Create a Blog

Last Updated: Jul 28, 2014 04:06PM PDT
You can use blog writing assignments as another medium for reflective learning. With this type of assignment, students are expected to display their research, analytical, and communication skills through a series of commentaries meant for public consumption and comment.

You can create one or more blogs for use by students. You must create blog topics before students can add their entries.

How to Create a Blog Topic
  1. Change Edit Mode to ON.
  2. On the Control Panel, expand the Course Tools section and click Blogs.
  3. On the Blogs listing page, click Create Blog on the action bar.
  4. On the Create Blog page, type a name and optional instructions. Make the blog available.
  5. Select the Display After and Display Until check boxes to enable the date and time selections. Display restrictions do not affect the blog availability, only when it appears.
  6. In the Blog Participation section, decide if the blog is for individuals or the course. You may also allow some anonymous posting.
  7. In the Blog Settings section, select Monthly or Weekly Index Entries. Optionally, select check boxes to allow users to edit and delete entries, or delete comments.
  8. In the Grade Settings section, select No grading or the Grade option and type the number of Points possible. Points possible will apply to one or more entries made by a user to the blog topic. After you enable grading, a column is created automatically in the Grade Center. It is permanently gradable, and you cannot change the setting to No grading.
  9. Optionally, select the check box for Show participants in "needs grading" status and from the drop-down list, select the number of entries required. Applying this setting will show the needs grading icon in the Grade Center and place the entries in the queue on the Needs Grading page after the specified number of entries are made.
grade settings
  1. Optionally, add a rubric.
  2. Click Submit.