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The Blog feature provides another medium for reflective written assignments were students can display their research, comments, communications, skills, etc. for public consumption and comment. Blogs are only available to enrolled course users. Blogs can be graded or ungraded.


  • Set Edit Mode to ON
  • From the Control Panel
  • Select Course Tools
  • Select Blogs
  • Select Create Blog
  • Blog Information
    • Enter a Name in the Name field
    • Enter Instructions/Content in the Instructions field
  • Blog Availability
    • Blog Availability: select Yes to make visible to students
  • Blog Date and Time Restrictions
    • Limit Availability: Choose the Display After date/time and/or the Display Until date/time
  • Blog Participation
    • Select one of the following:
      • Individual to All Students: Each student is able to add Blog entries, but all other Course members can only view and add comments to the entries.
      • Course: An Instructor can determine the topic to be addressed. All Course members can add Blog entries and add comments to Blog entries.
      • Allow Anonymous Comments: Check box to allow, uncheck box to not allow
  • Blog Settings
    • Index Entries: Select the time frame, Monthly or Weekly for a selected user or all course members. View the list of Entry titles posted during the index span.
    • Allow Users to Edit and Delete Entries: If selected, users can edit and delete the entries they have created after they are posted.
    • Allow Users to Delete Comments: If selected, users can delete Comments they added to Blog Entries.
  • Grade Settings
    • Grade Blog: Select the grade option and type the number of Points Possible. Once a Blog has been enabled for grading, a column is automatically created in the Grade Center.
      • Select/Unselect the check box for Show participants in “needs grading” status after every ___ Entries.”
        • From the drop down menu select the number of entries, for example 3.
      • If desired, use Add Rubric to use a grading rubric for the assignment
        • Select Add Rubric and choose one of the following options:
          • Select Rubric
            • Select the check box next to the Rubric you want to use
            • Select Submit
            • A confirmation pop-up message appears, select OK to assign the rubric’s Maximum Points as the Points Possible or Cancel to quit
          • Create New Rubric – see Create a Rubric
            • 1. Rubric Information
              • Enter a Name in the Name field and a Description in the Description field
            • 2. Rubric Detail
              • Configure the Rubric Grid to match your feedback and grading criteria
            • Select Submit
          • Create from Existing creates a new Rubric using the existing criteria from a chosen Rubric
            • Select the check box next to the Rubric you want to use
            • Select Submit
            • 1. Rubric Information
              • Enter a Name in the Name field and a Description in the Description field
            • 2. Rubric Detail
              • Configure the Rubric Grid to match your feedback and grading criteria
            • Select Submit
            • A confirmation pop-up message appears, select OK to assign the rubric’s Maximum Points as the Points Possible or Cancel to quit
        • The chosen Rubric information appears
          • Select the red “X” icon to Remove the Rubric
          • Select the paper icon to View the Rubric
          • Select the paper and pencil icon to Edit the Rubric
          • For Type: choose either Used for Grading or Used for Secondary Evaluation
          • For Show Rubric to Students: select one of the following:
            • No (default)
            • Yes (With Rubric Scores)
            • Yes (Without Rubric Scores)
            • After Grading
  • Select Submit
  • A green confirmation bar appears: “Success: Name of Blog created.
 August 13, 2014  Posted by at 10:20 am Blogs, Communications and Collaboration, Course Content and Tools