Q. How do I set up a Blog for my students on my NILE site?


A Blackboard course blog can be created and added to any module site and accessed by all users.  Entries may be added by students and staff.  Comments if enabled can be added by all users.

Please Note. The main difference between a blog and Journal is that Journals are private between the tutor and student whereas a blog is viewable by all students in the module site.

1. Add blog

Screengrab - Add blog using Tools Menu

From your course’s content area expand the Tools menu and click on Blogs.


2. Create Blog

Screengrab-add blog

Create a new blog, or link to an existing blog if they have already been created.


3.1. Name and Instructions

Name and Instructions

Enter a Name and any instructions.  For instructions, you may wish to inform your students that all instructors and students may view and add comments to the blog.


3.2. Set Availability


For students to be able to access the blog, Blog Availability must be set to Yes.


3.3. Date and time restrictions

Date and time restrictions?

If you wish you may place date and time limitations on when this blog will be available to students.

3.4. Set Blog Type

Blogs can be set up either as 'individual to All Students', or 'Site'. 

  • Individual blogs: Students can add entries only to their own blogs. All other course members can view and add comments to it.
  • Site blogs: You can create a course blog and choose the topic. All course members can add blog entries and comment on blog entries.

3.5. Blog Settings


Set the blog settings according to your preference:

Index Entries: Choose for entries to be indexed in a monthly or weekly format.

Allow Users to…: Choose whether you wish users to be able to edit and delete their entries and/or comments.

3.6. Grading

Grade Centre?

If you wish to add a Grade Centre column for the blog choose to Grade Blog and set the number of points possible to 100.

4. Create the link

Screengrab - link to blog

Link to your blog by selecting it from the list, click next.

5. Add link information

Screengrab - blog link information

Add the link information and review the settings. Note. this text that will show in the content area, not within the blog. 

6. Submit

Click on Submit to finish.

7. Check your blog

Use 'Student Preview' to check how students will experience your blog. 


  • Last Updated Aug 29, 2019
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  • Answered By Richard Byles

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