ITS hosts a wealth of information and FAQs on using the Warwick Blog system - Blogbuilder. This section is a summary of the key points to get you started as a tutor and to support your learners during induction. It is often useful to get students to have a few gos, to build their confidence with this technology.
How to create a Warwick blog
Before you can manage the blogs of your learners, you need to have your own blog account. Click here to go to the ITS instructions on how to register for a blog. A short tutorial about Warwick blogs is available here. Your learners will need to create a blog during their induction.
How to create a closed blog entry
Go to your blog page, Create entry and select the Private entry option. You can now give your blog a title, a tag, enter text and attach any relevant files or media. This blog entry is only visible to you. It's a good idea to get students to practice this a couple of times during course induction.
How to create a blog entry visible to specific people or groups
Go to your blog page, select Admin - Edit your groups.
Tutors and students can add a few specific friends to view or contribute to their blog by searching for their name under 'friends' and adding them.
Tutors and students can create specific groups e.g. a study and a project group by adding relevant names to the Create new group called and adding group members.
All students during induction should create a tutor_me group, and add your name and the moderator's name only to this. This should be selected as a minimum for every course related blog entry.
A 'Blog' is short for 'Weblog' and is a kind of online journal for individuals and/or groups. Blogs can be public or private - or open to only a few individuals. Warwick blogs allow learners to use the blog in a number of ways:
To create a journal or diary e.g. after every taught session, or after a specific 'trigger'
To create reflective entries on personal practice
To upload files and attachments e.g. videos of teaching practice; written work - for peer review or peer assessment
To reflect on specific course activities for tutor feedback
To collaborate for group activity or project