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UBC Blogs is an university hosted weblogging platform designed to provide individual or group webspace for the UBC community.  UBC Blogs runs on a [http://wordpress.org/ WordPress Multi-user] installation which allows the UBC community to quickly sign up for and customize their own web publishing space. By extension, each member of the community can create as many distinct spaces, such as websites or blogs, as they like and begin experimenting with this space for teaching and learning. UBC Blogs is open to any member of the UBC community and only requires a CWL to get started. The UBC Wiki is administered by the [http://ctlt.ubc.ca/ Center for Teaching, Learning and Technology].
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[[File:UBC_Blogs_Logo.png|right|frame|The UBC Blogs Mark II Logo]][http://blogs.ubc.ca UBC Blogs] is a university-hosted weblogging platform designed to provide free individual or group webspace for the [[University of British Columbia|UBC]] community.  UBC Blogs runs on a [http://wordpress.org/ WordPress Multi-user] installation which allows the [[University of British Columbia|UBC]] community to quickly sign up for and customize their own web publishing space. By extension, each member of the community can create as many distinct spaces, such as websites or [[Weblogs|blogs]], as they like and begin experimenting with this space for teaching and learning.  
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See the [[UBC Blogs FAQ]] page for more information about using UBC Blogs.
  
 
==UBC Blogs Mark II==
 
==UBC Blogs Mark II==
In August 2010, social networking features were added to the UBC Blogs platform through a [http://buddypress.org/ BuddyPress] installation. In addition to blogs and websites, the new platform allows users to create public or private groups and forums, as well as share profiles and activities.
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In August 2010, social networking features were added to the UBC Blogs platform through a [http://buddypress.org/ BuddyPress] installation. In addition to [[weblogs|blogs]] and websites, the new platform allows users to create public or private groups and forums, as well as share profiles and activities.
  
 
===New Features===
 
===New Features===
The UBC Blogs added the following features:
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UBC Blogs now has the following features:
*'''Groups''' - Public, private or hidden groups allow users to break the discussion down into specific topics
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*'''Groups''': Public, private or hidden groups allow users to break the discussion down into specific topics
*'''Forums''' - Full powered discussion forums built directly into groups allow for more conventional in-depth conversations.
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*'''Forums''': Discussion forums built directly into groups allow for more conventional in-depth conversations.
*'''Activity Streams''' - Global, personal and group activity streams with threaded commenting, direct posting, favoriting and profile mentions.
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*'''Activity Streams''': Global, personal and group activity streams with threaded commenting, direct posting, favoriting and profile mentions.
*'''Messaging''' - Internal messaging allows users to talk to each other directly, and in private. Not just limited to one on one discussions, users can send messages to multiple recipients.  
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*'''Messaging''': Internal messaging allows users to talk to each other directly, and in private. Not just limited to one on one discussions, users can send messages to multiple recipients.  
*'''Friends'''- Friend connections let users track the activity of others, or filter on only those users they care about the most.
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*'''Friends''': Friend connections let users track the activity of others, or filter on only those users they care about the most.
  
 
===Introduction and Tour Screencast===
 
===Introduction and Tour Screencast===
This video gives a brief tour of the UBC Blogs platform
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This video gives a brief tour of the UBC Blogs platform:
  
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==How Blogs are Used at UBC==
 
==How Blogs are Used at UBC==
Blogging allows readers and authors of blogs to interact, it can help fuel discussion and build community - especially useful in the context of higher education.
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[[weblogs|Blogging]] allows readers and authors of blogs to interact, it can help fuel discussion and build community, which is especially useful in the context of higher education.
  
 
Currently, the UBC Community is using blogs:
 
Currently, the UBC Community is using blogs:
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* as digital photo albums
 
* as digital photo albums
 
* as potential e-portfolio tools
 
* as potential e-portfolio tools
* as course web pages, encouraging discussion and collaboration
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* as [[Curriculum_Planning_Resources_for_Blogs_and_Wikis|course web pages]], encouraging discussion and collaboration
 
* as private management and communication tools for large campus groups, administrative teams, and communities of practice
 
* as private management and communication tools for large campus groups, administrative teams, and communities of practice
 
* to easily update online newsletters
 
* to easily update online newsletters
 
* to keep a collection of useful, searchable links
 
* to keep a collection of useful, searchable links
  
See the [http://blogs.ubc.ca/blogs/ UBC Blogs directory] for a list of all public blogs.  
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See the [http://blogs.ubc.ca/blogs/ UBC Blogs directory] for a list of all public blogs.
  
 
==See Also==
 
==See Also==
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*[http://blogs.ubc.ca UBC Blogs Homepage]
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*[[Documentation:UBC Blogs/FAQ|UBC Blogs FAQ]]
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*[http://blogs.ubc.ca/updates/ UBC Blogs Updates]
 
*[[Documentation:WordPress_Basics]]
 
*[[Documentation:WordPress_Basics]]
  
[[Category: UBC Blogs]][[Category:Blogs]]
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[[Category: UBC Blogs]][[Category:Blogs]][[Category: Social Media]]

Latest revision as of 10:00, 23 September 2014

The UBC Blogs Mark II Logo

UBC Blogs is a university-hosted weblogging platform designed to provide free individual or group webspace for the UBC community. UBC Blogs runs on a WordPress Multi-user installation which allows the UBC community to quickly sign up for and customize their own web publishing space. By extension, each member of the community can create as many distinct spaces, such as websites or blogs, as they like and begin experimenting with this space for teaching and learning.

See the UBC Blogs FAQ page for more information about using UBC Blogs.

UBC Blogs Mark II

In August 2010, social networking features were added to the UBC Blogs platform through a BuddyPress installation. In addition to blogs and websites, the new platform allows users to create public or private groups and forums, as well as share profiles and activities.

New Features

UBC Blogs now has the following features:

  • Groups: Public, private or hidden groups allow users to break the discussion down into specific topics
  • Forums: Discussion forums built directly into groups allow for more conventional in-depth conversations.
  • Activity Streams: Global, personal and group activity streams with threaded commenting, direct posting, favoriting and profile mentions.
  • Messaging: Internal messaging allows users to talk to each other directly, and in private. Not just limited to one on one discussions, users can send messages to multiple recipients.
  • Friends: Friend connections let users track the activity of others, or filter on only those users they care about the most.

Introduction and Tour Screencast

This video gives a brief tour of the UBC Blogs platform:

How Blogs are Used at UBC

Blogging allows readers and authors of blogs to interact, it can help fuel discussion and build community, which is especially useful in the context of higher education.

Currently, the UBC Community is using blogs:

  • as personal logs/journals to keep track of work/learning activities
  • as digital photo albums
  • as potential e-portfolio tools
  • as course web pages, encouraging discussion and collaboration
  • as private management and communication tools for large campus groups, administrative teams, and communities of practice
  • to easily update online newsletters
  • to keep a collection of useful, searchable links

See the UBC Blogs directory for a list of all public blogs.

See Also