Using your blog

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

Your blog can be accessed by clicking on your name or image in the banner at the top of every page. This will open the User menu which includes the Blog link.

If you log into your course via Portal please make sure you navigate to your course homepage before starting your blog. If you find that a blog posting has gone missing, it may be that the blog has been started from the Portal page. In this case, navigate to the Portal page and access the Blog link from there.

Posting to your blog

You can add a new posting to your blog by clicking on the Add a new entry link.

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 .

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.

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 your name in the top blue banner, going to Preferences and then to Blog Preferences under the Blogs heading.

If you change this setting, click the Save changes button to save the change you’ve made.