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Blogs and Journals

A blog is a searchable list of postings displayed in reverse chronological order (most recent first). Blackboard allows you to create multiple blogs in each course. You can create blogs that are open to all students in the class, or blogs for specific groups. You can also use the Private Journal blog option that will create a blog for each student that is visible only to them and to you as the Instructor.

In Blackboard, the blogs are self-contained within the course, that is, they are not open to the general public.

Why Use Blogs?

Blogs work well for posting opinions to which others can respond, for expository writing, for posting latest news items, for use as a research diary or organizing space, or for any type of writing that is chronological. Blogs also allow you to upload and attach files, so you can use them to collect student assignments that are created in other programs like Word, PowerPoint, or Excel.

Why Use Journals?

Journals operate similarly to blogs except of the additional feature of being private and individualized so that they can be read only by the instructor and the student.

Things to consider

The Blog Tool presents several variations. You can create blogs for the entire class to post to, for groups of students, or for individuals. You might have a general blog for the course or blogs for specific group projects.

See also: Ideas for Blog Use

Read the blog how-to page or the journal how-to page

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