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Creating a Blog in Blackboard 9.1

(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  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 Tools drop-down menu
  4. Click on Blogs (shown below)

             

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

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  1. New Blog: starts a blank blog while Link to a Blog or Blog Page: creates a link to a blog previously created in your site
  1. Click Next

To Configure the Blog

  1. Title the Blog  
  2. Provide a Description of the Blog
  3. Check yes to make your blog available to your students
  4. You may set up date and time restrictions on the availability of the blog, however this is not mandatory
  5. Chose between a blog that is individual to all students, or a course blog
  6. Next change grade settings if you plan on grading the blog. If the blog will be graded you may enter the amount of points the blog will be worth, and set up due dates if you would like for them to appear in your students calendar
  7. Click submit after all the desired fields have been filled 

Note: If submit 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 on the drop down arrow next to the blog to begin editing it

Organizing the Blog

Making Changes to the Blog

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

  1. Click on the blog, then on the top left side of the screen click the Create Blog Entry button
  2. Title your new entry (for example in the picture below the title of the entry is Group Schedule)

  1. Most text-formatting toolbar buttons will be familiar. The buttons highlighted below will be expanded upon in this document:Capture.PNG

  1. Make your changes to the Blog
  2. In the Edit view, be sure to click post entry 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 Capture.PNG button

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  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" keywords 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 #1)
  3. Select or Highlight the text as shown belowCapture.PNG

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

Browse My Computer:

  1. Select the Browse My Computer option
  2. Select the document you wish to Link to from your computer
  3. Click Insert

Browse Content Collection:

  1. Select the Browse Content Collection option

b. This will allow you to link to a document that you have previously uploaded on blackboard from a class that you are an instructor or co instructor in.

c. Click Insert

  1. Remember to click post entry 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 (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

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

  1. Click Browse My Computer and select the image you want to use
  2. Then click the Open button
  3.  In the Insert/edit Image pop-up window, provide an Image Description
  4. Create a Title for the image
  5. Once all desired adjustments have been made, click Insert. The image will now appear in the edit view of the blog
  6. In the Edit view, be sure to click post entry 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 (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 Insert File icon

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

  1. Click the Browse button and locate the 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 post entry 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 (see step one of Creating Links in your Blog)
  2. To add a video clip, (e.g. YouTube video) click on the drop down menu next to mashups and click YouTube video

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   This brings up the YouTube.com pop-up window

3. In the pop-up window, type the name of the video and press go

4. Press the select button under the icon of the video you want  

  1. In the pop up window you may change the name of the video if you’d like
  2. Then change the view of the video to be a thumbnail, text link with player, or an embed video
  3. Click Insert. You will see a yellow box representing the video
  4. You may choose to remove the url and other information like length and date added from displaying on the blog
  5. Click Submit
  6. In the Edit view, be sure to click post entry otherwise the changes will not appear in the blog and will be lost
  7. To change the size of the video window, while in Edit view, select the video then drag the edges to change the video to your desired size

*Note: If you are trying to upload a recently video recently added to youtube it may take up to three weeks for it to popup in                        the search box

Uploading Files

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

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 blog page (see step one of Creating Links in your Blog)
  2. Click the Insert file Icon

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  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 "Submit"
  4. Your document will appear in your blog as a link
  5. In the Edit view, be sure to click post entry otherwise the changes will not appear in the blog and will be lost