A Blog is a personal online journal that is frequently updated and intended for general public consumption. In Interact2, only enrolled users can view and author Blogs.
Blogs encourage students to clearly express their ideas and addresses the need to expand 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.
In Interact2, Blogs consist of two elements:
- Blog entries: Text, images, links, multimedia, Mashups, and attachments added by students open for comments.
- Comments: Remarks or responses to Blog entries made by other students, including the subject coordinator.
- You can choose to allow students to participate in Blogs in three ways:
- Course Blogs: Only the faculty member can create a course Blog and determines the topic to be addressed. All course members can add Blog entries and add comments to Blog entries.
- Individual Blogs: Only the faculty member can create a Blog for individual course members to use. Only the owner of the Blog is able to add Blog entries. All other course members can view and add comments.
- Group Blogs: If the faculty member 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.
You can edit and delete entries in any of the three Blog types and delete user comments.
- FoB Short Hit of Training (Online Meeting recording 60 mins)
- Set up discussion boards, chat, blogs and journals
- Manage discussion boards (subscribe, flag, post, grading and comments)
- Manage blogs and journals (create entries and comments)
Note: When an individual journal is created by the subject coordinator, an individual journal becomes available for all enrolled students.
That is, when the journal tool is turned on, it creates a space for each individual student to record their reflections, viewable by the student and the instructor.
It is not viewable by other users unless the subject coordinator makes the journal public.
Note: Blogs are always public, only journals can be private. In Interact 2 (unlike Interact), blogs cannot be made private (ie. entries can be read by other students).
The journal tool must be used if you wish to create private entries (ie. entries which only the lecturer and individual student can see).
Note: A blog that is set up for individual (rather than course or organisation), will create an instance of the blog for each student to make entries in. Only the owner of the blog can create blog entries. All other enrolled users can view and add comments.
Note: Individual journal entries can only be made by the owner of the journal; comments can only be made by the student and the subject coordinator.