VLE GSA - How to use Blogs


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VLE GSA - How to use Blogs

  1. 1. Use blogs The VLE @ GSA How to…
  2. 2. Blogs are one of the tools available in the VLE that allow students to contribute to and collaborate in a course. Go to Control Panel > Course Tools > Blogs.
  3. 3. Blogs can be Individual (for each student), Course (for all students) or Group (shared between group members). Individual and Course Blogs can be created here. Group Blogs are created in Control Panel > Users and Groups > Groups. (See the How To guide on Using Groups). Click Create Blog.
  4. 4. Add a name, descriptive information (such as the purpose of the Blog) and choose whether to make it available and when.
  5. 5. Depending on the purpose of the Blog, chose whether it will be individual to the student or for the overall course. You can also choose how entries will be grouped – weekly or monthly. The Blog can be assessed if appropriate. Click Submit.
  6. 6. Blog settings can be edited at any time by choosing clicking the arrow to the right of the Blog title and choosing Edit. Click on the Blog title to go to the Blog content.
  7. 7. Click on Create Blog Entry to add a post. You can navigate between all students’ Blogs. Students can comment on one another’s Blogs. There are also update icons, and alerts on new content will also appear in the Global Navigation Menu.
  8. 8. When creating a new Blog entry, add a name, text, links, images or embed video. You can also add attachments.
  9. 9. Blog entries are indexed by week or month, as specified. The Index highlights the time of entry, number of posts and new content.
  10. 10. Staff and students can comment on one another’s Blogs. This can be anonymous or not.
  11. 11. Blogs are created in the Control Panel and made available in one of the content areas (e.g. Learning Materials). Click the Tools menu then choose Blogs.
  12. 12. You can either link to the Blogs page or directly to a specified Blog. You can also create a new Blog here.
  13. 13. Add a title, descriptive information and set availability.
  14. 14. A link to the Blog will appear in the content area, at the bottom of the list of resources. You can re-order its position by clicking and dragging. Students can now click on the Blog title to access it.