Blogs

A blog is a personal online journal that is frequently updated and intended for general public access and use. Most blogs also have some kind of commenting system, so that people can respond to and interact with one another. Blogs encourage students to clearly express their ideas and addresses the need to expand various aspects of social learning. They are an effective means of gaining insight into students' activities and provide a way to share the knowledge and materials collected.

In Blackboard Learn, instructors create and manage blogs, and only enrolled users can view and create entries and comments in them.

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Frequently asked questions

What types of Blogs are available? (Original Course)


There are a couple of types of Blogs you can use on Blackboard Blogs tend to 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.




How do I create a Blog? (Original Course)


To begin creating your Blog:

  1. Go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Blogs and select Create Blog.
  2. Type a name and optional instructions. Make the blog available to students.
  3. Select the Display After and Display Until check boxes to enable the date and time selections. Display restrictions don't affect the blog availability, only when it appears.
  4. In the Blog Participation section, decide if the blog is for individuals or the course. You may also allow some anonymous posting.
  5. In the Blog Settings section, select Monthly or Weekly Index Entries. Optionally, select check boxes to allow users to edit and delete entries, or delete comments.
  6. In the Grade Settings section, select No grading or the Grade option and type the number of Points possible. Points possible will apply to one or more entries made by a user to the blog topic. After you enable grading, a column is created automatically in the Grade Center. The blog is permanently gradable, and you can't change the setting to No grading.
  7. If you want, select the check box for Show participants in needs grading status and select the number of entries required. If you apply this setting, the Needs Grading icon will show in the Grade Center. The entries will appear in the queue on the Needs Grading page after student activity meets this threshold.
  8. Add a rubric if you want.
  9. Select Submit.




How do I create entries in a Blog? (Original Course)


You and your students create blog entries and other course members can make comments on the entries. As the instructor, you can use blog entries to provide structure for discussions on class topics and other issues. On the Blogs listing page, select a blog title. On the blog's topic page, select Create Blog Entry. Type a title and entry. If enabled and appropriate, select the check box for Post Entry as Anonymous. Select Browse My Computer to upload a file from your computer. You can also attach a file from the repository: Course Files or the Content Collection. -OR- Drag files from your computer to the "hot spot" in the Attach Files area. If your browser allows, you can also drag a folder of files. The files will upload individually. If the browser doesn't allow you to submit your work after you upload a folder, select Do not attach in the folder's row to remove it. You can drag the files individually and submit again. You can use the file name or provide another name for the file. Select Post Entry to submit the blog entry or select Save Entry as Draft to add the entry later.




How do I add comments to Blogs? (Original Course)


Because blogs are meant to be read by others, students can comment on one another’s blog entries in individual, course, and group blogs.

  1. On the Blogs listing page, select a blog title.
  2. Select a user’s name in the list in the sidebar to view a blog entry. The entry opens in the content frame.
  3. Select Comment below the user’s entry and type a comment.
  4. If enabled and appropriate, select the check box for Comment on Entry as Anonymous.
  5. Select Add.




Can I add a Blog link to the course? (Original Course)


You can add a quick link to your course menu making it easier for students to access the Blog.

  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.




Can I grade a Blog? (Original Course)


Yes you can grade participation in blogs for individuals and groups. You can grade the quality of the discussion, as well as the number of entries and comments that are made by an individual or a course group. You can heck this in needs grading or the grade centre The Needs Grading icon appears when student activity has met the threshold you chose in the blog settings. For example, if you choose to be notified after four students submit their work, this icon appears after at least four students submit their blogs.

The In Progress icon appears when these conditions occur:

  • Student activity doesn't meet the minimum number you set.
  • You didn't select the Show participants in needs grading status check box in the blog settings.




How do I grade an individual entry? (Original Course)


You can begin grading blogs from the Grade Center, the Needs Grading page, and the Course Tools section in the Control Panel.

  1. On the blog topic page, select the blog entry or entries to grade. The user's blog entry or entries open in the content frame.
  2. Type a point total in the Grade box. If you associated a rubric for this graded blog, expand and complete the rubric.
  3. To edit an existing grade, select the Grade box and change the grade.
  4. You can also include feedback for the student in the Feedback to Learner box. Select the editor icon represented by the letter A to open the pop-up editor window. You can embed an audio/video recording of your feedback in the editor as you grade blogs.
  5. Select Add Notes to leave notes that appear only to you and the grader role.
  6. Select Submit to add the grade, feedback, and grading notes to the Grade Center.





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