WISE Blogger Tool

Introduction

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Following is a guide on the basic use of the functions of the blogger tool provided by Wise.  The blogger tool is one of two tools available on WISE to publish weblogs on a site.  The other tool is the "blogs" tool, which has similar basic capabilities but a different orientation.  It focuses no individual rather than group blogs.

To view the Blogs quick start tool, click here.

Creating a Blog Post

To create a new blog entry, click the "create new post" link at the top of the blogger window:

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This will bring up the Post Editor, which allows you to create a blog post, and then add new elements to the post. the blog editor looks like this (click the image for a larger view):

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Step 1

You will need to fill in a title, and optionally add search keywords and an abstract. The abstract can be as long or as short as you want it, but it is recommended that you do not make the abstract more than a few lines summarizing your blog post. Search keywords are useful if you want to assign certain students to write blog posts on certain readings; by having them include a search keyword related to these readings you can more quickly find their posts and evaluate them.

Step 2

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The Blogger tool stores each element of a blog post separately. It is designed for you write one "element - a paragraph - at a time, and then add them to the post. It stores each element separately, and below the content editor you can then rearrange separate elements of your blog entry however you see fit. However, you do not have to arrange things this way if you choose not to; the system works just fine with only one element per post, and that element being multiple paragraphs long.

Step 3

When you are done writing each element, click "add to document," and the editor will save the content and place it in the blog post as the last element. If you have more than one element n the blog post, arrows will appear in the "commands" column of the structure controls at the bottom of the editor:

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Step 4

Once elements have been added to the post, you can rearrange them however you see fit, edit them again by pressing the "Edit" button, or simply save the blog post. If you wish to preview the post to see how it will display to the rest of the world, you may also click "preview." this will take you to the preview page; when you are done examining your blog post, you may then click "save" to post the blog entry to the blog, or press back and continue editing.

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You can change the permissions by clicking "back" and changing the options in the permissions menu to the right of the element editor.

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If you want the post to be viewable only by you, set Access to PRIVATE; TUTOR will make it available to everyone with instructor rank on the site, and SITE will make it viewable by everyone on the site. you must also choose to allow comments; by default comments are disabled.

Step 5

When you are done editing your post or adding new elements, and the permissions are set correctly for your needs, click "Save" and the post will be saved and posted on WISE. Your post will now be viewable by everyone you have set it to be viewable by, and may also be commented on if readers want to leave feedback or criticisms.

Deleting a Blog Post

Deleting a post can be done quickly. From the main page, simply click on the title of the blog post you want to delete:

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At the bottom of the post you will see three buttons: edit, delete, and add comment.

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Click delete; you will be taken to a dialogue asking if you want to confirm the deletion:

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Click confirm, and the blog post will be deleted.There is no way to recover a post once it has been deleted, so do not choose to delete a post unless you are absolutely certain you don't want it any more.

Commenting on a Blog Post

From the main page, simply click on the title of the blog post you want to comment on:

At the bottom of the post you will see three buttons: edit, delete, and add comment.

Click add comment, and it will bring up a text editor box which you can then use to write a comment. when you are done, press save, and the comment will be posted to the site, appearing under the blog entry.

Viewing Options

By default, the blogger tool only displays the entry and its abstract on the main blogger page.

By using the viewing options, you can change this to show the full text of every blog post as well, or you can also set it to show all the comments below each post.

Using the "view members blog" link allows you to find a member, and then view all posts by that member; likewise, clicking "view my blog" will allow you to view only entries you yourself have posted.