Blogs are a form of online journal in which you, write posts and your readers comment on the content. You posts can include links to resources and multimedia.

Ultimately you want people to enjoy reading your blog, so:

  • Adopt a writing style which encourages feedback and comments
  • Comment on other students’ blogs and link back to your blog
  • Be concise and precise
  • Use simple and readable language
  • Link to authoritative sources

1. Blogging tools in Learn.UQ

How to create a blog post

Blackboard blog

  • either an individual or course wide blog that you use to write blog posts
  • public within your course - other members of the course can add comments

Blackboard journal

  • a private blog for communication between the instructor and individual students (or groups)
  • cannot be seen or commented on by other members of the course
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2. Course Blogs

Your instructor may ask you to use a blog to:

  • Share impressions of live lectures and events
  • Reflect on learning experiences
  • Maintain a diary of course related thoughts
  • Post content in multiple formats including: text, audio recordings and video clips
  • Continue course-related discussions outside class
  • Share responses to course readings
  • Collect, organise and share web materials
  • Post works-in-progress for review by lecturers or tutors
  • Post comments and critiques of classmates’ blog entries
  • Receive notifications about updates to other blogs through RSS feeds
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3. Blogging Guidelines

  1. Only post things that you would want everyone (at uni, at home, in other countries) to know.
    Ask yourself: Is this something I want everyone to see?
     
  2. Do not share personal information
    Ask yourself: Could someone find me (in real life) based on this information?
     
  3. Think before you post
    Ask yourself: What could be the consequences of this post?
     
  4. Know who you’re communicating with
    Ask yourself: Who is going to look at this, and how are they going to interpret my words?
     
  5. Consider your audience and that you’re representing UQ
    Ask yourself: Do I have a good reason/purpose to do this?
     
  6. Know how to give constructive feedback
    Ask yourself: What will I cause by writing this post?
     
  7. Treat other people the way you want to be treated
    Ask yourself: Would I want someone to say this to me?
     
  8. Use appropriate language and proper grammar and spelling
    Ask yourself: Would I want this post to be marked for proper grammar and spelling?
     
  9. Only post information that you can verify is true (no gossiping)
    Ask yourself: Is this inappropriate, immature or bullying?
     
  10. Anytime you use media from another source, be sure to properly cite the creator of the original work
    Ask yourself: Who is the original creator of this work?
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4. Commenting guidelines

You may be commenting on people's work regularly. Good comments:

  • are constructive, but not hurtful
  • consider the author and the purpose of the post
  • are always related to the content of the post
  • include personal connections to what the author wrote
  • answer a question, or add meaningful information to the content topic
  • follow the writing process. Comments are a published piece of writing
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5. Citation

Give credit where credit is due

Your course may have specific citation requirements, for instance:

  • If you use the direct words or lists of another blogger/writer, you must put the words in quotation marks.
  • Cite the source by including the name and URL of the source; hyperlink to the source or use APA style.
  • If you paraphrase another blogger/writer, you must indicate where you found the information.
  • Cite the source by including the name and URL of the source; hyperlink to the source or use APA style.
  • When using images in your blog posts, indicate where the images come from, either by linking back to the image source or providing a photo credit on the page. A great source for images is Flickr, especially when searched using CompFight.
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