Creating a module blog

Select the relevant module from MY MODULES in Blackboard Learn

Select Module Tools from the Control Panel

Select Blogs, then Create Blog

Enter a name for the blog and add any instructions

Select Module under Blog Participation and leave other options to their default values

Click Submit

 

Making Your Blog Accessible

To make your blog accessible to the students you can either add a button to the menu or add a link to a content area.

 

To add a menu button

Select the + button at the top left of the module menu

Select Tool Link

Enter a name for the menu button

Select Blogs from the Type drop down menu

Ensure the Available to users box is ticked

Click Submit

 

To add the blog to an existing content area

Select the content area from the module menu

Select Blog from the Tools drop down menu

Select Link to a Blog and select the Blog you created from the list of available Blogs

Click Next

Give the Blog a name for the content area and make it available under Options

Click Submit

 

Individual blog

On an individual Blog, only the owner of the Blog is able to post blog entries. All other users enrolled on the module are able to view and add comments. This page explains how to create an Individual Blog on Blackboard and make accessible to students

 

Adding a New Blog

Select the relevant module from MY MODULES in Blackboard Learn

Select Module Tools from the Control Panel

Select Blogs then Create Blog

Enter a name for the Blog and add any instructions

Select Individual to All Students under Blog Participation, and leave other options to their default values

Click Submit

 

Making Your Blog Accessible

The make your Blog accessible to the students you can either add a button to the menu or add a link to a Content Area

 

To add a menu button

Select the + button at the top left of the module menu and select Tool Link

Enter a name for the menu button

Select Blogs from the Type drop down menu

Ensure the Available to Users box is ticked

Click Submit

 

To add the blog to an existing content area

Select Tools then Blogs

Select the Blog to be linked to.

Click Submit

 

Using a blog

If your lecturer has created a Blog on your course, you will be able to access it directly from the course menu, from the Tools area or from a link within a Content Area

The Blog type is listed below the name of the Blog

Click on the title of the Blog to access it

The Blog screen is divided into two main sections, the main content frame and the side panel

The side panel provides information about the Blog. You can expand and collapse sections in the side panel using the down and right/left arrows

 

How to Create a Blog Entry

Only your instructor can create a blog, but after creation, you can create entries

Use the following steps to create a blog entry

  1. On the Blog's topic page, click Create Blog Entry on the action bar
  2. On the Create Blog Entry page, type a title and entry message
  3. Optionally, in the Blog Entry Files section, click Browse My Computer to upload a file from your computer
  4. Click Post Entry or click Save Entry as Draft to save the entry for later posting

 

View Blog Drafts

If you saved a Blog entry to edit later, click View Drafts on the Blog topic page.

Click the title of the entry to edit and post

 

Comment on a Blog Entry

You can comment on one another's Blog entries, whether they belong to an individual, the course, or a group.

Your instructor determines if you can make anonymous comments and if you may delete Blog comments

On the Blog's topic page, view a Blog by clicking a user's name in the sidebar in the drop-down section.

The user's Blog entries open in the content frame.

Click Comment to add your thoughts

 

Edit or Delete a Blog Entry

Your instructor determines if you are allowed to edit or delete your Blog entries.

On the Blog's topic page, access the entry's contextual menu and click Edit or Delete

Note: deleting a Blog entry is final and irreversible

Guide on how to create a Module Wiki on Blackboard and how to make it accessible to students

 

Creating a wiki

Select the relevant module from MY MODULES in Blackboard Learn

From the control panel select Module Tools and click on Wikis

Select Create Wiki

Enter a name for the Wiki and add any instructions

Update the date and time restrictions, participation and settings as appropriate

Click Submit

 

Making the Wiki Accessible

To make the Wiki accessible to the students you can either add a button to the menu or add a link to a content area.

 

To add a menu button

Select the + button at the top left of the module menu

Select Tool Link

Enter a name

Select Wikis from the Type drop down menu

Ensure the Available to users box is ticked

Click Submit

 

Managing wikis

To add the Wiki to an existing content area

Select the content area from the module menu

Select Wikis from the Tools drop down menu

Select Link to a Wiki

Select the Wiki you created from the list of available Wikis

Click Next

Enter a name, text and options for the Wiki as it will appear in the content area

Click Submit

Managing a module wiki on Blackboard including creating, editing and deleting pages

 

Opening the Wiki

Enter the Wiki site

If there are no pages, the Create Wiki page will appear

Enter a name and any content

Click Submit

 

Creating a New Page

Select the Create Wiki Page button

Enter a name and any content

Click Submit

 

Editing a Page

Click on the page to be edited from the list within the right hand panel. The pages are listed in the second box

Select Edit Wiki Content

Edit the page as desired

Click Submit

 

Viewing the History of a Page

Each time that a page is saved, a new version of the page is created

To revert to a previous version, delete all versions saved after the intended version

Versions can also be compared to each other to show differences made since the last edit

To view the history, select History from the contextual menu (down arrow) next to the page

 

Linking to Another Wiki Page

Click on the page to be edited from the list within the right hand panel. The pages are listed in the second box

Within the content box, select Link to Wiki Page (indicated by the blue arrow in the image below)

Select the wiki page to link to from the drop down list

Click Submit

 

Adding Comments to a Page

Click on the page to be commented on from the list within the right hand panel. The pages are listed in the second box

Select Comment

Enter your comment

Select the Add button

The Comments box disappears but the comment link is now followed by 1 to show there is a new comment. To view the comments select the Comments link

 

Deleting a Page

To delete a page, select Delete from the contextual menu (down arrow) next to the page

You will see a message asking you to confirm deletion.

 

Using wikis

Any course member can edit a course Wiki page and any group member can edit a group Wiki page. All course members, including your instructor, edit in the same way

When a user is editing a Wiki page, it is locked for a duration of 120 seconds to prevent others from editing the same page. If you try to edit a page someone else is editing, you are informed that another user is currently editing the page

  1. On the Wiki topic page, click the Wiki page to edit
  2. Click Edit Wiki Content
  3. On the Edit Wiki Page, make the necessary changes
  4. Click Submit to save your work

 

How to Link to Other Wiki Pages

If a Wiki consists of many pages, you can insert a link to another page to help organize information for easy access. You can only create links to other Wiki pages when at least two pages exist. In the content editor of the page you are working on, you will see the link icon in the third row of functions – indicated by the arrow in the image below

  1. On the Wiki topic page, select the Wiki page where you want to place the link
  2. Click Edit Wiki Content
  3. On the Edit Wiki Page, position your mouse pointer where you want to add a link to another Wiki page
  4. Click the Link to Wiki page function in the content editor (indicated by the blue arrow above). If only one page exists in the Wiki, this function is disabled
  5. In the Insert Wiki Page Link pop-up window, select the Wiki page to link to from the drop-down list
  6. Optionally, type a name for the link in the Rename Wiki Page Link text box. If you do not rename the link, the original page title is used as the link
  7. Click Submit. The link appears in the content editor
  8. On Edit Wiki Page, click Submit. The link appears in the Wiki page

 

How to Comment on a Wiki Entry

  1. On the Wiki topic page, select the Wiki page you want to comment on

  2. Click Comment to add your thoughts
  3. Click Add. To view all the comments, expand the Comments link

 

View Your Contributions

You can view a list of all the pages and versions you contributed or modified, and determine if you need to make edits

On the Wiki topic page, click My Contribution on the action bar. On the My Contribution page, you can view information about your contribution to the Wiki in the content frame and the side panel