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Using Blogs and Wikis in Moodle

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Why a Wiki?

A wiki is a collection of collaboratively authored web documents. Basically, a wiki page is a web page everyone in your class can create together, right in the browser, without needing to know HTML. A wiki starts with one front page. Each author can add other pages to the wiki by simply creating a link to a page that doesn't exist yet.​

About Blogs

The word 'blog' is a contraction of 'web log'. Blogs are a form of online journal used by millions of people around the world for self-expression and communicating with family and friends. Blogs are usually organized as a chronological series of postings created by the author of the blog. Blogs usually are written by one person, although some blogs can be authored by groups of people.

Blogs in Moodle are user based - each user has their own blog. Users can opt to register their external blogs, such as Blogger or Wordpress, so that entries are automatically included in their Moodle blog. If you want students to respond to your questions, topics, or posted articles, consider using the News Forum that appears in the header block of your Moodle course. Blogs are best used to enable peer-to-peer interaction and collaboration.​

Get Started

What are these tools? What are their benefits? The Quick-start Guides gives you an overview of the tools and functionality available and gets you started in a few easy steps.

Wikis in Moodle

​Basic Blogging in Moodle

Note: Instructors, if you want to create a blog for your course use the CampusPack Blog Activity.

  • Basic Moodle Blogs: Quick Start Guide Each Moodle user has their own blog.This PDF guide helps you get familiar with Moodle blogs--this tool is already built-in to Moodle 2.3. and gives you options for using external blogs, like Wordpress or Blogger.
  • CampusPack Blogs: Quick Start Guide: This PDF guide introduces you to our recommended blogging tool. CampusPack allows you to create a single course blog or multiple blogs for your students. You can also view all student submissions in a single location, easily assess how often your students use the blog to interact, and present a custom look specific to your course.
  • Moodle 2 Blogs: Video Tutorials 1 - 3 introduces you to all blogging options available within Moodle. You'll get an overview of  the tools and help you get started using blogs for your courses.

Note: if you want to work with external blogs--like Wordpress, Blogger, or Tumblr--please refer to their About pages and FAQs for additional support.

Other Resources

If you need help with Moodle, please contact the Faculty Technology Center at ext. 5305 or ftc@loyola.edu