Blogs, journals & wikis are available through the Blackboard Mobile Learn service that is now available (more information here).

You can also do Inline Grading with Blogs, Wikis & Journals. Click these links to find out more information about Inline Grading in Blogs, Journals or Wikis.

You can also view the Blog, Journal or Wiki full screen by clicking the fullscreenbutton.pngbutton in the top-right.

Quicklinks:
Getting Started Guide
Blogs
Journals
Wikis
Discussion Boards


Getting Started with Interactive Tools (Blogs, Journals, Wikis and Discussion Boards) information

This guide has information about:
  • What are Blogs, Journals, Wikis and Discussion Boards?
  • Suggested uses
  • How to create Blogs, Journals, Wikis and Discussion Boards
  • Commenting & Feedback

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Blogs

A blog is a personal online journal that is frequently updated and intended for general public access and use. Most blogs also have some kind of commenting system, so that people can respond to and interact with one another. Blogs encourage students to clearly express their ideas and addresses the need to expand various aspects of social learning. They are an effective eans of gaining insight into students' activities and provide a way to share the knowledge and materials collected.

In Blackboard Learn, instructors create and manage blogs, and only enrolled users can view and create entries and comments in them.

Click here to view more information about how to create, edit, manage and grade blogs in Blackboard.

Click here to view some video tutorials about blogs

This short video (03:35) shows you how to create a blog


This short video (03:25) shows you how to create & edit a blog entry


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Journals

Journals are a personal space for students to communicate privately with you. Students can also use journals as a self-reflective tool to post their opinions, ideas, and concerns about the course, or discuss and analyse course related materials. You can create journal assignments that are broad and student-directed as your students reflect on the learning process and document changes in their perceptions and attitudes. Students can describe problems faced and how they solved them. Also, you can create instructor-directed journal entries that are more formal in nature and that narrow the focus by listing topics for discussion.

Journals are ideal for individual projects. For example, in a creative writing course, the owner of each journal creates entries and an instructor comments. In this manner, a student can refine a section of a writing assignment over a period of time, using an instructor’s guidance and suggestions. A student can also comment on his or her entries to continue the conversation.

Click here to read more information about how to create, edit and grade a journal.

Short video (02:38) about creating a Journal:


Short video (03:03) about creating and commenting on Journal entries:


Click here to view some more video tutorials about journals

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Wikis

Wikis allow course members to contribute and modify one or more pages of course related materials, providing a means of sharing and collaboration. Users can create and edit pages quickly, while tracking changes and additions, allowing for effective collaboration between multiple writers. You can create one or more wikis for all course members to contribute to and wikis for specific groups to use to collaborate.

All course members can use the wikis tool to record information and serve as a repository for course information and knowledge. A course wiki is a vast source of information compiled by course members. Wikis can help build a community of collaboration and learning by increasing social interaction during the exchange of information.

Click here to read more information about how to create, edit, comment on, delete and grade a wiki.

Click here to view some video tutorials about wikis

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Discussion Boards

Click here to view more information about Discussion Boards and here to view video tutorials.

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