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Blogs


Blogs are an open communication tool for students to share their thoughts with others in the course, including the instructor. Blogs can be used to post resources to share, post assignments, or collaborate in group discussions. Blogs are archived monthly or weekly and old posts can be viewed.

You can access three types of blogs:

  • Course: All enrolled users can create blog entries and add comments to entries.
  • Individual: Only the owner of a blog can create blog entries. All other enrolled users can view entries and add comments.
  • Group: If your instructor enables the blogs tool for a group, all group members can create blog entries and make comments. All course members can view group blogs, but they only have the option to add comments. You can add entries only to your own group blog.

To post to a Blog:

  1. On the Blogs listing page, select a blog title.
  2. On the blog's topic page, select Create Blog Entry.
  3. Type a title and entry.
  4. If enabled and appropriate, select the check box for Post Entry as Anonymous.
  5. Select Browse My Computer to upload a file from your computer. You can also attach a file from the repository: Course Files or the Content Collection.Blog Entry information page with content typed into the Title text box and the content text box. An arrow is pointing at the "Browse Content Collection" button portraying how to attach a file. Submit button in the bottom right corner.

    -OR-

    Drag files from your computer to the "hot spot" in the Attach Files area. If your browser allows, you can also drag a folder of files. The files will upload individually. If the browser doesn't allow you to submit your assignment after you upload a folder, select Do not attach in the folder's row to remove it. You can drag the files individually and submit again.

    You won’t be able to drag files to upload if your institution uses an older version of Blackboard Learn.

    You can use the file name or provide another name for the file.

  6. Select Post Entry to submit the blog entry or select Save Entry as Draft to add the entry later.

View blog drafts

If you saved a blog entry to edit later, select View Drafts on the blog topic page. Select the title of the entry to edit and post.


Commenting on a blog entry

You can comment on one another’s blog entries, whether they belong to an individual, the course, or a group. Your instructor determines if you can make anonymous comments and if you may delete blog comments.

On the blog's topic page, select a user’s name in the sidebar to view a blog. The user’s blog entries open in the content frame. Select Comment to add your thoughts.


Edit or delete a blog entry

Your instructor determines if you're allowed to edit or delete your blog entries. On the blog's topic page, access the entry's menu and select Edit or Delete. Deleting a blog entry is final and irreversible.


View blog grades

After your instructor grades your blog entries, you can view your grade in two places. The grading information appears in the Grade section on the blog's topic page and in My Grades. You can also view your instructor's feedback and the date the grade was assigned.

Journals


A Journal is a self-reflective tool for students. Only the student and the instructor are able to Comment on Journal Entries. However, Journals can be made public by the instructor, with the approval of the student, for others in the course to read entries.

Journal topic page

The journal topic page is divided into two main sections: the content frame and the sidebar.

Journal Entry information with Letters A-E pointing at different spots with descriptions of each one below
  1. Create Journal Entry and View Drafts: Create as many journal entries as you want. You can also access any entries you saved as drafts.
  2. Journal Instructions: Expand the section to view the journal instructions and any goals your instructor may have added. Your journal entries appear below the instructions in the content frame.
  3. Comment: Add your thoughts.
  4. Journal Details: In the sidebar, expand the section to view the journal information.
  5. Grade: This section appears if your instructor enabled grading for the journal. You can see if your journal entries have been graded.
  6. Index: View the titles of your selected entries for either the week or the month, determined by the settings your instructor makes during journal creation. The most recent entry title appears first.

Responding to a Journal Entry:

Only your instructor can create a journal. After the journal is created, you can create journal entries.

  1. On the Journals listing page, select a journal title.
  2. On the journal's topic page, select Create Journal Entry.
  3. Type a title and entry.
  4. Select Browse My Computer to upload a file from your computer. You can also attach a file from the repository: Course Files or the Content Collection.