Using Blogs in Blackboard

Type of Blog

Type of Blog

1. There are three types of blog in Blackboard. You can tell which type you are using easily by looking at the information in the box on the right.

Course Blog: Everyone can post and everyone can view entries

Group Blog: Only Group Members can post and everyone can view entries

Individual Blog: Each person has their own area of the blog and by default see their own entries. However every user also can view each other’s posts.

Who else has posted?

Who else has posted?

2. In the middle of the box you can see who else has made posts in the blog and click on their name to view their posts. You may also use the [<] and [>] arrow buttons to move between people.

Entries

Entries

3. The final section of the box shows a breakdown of entries per week or month depending on how it has been set up by the instructor.

Creating an entry

Creating an entry

4. To create a blog entry click on Create Blog Entry.

Enter text

Enter text

5. Enter a title and then fill in the larger text box with your entry.  Note that if you plan on pasting text into the text box from Microsoft Word, make sure to use the Paste From Word feature described in step 7.1 of this guide.

Useful buttons

Useful buttons

6. Some particularly useful buttons are:

1 – Spell Check
2 – Add attachment
3 – Add picture
4 – Add MPEG/AVI video
5 – Add QuickTime video
6 – Add Audio File
7 – Add Flash / Shockwave content
8 – Mashups (described in more detail in next slide)

Mashed

Mashed

7. Some very useful features are hidden within the Add MashUp button:
 
1 – Paste from Word. This allows you to paste text created in Microsoft Word while removing hidden metadata which can cause issues with the formatting of your text. See http://www.southampton.ac.uk/blackboard/pastefromword
 
2 – SlideShare Presentation – embed a presentation from the SlideShare web site.

3 – Embed a YouTube video
 
4 – Embed a Flickr Photo

Attachments

Attachments

8. If you wish you can attach a file by using the Browse My Computer button.

Post-it

Post-it

9. Click on Post Entry to finish.