Using the Blog Tool in Blackboard 9

Using the Blog Tool in Blackboard 9


The blog tool is a great tool to record
your notes and reflections. Depending on how your instructor sets up
the blog tool, it can either be private between you and the instructor, or it can be made available to the entire
class so that other students can read your posts and you can read theirs. Let’s access the blog area. In this course there is a Blog button. If your course uses the Blog tool, it
may be in a different area of the course. Ask your instructor for assistance if
you are having trouble locating the Blog. From here, I can choose to open a blog. My instructions are posted here, and I can use the “Create Blog Entry”
button each time I want to make an entry. Each entry will have a title and content. Notice that you have various options in
the text editor. If you do not see these options, check that the text editor is on, and that the options are expanded. If you still do not see these options, this media conflict with your browser. Try using a different browser, or contact the Blackboard Helpdesk for
assistance. In the text editor you should see basic
word processing options, such as font, size, bold, italics, and underline. Additionally, you can attach a file, a picture, or even pull in content from other
sources using the Mashup tool. And please notice and make use of the
spell check option. All of the work you submit should be
proofread for spelling and grammatical errors. While working on your blog entry, at any
point you can cancel to delete your work. You can also save your entry as a draft to save it and return to it later, or when you’re finished and you’re happy with your entry you can
post your entry which will make it available for your instructor and other
classmates to see. Now that i have a blog entry, I can see it here, and can track all of my posts in the
right-hand column. I can use the “View Drafts” button to open
and finish any entries that I have not posted yet. Now let’s look at another student’s blog
entry and comment on it. Go to the title of the entry that you
want to comment on and click “Comment.” A comment box shows up below the entry. Simply type in your comment and click “Add.” Now you can see that the number here has
changed from zero to one which indicates that my comment has been
logged. This concludes the tour of the blog tool. For more assistance with this or any
other Blackboard tools, contact the Blackboard Helpdesk.

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