Student Guide to using Blogs in Blackboard
What is a Blog?
A blog is a ‘web log’ and is likened to an online journal or diary.
Blackboard has a blog function available in its modules. The blog located in Blackboard is
available to only those users of Blackboard. More specifically, blogs used on your course
modules will only be seen by those people (students and tutors) registered on your module.
Blackboard has three types of blog, the Course Blog, the Group Blog and the
If your tutor sets up the course blog in your Blackboard module everyone enrolled
on the module will be able to view it. All tutors on the Blackboard module can add
and edit content and they can choose whether or not to allow students to add or
If your tutor has set up Group Blog’s in your Blackboard module only those
members of the group blog will be allowed to view and edit content. Other
members in different group blogs will not be allowed access. Each member of the
group will normally be allowed to add and edit content in their group blog.
If your tutor has set up Private Blogs, this will be an individual blog that only you
and your tutor will have access
A blog usually contain entries which can be anything; chunks of text, photos and links to
other websites and much more. In a blog the recent entry is displayed, and other entries are
displayed in reverse chronological order. Depending on the type of blog that your tutor has
set up, others may be able to comment on the blog entries. Your tutor should advise as ti
how they expect you should be using the blog in your course.
How to find the blog in Blackboard
There are several places where you can get to the Course Blog and the Group Blogs.
Your tutor may have put a direct link to the course blog on your Blackboard module main
menu. This can be called anything but your tutor will normally have informed you about how to
access the blog. The course blog can also be accessed by selecting Course Tools from the
Blackboard module main menu which links to the course blog.
Group & Private Blogs
Your tutor may have put a direct link to your group blog on your Blackboard module main menu.
Within the group blog folder, there will be a list of names of Group blogs each with View links.
Click on the link to enter your relevant group blog.
How to use the blog
The Blackboard blog tool is very simple to use. Usually your tutor will direct you as to what is
expected from using this facility, especially a group blog. Ask for guidance if you are not sure.
When you access a blog you are presented with it with a link to View. You can read the content
and navigate through the various blog entries and comments (if permission to do so). Figure 1
displays the main page of a blog site in Blackboard.
Figure 1: Blog
The blog panel
Add Blog comments
The main content of the blog appears here
Overview of the Blog Panel toolbar:
Actions: To add a blog entry, you can click ‘new entry’. You can also print a blog entry with
Filters: Choose to display 15, 25 or all blog entries.
Calendar: Allows you to navigate to blog entries by date
Archives: Lists blog entries by month
Recent Posts: recent posts are listed
Stats: Provides count on the number of view and entries
Export site: Allows you to save your site as a website to your computer and/or storage media.
Privacy -This area tells you who can view, edit, or comment on your Blog. Always be sure to
check to see what the privacy level is for your Blog.
Add a blog entry
Click on the new entry link in the blog toolbar; the following screen will appear:
Page Editor Toolbar
Enter blog entry title; a date will
be entered by default. It’s more
meaningful to add your own title
Click here and type you blog entry!
Remember to click Save!
More on page editor tools…
Link to content
Click the link icon to add a link to your content: A popup window will appear with several
choices; you can select your choice by clicking on the radio button adjacent to the option:
• Link to an existing entry: Creates a link to an existing blog entry you’ve already created within your
• Link to an external web site: Creates a link to an outside website,
Tip! Removing Links. To remove links, place your cursor on the text that has a link and
select the Unlink icon .
Uploading files to your page
Files (i.e. Word/PDF) can be uploaded to your blog; this is similar to uploading files that you
may attach to your emails. This is a very useful utility and can save you time by not having to
retype text or copy and paste information to create very long blog entry.
To do this:
1. Highlight the text if you want the file to be uploaded from a ‘link text’ and click
the file upload icon
2. From the ‘Upload file’ pop up window, click the Browse button and locate the
file on your computer.
3. Select your file and then click Open
4. Click the Upload button
5. Now click the Insert button
6. Click Save. Test your link.
Uploading Images to your page
Images can be inserted into your web page. To do this:
1. Click on the Image icon
2. From the pop-up window select the appropriate option: you can ‘Upload an
image’ that you have located on your computer by or ‘Include an image from an
external web site’
3. Enter some description of the image. This is used by people using screen readers
and some browsers.
4. Click the Upload button. Once the image is on the page you can resize it by
selecting it and dragging the corner handles in. You can relocate it on the page by
dragging and dropping.
Comment in a blog
You may want to add a comment to a group blog or read comments made by others.
To read a comment on a blog entry, simply click on the Comments link below the blog
entry. To add a comment (if set up by your tutor); click on the Comments link to add your
Add your comment here and then click the Add Comment
For further guidance on how to use your blog, please seek help from your tutor.