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Collaboration Tools

These collaboration tools provide a new level of student interaction that was not available in previous learning management systems at BU.

Blogs

Set Up a Blog

  1. Make sure Edit Mode is set to ON.
  2. Select Tools from the Course Menu.
  3. Click Blogs.
  4. Click the Create Blog button.
  5. Enter a Name for the blog and any specific Instructions in the text box.
  6. Click Yes to make the blog available to users.
  7. Determine the Blog Participation by clicking Individual to All Students or Course.
  8. Choose between Monthly or Weekly index entries.
  9. Select the boxes to Allow Users to Edit and Delete Entries or Allow Users to Delete Comments if desired.
  10. Determine how the blog will be graded by clicking No grading or Grade: Points Possible. (When the blog assignment is gradable, it will automatically add a column to the Grade Center.)
  11. Click Submit.

Make a Blog Post

  1. Select Tools from the Course Menu.
  2. Click Blogs.
  3. Select the blog you’d like to post to.
  4. Click the Create Blog Entry button.
  5. Enter a Title.
  6. Add the post content in the Entry Message text box.
  7. Attach a file if desired and enter a descriptive Link Title.
  8. Click Post Entry or Save Entry as Draft for later posting. Drafts may be viewed by clicking View Drafts from the main Blog page.

Comment on a Blog Post

  1. Select Tools from the Course Menu.
  2. Click Blogs.
  3. Open the blog you’d like to review.
  4. Click Comment for the post on which you’d like to comment.
  5. Enter a comment in the text field.
  6. Click Add.

Journals

Set Up a Journal

  1. Make sure Edit Mode is set to ON.
  2. Select Tools from the Course Menu.
  3. Click Journals.
  4. Click the Create Journal button.
  5. Enter a Name for the Journal and any specific Instructions in the text box.
  6. Click Yes to make the Journal available to users.
  7. Use the Display After and Display Until date along with the time fields to Limit Availability of the Journal.
  8. Choose any additional Journal Settings.
  9. Click Submit to make the Journal available.

Create a Journal Entry

  1. Select Tools from the Course Menu.
  2. Click Journals.
  3. Select the Journal in which you’d like to create an entry.
  4. Click the Create Journal Entry button.
  5. Enter an Entry Title.
  6. Type your content in the Entry Message text box.
  7. Attach a file if desired. File Name is used as a title by default. Type a descriptive name in the Link Title field if desired.
  8. Click Post Entry or Save Entry as Draft for later posting. Drafts may be viewed by clicking View Drafts on the main Journal page.

Comment on a Journal Entry

  1. Select Tools from the Course Menu.
  2. Click Journals.
  3. Open the desired Journal.
  4. Click Comment for the entry on which you’d like to comment.
  5. Enter your Comment in the appropriate field.
  6. Click Add.

Wikis

Start a Wiki

  1. Make sure Edit Mode is set to ON.
  2. Select Tools from the Course Menu.
  3. Click Wikis.
  4. Click the Create Wiki button.
  5. Enter a Name for the Wiki and add any specific Instructions.
  6. Click Yes to make the Wiki available to users.
  7. Determine the Wiki Participation by choosing the desired student access options.
  8. Set the grading option by clicking No grading or Grade. Enter the Points Possible if you choose the Grade option. When the Wiki assignment is gradable, it will automatically add a column to the Grade Center .
  9. Click Submit.

Create a Wiki Page

  1. Select Tools from the Course Menu.
  2. Click Wikis.
  3. Open the desired Wiki by clicking its name.
  4. Click the Create Wiki Page button.
  5. Enter a Name for the Wiki page.
  6. Enter the page content using the Content text box.
  7. Click Submit to publish your page.

Edit Wiki Content

  1. Select Tools from the Course Menu.
  2. Click Wikis.
  3. Open the desired Wiki by clicking its name.
  4. Click Edit Wiki Content.
  5. Modify the page as you’d like.
  6. Click Submit to save your changes.