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What is a Wiki?

Confluence is a Wiki.
A wiki is a collection of web pages designed to let users with access to them, contribute or modify content. Wikis use WYSIWYG and/or a markup language editors. Wikipedia is one of the best-known wikis.

"Wiki" is an Hawaiian word for "fast".

"Wiki" is also expressed as a "bacronym" for 


How Does Confluence Compare with Other Publishing Options?

When would I choose Moodle over Confluence?

Do you want to use an online grading utility? Choose Moodle.

Do you want to use online quizzes that provide branching? Use Moodle.

Do you want to discuss your choice with an expert?

   Contact Ellen Freeman (4234).

What features does Confluence provide?

  • Easy Navigation
  • Online discussions
  • Individual user management and group assignments
  • News facilities
  • Email capabilities
  • File uploads
  • Searching

Confluence provides a hierarchical listing of pages, allowing students to easily find content they are seeking both by scanning the hierarchy or by searching the space by keyword. Students can easily upload files and post comments on pages and files. Membership in the course is not limited to enrolled students and can be easily managed by the faculty member. Confluence also provides both a "News" facility and eMail functions that simplify communication between students and faculty.

Where is the Colby Wiki?

The Colby Wiki can be found at:
Your first view will be of the Public Dashboard.

You will see all the Public pages listed on your left; and recent changes on your right.

To increase the span of time listed under the "Recently Updated" display, click on the green plus + sign at the top right of the display. Reduce it again by clicking on the green minus - sign that then is displayed.

Log into the Colby Wiki by clicking on the Log In link in the upper right hand corner of the page. You will be prompted to supply your Colby Username and Password.

Once logged in, you will see any additional pages that you have access to based on your username and password. (Spaces to which your name has been added by the space owner.)

Notice the differences in the first and second screen shot above. The second one contains more and difference Wiki Spaces based on the user's login. Take a moment to click on some of the spaces listed and look at the space pages.

Dashboard Icons

Dashboard Tabs


When you click on the gray star beside a space listing, it becomes yellow and the listing is place here, in the Favorite Pages list. This is a handy way to access a much-used page that is several levels down in the hierarchy without having to make all the intermediate "clicks" to get to it. In the above example, The "Fall 2008 Schedule" actually sits inside the "Student Tutor" space, under another page titled "Hours". Listing it here allows the user to access it with one click, rather than three.

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