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Blogs

Note: Your instructor/leader controls 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/organization. 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/leader and classmates can add comments. A course/organization 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/organization member can read and comment on a group blog, but cannot make entries if they are not a member of the group. Your instructor/leader can also offer comments and grade individual and group entries.

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/organization 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/Organization: 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.

Note: Your instructor/leader 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.

A. Create Blog Entry: You can create as many blog entries as you want. For example, your instructor/leader may add a comment requesting clarification before a grade is assigned or suggest a topic for another entry.

B. Blog Instructions: Expand the section to review the blog instructions and any goals your instructor/leader may have aligned with the blog.

C. View Drafts: Access any entries saved as drafts.

D. Blog entry: Blog entries appear in the content frame following the Blog Instructions.

E. Comment: Click to add your thoughts.

F. Blog Details: In the sidebar, expand to view the information, including if other users made comments.

G. Click to expand the section: View a list of who else has made blog entries. Click a name to view the entries.

H. Grade: This section appears if your instructor/leader enabled grading for the blog. You can see if your blog entries have been graded.

I. Index: View the titles of your selected entries for either the week or the month, determined by the settings your instructor/leader makes during blog creation. The most recent entry title appears first.

Create a Blog

Watch Tutorial

Only your instructor/leader can create a blog, but after creation, the student/participant can create entries.

1. Within a course/organization, go to Tools and/or Communications and click Blogs.

2. Click a blog topic that has perviously been created by the instructor/leader.

3. Click Create Blog Entry.

4. Type a title and entry message.

5. Optionally, in the Blog Entry Files section, attach a file using the Browse My Computer or Arose Content Collection button.

6. Click Post Entry.

    -OR-

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

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

View 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

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

1. On the blob'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.

2. Click Comment to add your thoughts.

Edit or Delete a Blog Entry

Your instructor/leader determines if you are allowed to edit or delete your blog entries.

1. On the blob's topic page, access the entry's chevron button and click Edit or Delete.

Deleting a blog entry is final and irreversible.

View Blog Grades

After your instructor/leader 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/leader's feedback and the date the grade was assigned.

Rubrics

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

This article was updated: 05/11/2017