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Blogs

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Your instructor and institution control which tools are available.

A blog is your personal online journal. Each blog entry you make can include any combination of text, images, links, multimedia, mashups, and attachments. Blogs are an effective means of sharing knowledge and materials created and collected by the group in the course. You can post entries and add comments to existing blogs. Use your blog to express your ideas and share them with the class.

As the owner of a blog, you can create multiple entries over a period of time. Your instructor and classmates can add comments. A course or a group can also own a blog. In the group area, all members of a group can create entries for the same blog, building upon one another. Any course member can read and comment on a group blog, but cannot make entries if they are not a member of the group. Your instructor can also offer comments and grade individual and group entries.

If allowed by your institution, you can upload an avatar which appears with individual blogs. You can use a photo of yourself or an image that you feel represents you. If you have a Blackboard profile, the image you add there appears in your blog.

Access Blogs

Access blogs on the course menu or on the Tools page. On the blogs listing page, click the name of the blog topic you want to access. The blog topics appear in alphabetical order.

You can access three types of blogs:

  • Course: All enrolled users can create blog entries and add comments to blog entries.
  • Individual: Only the owner of a blog can create blog entries. All other enrolled users can view and add comments.
  • Group: If your instructor enables the blogs tool for a group, all group members can make blog entries and make comments. Any course member can view group blogs, but they only have the option to add comments. You can make entries only to your own group blog.

    Your instructor can edit and delete entries in all three blog types and delete user comments.

Blog Topic Page

The blog topic page is divided into two main sections: the content frame and the sidebar.

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  1. Create Blog Entry: You can create as many blog entries as you want. For example, your instructor may add a comment requesting clarification before a grade is assigned or suggest a topic for another entry.
  2. Blog Instructions: Expand the section to review the blog instructions and any goals your instructor may have aligned with the blog.
  3. View Drafts: Access any entries saved as drafts.
  4. Blog entry: Blog entries appear in the content frame following the Blog Instructions.
  5. Comment: Click to add your thoughts.
  6. Blog Details: In the sidebar, expand to view the information, including if other users made comments.
  7. Click to expand the section: View a list of who else has made blog entries. Click a name to view the entries.
  8. Grade: This section appears if your instructor enabled grading for the blog. You can see if your blog entries have been graded.
  9. Index: View the titles of your selected entries for either the week or the month, determined by the settings your instructor makes during blog creation. The most recent entry title appears first.

How to Create a Blog Entry

Only your instructor can create a blog, but after creation, you can create entries.

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Use the following steps to create a blog entry:

  1. On the blog's topic page, click Create Blog Entry on the action bar.
  2. On the Create Blog Entry page, type a title and entry message.
  3. Optionally, in the Blog Entry Files section, attach a file using one of the following options:
    • To upload a file from your computer, click Browse My Computer.
    • To upload a file from the course's storage repository:
      • If Course Files is the course's storage repository, click Browse Course.

        -OR-

      • If your institution licenses content management, click Browse Content Collection.

        Files added by students appear only in their entries. They are not stored in Course Files or the Content Collection.

  4. Click Post Entry.

    -OR-

    Click Save Entry as Draft to save the entry for later posting.

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    If your instructor associated a rubric with the blog and made it available, click View Rubric in the Grade section to display grading criteria.

View Blog Drafts

If you saved a blog entry to edit later, click View Drafts on the blog topic page. Click the title of the entry to edit and post.

Comment on a Blog Entry

You can comment on one another’s blog entries, whether they belong to an individual, the course, or a group. Your instructor determines if you can make anonymous comments and if you may delete blog comments.

On the blog's topic page, view a blog by clicking a user’s name in the sidebar in the drop-down section. The user’s blog entries open in the content frame. Click Comment to add your thoughts.

Edit or Delete a Blog Entry

Your instructor determines if you are allowed to edit or delete your blog entries. On the blog's topic page, access the entry's contextual menu and click Edit or Delete. Deleting a blog entry is final and irreversible.

View Blog Grades

After your instructor grades your blog entries, you can view your grade in two places. The grading information appears in the Grade section on the blog's topic page and in My Grades. You can also view your instructor's feedback and the date the grade was assigned. To learn more, see My Grades.

Rubrics

If your instructor associated a rubric with the blog and made it available, click View Rubric in the Grade section to display grading criteria.

Troubleshooting Blog Management

  • If you are removed from a course, you will not have access to any blogs. If you are removed from a course after individual blogs are created, all your entries and comments are deleted. If you are removed from a course after course blogs are created, all your entries and comments are retained, but your name is changed to "Anonymous."
  • If your instructor deletes a blog while you are posting, the blog and all comments are deleted.
  • If your instructor makes a blog unavailable while you are posting, the blog remains visible to your instructor only.
  • If your instructor changes the Allow Users to Edit and Delete Entries setting, entries remain but you cannot edit them.
  • If your instructor changes the Allow Users to Delete Comments setting, comments remain but you cannot edit them.
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