Creating a Blog in Blackboard

Blogs are now incorporated into Blackboard as a communications tool for students to share ideas. A user posts an entry, consisting of text, attachments, or external links, while other users respond through comments.

Three types of blogs can be utilized within Blackboard:

  • Course Blogs: All users are allowed to post new blog entries, as well as comments to entries made by other users.
  • Individual Blogs: Only the blog owner can post new blog entries. All other users are allowed to view and comment.
  • Group Blogs: Only group members are allowed to post new blog entries or comment. To create a group blog, simply ensure that the blog tool is available when creating or modifying a group.

1. To create a blog, click Course Tools on the Control Panel, then select Blogs on the expanded menu.

Course Tools menu

2. Click the Create Blog button.

Create Blog button

3. Provide a Blog name. An optional instructions text box is available.

4. Set blog availability. By default, new blog availability is set to Yes.

  • Limit availability by date and time, as needed. Click the Display After and Display Until check boxes, then assign date and time restrictions.

5. Set the blog type.

  • The Individual to All Students setting will create unique blogs for each user within the course. For example, an Adventures of Huckleberry Finn blog can be created for each user within the course. Students can use their Huck Finn blog to post invidual reactions, insights, and progress updates. Further, students can view blogs of other students, make comments and share ideas.
  • The Course blog setting creates a single blog, in which all users are allowed to post entries and comments.

Blog type options

Note: Anonymous comments are allowed by default. Uncheck this box to prevent students from posting anonmously.

6. Establish the blog settings.

  • Indexing organizes blog entries by time-frame. Monthly indexing will display all entries and comments on a single page. Weekly indexing is another option.
  • Users are not allowed to edit or delete entries or comments by default. To enable edits and post removal by student users, check to allow. If enabled, users will not be allowed to edit or remove the posts of fellow users.

7. Click Submit to create the Blog.

Viewing Individual Blogs

1. To view a blog, click Course Tools on the Control Panel, then select Blogs on the expanded menu.

Course Tools menu

2. The blog list will be displayed. Entries within each blog are counted, with new, unread entries clearly noted. Click the blog title to view entries.

Blog list

3. Your individual blog is displayed. The About this Blog section tracks the number of entries and comments within the blog.

4. To view the blogs of other users, click the user name in the More Blogs section.

More Blogs user list

Note: By default, only blogs containing at least one entry are displayed. To view all blogs, click the Show Empty Blogs button.

5. Posts can be edited, marked as new, or deleted by instructor users. To do so, click the options button directly to the right of the entry title, then select the appropriate action on the drop-menu.

Entry options menu

6. To post a response, click the Comment button.

Viewing Course Blogs

1. To view a blog, click Course Tools on the Control Panel, then select Blogs on the expanded menu.

Course Tools menu

2. The blog list will be displayed. Click the blog title to view entries.

Clicking the blog title

3. Entries are displayed in chronological order. The About this Blog section tracks the number of entries and comments. The View Entries by section can be used to sort entries by member, or to see which users have and have not posted entries.