• From the Control Panel select Course Tools > Blogs.

access blogs

Blog information

  1. Click on the Create Blog button.
  2. Enter a name for the blog in the Name textbox.
  3. Enter instructions for the students in the Description textbox.

blog information page

  1. Leave the Blog Availability setting as Yes.

blog availability

Blog Date and Time Restrictions

Set these if required. i.e If the blog is an assessment task you may need to restrict when it is available to students. 

  • If required, select the Display After checkbox and enter the date using the  Date Selection Calendar and enter the time using the Time Selection Menu.
  • If required, select the Display Until checkbox and enter the date using the  Date Selection Calendar and enter the time using the Time Selection Menu.

set date and time restrictions

Blog Participation

  1. Select the Individual to All Students radio button.
  2. Uncheck the Allow Anonymous comments checkbox.

blog participant

Note: For the creation of course blogs refer to guide Create a Course Blog.

Blog Settings

  • Index Entries: For a semester long course you will probably want the entries grouped by week.
  • Allow Users to Edit and Delete Entries: Selecting this option makes the tool easier for students to use. Both the date the post was first posted and the date the post was last edited are displayed. If the blog is an assessment task you will need to emphases to students not to edit posts after the due date.
  • Allow Users to Delete Comments: You may chose not to select this option to put more emphasis on students making appropriate comments.

blog settings

Grade Settings

  1. Select Grade radio button if the item is an assessment task.
  2. Enter the mark the assessment it is out of in the Points possible textbox.

populate possible points

OR

Note: Refer to the Rubric tool page for instructions on how to set up a rubric.

  1. Click on the Add Rubric button.
  2. Select Select Rubric from the drop down list.

select rubric

  1. Check the checkbox of the required rubric.
  2. Click on the Submit button.

click submit

  1. Click OK, if you want the points possible for the blog to be the same as the total mark for the rubric. OR
  2. Click Cancel and enter the mark the task is out of in the Points possible textbox.

Note: The values of rubric cells will be automatically changed so the rubric totals the mark entered in the Points possible textbox.

click ok to possible points

  1. Click on the show rubric button and select Yes (With Rubric Scores) button.
  2. Click on the Submit button.