Blackboard Blogs

Blogs are:

  • Spaces to share writing and resources
  • Visible to all students in the class
  • Organized as a collection of searchable posts that are displayed in reverse chronological order

They provide a way for students to interact with each other by posting and commenting on each other’s work.

There are three kinds of Blog spaces:

  • Course Blogs: All course members can add blog entries and comment on blog entries.
  • Individual Blogs: Each person can add entries only to their own blog. All other course members can view and add comments to it.
  • Group Blogs: If you enable the blogs tool for a group of users, they can perform the following tasks:
    • Group members can add blog entries and make comments on blog entries, building upon one another.
    • All course members can view group blogs, but non-group members can only add comments.

Blackboard allows you to create multiple blogs in each course, so you can create multiple instances of any of the three blog types. For example, you might simultaneously have:

  • a semester-long Course Blog for everyone in the course to post resources like links to news articles or web sites, and
  • Individual Blogs so they can collect their own research resources and drafts for other students to “view but not edit,” and
  • Groups, each with their own blog space so members can write, post, and share group project materials.

As with all Blackboard courses, the student work in a blog can only be seen by the class and the course itself will only be visible to the students for as long as the course is open.

Assignment Ideas for Blogs

To demonstrate knowledge and comprehension

  • Ask students to provide commentary on a subject or to deliver arguments including supporting evidence. Or ask them to post links, articles, or media files that relate to the topic being studied and explain why they were chosen.
  • Ask students to interpret what they learned, showcase their grasp of the material, and present information to their classmates. They can post their presentation slide shows or videos to the blog.

For peer-to-peer teaching and support

  • Assign one (or two) students to be scribes for each class session. Have them take notes for their session and post them to the blog. This is particularly useful for discussion classes where you want the majority of students to be focused on the discussion instead of trying to take notes.
  • Have one or two students, in rotation, be responsible for posting a “problem of the week” and describe how they solved it. This becomes a study guide for the class.
  • Ask all or specific students to post discussion questions for the next class session. This will alert you to what is uppermost in their minds about the topic, and will help them focus.

For group work

  • For small groups: Use a “group blog” to share resources, questions, and drafts related to a group project. They can also use the blog to record their progress and keep track of who is responsible for what.

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