Documentation:LTHub/Blogs

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UBC Blogs provide an interactive website platform where instructors and students can create content individually or collaboratively, resulting in outcomes like a course website, a group blog, a peer review space, or a personal portfolio or blog—all built on a flexible WordPress foundation.

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Getting started How do I get started?

Plan

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Planning starts with considering the kind of learning you want to support. Consider:

  • How might blogs support my goals for student learning?
  • What lasting benefit might students derive from their use of a blog?
  • What will they/ I need in the way of support to get started?

Blogs are particularly good at supporting:

  • Reflection: students may be encouraged to reflect on readings, experiences or their own learning as part of a course or program. Posts can be protected (for only the instructor or group to view) or shared publicly.
  • Portfolios: students can maintain their own blogs as spaces to publish, share and review their work over time. Since blogs can handle a variety of media (either via uploads or embeds), they are useful as a way to assemble work from a variety of online sources (video, slides, docs, etc). Online portfolios can help students build a scholarly digital presence.
  • Community building: Connecting student blogs via a course "hub" blog, allows students to see what others are thinking about, working on. Encouraging comments, feedback helps students learn from their peers and others, including experts from the community (if desired).
  • Digital/web literacies: Because blogs are essentially personal publishing platforms that are highly customizable, students can develop them as they do/build/create online. Mozilla has done some great work at defining entry level web literacies associated with so-called 21st century skills.
  • Open courses and resources: UBC Blogs can be used to create resources that are open and available to anyone on the web.

Functionality

We have highlighted 3 different blog options so that you can compare functionality according to your needs. Bring your questions about any aspect of functionality to the Learning Technology Hub - we are happy to consult with you about your project and your needs.

Connect Blogs UBC Blogs WordPress.com
Authentication
Open no no yes
CWL yes yes no
Student Control
Privacy Options no yes yes
Commenting/Discussion yes yes yes
Theme Options no yes yes
Instructor Management
Version Control (Revision History) no yes yes
Clone/Export and Import blogs yes yes yes
adding users to blogs no yes yes
embedding feeds/student content no yes yes
grade book integration yes no no
LTI Integration yes yes no
Advanced Customization
Theme Options no yes yes
CSS Stylesheets no yes yes[1]
Network enabled plugins for extra functionality no yes yes
Analytics
In-House yes yes[2] no
Google Analytics no yes yes
Support
in-house yes yes no

Notes

  1. To use the custom CSS feature on WordPress.com, you will need to pay for the premium plan.
  2. UBC Blog uses xAPI for in-house analytics. Sauder, for example, used xApi in one of their courses. For more information, please contact blog.support@ubc.ca.


Setup

You can log in with your CWL to start, choose the theme of the blog, and manage your own blog and/or invite students to do the same.

UBC Blogs has its own website, which has detailed documentation on getting up and running with a blog.


What tools can I use with this?

Content from other UBC platforms can be embedded into your blog, including:

Or (if you are using UBCBlogs and Connect) you can embed your blog content in Connect.


Available support What support is available?

UBC Blogs has been developed by UBC's Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology. Contact blog.support@ubc.ca with questions.

Drop-in support is provided by the Learning Technology Hub. Additional expertise is available during CTLT’s weekly WordPress and Wiki Clinic, generally held on Thursdays. Check the events calendar for upcoming clinic times.


Frequently asked questions FAQ

UBC Blogs has its own FAQ page.