Blogs in your unit of study (uos) websites are visible to everyone enrolled in the uos and are displayed chronologically with the most recent entry at the top. Blogs, including group blogs are visible by default.
You may be set the task of maintaining a blog as part of your assessment in a uos. Your lecturer may choose to set up a blog for the whole class or individual blogs.
It is best to treat posting on all blogs as 'public'.
You can access the blogging tools through your desktop or on a mobile device using the University of Sydney app. You can comment on blog posts using the mobile app, however large images will not display on mobiles.
Blogs have a built in text editor which allows you to attach media to your blog entry. You can add the following to a post:
- PDFs or documents as an attachment
- embedded images
- photos uploaded straight from your mobile phone - access the blog through the Blackboard app interface
- videos (.mp4, .avi, .qt)
- audio files
- embed YouTube clips, Flickr or SlideShare using the Mashup tool.
Comment on a Blog Entry
You can comment on all blog entries, whether they belong to an individual, the course, or a group. Your instructor determines if you can make anonymous comments and if you may delete blog comments.
On the blog's topic page, view a blog by clicking a user’s name in the sidebar in the drop-down section. Click Comment to respond to the post. After you have written your comment, click submit. Comments are text only.
Blogs are often group-based - either within your tutorial group or as online groupwork. Within a group, only members of the group can post to the blog, but all enrolled members of your uos website can read and respond to the blog with comments.
Individual blogs differ by being assigned to each individual member enrolled in your uos website. Other enrolled users in your class will be able to add comments, but not post to your blog.
Blogs as assessment
Not all blogs are assessable. Some blogs may be run as part of a participation mark for your formative assessment. For example, if a blog is being used as part of your assessment, you may be required to make a minimum of two posts and three comments on other posts as part of your assessment.