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Create a Blog

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You can use blog writing assignments as another medium for reflective learning. With this type of assignment, students are expected to display their research, analytical, and communication skills through a series of commentaries meant for public consumption and comment.

In the course environment, only enrolled users can view blogs. Similar to journals, you can use blogs for a graded assignment or gather opinions and information without assigning a grade. To learn more, see Journals.

You can create one or more blogs for use by students. You must create blog topics before students can add their entries.

How to Create a Blog Topic

  1. Change Edit Mode to ON.
  2. On the Control Panel, expand the Course Tools section and click Blogs.
  3. On the Blogs listing page, click Create Blog on the action bar.
  4. On the Create Blog page, type a name and optional instructions. Make the blog available.
  5. Select the Display After and Display Until check boxes to enable the date and time selections. Display restrictions do not affect the blog availability, only when it appears.
  6. In the Blog Participation section, decide if the blog is for individuals or the course. You may also allow some anonymous posting.
  7. 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.
  8. 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. It is permanently gradable, and you cannot change the setting to No grading.
  9. Optionally, select the check box for Show participants in "needs grading" status and from the drop-down list, select the number of entries required. Applying this setting will show the needs grading icon in the Grade Center and place the entries in the queue on the Needs Grading page after the specified number of entries are made.

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  10. Optionally, add a rubric. To learn more, see Rubrics.
  11. Click Submit.

The blog topics appear in alphabetical order on the Blogs listing page. You can sort columns by clicking the column title. To learn more, see The Blog Topic Page.

You can also provide links to blogs in course areas, such as content areas and folders. To learn more, see Link to Tools in a Course Area.

How to Create Blog Entries

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.

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On the Blogs listing page, following each blog title, students can see if the blog belongs to a group, the course, or to individual students. All course members can read group blogs, but to make an entry, a user must be a group member.

  1. On the Blogs listing page, click a blog title.
  2. On the blog's topic page, click Create Blog Entry on the action bar.
  3. On the Create Blog Entry page, type a title and entry.
  4. If enabled and appropriate, select the check box for Post Entry as Anonymous.
  5. Optionally, browse for a file to attach.
  6. Click Post Entry to submit the blog entry or click Save Entry as Draft to add the entry later.

View Drafts

To view or add to saved drafts, click View Drafts on the action bar on the Blogs listing page.

How to Comment on a Blog Entry

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

You decide if users may make anonymous comments and delete them. As the instructor, you can delete any user’s comment by clicking the X. After they are posted, users cannot edit their comments.

  1. On the Blogs listing page, click a blog title.
  2. On the blog’s topic page, select a blog to view by clicking the user’s name in the sidebar in the All Course Members drop-down list. The user’s blog entries open in the content frame.
  3. Click Comment following the user’s entry and type a comment.
  4. If enabled and appropriate, select the check box for Comment on Entry as Anonymous.
  5. Click Add. Click the numbered Comments link to view all comments.

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