We encourage users to use EcoliWiki in education by letting students edit content in the wiki. Remember, since all revisions are saved and we keep backups, it should be safe for you to turn the students loose on the wiki.
Creating and managing student accounts
Registered users can create new accounts on EcoliWiki, and instructors can create accounts for students and make them student accounts. The only difference is that students can't create new users - this is to prevent students from creating sock puppets that could be used to post inappropriate material.
Here's how to make accounts and restrict them as students:
- Go to Login/Create account to create accounts. Enter a username, email address, and real name and click "create by email". This will send an email to the student with a link they can click to activate their account.
- Go to Special:UserRightsList you should see a list of users you created
- Select the checkbox for student on the relevant accounts
- Click Save at the bottom of the page to save the status changes
This method of creating accounts can be impractical for large classes. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org about bulk account creation. We will need a text file with info needed
Keeping track of what your students have been doing
Once you have students (whether or not their accounts are tagged as student), you can keep track of what they've edited, using the UserRecent extension. Make a page for tracking your class activity, and use the markup as shown in the figure to display what pages have been edited by users on your list. If you don't like what they've put in the wiki, you can edit it.