Blog

The Blog module in PolyLearn is an ungraded feature in which students and instructors alike can post thoughts, stories, pictures--anything. It is a space to share thoughts and content with others within the course.
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Blog entries can be viewed by any Cal Poly student, faculty and staff member who has access to PolyLearn. For a Course Blog, please see the OU Blog tool.

Getting Started


Add a Blog

The Moodle Blog tool is for the whole system allowing any Cal Poly user to view. You many wan createt a Course Blog, please see the OU Blog tool.

  1. In the Navigation block (located on the left side of the screen), click My profile.

 

Adding an entry

Instructors and students alike can utilize blogs to share their thoughts with the whole campus. These entries can range from anything from insightful to lighthearted, and may or may not be related to course material. There are two types of entries: general and about the course.

Adding a general entry

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Everyone can view your Blog

The Blog is listed in your Profile. Other Cal Poly Students, Faculty and Staff who access PolyLearn can read your Blog entries. If Blog entries are meant to be private for the class only, then a Forum with the "Standard forum displayed in a blog-like format" option would work better.

  1. In the Navigation block (located on the left side of the screen), click My profile.
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    Blog menu - Easier Navigation

    Add the Blog menu block for access to both the blog about the course and the general, personal blog.

    Screen image of blog menu block
  2. Click Blogs, and then Add an entry.
  3. Screen image of add a blog general entry
  4. Type the Entry title (required) in the text box.
  5. Type the content of the entry into the Blog entry body (required) text box.
  6. Options
    • Attachment is for adding files to the entry.
    • Publish to selects if the blog is visible to only you or the entire campus.
    • Tags are used for searching and find blog entries easily.
  7. Click Save changes.
Note: To see all blog entries, repeat steps 1 and 2, except click View all of my entries instead of Add a new entry.

 

Adding an entry about the course

  1. In the Blog menu block (be sure it has been added), click Add an entry about this course.
  2. Type the Entry title (required) in the text box.
  3. Type the content of the entry into the Blog entry body (required) text box.
  4. Options
    • Attachment is for adding files to the entry.
    • Publish to selects if the blog is visible to only you or the entire campus.
    • Tags are used for searching and find blog entries easily.
  5. Confirm that the Blog about course [name] is checked in the Associations section.
  6. Click Save changes.

 

Additional Features


Blog comments

Blog comments can be used by both instructors and students to give feedback/thoughts on the author's entry.

  1. In the Navigation block (located on the left side of the screen), click My profile.
  2. Click Blogs, and then View all of my entries.
  3. Click on Comments.
  4. Type a message into the text box, and click Save comment when finished.
  5. If a comment needs to be deleted, click the 'X' that corresponds to the unwanted comment.



Blog preferences

Instructors can customize how the Blog is shown.

  1. In the Settings block (located directly underneath the Navigation block), click on Blogs, and then Preferences.
  2. Type how many Blog entries per page are shown.
  3. Click Save changes.

 


Blog tags

Blog tags are useful when searching through the course site for blogs. Blog tags are at most a few words that provide a brief description of an entry, and link to entries so that they are easier to find.

  1. Click on an existing Blog entry.
  2. At the bottom of the entry, click Edit.
  3. In the Tags section, type in the tags for the entry.
  4. Click Save changes.
  5. Blog tags can be viewed within the Blog tags block.
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    Note: To enable the Blog tags block, go to the main course page and click the Turn editing on button. Click on the Add... pull-down box (located in its own block at the bottom right of the page). Select Blog tags.
    Note: The only Blog tags that will be displayed are those that are tags for "entries about this course." Tags from blogs that are not associated with the course (for example, entries created through the Navigation block) will not appear. Enable the Tags block to view ALL Blog tags.

 


External Blogs

Instructors are able to link to external blogs from blog websites, such as Blogger or Wordpress. This is done through the use of RSS feeds.

  1. In the Navigation block (located on the left side of the screen), click My profile.
  2. Click Blogs, and then View all of my entries.
  3. Note: Alternatively, if the Blog menu block is enabled, click View all entries for this course.
  4. In the Settings block, click on Blogs, and then Register an external blog.
  5. Type the URL (required) of the feed into the text box.
  6. Options
    • Name is the name/title of the external blog.
    • Description briefly outlines the contents of the external blog.
    • Filter tags are tags that will be migrated from the external blog. Any tags that are associated with the external blog but are not specified here will not show up in the PolyLearn blog.
    • Add these tags adds tags to every entry that is imported from the external blog.
    Note: Any of these will default to the external blog's settings if they are left blank.
  7. Click Save changes.

Note: PolyLearn checks new entries for external blogs every 24 hours. So, do not expect an instantaneous sync between the external blog and the PolyLearn site.