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Editing and Managing Blogs

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15:40, 26 Mar 2013

You can edit basic properties of a blog topic, including the name, instructions, availability, and other custom settings. After a blog topic is designated for individuals or the course, you cannot change it to the other.

You can edit any user's blog entries and can delete blog topics. You can also delete comments, but cannot edit them.

How to Edit a Blog

  1. Change Edit Mode to ON.
  2. On the Blogs listing page, access a blog's contextual menu.
  3. Select Edit.
  4. On the Edit Blog page, make changes.
  5. Click Submit.

How to Delete a Blog

If you no longer need a blog, you can delete it. Deleting a blog is permanent. On the Blogs listing page, select Delete from the blog's contextual menu.

If a blog is gradable, the Delete Confirmation page appears. You need to perform extra steps to remove a gradable blog.

  1. Change Edit Mode to ON.
  2. On the Blogs listing page, access a blog's contextual menu.
  3. Select Delete.
  4. Click OK in the warning pop-up. The Delete Confirmation page appears. You have two options:
    • Do not select check boxes: The blog is deleted, but the Grade Center column and scores you have assigned are retained. For example, all student entries are graded and you want to keep the Grade Center column for the final grade calculations. If you delete a blog, yet retain the Grade Center column, you can delete that column from the Grade Center at any time.
    • Select the check boxes: The grade column in the Grade Center and the blog are deleted. For example, if you do not want to include the grade column for the blog entries in the final grade, you can safely delete all.

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  5. Click Remove to complete the deletion.

How to Change the Availability of a Blog

  1. Change Edit Mode to ON.
  2. On the Blogs listing page, select the check box next to the appropriate blog.
  3. Point to Availability on the action bar to access the drop-down list.
  4. Select Make Available or Make Unavailable.

How to Add a Blog Link to the Course Menu

If you want students to access the blogs tool often, you can add a link to the course menu for one-click access to the tool. You can customize the name of the link as needed.

  1. Change Edit Mode to ON and point to the plus sign above the course menu. The Add Menu Item drop-down list appears.
  2. Select Tool Link.
  3. Type a Name for the link.
  4. From the Type drop-down list, select Blogs.
  5. Select the Available to Users check box.
  6. Click Submit.

Troubleshooting Blog Management

Setting Changes and Results
If Then
You delete a blog while users are posting The blog and all comments are deleted.
You make a blog unavailable while users are posting The blog remains visible to you in Edit Mode, but does not appear to users.
You change the Allow Users to Edit and Delete Entries setting Entries remain, but users cannot edit them.
You change the Allow Users to Delete Comments setting Comments remain, but users cannot delete them.
You enable blog grading You cannot change this setting. Delete the blog and the Grade Center column to remove it. If you need the blog entries, but not the grades, you can decide to not include the Grade Center column for the blog in Grade Center calculations.
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