This information applies only to the Original Course View. Your instructor and institution control which tools are available.
A blog is your personal online journal. Each blog entry you make can include any combination of text, images, links, multimedia, mashups, and attachments. Blogs are an effective way for you to share knowledge and materials created and collected in the course. You can post entries and add comments to existing blogs. Use your blog to express your ideas and share them with the class.
As the owner of a blog, you can create entries and your instructor and classmates can add comments. A course or a group can also own a blog. In the group area, all members of a group can create entries for the same blog, building upon one another. Any course member can read and comment on a group blog, but cannot create an entry if they are not a member of the group. Your instructor can also offer comments and grade entries.
If your institution uses avatars or Blackboard profiles, your chosen image appears with your blog.
You can find blogs on the course menu or on the Tools page. On the blogs listing page, select the blog topic that you want to read from the alphabetical list.
There are 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. Any course member can view group blogs, but they only have the option to add comments. You can add entries only to your own group blog.
Your instructor can edit and delete entries in all three blog types and delete user comments.
The blog topic page is divided into two main sections: the content frame and the sidebar.
- Create Blog Entry: You can create as many blog entries as you want.
- Blog Instructions: Expand the section to review the blog instructions and any goals your instructor may have aligned with the blog.
- View Drafts: Access entries saved as drafts.
- Blog entry: Your blog entries appear in the content frame.
- Comment: Select to add your thoughts.
- Blog Details: In the sidebar, expand the section to view the blog information, including if comments were made.
- Expand the section: View a list of who else has made blog entries. Select a name to view the entries.
- Grade: This section appears if your instructor enabled grading for the blog. You can see if your blog entries have been graded.
- Index: View the titles of your selected entries for either the week or the month, determined by the settings your instructor makes during blog creation. The most recent entry title appears first.
Only your instructor can create a blog. After the blog is created, you can create blog entries.
- On the Blogs listing page, select a blog title.
- On the blog's topic page, select Create Blog Entry.
- Type a title and entry.
- If enabled and appropriate, select the check box for Post Entry as Anonymous.
- 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.
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.
- Select Post Entry to submit the blog entry or select Save Entry as Draft to add the entry later.
Get started with blogs
The video below describes how to create and edit blogs easily within your course.
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.
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, view a blog by selecting a user’s name in the sidebar. The user’s blog entries open in the content frame. Select Comment to add your thoughts.
Your instructor determines if you are 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.
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. To learn more, see Grades.
If your instructor associated a rubric with the blog and made it available, select View Rubric in the Grade section to display grading criteria.
- If you are removed from a course, you will not have access to any blogs. If you are removed from a course after individual blogs are created, all your entries and comments are deleted. If you are removed from a course after course blogs are created, all your entries and comments are retained, but your name is changed to "Anonymous."
- If your instructor deleted the blog while you are posting, the blog and all comments are deleted.
- If your instructor makes a blog unavailable while you are posting, the blog remains visible to your instructor only.
- If your instructor changes the Allow Users to Edit and Delete Entries setting, entries remain but you cannot edit them.
- If your instructor changes the Allow Users to Delete Comments setting, comments remain but you cannot edit them.