Blogs, Discussions, Wikis, Journals: A Quick Reference

The Yes or No which appears in the row labeled Blackboard tool, indicates whether the tool is available for the specific benefit which appears in the respective column. Utilizing the tool is optional based on what you as the instructor are trying to accomplish.

Blackboard Tool Blogs Wikis Journals Discussions
Benefits
Who can use it? Users enrolled in the course except Guest role. Users enrolled in the course except Guest role. Users enrolled in the course except Guest role. Users enrolled in the course except Guest role.
Participants must create an entry in order to view other entries in this tool. No No No Yes, (Checkmark: Participants must create a thread in order to view other threads in this forum.)
Is there a way to see a summary of all participant’s posts/entries? Yes, via the blog Yes, via the Participation Summary page Yes, via the journal Yes, via the discussion
Can users post text, images, links, etc.? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Limitations
Do users have to be enrolled in a specific course to view the tool? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Can a tool be hidden by the instructor after users utilized it already (i.e. post entries or submissions)? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Is it customizable? (i.e. plugins) No Not Applicable Not Applicable Not Applicable
Grading
Can tool be setup to display needs grading status icon when it is graded? Yes, after an X number of entries. Yes, after X number of pages saved. Yes, after an X number of entries. Yes, after an X number of entries.
Can tool be setup to display needs grading status icon when it is not graded? No No No No
Where can grades be viewed by instructor? 1. Grade section on blog’s topic page
2. Grade Center
1. Click the My Contribution button
2. Grade Center
1. Grade section on journal’s topic page
2. Grade Center
Grade Center
What can be graded? Collective entries in each blog Collective entries in Wiki via My Contribution link Collective entries in each Journal Collective Threads in each Discussion Forum
Can individual posts/entries be graded? No No No No
Can rubrics be linked and used with this activity? Yes Yes Yes Yes
When the tool is set to be used as a graded activity, does it automatically create a column in the grade center? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Can a grade be entered into the grade center manually? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Can grade be exempt? Yes Yes Yes Yes
Can a grade be changed for an individual group member only? Yes Yes Yes Yes

 

Resources and References

What sets a wiki, blog, journal and discussion apart?

Useful Reference for Different tools – http://www.princeton.edu/bb/faq/tools

Official Blackboard Documentation of Different Tools: https://help.blackboard.com/en-us/Learn/9.1_SP_14/Student/090_Tools

  • Blogs – An open communication tool for students to share their thoughts with all users that have access to their course. Text, images, links and attachments, are posted and it is open for comments.
  • Wikis – A collaborative tool for students working together in creating and editing a Web document.
    • My Contribution page – In Blackboard wikis, this page allows you to view all of your entries for a specific wiki.
  • Journal – A self-reflective tool for students. Only the student and the instructor are able to comment on Journal Entries. However, journals can be made public by the Instructor to allow other enrolled users to view them.
  • Discussions – With this tool, students can engage in discussions that would normally take place in the traditional classroom. Because (by default) there is no time limit and the discussion is in a message board format, students have more time to craft their messages before posting.