WISE Blogs Tool

Introduction

A blog provides a way to create a website-like space that is often used as an online diary or a way to post commentaries and news updates on a particular topic of interest. Blogs are good tools in course sites for student reflection. The WISE Blog tool creates a multi-user blog where members of a site can make their posts. Posts can be private between poster and site administrator(s), private to the site, or publicly viewable.

Quick Start

Click Add blog entry in the Blog tool menu bar. Enter a title and the text of the post. Choose the privacy level for this post: you and site administrator(s), all members of the site, or the public (anyone who has the URL (address) of the post).

Click the Publish entry button to save the post

Creating a Blog Post

Adding a Post

Click Blogs in the site tools menu on the left of the page to open the tool.

Click Add blog entry in the menu bar.
Add blog entry menu item

Enter a title and the text of your post. You can add links, images, and video as well as text.
Enter blog info and text

Select who can see this blog post (each post has an individual privacy setting so you can mix public and private posts):
Blog privacy levels

  • Only site administrators and I can see this entry: only the creator of the blog and site administrators (Instructor, maintain roles) can view the posted entry
  • All members of this site can see this entry: anyone who is a member of the site, regardless of role, can view the posted entry
  • This entry is publicly viewable: anyone with internet access and the link to the post will be able to view the posted entry, even if the site itself is not public

Click the Publish Entry button at the bottom of the page to publish the post. Click the Save Draft button to save your work for later editing. Click the Cancel button to cancel the blog post and delete your work.

Sharing a Public Post

If you have selected the publicly viewable option, you must provide a link to the post to anyone who is not a member of the WISE site. Click on the the My blogs link to open your list of posts. Find the post you want to share and select Permalink from the options displayed beneath your post. The post will open in a new browser window, now separated from WISE. Copy the URL from the browser address bar and paste it into the location you will be sharing from (email, personal website, etc.).
Blog permalink option

Editing a Post

To make changes to a completed post, click on the the My blogs link to open your list of posts. Click Edit entry from the options displayed beneath your post. You can make changes and add content just like you did when the post was originally created. You can also change your privacy settings. Be sure to click Publish entry when you are done to publish the changes.
Edit blog option

Viewing Blog Posts

On the main Blogs page, the list of bloggers will be updated as members of the site create and publish new posts.
Blogger display page

To view your own blogs, click the My blog link located above the list. To view other users' blogs, click on individual names in the Blogger column of the listing. The posts will be displayed on a new page with the most recent entry appearing at the top.
Blog listing

To leave a comment on a post, click the Leave a comment option at the bottom of the post. To view comments, click on the number of comments option at the bottom of the post (0 comments, 2 comments, etc.)

Deleting a Blog Post

To remove a post, click on the the My blogs link to open your list of posts. Click the Remove entry option at the bottom of the post. You will be prompted to confirm that you want to permanently delete the post. Click OK to permanently delete the post. Click Cancel to keep the post.
Delete blog option

Setting Permissions (Site Administrators Only)

Site administrators can modify permissions for all roles. Click on Permissions in the Blogs tool menu and check or uncheck the boxes under each role for permissions that you want to extend or revoke.
Blog permissions