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Create a Blog

This information applies only to the Original Course View. Your institution controls which tools are available.

You can use blog assignments as a medium for reflective learning. With this type of assignment, students are expected to display their research, analytical, and communication skills through a series of commentaries meant for public consumption and comment.

In a course, only enrolled users can view blogs. Similar to journals, you can use blogs for a graded assignment or gather opinions and information without assigning a grade.

More on journals

You must create blog topics before students can add their entries. A blog topic helps keep entries organized around a central theme. You can create more than one blog topic for students to add entries about different subjects.

Watch a video about blogs

This video tutorial quickly summarizes how to create a blog entry in Blackboard Learn.

Video: Create a blog entry

Create a blog topic

  1. On the Control Panel, go to Course Tools > Blogs.
  2. On the Blogs page, select Create Blog.
  3. On the Create Blog page, type a name and optional instructions. Make the blog available.
  4. Select the Display After and Display Until check boxes to enable the date and time selections. Display restrictions do not affect the blog availability, only when it appears in the course.
  5. In the Blog Participation section, decide if the blog is for individuals or the course. You may also allow some anonymous posting.
  6. In the Blog Settings section, select Monthly or Weekly Index Entries. Optionally, select check boxes to allow users to edit and delete entries, or delete comments.
  7. In the Grade Settings section, select No grading or the Grade option and type the number of Points possible. Points possible will apply to one or more entries made by a user to the blog topic. After you enable grading, a column is created automatically in the Grade Center. It is permanently gradable, and you cannot change the setting to No grading.
  8. Optionally, select the check box for Show participants in needs grading status and select the number of entries required. If you select this setting, the Needs Grading icon displays in the Grade Center and entries are placed in the queue on the Needs Grading page after the specified number of entries have been made.

    More about grading blogs.

  9. Optionally, add a rubric. To learn more, see Rubrics.
  10. Select Submit.

The blog topics appear in alphabetical order on the Blogs page. You can sort columns by selecting the column title. To learn more, see the Blog Topic Page.

You can also provide links to blogs in course areas, such as content areas and folders. To learn more, see Link to Content and Tools.

Blog topic page

Get to the blog topic page multiple ways:

  • In the Blogs tool, access a blog and select a user from the All Course Members menu.
  • On the Needs Grading page, select Grade All Users in a blog's menu.
  • In the Grade Center, locate the column for the blog you want to grade. Move the mouse pointer over a cell with the Needs Grading icon to access the blog’s menu. Select Grade User Activity.

The blog topic page is divided into two main sections. In the content frame, you can view the blog entries. In the sidebar, you can view information about the blog topic or entry, expand the Index, grade the blog entry if the blog is gradable, and select an individual user’s name to view his or her entries alone in the content frame.

If you do not see the grading feature in the sidebar, you school has not turned this feature on.

  1. Select Create Blog Entry to add your thoughts.
  2. Blog Instructions are expanded by default, but you can minimize them. Select Alignments to add alignments.
  3. In the sidebar, you can expand the Blog Details section to display information about the current selection, including the author and number of entries and comments. Select the right-pointing arrow to collapse the sidebar for more viewing room for entries. Select the four arrows icon to view the blog entries in full screen.
  4. For All Course Members, select the down-pointing arrow to view a list and select a member. The selected member’s entries appear in the content frame. Optionally, select Show members without entries.
  5. The Index section displays the titles of the entries created during the selected time period. Select the minus sign to collapse the title list.
  6. Use the left- and right-pointing arrows to navigate to the previous or next student.
  7. For graded blogs, icons designate the status of a user’s activity. The Needs Grading icon indicates that a user has met the minimum activity for grading you set for the blog. The in progress icon appears when a user has some activity, but has not yet met the minimum number required to trigger needs grading status.
  8. In the grading sidebar, provide a grade and feedback for a student.

Create blog entries

You and your students create blog entries and other course members can make comments on the entries. As the instructor, you can use blog entries to provide structure for discussions on class topics and other issues.

On the Blogs listing page, following each blog title, students can see if the blog belongs to a group, the course, or to individual students. All course members can read group blogs, but to make an entry, a user must be a group member.

  1. Select a blog title on the Blogs listing page.
  2. On the blog's topic page, select Create Blog Entry.
  3. On the Create Blog Entry page, type a title and entry.
  4. If enabled and appropriate, select the check box for Post Entry as Anonymous.
  5. Optionally, browse for a file to attach.
  6. Select Post Entry to submit the blog entry or select Save Entry as Draft to add the entry later.

View blog drafts

To view or add to saved drafts, select View Drafts on the Blogs listing page.

Comment on a blog entry

Because blogs are meant to be read by others, students can comment on one another’s blog entries in individual, course, and group blogs.

You decide if users may make anonymous comments and delete them. As the instructor, you can delete any user’s comment by selecting the X. Users cannot edit their comments after posting.

  1. Select a blog title on the Blogs listing page.
  2. On the blog’s topic page, select a blog to view by selecting the user’s name in the sidebar in the All Course Members list. The user’s blog entries open in the content frame.
  3. Select Comment following the user’s entry and type a comment.
  4. If enabled and appropriate, select the check box for Comment on Entry as Anonymous.
  5. Select Add. Select the numbered Comments link to view all comments.