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How to Create an Account

To create an account for this Wiki Site, start by clicking on the ‘Create Account’ link in the upper right hand corner of the web-page. When the pop-up page appears, fill in the appropriate information and click on the ‘Create My Account’ button. Next, go to your E-mail address, open the e-mail that Wikidot sent you titled ‘Wikidot Mailer’ and click on the second and longer link in the body of the email to verify the account and be automatically directly to the Virginia Engage Network wiki site.

When creating or editing your account, please add information that identifies what institute you represent; this is in order to keep some housekeeping activities by the Webmaster simplified.

How to Create a Page

In order to create your own institutional page on this website, go to and click on the edit button found on the lower right corner while following the instructions found in that page's edit section.

Then, follow the exact style of the VCU and W&M examples in the editable form; press enter after the last hard bracket that follows a university acronym, and do three hard bracket sets surrounding your acronym, the correct asterisk and spacing should be applied automatically if you hit enter after another university's line. Once you click 'save,' click its page name under the Institutional Information drop down menu on the navigation bar and click click 'Create Page.' Once there, copy and fill out the information templates that VCU and W&M used on their pages.

If you want to use a Google Calendar for displaying your dates, make sure you use the HTML tags to surround the Google Calendar coding; you can see these tags and the calendar in work at the VCU page.

How to Edit a Page

In order to edit a page, for reasons including updating the announcement page, correcting errors or adding new content to a page, click on the edit button found in the lower right hand side of the website. After you click on the edit button, the webpage will update to show a large white editable text box with the content of the page in it. Next, find what section of the page you would like to add, change or remove information and change the desired information. When either adding or removing information, please remember to format the edited section so it stays consistent with the rest of the style of the page. When editing a page, feel free to explore the buttons and options available to you found above the white text box. In addition, if you feel uncomfortable completing any of the previously mentioned actions the webmaster will be happy to help.

How to Create a Calendar for your Institution

To create a Google Calendar that can display your institution's signature community engagement activities, you will first need to have a Google account and gmail address. Although you may already have your own personal Google/gmail account, it is a good idea to open a separate Google/gmail account specifically for use by your community engagement office. To open a new Google/gmail account start by going to and creating a Google account if your office does not already have one. Be sure to keep the account user id and password in a secure but accessible place. If you just created a Gmail account, going to should start you on the way to making a calendar. If you have any troubles setting up your calendar, there is a vast wealth of knowledge about it available in the help section of its website.

It is encouraged that everyone have their own account on this site. even if you are from the same institution. However, it would be preferred if only one primary account edited their institution's profile; having only one main editor greatly improves the chances of reaching the correct person should someone have a question regarding any information displayed on this wiki.

How to Embed your Calendar on your Institution's Wiki Page

To place the calendar on your institution's Wiki page, starting from, click on the arrow pointing down next your calendar's name, found on the left hand side of the page under the title 'My Calendars' and then click 'Calendar Settings.' On this new page in the 'Embed This Calendar' section you should find a text box with html coding in it; Ctrl+C all the coding in that box. Now open up the editable section of you institution's page on this Wiki and paste the code into the appropriate section. In order to make your calendar visible, highlight the calendar's html code and find the button that looks like </>. Once you click this button, items called tags will be placed above and below the coding so the wiki knows how to display the information.

How to to Share your Calendar with the Master Calendar

To share your calendar with the one found in the Master Calendar page, starting from the page, click on the downward pointing arrow next your calendar's name click on the arrow pointing down next your calendar's name, found on the left hand side of the page under the title 'My Calendars,' and then click 'Share this Calendar.' On this new page, make sure that the checkbox for 'Make this calendar public' is checked; this allows accounts besides your own to see your calendar. Next, under the 'Share with specific people section, type into the text-box moc.liamg|todikiwecducv#moc.liamg|todikiwecducv; then click the 'Add person' button and the 'SAVE' button.

How To Create an Announcement

To create an announcement for this site, start by going to the announcement page and then click Edit in the lower right-hand corner of the screen. Next make sure you have a blinking cursor In front of the current top announcement in the editable large white text box at the bottom of the screen. Then press enter two to three times to create space for your new announcement. To create the large header for your entry add a plus sign, hit then space bar once, then type the header of the article or announcement. Next, hit enter again and add the main body of the entry. Once you have entered everything you want, make sure that there is one line between then end of your announcement and the header of the older announcement. If you have creating this design, look at the other entries on the page or e-mail the article to the webmaster at ude.ucv|4ejkrap#ude.ucv|4ejkrap.

When placing an update on the announcement page, making a title and adding a type of separator between new and old posts helps people understand where one article begins and one ends. To create a header simply place + and a space before the text. To place the separator used already on the Announcements page, on a line between two paragraphs, place six hyphens end to end, or click on the button that has a line in it, found above the edit box at the start of the second row of buttons. For examples on how to do these organizational necessities, click on the edit button of the Announcement page and see how it has been done in the past.

How to receive E-mail Updates for a Page

To start receiving e-mail updates when a page updates, such as getting e-mails on the new articles on the Announcement page or Documents page, go to the page that you want to get e-mail updates for and look in the lower right hand corner of the page where it says "start watching," found above the edit button. Once there, notice that there are three options to choose from: the entire site, the type of page, and the page you are currently on; to start getting updates for that particular page click on "this page" and you are done. If you wish to stop following a page, simply click on "stop following this page," which is located in the same spot that you chose to follow it.

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