What is a Blog?

Blog and Journal Comparison

Creating a Blog or Journal Entry

Commenting

Finding Classmates' Blogs

Journals



What is a Blog?

A blog is your personal online journal. Each blog entry you make can include any combination of text, images, links, multimedia, mashups, and attachments. Blogs are an effective means of sharing knowledge and materials created and collected by the group in the course. You can post entries and add comments to existing blogs. Use your blog to express your ideas and share them with the class. For more information, see Blogs.

Unfamiliar with blogs? View this fun and quick video to learn more about blogs: Blogs Explained by CommonCraft. 




Blog and Journal Comparison


MyLesley blogs and journals are only viewable to those in the course environment, however each tool is designed a bit differently. Your instructor may choose to create a class blog, individual blogs, or journals. The chart below details the privacy options of each tool:


Blog TypeWho Can Post?Who Can View?Who Can Comment?
Class Blogeveryone in the course

everyone in the course

everyone in the course

Individual Blogeveryone can post to his/her own blog

everyone in the course

everyone in the course

 Journaleveryone can post to his/her own journalprivate between individual and instructorprivate between individual and instructor




Creating a Blog or Journal Entry


The blog and journal tools have the same functionality, the only difference being privacy. While the instructions below are for a blog, you may use the same instructions for creating a journal entry.


To create an entry, navigate to your blog or journal. Depending on how your instructor set up the course, there may be a link to your blog in the Course Menu or within a Content Area.


At the top of the blog page, click Create Blog Entry.


screenshot of create blog entry button


Enter a title for your blog post. Use the Text/Content Editor to create your blog post, which may contain text, images, video, etc.
screenshot of text/content editro

Once you have finished click Post Entry at the top or bottom of the page.


For more information see Blogs or view the Blogs video tutorial below:



Commenting


To comment on a blog entry, click the Comment button below the entry.


screenshot of comment button



Enter your (text) comment and click Add to post your comment.


screenshot of comment box





Finding Classmates' Blogs


If your instructor created individual blogs, you and each of your classmates have the ability to read and comment on each others' blogs. By default, when you navigate to your individual blog you will see only your content. To locate your classmates' blogs, locate the Blog Details area on the right side of the blog page. Click the chevron under your name to expand the selection.


screenshot of blog



You should see a list of your classmates' blogs under your name. Click on a classmate's name to open his/her blog.


screenshot of classmates' blogs




Journals

A journal is a private space for you to communicate with your instructor and is often used as a self-reflective tool. The journal functionally is identical to the blog tool, with the exception being privacy. See Journals for more information or watch the video tutorial below.