Blogs and Journals

“Blog” is short for Web Log, and is a term used to describe a journal or diary that is online. You may use blogs in your Blackboard course. Blackboard uses the terms “blogs” and “journals”. Blogs are shared within the course while journals are usually private between the instructor and student. These guides explain how to use and set up Blogs and Journals.

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Differences between Blogs and Journals

Find out what the difference is between Blogs and Journals.

Blogs

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Using blogs

This guide covers using Blogs, from understanding the user interface to creating a blog entry.

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How to setup course blogs

This guide explains how to set up Blogs for your whole course to use. A Course Blog will show posts one below the other as you would expect.

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How to setup group blogs

This guide explains how to enable blogs for groups that you have already created in your Blackboard course.

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How to setup individual blogs

This guide explains how to set up “individual” blogs (where each student has their own blog that is readable by all other students). Individual blogs show only the posts of the user currently logged in. They can view the posts by other course members by clicking on that person’s name in the list displayed on the right.

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How to add a blog menu item to your course menu

This guide will show you how to add a Blogs entry to your course menu. It will also show you how to add a direct link in your course menu to a specific blog.

Journals

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Using journals

This guide covers using Journals, from understanding the user interface to creating a blog entry.

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How to setup individual journals

This guide explains how to set up “individual” journals. These are blogs where each student has their own journal and only they and the instructor can access it, unless the instructor opens it up to the whole class.

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How to setup group journals

This guide explains how to enable journals for course groups that you have already created.