Help:Wikis 101

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This page is designed for teachers designing online educational content. There are other resources available for students working online. This design information for teachers should only be seen as a starting point, there may be specific ways of working and presenting your information that you find either easier or even better. Editing Basics is the information provided for students, and is also a good place for teachers to start working online. The "code" used to design a page is generally the same for all Wiki platforms. Note that depending on the Wiki page appearance (skin) the position and style of the available editing buttons may differ.

This page will begin by describing how to move your existing materials into the Wiki format, later pages will then describe how to format and add additional resources to your online materials.

Links: Online Teaching | PDF Online Teaching | Wikis 101 | Editing Basics


Log-In with your Zpass on the top right of the screen (click the grey person beside the search button). Then create your own user page to practice working with the Wiki format. All edits to this Wiki will be identified only by your ZID.
About Zpass log-In  
The security used on this Wiki is the same as that used for all UNSW websites pages requiring your Zpass.
  • This wiki does not store your password, unless you have authorised.
  • Do not save your password on public or laboratory computers.
  • Do not share your password with anyone, change your password regularly.
  • Please report and change your password if your account has been compromised.
  • Always log-off when finished.

Word Documents

Copy, paste and save the text onto your Wiki page. You can then go through and apply the Wiki styling to the text on the actual page. Note that most wikis will also allow the uploading of a word document as a file that you can then provide access to other teachers or students as a page link.

Hyper Text Markup Language

Hyper Text Markup Language (HTML)

If you have other online materials already prepared as HTML code this code can also be directly used on a wiki page. Note do not use any CSS associated with the basic HTML code as it will not function on a Wiki.

Powerpoint Slides

These can be uploaded and linked as either PPT slides, that will play when opened, or converted to PDF and played within the browser.

Alternatively, look at you slideshow. Now use each slide title as a sub-heading and then add your bullet point list below it as either a bullet or numbered list within that sub-heading.

Hint - open your PPT slideshow in text summary mode, copy and paste the text onto your page, then add the formatting.

See this Slide Example  
This is a collapsible table, useful for having content without distracting from the main points. Remember to "Expand" before you save to print, if you want the content to be seen in the print/PDF version.

Slide 1 - My 3 Main Points

  • Point 1 - text....
  • Point 2 - text....
  • Point 3 - text....

  1. Text....
  2. Text....
  3. Text....

Slide 2 - My 3 Main Points with an Image

  1. Text....
  2. Text....
  3. Text....
Stage23 embryo oral cavity 06.jpg

Human Embryo Oral Cavity (week 8, Carnegie stage 23)

Remember to initially keep the styling simple, the more complicated the harder it will be to get a consistent "feel" to your material.

Not happy with this solution?

  1. Make each slide as a collapsible table that you can open and close as you work through the content.
  2. Make your own online show, with each new page as a single slide.


Thought about developing some simple (or hard) quizzes to test student knowledge?

The Wiki has the ability to set various types of quiz questions from simple yes/no, through to best option or finally best options (multiple). As these are not directly assessable (use hard copy quizzes for that) the learning activity includes what you explain in the revealed correct answer. The explanation can be brief or a directly from the lecture/lab content. In addition links can be inserted into the revealed explanation so that they can look at further resources.

This category Category:Quiz will show some existing quizzes located on this Wiki.

It is also a good exercise to get the students to write their own questions. This will mean that they have to understand the concepts in order to write a good quiz.


Movies are a great way of showing dynamic processes of development. The 2 main types on this Wiki are:

  1. Animations that are simplified educational representations of complicated processes.
  2. Research data showing analysis of developmental processes or embryos.

There are also templates for every video on this Wiki that allow easy insertion of a small link to the video page and the direct playing of the video. This Wiki also allows the embedding of external videos commonly found posted on YouTube.

Help:Movies | Movies

Using the Wiki page to Teach

  1. Zoom the page to fill the projected screen.
  2. Work down the page showing each sub-heading slide and go through the main points.
  3. Open images in a new tab, so you can work through the description and then return to your page.

External Links

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Cite this page: Hill, M.A. (2024, June 22) Embryology Wikis 101. Retrieved from

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