Blogs are public journals 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.
You can create blog posts if your instructor has created a blog for the course, otherwise, the blogs are disabled by default.
Adding Blog Posts
To create a blog entry, 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's 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 of the posts in the blog here.
- Key to symbols that may appear on the table.