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In this course, author Chris Mattia explores Moodle's rich learning environment and helps students successfully navigate a typical Moodle course. Serving as a reference guide, the course provides instruction on key Moodle functions, such as posting materials to student's blog, participating in live chats with other students, completing assignments online, accessing grades and instructor feedback, and more.
From the main page of your campus's Moodle site you'll oftentimes have a navigation block that will have links to a lot of other pages that you have access to. These may be under a heading called Site pages and one of the items underneath of Site pages that you'll oftentimes find is Blogs. So if you click on the link for Blogs you have a personal blog that you can maintain on your campus Moodle server. Now this blog is not a blog that is available generally to the outside world. It's only available to the other members of your campus community. So other students, faculty, and staff would be able to see the blog and read your entries, but not necessarily everybody in the world.
To create a new entry, all you need to do is start off by clicking on the Add a new entry link, which is generally right here at the top. Then you go ahead and add an entry title. So I'll just put a Welcome to my blog entry title. For the blog entry, I'll just put in Hello Campus! Welcome to my blog. Now this field that you're typing into here is a full HTML or Hypertext Markup Language page. So you can apply formatting if you'd like.
So we can go ahead and select Hello Campus! And Bold that and apply other setting changes if you would like. Now if I scroll down a little bit, I can go ahead and I can see that I can attach a document if I wanted to. I could simply hit the Add Attachment and then go find some image or video file or something that I wanted to be able add into this particular blog posting. But I'll go ahead and leave nothing attached right now since this is just a welcome message. The next option you have here is Publish to and this drop-down menu allows you to choose to have this just published to yourself in the draft format or you can share your blog entry with the entire campus by hitting the Anyone on this site.
If you go ahead and scroll down a little bit further, then you can begin tagging your blog entry that you've got. Now there may be some particular events going on campus that you want to tag your blog entry so that you can have your blog entry tagged with everyone else's. In this case, we'll just go ahead and put a welcome tag and just type in Welcome, because many other students when they go ahead and type in their first blog entry, they'll also create a welcome blog entry as well. We'll go ahead and hit Save changes and you'll see now that your blog has been updated and there is your message right there.
Other students who come onto your blog will be able to go in and go to the Comments section and add some comments and they can just type in a comment here and hit Save comment. You have the ability to go in and re- edit this blog entry or delete it or set it up as a permalink. So maybe you want to have an introduction to yourself blog entry and then you can permalink or pin that right here to the top of your blog. Let's go ahead and return back to the main page of our site. I'll go ahead and click on the Home link and that'll take me back out to there.
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