You can use blogs to engage with your students on subjects and allow them to reflect on an idea.
Blogs encourage students to clearly express their ideas and address the need to expand on various aspects of social learning.
Blogs are an effective way to gain insight into students' activities and provide a way to share the knowledge and materials collected.
Blogs consist of two elements:
You can choose to allow students to participate in blogs in three ways:
A subject blog consists of one blog space with all students contributing to the one blog. All subject members can add blog entries and add comments on blog entries.
This type of blog gives each student their own blog space for posting. Each time you enter the Blog you are presented with your own blog posts. You can see other students' blogs from the list on the right via the arrows or the drop down next to the student’s name. Only the owner of the blog is able to add blog entries. All other subject members can view and add comments.
All group members can add blog entries and make comments on blog entries. Anyone enrolled in the subject can view group blogs, but they can only add comments. .
You can edit and delete entries in any of the three blog types and delete user comments.
To edit the blog settings:
Blog comments can be removed by the instructor by clicking on the red cross next to the name of the person who made the comment. Removal of comments cannot be undone.
Blog posts can be removed by the instructor. Select the drop down arrow next to the posts title. Select Delete. Removal of posts cannot be undone.
Students can also remove posts and comments if this option has been made available.
Students' progress can be viewed in Needs Grading, Grade Centre or on the blog topic page. If a student has reached the required number of posts for the blog, the Needs Grading icon appears. The In Progress icon appears if the student has not reached the minimum number of posts that has been set or the Show participants in needs grading status check box was not selected.