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Blogs and Journals in Blackboard look and behave in similar ways. They both provide Blog-like features and functionalities.  The key difference between the two is that Blogs are shared within the course, and journals are usually private. You can use these instructions to create either a blog or a wiki.

A blog is a personal online journal that is frequently updated and intended to share with others. Most blogs also have a commenting feature, so that people can respond to one another's thoughts. Blogs encourage students to clearly express their ideas. Blogs also address the need to expand various aspects of social learning. From the instructor's point of view, blogs are an effective means of gaining insight into students' activities and provide a way to share the knowledge and materials collected.

Where to find blogs?

Make sure blogs is available under “tool availability”, which can be found under: “course management” → “customization” → “tool availability”.

  • Blogs can be found in any content area. Once you are in a content area you can find the blog under “Tools”.

  • Alternatively, Wikis can also be used.

Instructions for creating a blog

If you use the first option (above) to create a blog, then you will be redirected to a window with an option “create a new blog”. If you use the second option you will be redirected to the blog listings page, where you can create a new blog by clicking “create blog”. You will then be presented with a number of fields:

  • Name: this is the only required field, and it is simply the title of your blog.

  • Blog Availability: here you can make the blog visible or hidden from students.

  • Limit Availability: here you can add date restrictions for the blog.

  • Blog Type: here you can set the blog to an individual (per student) blog or to a course blog (for the whole course). Next to this you can also enable Anonymous Comments here.

  • Index Entries: this will Indexing will organize entries by the chosen time-frame, which is monthly or weekly.

  • Grade Blog: here you can select if you want the blog to be graded, and how many point it should be worth.

Once you are satisfied with the setup you can hit “submit” and the blog will be created. You can find you blog on the blogs listing page. This listings page can be found by going to “Course management” → “Course tools” → “blogs”.

Types of blogs

Blogs consist of two elements:

  • Blog entries: Text, images, links, multimedia, social media, and attachments added by course members.

  • Comments: Remarks or responses to blog entries made by other course members, including the instructor.

You can allow students to participate in blogs in three ways:

  • Course blogs: You can create a course blog and choose the topic. All course members can add blog entries and comment on blog entries.

  • Individual blogs: Students can add entries only to their own blogs. All other course members can view and add comments to it.

  • Group blogs: If you enable the blogs tool for a group of users, they can perform these tasks:

    • Group members can add blog entries and make comments on blog entries, building upon one another.

    • All course members can view group blogs, but non-group members can only add comments.

You have full control over all blogs in your course. You can edit and delete entries in any of the blog types. You can also delete user comments.

Add a blog link to course menu

You can add a link to the course menu for instant access to the wikis tool. You can also customize the name of the link.

  1. Select the plus sign above the course menu. The Add Menu Item list appears.

  2. Select Tool Link and type a Name for the link.

  3. From the Type list, select blogs.

  4. Select the Available to Users check box.

  5. Select Submit.

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