Blog Tool - SP6
A blog within a Blackboard course is a collection of student postings. A blog may be the work of just one person, or could be the collection of entries by several people working on a shared goal or theme. In this way, the latter example is similar to a discussion forum but with a richer set of tools available. In a blog, the narrative voice of individual contributors is more distinct and a conversation may emerge. By comparison, in a wiki, individual contributions to the narrative are subsumed into the collected whole. The blog tool is one of the few tools available that allows students to add content to a Blackboard course web site.
Instructors can create four different types of blogs within their courses:
- Course - All course participants are able to post and view Blog entries. Note: this blog type is not tied to the Grade Center.
- Individual - Each student is given their own blog to post entries. All other course participants can view and add comments.
- Group - All Group members can post Blog entries and make comments on Blog entries. All other course members can view Group Blogs, but can only add comments. Note: If the Group blog is graded -- all students will be assigned the same grade. See the Groups tutorial for additional information.
- Journals - These are individual blogs that are only able to be added to by each individual student. They can only be viewed and commented on by the student and the instructor(s) of the course. See the Journal tutorial for additional information.
Using Blackboard Blogs
The below listed items provide tutorials that step you through creating and managing blogs in Blackboard. Clicking on the items will expand the view window and expose the associated tutorial. Click on the item again to collapse the tutorial. The materials are segmented by feature and where possible links are provided for web-based videos demonstrating features.
Quick Start Instructions
To Add a Blog Activity to Your Blackboard Course
- Click on a Content Area in the Course Menu to the left of the page.
- Navigate to the appropriate location within that area where the blog is to be added.
- From the Add Interactive Tool tab, select Blog. The Create Link:Blog screen will be displayed.
Note: If Blog is not an option within the drop down menu, it will be necessary to activate it under Control Panel > Customization > Tool Availability. Simply check the box under Available in Content Area and click [Submit].
- Click on the [Create New Blog] button. The Create Blog screen will be displayed.
- Enter a name for the blog in the Name field.
- Provide instructions for blog assignment in the Instructions field. Instructions can be posted as plain text, or a combination of text and audio/video.
- If the blog will be available for the term move to item 8, else:
- Enter a date and time in the Display After date and time fields if the blog should be hidden from students until a specific date
- Enter a date and time in the Display Until date and time fields if the blog should be hidden from students after a specific date
- Set Blog Participation rules by clicking on one or more of the radio buttons to the left of the following:
- Individual to All Students - each student will be provided with their own blog page that they can edit. All other students can view and comment on their peers pages.
- Course - all students in the course can edit, view and comment on the same blog area.
- Allow Anonymous Comments - allows students to post comment to a blog posting without their name being associated with the posting.
- Configure the following Blog Settings:
- Click the "Allow Users to Edit and Delete Entries" check box if the blog will not be graded and you wish to provide students with total control over the their blog.
- Click the "Allow Users to Delete Comments" check box if you would like students to be able to manage the comments to their blogs.
Note: do not enable this feature if students are given credit for commenting on peer postings.
- If the blog will not be graded skip down to step 12. To create a graded blog click on the radio button to the left of "Grade: Points possible" text and enter the point possible in the field. The "needs grading" status field will be displayed.
- If you wish to accumulate a series of postings for each student prior to reviewing them for grading:
- Click the box to the left of 'Show participants in "needs grading" status after...' field
- Click the drop down arrow in the box to the left of Entries, and then select the number of posts that should be accumulated before a notification is created in the Grade Center "needs grading" view.