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Blogs in Blackboard


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Blogs contain diary-style entries and allow students to write about and reflect on their experiences, prior and current. They also allow students to engage in peer learning as students can view and comment on each other's blogs. Blogs in Blackboard are not visible on the web generally, they are only visible to users enrolled in the same module. As a lecturer you can set up blogs for your students in Blackboard, view students' blogs and provide comments on their posts. Blogs can also be used to set up activities for assessment and associate rubrics to assist in the grading process.

Sample Blog Click for a screenshot of a sample blog in Blackboard.


You can use blogs to:

  • Create a secure place for students to post their entries and engage in peer learning
  • Incorporate videos, links resources and images into your instructions for students
  • Comment on students' entries and enable students to view and comment on each other's entries
  • Use rubrics to both grade and set expectations about how students should engage in the blogging process
  • Manage the release of feedback to students

Quick Guides

There are four stages to using blogs. Click on the links below to view quick guides with the eLearning team's recommended settings for each stage of using a blog with your students. More detailed guides are available in the Additional Resources section.


Online Tutorials

1. Active Learning Tools - An Interactive Guide 2. Guide to Using Blogs for Reflection



Additional Resources

Below are additional resources for staff who require further details on the different features and settings of blogs in Blackboard.