OIT Academic Services will set up a WordPress blog for a course at the request of the instructor. However, the self-service interactive tools built into Blackboard 9.x might be, in some cases, a more desirable option for course blogs.
The Blackboard learning management system provides tools for creating journals or blogs. Journals, according to Blackboard, are “personal writing spaces for self-reflection or personal communication with the instructor.” A blog is a “commentary available for class review and comment.” Each has different options for individual and group authorship and also options for sharing posts with the entire class or just the instructor.
The first key difference between the platforms is privacy. Access to Blackboard blog content is restricted to instructors and students enrolled in a course. Blackboard, Inc., considers that opening student course work to the outside world might violate privacy laws, and they choose to make Blackboard a closed system. While it is possible to restrict access for WordPress blog content to a members-only group, the WordPress platform is geared toward publishing content for a wider audience.
The second key difference is that Blackboard blogs and journals are subsections of the Blackboard course site. They have direct Grade Center integration, and they leverage the Registrar’s enrollment data for access control. WordPress blogs have no direct integration with Blackboard or enrollment data. An instructor could just create a clickable link to an external WordPress site within a Blackboard course site; however, each enrolled student must manually be added as an author of the WordPress site.
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