Blogs are public journals that students can update individually, as a group, or as a whole class on Blackboard. All blogs are available for viewing and commenting by those enrolled in the course, but individual and group blogs can only be written by the person/group they are assigned to.
Creating a Blog
- To create a new blog, go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Blogs and click the Create Blog button.
- Give the blog a Name and provide Instructions (or a description).
- Set the Blog Availability- Yes if you would like the blog to be available for viewing and editing immediately, or No if you would not like it to be available yet.
- If you would like to, set any Blog Date and Time Restrictions. This will customize the date and time of availability for the blog.
- Choose the type of blog you would like- Individual or Course. An Individual blog will create a blog for each student, whereas a Course blog will create a blog that can be updated by anyone enrolled in the course.
- Choose how entries will be indexed, user permissions, and if the blog will be graded and how many points it will be worth.
- Click Submit to create the blog.
Creating a Blog Post
After you have created a blog, you may want to create a blog entry. To do this, simply go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Blogs > blog name and click the Create Blog Entry button at the top of the page.
- Give your blog entry a Title and enter the main content in the Entry Message field.
- If you would like to attach a file, choose either Browse My Computer or Browse Course and select your file's location.
- Click Post Entry to publish your blog post.
Viewing and Accessing Blogs
Here is an example of how a blog post may look in Blackboard:
- As you can see, the blog post will display the date and time the entry was posted, as well as the name, text body, comments and attached files of the post.
- To the right of all posts, you will see information about the blog, as well as options to view different blogs or posts. All of this is displayed in a table like the one shown below:
- Main information about the blog. Blog name, author name, number of entries (posts), and number of comments.
- Other blogs that the user has access to. Click on the user's name to visit their blog.
- Index of all blog posts. Organized by month or week, depending on how the index settings were set. You can access all posts in the blog here.
- Key to symbols that may appear on the table.