What Does the Blog Tool Offer?


  • A versatile way to add collaboration into your online class or into an online component of your hybrid or seated class. 
  • Collaboration can be between student and student or instructor and student.
  • A means of introducing student ideas or feedback into class.
  • A forum for student comments or critiques on course materials.
  • Options to groups blog posts within a larger course forum or by individual students.

What Are the Best Use Cases?

1.  Topics or prompts that encourage students to continuously contribute to their own blog area throughout the semester 

  • A weekly commentary on assigned readings.
  • Posting an outside article and summary to share with the class.
  • Note: this creates a body of work for a given student that you can review in a single area. 

2.  Blogs work well for activities where comments, rather than conversations, are important

  • ex. Have students post their reaction to a reading and have others comment on the original student's post.
  • ex. Ask students to post a proposal for a project and then have two people offer constructive feedback.
  • Note: if conversation or dialog is important, you might want to consider discussion boards instead.

3.  Have students help generate a discussion

  • Have students post a question on their blog on a regular basis and then have students respond to each other's questions.

4.  Post a weekly article (current events, journal article, of note, etc) on the blog and have students comment on the reading

  • Ideal way to bring in current events.
  • Have students evaluate the article for accuracy, relevance, timeliness, etc. 
  • Have students practice summarizing the article.

Tips for Effective Blog Activities

1.  Avoid using blogs if you want to grade student original contributions and responses to others

  • When you grade a blog assignment, the grading tool will only show you the student's original contributions and NOT their comments on other blogs.
  • To track original posts and responses, use a Discussion Board instead - it is much more effective!

2.  Know the difference between Class Blogs and Individual Blogs

  • The suggestions in this section mostly pertain to Individual Blogs.
    • Class Blogs: the instructor creates the blog and topic and students can add entries in one forum
    • Individual Blogs: Students continually add entries to their own blog areas

3.  Even though blogs function similar to journals, remember (and remind your students!) that they are public to the class!

  • Encourage students to remember best practices for appropriate posts
  • Cover "netiquette" before assigning a blog and review what you consider constructive comments

How to Create a Blog Assignment How to Create a Blog Assignment item options

Learn how to create and manage blogs in Blackboard.  This article from Blackboard contains screen shots and a video to fully demonstrate the use of this tool.


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