department menu

Using OU Blog

Why Do This?

OU Blog is an activity that allows everyone in a course to post to the same blog, groups of people to
share a blog, or individuals to keep a personal blog (journal). Options include allowing comments,
grading, adding searchable tags (keywords) and adding attachments.
OU Blog vs. Forum – OU Blog is a better choice when posting is the main purpose, rather than
replies or a back and forth discussion. All blog posts appear on one page, so it is easier to view than
some forum types. Each post can be a new topic, and the newest posts are displayed at the top.

Setup

1. Once you have logged on to your course, choose the add an activity or resource link in the appropriate topic.

2. Click OU Blog from the list of activities.
add an activity or resource select ou blog
3. Click the Add button at the bottom of the list.

General section

4. Blog name: Type the name as you want it to appear on your course page.
add general content to blog setup
5. Intro: provide your instructions to the student here.

6. Allow comments:

  • Yes, from logged-in users -Allows any course users who can see the blog to comment
  • Comments not allowed -disables comments for the entire blog

7. Individual blogs:

  • No (blog together or in groups) – enables student users to see all posts.
  • Separate individual blogs – restricts student users to view their own post.
  • Visible individual blogs – student users can view participants’ posts individually or view all posts together.

8. Maximum visibility: Only visible to participants in this course is applicable to CC.

9. Show intro when posting: if checked, displays your intro text in a block visible to users when creating their post (shown below).

introductory blog prompt

Tags

Tags provide key words that can be used to search for posts using the tag. All tags used within a blog will be listed in a block, along with the number of times the tag has been used. Clicking on a tag in the block will display all posts using that tag.

tag blog for each search

10. Tags: By entering tags in this field, you are providing users pre-defined tags to choose from to apply to their post, or allow users to create their own tags. when entering a tag on a post. Tags should be comma separated.

11. Tag options: These options allow you to determine whether tags are used, restrict tag entry to only those that are pre.defined at activity level and/or require that at least one tag be entered in a post.

example of tags in a blog

Options

12. Contribution time period -User this section to set open and close dates for posting and commenting.

13. Grade – If grading is desired, select Teacher Grades Students, then enter the maximum points you want to award for the assignment.

14. Common module settings – Can be used to set the blog to either separate or visible groups, similarly to other activities.

a. To post to groups separately, use the groups dropdown at the top of the blog to select the group, then click New blog post and create your post.
separate groups for blog
15. Once all sections are complete, select Save and return to course, or Save and display, to view the blog.

Grading the Blog

There are multiple ways to grade the blog.
1. Click the OU Blog on your course page.
2. Select Participation by user.

separate group to grade
3.  To add a grade, select the dropdown menu next to the user.  When finished, click Save grades.
or
4.  To see the posts when grading, click Details to the right of the user name.

user to grade to the right

5. After reading the posts, select User grade.

post by individual student

6. Select the grade from the dropdown and click Save changes.

select the grade from the drop down menu