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Keywords: blog, post, reflection.
A blog or ‘web log’ is a popular and easy-to-use form of public online journal, used as a platform for comment and reflection in a wide range of areas including education. Blogs are typically displayed in reverse chronological order with the newest posts at the top, and feature simple editing tools via a text box editor. Posts can incorporate text, links, images and videos, and visitors may be allowed to comment on each post.
Common blog applications used by educators are Blogger and Wordpress. Moodle also has a blogging tool which is user-based. Each user has his or her own blog which is not specific to any particular course.
Blogs can be used in a variety of ways and for many different purposes, but within an educational context they are most frequently used for reflective learning activities. Students might use a blog to record observations from throughout a project or module to inform their approach to summative assessments. Tutors, meanwhile, could use them to summarise class-based learning or disseminate information to a whole cohort.
An alternative to using the Moodle Blogs, if it doesn't meet your needs, is setting up student access to a UCL Blog instead. Once your blog has been created and you have granted them access to your blog, students can login and create blog posts, which they can then share with others. Simply link to your blog from your Moodle course.
Whichever blogging tool you use, think about:
The nature of your task: what are learners being asked to do?
Is this task appropriate for delivery via the Moodle Blog, which is user-based and not specific to any single course?
The UCL E-Learning Baseline suggests the following for Orientation:
Provide an indicator of effort (such as timings or page counts) for all compulsory tasks
Link to instructions for any e-learning tools that students are expected to use.
For Student Active Participation it is suggested that:
Add a Blog entry quick guide
Editing blog entries
Viewing others’ blog entries
Further guidance on Blog settings is available from MoodleDocs.
If you find any inaccurate or missing information you can even update this yourself (it's a communal wiki).
If you have a specific question about the tool please contact the Digital Education team.
Remember that each Moodle user has their own blog and this is not specific to any particular course. As such, everyone in Moodle can see the blog posts made unless they are marked as private.
More information about the Moodle Blog, including its settings, use, and an FAQ, can be found on MoodleDocs.
Editing blog entries
1. You can edit your blog entry using Edit at the bottom of the entry and can also delete the blog entry completely if you wish.