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/participants are expected to display their research, analytical, and communication skills through a series of commentaries meant for public consumption and comment.

In the course/organization 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.

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

How to Create a Blog Topic

1. Turn Edit Mode ON.

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2. Go to the Control Panel >> Course/Organization Tools >> Blogs or Tools/Communication >> Blogs

3. Click Create Blog.

4. Type a name and instructions (optional).

5. Make the blog available.

6. In the Blog Participation section, decide if the blog is for individuals or the course/organization. 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.

10. Click Submit.

The blog topics appear in alphabetical order on the Blogs listing page. You can sort columns by clicking the column title. You can also provide links to blogs in course areas, such as content areas and folders.

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/participants can comment on one another’s blog entries in individual, course/organization, and group blogs.

You decide if users may make anonymous comments and delete them. As the instructor/leader, 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.