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City Blogs student guide

This guide explains how to use City Blogs

Overview

City Blogs is a service for staff and students to blog about learning, teaching and research activities at City. It runs on the CampusPress network which specialises in WordPress blogs for educational institutions.

A blog is a website where the content typically displays in reverse chronological order - i.e. newest entry on top. Most blogs encourage interactivity by enabling readers to leave comments and engage in a conversation with the author. Different themes will provide blogs with a different look and feel, but they tend to have a similar layout.

You can use blogs in a number of ways. You can request a blog to chart your own development or you might be required to use blogs to support your development or to contribute to a project as part of a module that you are studying.

Login to City Blogs (City username and password required). From My Sites select the blog you want to work on.

Your module leader will decide what type of role you should have on class blogs. Your role on the blog will either restrict or provide access to different elements of the blog. Your module leader will provide you with information about how you are to interact with these blogs. There are three main types of blogs, detailed below.

There is a wealth of guidance from the CampusPress/Edublogs help and support pages.

Personal/Reflective blogs

These blogs are shared with tutors or lecturers. The blogs will be kept for two academic years. After this time, student blogs will be archived. Students are administrators and can post to the blog, edit posts, change the theme of the blog, comment on posts and reply to comments made on the blog

Class blogs

These blogs are managed by module leader where students read posts and engage in discussion. Students are subscribers and can view posts, make comments and reply to comments previously made.

Collaborative blogs

On these blogs, a group of students has equal rights to post to and comment on a blog as authors. Students can post to the blog, edit only their own posts, comment on other students' posts and reply to comments.