Blogs are now incorporated into Blackboard as a communication and collaboration tool for students to share and build on ideas within the course shell. Three types of blogs can be created within Blackboard:
- Course Blogs: A single blog in which all course users are allowed to post new blog entries, as well as comments to entries made by other users.
- Individual Blogs: Only the blog owner can post new blog entries. All other users are allowed to view and comment.
- Group Blogs: Only group members are allowed to view and post blog entries or comments. To create a group, simply ensure that the blog tool is available when creating or modifying a group.
To create a blog,
- Click Course Tools on the Control Panel, then select Blogs on the expanded menu.
- Click the Create Blog button.
- Provide a blog name. An optional instructions text box is available.
- Set blog availability. By default, new blog availability is set to Yes.
- Limit availability by date and time, as needed. Click the Display After and Display Until check boxes, then assign date and time restrictions.
- Set the blog type.
- The Individual to All Students setting will create unique blogs for each user within the course. For example, an Adventures of Huckleberry Finn blog can be created for each user within the course. Students can use their own Huck Finn blog to post individual reactions, insights, and progress updates. Fellow students can view posted entries, make comments, and share ideas.
- The Course Blog setting creates a single blog for the course, in which all users are allowed to post entries and comments.
Note: Anonymous comments are allowed by default. Uncheck this box to prevent students from posting anonymously.
- Establish the blog settings.
- Indexing organizes blog entries by time-frame. Monthly indexing will display all entries and comments made within a single month on one page. Weekly indexing displays all posts made within a week on a single page.
- Users are not allowed to edit or delete entries or comments by default. To enable edits and post removal by student users, check to allow. If enabled, users will not be allowed to edit or remove the posts of fellow users.
- Grading of Blogs is easily integrated with the course grade center.
- To link a blog with the grade center, select the Grade option, then set a points possible.
- By default, the Needs Grading symbol will be displayed in the grade center after every blog post. If you require multiple entries for full credit, you can set the minimum number of entries to record before displaying a Needs Grading symbol. In the sample screenshot below, an individual’s blog activity will be marked as “needs grading” only after the user has made at least three blog posts.
- Click Submit to create the blog.
Viewing Individual Blogs
- To view a blog, click Course Tools on the Control Panel, then select Blogs on the expanded menu.
- The blog list will be displayed. Entries within each blog are counted, with new, unread entries clearly noted. Click the blog title to view entries.
- Your individual blog is displayed. The About this blog section tracks the number of entries and comments within the blog.
- To view the blogs of other users, click the user name in the More Blogs section.
Note: By default, only blogs containing at least one entry are displayed. To view all blogs, click the Show Empty Blogs button.
- Posts can be edited, marked as new, or deleted by instructor users. To do so, click the options button directly to the right of the entry title, then select the appropriate action on the drop-menu.
- To post a response, click the Comment button.
Viewing Course Blogs
- To view a blog, click Course Tools on the control panel, then select Blogs on the expanded menu.
- The blog list is displayed. Click the blog title to view entries.
- Entries are displayed in chronological order. The About this Blog section tracks the number of entries and comments. The View Entries by section can be used to sort entries by member, or to see which users have and have not posted entries.