If you want your students to chronicle things such as daily experiences or the progression of a project, Blogs are an ideal because of their chronological structure. There are three different types of Blog:
- Individual Blogs: only the owner of the blog is able to post Blog entries. All other users enroled in the course are able to view and add comments.
- Group Blogs: if the instructor enables the Blog tool for the group, all group members can post Blog entries and make comments on Blog entries. Any course member can view group Blogs, but can only add comments.
- Course Blogs: all enroled users are able to post Blog entries. All enroled users can post comments to Blog entries.
Blogs are an effective means of gaining insight into students' activities and provide a way to share the knowledge and materials collected and created by individual students or groups with the rest of the course. Also, students can receive feedback from you or their peers through comments.
Blogs can be launched directly from your Blackboard course:
Blog student view:
A: Create Blog Entry: Students can create as many blog entries as they want.
B: Blog Instructions: Expand the section to review the blog instructions.
C: View Drafts: Access any entries saved as drafts.
D: Blog entry: Blog entries appear in the content frame following the Blog Instructions.
E: Comment: Click to add your thoughts.
F: Blog Details: In the sidebar, expand to view the information, including if other users made comments.
G: Click to expand the section: View a list of who else has made blog entries. Click a name to view the entries.
H: Grade: This section appears if the instructor enabled grading for the blog. Students can see if your blog entries have been graded.
I: Index: View the titles of your selected entries for either the week or the month, determined by the settings the instructor makes during blog creation. The most recent entry title appears first.
For more information on Blackboard Blog, contact Ellen Peters (firstname.lastname@example.org)