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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 to use 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.


  • Tutors
  • Individual students.

Before I start...

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.

Think 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?

Meeting the baseline

The UCL E-Learning Baseline suggests the following for Orientation:

  • 2.2 Explain participation requirements
    • Identify which activities are compulsory and optional
    • Provide an indicator of effort (such as timings or page counts) for all compulsory tasks

    • Explain how students are expected to use UCL and external e-learning tools. This PowerPoint Induction template provides a starting point. Wholly online courses might provide this information as a screen-cast video, with a voice over
    • Link to instructions for any e-learning tools that students are expected to use.

 For Student Active Participation it is suggested that:

  •  9.1 Students can share learning resources either individually or collaboratively using online tools (such as wikis, glossaries, databases and discussion forums).

How do I set one up?

Add a Blog entry quick guide