with ewiki and one 1.9 with NWiki, so I will get my hands into it. Any comparison info that can be passed along would be welcome.
* wiki course format (see demo at http://morguapu.upc.es/crom/course/view.php?id=2)
* 3 markups - ewiki, html editor and mediawiki + creole (nwiki)
* 2 ways of comparing difereneces
And now just enable (on moodle admin) blocks on activities and play with the 8-9 blocks that can be used with nwiki...
In many of your posts, you mention "enable blocks on activities" through moodle admin. For the life of me, I can't seem to find anything in any of my moodle admin topics where "blocks on activities" is listed as an option. Could you please give a specific moodle admin location where this is supposed to be? If we do not see this in the "modules->blocks->manage blocks" (or wherever you say this should be), would this suggest that the nwiki install was not done properly?
It took me a while to find where it had been hidden .
Once this value has been set you can see the blocks drop down list displayed in the Wiki activity and add the various Wiki blocks.
Thanks for the location. That is probably the one spot I did not search.
I ran the upgrade from a previous 1.9 version without incident or loss of data. I will add that I have had various problems with previous versions of nwiki, but the most recent version seems pretty solid.
In any case, either the OUwiki or nwiki would be superior to the default wiki in Moodle.
What exactly is superior?
I have to justify having our admin install, support and debug it, and need reasons.
Then there's the roadmap list at http://docs.moodle.org/en/NWiki_roadmap:
- wiki course format
- discussion pages ?
- grading in wikis ?
- ranking and votes?
- PDF Generation
- Timeline-like wiki history browser
- Import / export from openoffice writer and (eventually) msword