Images and Media

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In this tutorial we will look at how you can insert images and other media into a page on the wiki.

There will be times when you may want to illustrate something with that picture that is worth a thousand words or, in this day and age, perhaps that podcast of your interview with a famous scientist. Adding images and other media into the wiki is a great way to enrich your pages and create a compelling learning experience.

Inserting most media into the wiki is a two-step process that involves inserting the syntax to tell the wiki where the media should go on the page, and then uploading the media itself into the wiki. (For example uploading an image from your desktop onto the WikiEducator server - don't worry, this is easy to do.)

We will mainly focus on adding images to your content but the same principles apply to all media you may want to add to the wiki. More sophisticated media types like sound and movies will be covered in the intermediate Tutorials for WikiEducator.

Currently WikiEducator supports adding the following types of media:

  • Images - these can be .gif, .jpg, .png, or .svg formats;
  • Links to specific file types, currently .pdf, mp3 files and .elp (eXe files)

Other media types will be covered in the intermediate tutorials so you don't need to worry about these for now:

  • Sound - should be .mp3 files
  • Movies - .flv (flash video)
  • Flash - .swf (flash objects)

In the following pages we will work through the process of adding an image and give you opportunities to try it out for yourself on your User page. (You do have a User page by now don't you? If you don't, see: Creating an Account).