Blackboard Blogs – What is a Blackboard blog?

 

The Blog tool is a great way to see the progress that your students are making. Blogs can be released to groups and the students are able post to the blog and add their comments to existing posts. Instructors are also able to participate in posts.

There are three different types of Blog and one type of Journal:

Course Blogs: All enrolled users are able to post Blog Entries. All enrolled users can post Comments to Blog Entries.

Individual Blogs: Only the owner of the Blog is able to post Blog Entries. All other users enrolled in the Course are able to view and add Comments.

Group Blogs: If the instructor enables the Blog tool for the Group, all Group members can post Blog entries and make comments on Blog entries. Any course member can view Group Blogs, but can only add comments. Group Blogs need to be added when creating or editing the group.

Journals: These are Individual Blogs that are only able to added to by each individual student. They can only be viewed and commented on by the student and the instructors of the course.

 

Select an Option:

Creating a Blog

Viewing Blog entries & grading

Change availability of a blog

Commenting on a blog

Delete a blog


Creating a Blog:

With Edit Mode On:

  1. Under the Control Panel, on the bottom left side of the page, click on Course Tools and then click on Blogs.
    blogs link
  2. Click on the Create Blog button.
  3. Fill in the title and instructions for the blog. Also, set the availability of the blog.
    blog information page
  4. Set the type of blog you want this to be. Individual to All Students means only the owner of the blog is able to post blog entries. All other users enrolled in the Course are able to view and add Comments. A Course Blog means the entire course shares one blog page. The last entry posted will be placed at the top. You can also set how the blog will be organized. 

    Set the Blog Settings:

    Index Entries: Select the time frame, Monthly or Weekly, for a selected user or all course members. View the list of Entry titles posted during the index span.

    Allow Users to Edit and Delete Entries: If selected, users can edit and delete the entries they have created after they are posted. Instructors are able to edit and delete any user’s Blog Entries, without enabling this option.

    Allow Users to Delete Comments: If selected, users can delete Comments that they added to Blog Entries. Instructors are able to delete any user’s Blog entries without enabling this option.

    Mark Blog: Select the marking option and type the number of Points Possible. Once a Blog has been enabled for grading, a column is created automatically in the Grade Center.

     

  5. Click the Submit button.
  6. Once you’re blog is created you have to link to a blog so that it is available to all users to use. To do this, in Edit Mode, go to the desired content area you desire to add your blog.
  7. Under the ‘Add Interactive Tool‘ button, select Blog.
  8. Under the Create Link Blog’ page, select ‘Link to a Blog‘ and select the blog you have created in the list box.
  9. Click Next. Note in this view you can also create a new blog.
  10. Add some useful information to your students about your blog, you can change the default name and add some descriptive text.
  11. Set the Options

    Available: Set this to Yes if you want your blog available.

    Track Views: Set the tracking if you want to monitor access.

    Date Restrictions: Set the date restrictions.

  12. Click Submit.

 

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Viewing Blog Entries & Grading

Once you’re blog is created and active you can monitor the number of post created by users as well as provide grading and feedback.

To do this:

1. Select the blog you wish to monitor. In the blog view you are given a number of options:

In the ‘View Entries by’ header you can select the button ‘Show Members without Entries’; this will display those members who have not added any entries. You will be able to toggle this button. You will also get a count of the number of entries for each member.

2. Select a member who has entries, to grade entries select the ‘Edit Grade’ button, you can enter a grade, provide student feedback as well as any notes for you as an instructor. This grade gets recored in the grade center and if ‘My Grades’ tool is available for students they can view their grade and feedback.

Edit a Blog:

With Edit Mode On:

  1. Under the Control Panel, on the bottom left side of the page, click on Course Tools and then click on Blogs. 

    blog link

  2. Click on the double down arrow, or chevron, next to the blog you wish to edit. Click on Edit.edit
  3. Change any options you want and then click on Submit.

 

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Change Availability of a Blog:

With Edit Mode On:

  1. Under the Control Panel, on the bottom left side of the page, click on Course Tools and then click on Blogs.blog link
  2. Check the box next to the blog you want to change the availability for.
  3. Hover over the Availability button and click on Make Available or Make Unavailable.availability

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Commenting on a Blog:

With Edit Mode On:

  1. Under the Control Panel, on the bottom left side of the page, click on Course Tools and then click on Blogs.blog link
  2. Click on the name of the blog you wish to add a comment to.
  3. Click on the Create Blog Entry button to add a brand new entry.
  4. Or click on the name of the student you would like to comment on, under the menu on the right side of the page.
  5. Then Click on Comment next to the post you wish to comment on.
  6. If you chose to add an entry… Fill in the required fields and then click on Post Entry. If you chose to add a comment… Type in your comment and then click on Add.

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Delete a Blog:

With Edit Mode On:

  1. Under the Control Panel, on the bottom left side of the page, click on Course Tools and then click on Blogs.blog link
  2. Check the boxes next to the blogs you would like to delete.
  3. Click on the Delete button.

NB: There is currently a known issue on visibility of information through the Global navigation menu

Anonymous Blog Posts may display the User’s Name in the Global Navigation Posts Tool; Group Discussion Board Posts are Visible to Non Members in the Global Menu

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