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About Blogs

A blog—a shorthand term that means web log—is a personal online journal that is frequently updated and intended for general public access and use. Most blogs also have some kind of commenting system, so that people can respond to and interact with one another. Blogs encourage students to clearly express their ideas and addresses the need to expand various aspects of social learning. Moreover, they are an effective means of gaining insight into students' activities and provide a way to share the knowledge and materials collected.

In Blackboard Learn, blogs are created and managed by instructors, and only enrolled users can view and create entries and comments in them.

Related Tutorials    Creating a Blog video (pop-up). Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition>   (Flash movie <end definition>. | 2m 4s ) |  Creating and Editing Blog Entries video (pop-up). Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition>   (Flash movie <end definition>. | 2m 7s ) |  Commenting on a Blog Entry video (pop-up). Click to toggle glossary term definition: <begin definition>   (Flash movie <end definition>. | 1m 27s )

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To learn about blogs, see these topics:

Creating a Blog

Editing and Managing Blogs

Grading Blogs and Journals