Your blog is a place where you can write notes and record your thoughts on topics as you work through the course so that you can easily access them, no matter where you log in to the course from. However, depending on your personal preferences you may prefer to take notes using a word processed document or even pen and paper. Only you will be able to see the entries you write in your blog.
Your blog is attached to your profile rather than a specific course; this means that if you are studying more than one course, you will have the same blog for all courses.
Accessing your blog
You can reach your blog from several areas in the course website, including:
- From within the course materials. When the course materials suggest you use your blog to record something there will be an automatic link.
- From the course homepage. In the ‘Blog menu’ block click on the ‘View my entries about this course’ or the ‘View all of my entries’ link. The former will show you all the posts associated with a given course (see below) the latter all your blog entries.
(Tip: To access your blog without navigating away from the course materials, right click on the blog link and choose to open it in a new window.)
Posting to your blog
You can add a new posting to your blog by clicking on ‘Add a new entry’ link in the ‘Blog menu’ block. Alternatively if you are already in your blog you can either click the ‘Add a new entry’ link in the ‘Navigation’ block or the ‘Add a new entry’ or ‘Blog about this course’ link in the blog window.
When you do this you will see the following editor.
Type the title of your blog post in the ‘Entry title’ box and enter the main text of your post in the ‘Blog entry body’ box. You can use the text editor to format your work.
If you wish, you can attach a file to your blog post. The ‘Attachment’ box works in the same way as the other file upload boxes (see the ‘Uploading files’ page for further details of how to use it).
If you want to, you can use the options under the Associations to associate your post with a specific course. If you chose ‘Blog about this course’, rather than ‘Add a new entry’ this will already be ticked.
Note that when you have completed your blog entry you must click on the ‘Save changes’ button at the bottom of the editor to save any changes you have made.
Once you have posted your entry, it will be displayed in your blog. Blog entries are displayed in date order.
Tips for using your blog
Think carefully about the titles you use for your blog entries, so you can easily identify them.
If you are working on more than one course simultaneously you may want to use the ‘Blog about this course’ option rather than ‘Add a new entry’ to make it easier to see which course individual posts refer to.
When you are entering text in the blog editor, you will be working online. If you plan to make an entry of more than a few lines, we strongly recommend that you write your entry in a text editor, such as Notepad or Word, on your PC, and then paste it into the blog editor and save it when you have finished.
Editing and deleting blog entries
If you wish, you can edit or delete individual blog entries you have made. To edit or delete an entry use the ‘Edit’ and ‘Delete’ links displayed at the bottom of each entry. Note that if you edit a blog entry that post will be re-dated with the date you edited it and displayed accordingly.
Preferences for displaying blog entries
You can change how many blog postings are displayed on one page by clicking on ‘My profile settings’ (in the ‘Administration’ block), then the ‘Preferences’ link that appears under ‘Blogs’. If you change this setting, click the ‘Save changes’ button to save the change you’ve made.