Know your Blackboard Blog Types

From time to time we encounter a support request from a user around the topic of which type of blog would be best for a given purpose. The post will hopeful provide a little insight into their differences.

Within Blackboard an instructor can create one of three different types of blog, these are Course Blogs, Individual blogs and Group blogs a brief description of their differences are below.

  • Course Blogs: Only the Instructor can create a Course Blog. All Course members can add Blog entries and add comments to Blog entries. All entries made to a “Course Blog” are listed in the right hand pane of the blog for easy access.
  • Individual Blogs: Only the Instructor can create a Course Blog. All Course members can add Blog entries and add comments to Blog entries. Entries made by different students to an “Individual Blog” are “clumped together” and are only accessible by a different student if they actively change a drop down menu at the top of the blog’s right hand pane.
  • Group Blogs: If the Instructor enables the Blogs tool for the Group, all Group members can add Blog entries and make comments on Blog entries, building upon one another. Any Course member can view Group Blogs, but can only add comments. A Group Blog is different from a threaded discussion as each entry does not need to continue the discussion of the previous entry, but can be a complete thought on its own.

An instructor is able to edit and delete entries in any of these blog types and also delete user comments.

If what you need is a Blog with similar features as the ‘Individual’ blog but where the content of the posts is visible to only the individual student and instructors, Then you might want to consider using Blackboard Journals. The posts in a journal can be set so that they’re not visible to other students.

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