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Is this an opportunity to integrate another site into Isaak/Sakai?

The Sakai blog is useful and private for each course. Sometimes a more sophisticated and public blog is needed. You may want to consider using free blogging services like or might offer a better option.

The Sakai News tool can be used to integrate the RSS feed that almost all blogging sites produce.

Options like the Resources tool and the Web Content tool's ability to add links and RSS integration of the News tool offer opportunity to integrate sites from the broader web into Brock University courses.

More information can be found in category Integrate other sites.

The Blog is a tool that allows the creation of journals that are available on the web. While giving slightly more of a blog feel than other options the experience at Brock University has been that the blogger tool can be awkward to use for journaling. For more information about journaling in Sakai/Isaak please see the Journaling article.

The way of using the Blog depends of each user, but normally the Blog is used to contain updated information that the user wants to make available to other users in their course or work group.

The information will be published in chronological order. With the Blog you can store links to other web pages, files and pictures; it also provides a search mechanism which makes it easy to track and find any information published in your blog site.

The Blog can be a team-oriented tool. If all team members have an ownership role, the information in the blog can be revised, modified and appended to by any member of your team. All your team members can also add comments to a blog entry.


Important Considerations

  • Access settings for blog postings
    Access settings for blog postings
    Individuals can create their own posts, and by default only that individual can read them. If the creator of the posting changes the "Access" level of their post from PRIVATE to SITE then all participants can read postings. The poster can also choose to allow comments.

Adding a blog entry

To add an entry to your blog, click the ‘add blog entry’ button in the actions bar.

You will then see the ‘add a new blog entry’ screen.

Type your entry in the text box, using the icons to format it. You can include a picture by clicking the ‘Insert / Edit Image’ icon (the picture will need to be already uploaded to the site). You may wish to save your work as you go along by clicking the ‘save work so far’ button. Give your entry a title, in the ‘title’ field.

Now choose who can see the entry. If you choose ‘publicly viewable’, anyone can see your blog entry, if they have the web address (URL) for it. However, it is not easy for people to find out a web address unless you tell them what it is!

To publish the entry, click the ‘publish entry’ button.

Add Entries to an Existing Blog Page

  1. Open your blog posting by clicking the title on the Blogger home page
  2. Click the Edit button at the bottom of the page
  3. Add any text, images, etc. in the editor window
  4. Click the Add to Document button—the entry will be added to the Current Structure section at the bottom of the page
  5. Click the Save button

Edit, Reorder, or Delete a Blog Entry

To edit an existing blog entry

  1. Open the blog posting and click the Edit button at the bottom of the page
  2. On the Post Editor page under Current Structure, select the entry to be modified by clicking the Edit button to the right of the item listed in the Commands column.
  3. Make your changes in the editor window, then click the Modify in Document button
  4. Click the Save button

To Reorder blog entries

  1. Open the blog page and click the Edit button at the bottom of the page
  2. On the Post Editor page under Current Structure, click the up or down arrow in the Commands column to move an entry up or down in the list
  3. Click the Save button.

To Delete a blog entry

  1. Open the blog page and click the Edit button at the bottom of the page
  2. On the Post Editor page under Current Structure, click the Delete button in the Commands column. If you don’t wish to delete the item, click the Cancel button right away; a pop up message will appear:
“You have modified the document, but you have not saved the changes. Press OK to return to the editor. Press Cancel to ignore this message.”  

Click Cancel - this will return you to the blog home page and the entry will be reinstated.

Search a Blog

On the Blogger tool home page:

  1. Click the Show All link to open the search page
  2. Type your search terms in the Search box and click the Search button; you can filter the search by Access type
  3. All blog pages containing your search terms will appear under the Title heading as links; click a link to take you directly to the blog page

Add Comments

If there is no Add Comment button at the bottom of a blog page that means the instructor has not allowed comments for the blog.

  1. Click the Add Comment button at the bottom of the blog page
  2. Type your comments in the editor box which appears
  3. Click the Save button when done.

Note: Once a comment is added to a blog page it cannot be removed.

Additional Information

Other articles about Isaak/Sakai's tools and how instructors can use them:

Core Tools:   Image:Flag blue.png Announcements | Image:Page edit.png Assignments | Image:Lessons-icon.png Lessons | Image:Comments.png Forums | Image:Report.png Gradebook | Image:Folder.png Resources | Image:Calendar.png Schedule | Image:Pencil.png Tests and Quizzes

More Tools:   Image:User comment.png Chat Room | Image:Folder page.png Drop Box | Image:House.png Home | Image:Comment.png Messages | Image:Chart bar.png Statistics | Image:Page world.png Web Content

Related articles:   How to add tools to your course | Using the Text Editor | Manage Groups | Permissions and roles | Contact the CPI for help

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