Setup Blogs

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Caution: The Blog tool does not have a "Search" feature allowing you to find all posts made by a student. If you expect a lot of graded activity, you might consider the Discussion Board which can be searched.

There are three types of blogs:

  1. Course Blogs (recommended) are identical to Individual Blogs except that they also provide a summary page which displays all student posts in one place. Other students may read and comment on these posts. They also provide a way to view an individual's blog posts in isolation which works the same way as the Individual Blogs listed next.
  2. Individual Blogs provides each student a unique space to post their blog messages. Other students may navigate to any student's blog to read and leave comments.
  3. Group Blogs provide a selected group of students a space where only the members of that group can post and comment. more...

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Add the Blog Tool

Add the Blog tool so that your students can quickly access their blog from the course menu.

  • Turn Edit Mode "ON" in the upper right corner of BbLearn.
  • Hover over the PLUS symbol above the left side course menu.
    No plus sign? Turn edit mode "ON".
  • Select Tool Link.
  • Enter a name for the tool (e.g., Blogs).
  • Set the tool type to Blogs.
  • Check the Available to Users option to allow students to see the menu item.
  • Press Submit.
  • Use the Test Student account to see what the tool looks like for students.

Create a Blog

  • Click on the Blog tool from your course menu (Learn how to Add Blog Tool).
  • Click the Create Blog button.
  • Fill in the name or topic of your Blog.
  • Include Instructions which will appear at the top of the Blog.
  • Set the blog availability (yes allows students access, no does not).
  • Set a date range if desired.
  • Set Blog Participation to Course. (recommended)
  • Choose whether to allow anonymous entries in the blog.
  • Under Blog Settings you can Index Entries in the blog Monthly or Weekly. This indicates how BbLearn will organize and display the blog posts. For example, if you index the blog monthly, the September posts for that blog will be on one page, and the October posts will be on subsequent page.
  • Under Blog Settings you may allow students to edit or delete their entries (highly recommended). You may also allow students to delete comments made by other students to their blog.
  • You may choose to make the blog gradable and add a Rubric if desired.
    Note: Once a Blog is set to be "Gradable" it cannot be made ungradable. You must either delete the blog or exclude it from grade calculations.
  • Press Submit to save your settings and create the blog.
  • BbLearn will display a Success message indicating that the Blog has been created.
  • Within the blog you may adjust the blog's view by collapsing or expanding areas of the screen (see screenshot below).
  • Click the student list on the right to find additional student blogs.
  • Click on the Index Months/Weeks in the lower right to find older entries.

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