Blogs

Blogs

Blog Types
  1. An individual blog belongs only to one student and only that student can contribute to it. The class is able to view it, and add comments if enabled.
  2. A group blog can be added whenever a group is created. 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.
  3. In a course blog, all students can participate and contribute to the discussion.

Note: If you prefer a ‘blog‘ that is between the instructor and one student, choose the Journal tool.

Create a Blog
Create a Blog in Blackboard Video
  1. Make sure Edit Mode is On.
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  2. Go to Lessons and then choose the Weekly Learning Module where you would like to deploy the blog, or click on the Blogs link in the course menu.
  3. After clicking on the Weekly Learning Module title to enter that module, choose Tools then click Blogs.
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  4. Click the Create New Blog button
  5. On the Create Blog page fill in the following fields:
    • Blog Information
      Give the blog a Name. Use the Content Editor to add Instructions for the blog.
    • Blog Availability
      Select Yes to Make Blog Available
    • Blog Date and Time Restrictions
      Optionally select Display After and Display Until check boxes to enable the date and time selections.

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Blog Participation

Individual to All Students creates a blog for each student that everyone can read and comment on)
Course Blog creates a single blog that everyone can contribute to, read and comment on).

We do not recommend allowing anonymous comments.

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Blog Settings

Select how the entries will be indexed, Monthly or Weekly

Optionally select Allow Users to Edit and Delete Entries if students will be able to edit or delete their blog entries.

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Grade Settings

Select No Grading OR Grade: Points Possible option and type the number of points possible.

Once a blog is set to be graded, a column is created for it in the Grade Center.

Select the number of entries required to show participants in Needs Grading status (optional). 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 have been made.

Optionally associate a Rubric by selecting a Rubric form the Add Rubric menu.

Click Submit to finish.

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Create a Blog Entry
  1. Access the Blog either through the Weekly Lesson, or by clicking the Blog link in the course menu and then clicking the name of the Blog.
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  2. Click the Create Blog Entry button.
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  3. Blog Entry Information
    • Enter a Title for the Blog entry.
    • Type the Entry Message in the content editor.
    • Optionally attach a file to the Blog entry.
    • Click Post Entry to submit the blog entry or click Save Entry as Draft to return and edit the entry later.

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View Blog Entries

Access the Blog either through the Weekly Lesson, or by clicking the Blog link in the course menu and then clicking the name of the Blog. Once you’re in the blog, there is a ‘dashboard‘ of the entries on the right side of the blog.

  • To see all of the group members and the index of their entries, expand the menu by clicking on the arrow.

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  • Each student‘s name will appear with the number of posts. Click on the student‘s name to read the posts.

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Comment On A Blog Entry
  1. Access the Blog either through the Weekly Lesson, or by clicking the Blog link in the course menu and then clicking the name of the Blog.
  2. On the blog‘s topic page, select a blog to view by selecting the user‘s name in the right side panel in the All course Members section.
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  3. Click Comment below the Blog Entry. The Comment box will appear. Type a comment in the Comment box.
  4. Click Add to finish.
  5. Click on the Comments link below the entry to view Blog Entry comments.
Grade A Blog Entry

You can grade participation in blogs for individuals and groups.

After you enable grading, a column is created automatically in the Grade Center. You grade students‘ blog entries from the blog page where you view all entries and comments as you determine the grade. The grades you assign show immediately in the Grade Center. You access the blog page in the following ways:

  • In the blog tool, access a blog and click a user‘s name.
  • On the Needs Grading page, access a blog‘s contextual menu and select Grade All Users.
  • In the Grade Center, locate the column for the blog you want to grade. Move the mouse pointer over a cell containing the needs grading icon—the exclamation mark—to access the blog‘s contextual menu. Select Grade User Activity.

When you edit an assigned grade from the journal topic page, the Grade Center is updated.

Note: if you have one course blog for the length of the term, the blog will have only one grade center column. If you would like to grade the blog weekly, we recommend that you use the points area to add points each week. In the feedback section, put the date of the feedback and number of points, and use this as a running total so the student can see how many points he or she accumulated each week. At the end of the term, the full point value will be represented in the grade book.