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Creating a Blog in Blackboard 9

(for instructors)

Contents

  1. Creating your Blog
  2. To Configure the Blog
  3. Organizing the Blog
  1. Making Changes to the Blog
  2. To Insert Accents
  3. Creating Links in your Blog
  1. How to Add Multimedia Content to the Blog
  1. Adding an Image
  2. Adding an Audio Clip
  3. Adding a Video Clip
  4. Uploading Files

Creating your Blog

Select Blackboard location for the Blog:                                 

                                           

  1. Click an existing Content Area button to build the Blog under
  2. If desired, create a special Content Area button by clicking on the  ‘create area’ button that looks like a plus sign in the upper-left corner
  3. Once inside the desired Content Area (in the picture below the chosen content area is Course Information), click on the More drop-down menu
  4. Click on Add Campus Pack Blog (shown below)

             

  1. You will be prompted to Create New Blog or Link to existing Blog

 

  1. New Blog: starts a blank blog

Link to existing Blog: creates a link to a blog previously created in your site

  1. Click Submit 

To Configure the Blog

  1. Title the Blog  
  2. Provide a Description of the Blog
  3. Check  Create Grade Book Entry and an entry for your Blog will appear in Blackboard’s Grade Center
  4. Create an Entry Name that will appear in Grade Center
  5. Provide the Points Possible or total points achievable for this assignment
  6. Checking  for Display Grades to Students will allow students to be able to access their grade within Blackboard when it is posted
  7. Click Add after all the desired fields have been filled.

Note: If Add is not clicked, all the Blog settings WILL BE LOST! Any of these configurations can be edited later

The new blog will now appear  on the Content Area page selected in steps 1-4 in the section titled Select Blackboard location for the Blog. Click View to start editing it.

Organizing the Blog

Making Changes to the Blog

To make changes to your blog and add entries follow these steps:

  1. On the top right side of the screen click the Add New Entry button
  2. Title your new entry (for example in the picture the title of the entry is Group Schedule) and click Continue

  1. Most text-formatting toolbar buttons will be familiar. The buttons circled in red will be expanded upon in this document:

  1. Make your changes to the Blog
  2. In the Edit view, be sure to click  otherwise the changes will not appear in the blog and will be lost

To Insert Accents

  1. See section Creating your Blog if you are creating a new blog entry or the Edit button if you are making changes to an existing one of your choice ( see picture)

 

  1. On the Toolbar Menu click the  button

   

  1. A pop-up window will appear where you can select the appropriate accent by clicking on the special character you need


Creating Links in your Blog

Creating Links inside the Blog pages themselves makes a Blog useful and user friendly.

Links are those "clickable" key words that take you to other pages within the blog or to any outside media.

 

  1. See section Creating your Blog if you are creating a new blog entry or the Edit button if you are making changes to an existing one of your choice
  2. Type the text that will link to the new page (for example, the text in the diagram below reads Group #2)
  3. Select or Highlight the text as shown below

  1. Click the Insert Link icon: (The Insert Link pop-up window is displayed to the right)

To Link to an Existing Page in the Blog:

  1. Select the Link to an existing page option
  2. Select the page you wish to Link to from the list in the box (e.g. Group 4 page)
  3. Click Insert

To Link to an External Link:

  1. Select the Link to an external web site option

b. Enter the complete URL Address

c. Click Insert

  1. Remember to click  otherwise the changes will not appear in the blog and will be lost

How to Add Multimedia Content to the Blog
Blogs give you the opportunity to paint a much richer perspective of a topic. In addition to text, the blog should include images, video, and perhaps even audio content to make it as interactive and interesting as possible

Adding an Image

In general, it is best to not include an Image URL from an external website; most often, the image will not display properly. Instead, save a copy of the image to a local computer, and then insert/upload it as described below.

  1. Click Edit to make changes to the page (in the right upper side of the Blog, see step one of Creating Links in your Blog)
  2. To add an image, like a photo of Da Vinci's Mona Lisa, click on the Insert Image icon

This brings up the Insert/edit Image pop-up window:

  1. Click the Browse Icon  located to the right of the Image URL field (circled above).
  2. This will bring up the Upload File pop-up window
  3. Click the Browse button and locate the image file on a local computer. Then click Upload
  4.  In the Insert/edit Image pop-up window, provide an Image Description
  5. Create a Title for the image
  6. Once all desired adjustments have been made, click Insert. The image will now appear in the edit view of the blog
  7. In the Edit view, be sure to click otherwise the image will not appear in the blog and will be lost

Adding an Audio Clip

This process can be used to upload any type of file, like an mp3 song or a PDF document. It will open/play in a new page within Blackboard.

  1. Click Edit to make changes to the page (in the right upper side of the Blog, see step one of Creating Links in your Blog)
  2. To add an audio clip, for example a small portion of Beethoven’s 5th, click on the Upload File icon

This will bring up the Upload File pop-up window:

  1. Click the Browse button and locate the image file on a local computer
  2. Once it’s selected, click Upload
  3. A link to the file will now appear in the blog to be opened in a new window
  4. In the Edit view, be sure to click Save otherwise the changes will not appear in the blog and will be lost

Adding a Video Clip

  1. Click Edit to make changes to the page (in the right upper side of the Blog, see step one of Creating Links in your Blog)
  2. To add a video clip, (e.g. YouTube video) click on the Insert/Edit embedded media icon

   This brings up the Insert/Edit Embedded Media pop-up window

3. In the pop-up window, choose the Type of media (for YouTube videos, select Flash)

4. Find the URL for the video clip by doing the following:

  1. Paste this source URL into the File/URL field in the Blackboard blog Insert Media pop-up window
    (marked by the red arrod)
  2. Enter the Dimensions to  set the size the video will be on the Blog page. The original dimensions will be default
  3. Click Insert. You will see a yellow box representing the video
  4. In the Edit view, be sure to click otherwise the changes will not appear in the blog and will be lost
  5. To change the size of the video window, while in Edit view, select the video. Either right-click and select Insert/Edit embedded media or select the insert/embed Media button from the top of the Edit view window

  1. Be sure the Constrain proportions box is checked
  2. Make either of the dimensions smaller, and then simply click the other.
    The
    Preview window will display the video’s new dimensions (changing from 425 to, say, 300, will make the video smaller).
  3. When done, click Update. The yellow box marking the video window will be re-sized to reflect the new dimensions
  4. Click Save at the bottom to see the page with the newly re-sized video

Uploading Files

Uploading a file into your wiki provides a link to your file rather than displaying it within the wiki.

You may upload files such as:

In order to upload a file of any kind follow these steps:

  1. Click Edit to make changes to the wiki page (see step b in the section Getting around the Wiki)
  2. Click the icon next to the Insert/Edit Image

  1. An "Upload file" windows will appear. Hit Browse.
  2. Locate the document you want to upload  (e.g. if you saved the document in the Desktop, browse to the desktop and select your document)
  3. Back on the "Upload file" window, now click "Upload"
  4. Your document will appear in your wiki as a link

NOTE: Clicking on the document from the wiki page will prompt the user to download the file to be opened separately in their computer. The uploaded file, to reiterate, will not display within the wiki but will be downloaded instead


Last updated: 6 April 2011