Journals, Blogs and Wikis

Journals, Blogs and Wikis are tools within the LMS that allow students to create online content that can be shared with other students within the subject.

Before selecting a tool to use, it is recommended to review the purpose of the task and intended learning outcomes. Are the students undertaking a reflective writing task, working collaboratively on a project, or accessing/contributing to an information resource? Will contributions be graded? Should students see only their own work (at least initially), or should students share their contributions with each other?

Some of the most common learning scenarios are outlined below, with a suggestion of which tool may be most appropriate.

Decision tree for choosing which tool to use

Overview

A brief overview of each of the Journals, Blogs, and Wikis tools appears below.

Journals

Journals are spaces that can be used for reflective writing - either for individual students, or for groups of students to share their writing with each other. Journals can be created on any Content Page (recommended) or in the Subject Menu (not recommended). The default settings when creating subject-level journals is ‘private’ so students are only allowed to view their own entries. This setting can be modified to permit all subject users to view all Journal entries, for example students may be granted permission to view each other's work after assessment is complete. Group journals are created via the Groups tool. A group Journal can either be created at the time that the group is created, or an existing group can be edited to add the Journal tool later when required.

There are four types of journals: subject-level (private), subject-level (public), and group (private) or group (public).

Subject-Level (Private): A student writes posts that are only visible to the individual student and teaching staff. This can be changed to public at a later time if required so that students may view each other's posts.

Subject-Level (Public): Students write posts that are visible to other students within the subject. Students cannot comment on others' posts. All posts are visible to teaching staff.

Group (Private) or Group (Public): When a Journal is created for a group, the students in that group can view and comment on their own and others' posts within the group. The default settings when creating group Journals is ‘public group’ where students can view all posts within the group. A ‘private’ group journal where students can only see their own posts can also be created by changing the default settings, as further outlined below in Making a Group Journal Private.

An example of a subject-level journal link is shown below.

Journal icon

When the Journal link is opened, the Journal displays the user's own posts by default. The example below is a subject-level (public) Journal that allows students to view each other’s entries. The user can see their own post immediately, but can select another student's post to view using the name area on the right of the screen.

Journal showing posts

Blogs

Similarly to Journals, Blogs can also be used as a reflective writing space, (as well as for other purposes), however students are always able to see and comment on all other students’ posts when using Blogs. There are no private or public settings for Blogs. Blogs can be created on any Content Page (recommended) or in the Subject Menu (not recommended).

There are three types of blogs: subject-level, individual, and group. The main difference between Blogs and Journals is how the posts are displayed.

Individual: Only the posts of the person accessing the Blog tool are initially displayed. (This is the default setting when creating a Blog). Settings may be changed to show contributions by other users.

Subject-level: All student posts are displayed on a single page, but may be changed to show only contributions by a particular individual.

Group: All group member's posts are displayed on a single page, but may be filtered to show only contributions by a particular individual. Note that group blogs are visible by anyone in the subject, including by those not a member of the group. All subject members are able to view group Blogs and comment on posts. This means that for sensitive information, or if the intention is for posts to be somewhat private, the Blog tool is not the appropriate choice.

An example of an individual blog link is shown below.

Blog icon

When the Blog link is opened, a display of the most recent posts appears. Other student's entries can be viewed using the student name area (on the top right of the blog screen), or selecting from the index.

Blog showing post

Wikis

Wikis can be used as a shared authoring space. They are commonly used to manage group project work. Wikis can be created on any Content Page (recommended) or in the Subject Menu (not recommended).

There are two types of wikis: subject and group. Subject-level wikis may be made available to students for editing or viewing only. Similarly the ability for students to add comments may be turned on or off as needed.

Subject-level: By default, the Wiki tool is available to everyone is a subject. The viewing and editing permissions of students can be modified in the settings.

Group: All group members may view and edit the Wiki. Note that the default setting when creating a group Wiki is that anyone in the subject can view the Wiki, even if they are not a member of the group. Staff can choose to edit these settings (see page 9).

An example of a subject-level Wiki link is shown below.

Wiki icon

When the Wiki link is opened, the home page is displayed by default, but other pages may be opened by selecting from the page list on the right of screen.

Wiki showing posts

Creating Journals, Blogs and Wikis

The following three sections describe creating subject-level Journals, Blogs and Wikis tools. These tools can be added to any Content Page. Multiple instances of each tool may be created as required. If you wish to create group level tools refer to section below on Groups.

Subject-level private / subject-level public Journal

  1. Navigate to the content page where you would like the journal to appear.
  2. Ensure Edit Mode is ON.
  3. Select Tools >> Journals.
  4. Click Create New Journal.
  5. Enter a Name for the journal and Instructions (if desired).
    Note: The instructions should be kept very short as they appear at the top of the tool whenever the tool is open. These can be hidden by individuals, but a better option may be to create an item on the same page as the tool, to contain the instruction text.
  6. Under Journal Availability choose if the journal should be available to students.
  7. If the journal is to be available you can choose to Limit Availability, choosing the dates/times that the journal will be visible.
  8. Journal Settings lets you choose the indexing (display of post as weekly or monthly), plus whether students will be able to edit and delete their own posts, and delete their own comments.
    There is also an option to Permit Subject Users to View Journal that sets whether the journal is public or private. This option is not selected by default, so the journal is private and students only view their own journal entries. Turn this option on if you want to allow students to see all participants and view all posts in the journal.
  9. Grade Settings let you choose to grade this journal. If you choose to grade you will be asked to select Points Possible and the number of posts required before a ‘Needs Grading’ icon appears for that student in the grade centre. A Grade Centre column will be created and by default the column will be displayed to students. You may wish to go the Grade Centre and hide this column from students until you are ready for them to see any grades.
    A due date may be added and this will appear in the subject calendar.
    A rubric may be attached if desired.
  10. Submit.
  11. In Link to a Journal the new journal you have created should be highlighted.
  12. Next.
  13. Add Name, Text and select Options (available, track views and date restrictions) as desired.
  14. Submit.

Edit Journal settings

If at a later date you wish to edit the Journal settings, you will notice that the usual method of editing (click down arrow next to journal name >> Edit) has limited options as it edits the link information only. To edit the Journal settings: open the Journal first, then click the down pointing arrow next the journal name  and choose Edit.

Edit Journal settings

Subject-level or individual Blog

  1. Navigate to the content page where you would like the Blog to appear.
  2. Ensure Edit Mode is ON.
  3. Select Tools >> Blogs.
  4. Click Create New Blog.
  5. Enter a Name for the blog and Instructions (if desired). The instructions should be kept very short as they appear at the top of the tool whenever it is open. Instructions can be hidden by individuals, but a better option may be to create an Item on the same page as the tool which can contain the full instruction text.
  6. Under Blog Availability choose if the Blog should be available to students.
  7. If the Blog is to be available to students, you can choose to Limit Availability, choosing the dates/times that it will be visible.
  8. Blog Participation is the setting to decide if it will be a subject-level blog or individual blog. This settings allows you to choose how the Blog entries are to be displayed.

    Individual Blog (default): Select Individual to All Students to give each student their own Blog space for creating entries. Viewing your own posts is every person’s default view of the blog. Switch to view content created by any another person by selecting their name from the list on the right. Comments may be made on all posts.

    Subject-level: Select Subject to create a single Blog space where all participants create entries, read posts and write comments. The most recent entry appears at the top of the screen. You can filter to see entries by a particular author.

    Allow Anonymous Comments allows people to hide their identity when they write a comment.
  9. Blog Settings allows you to choose the indexing (display of post as weekly or monthly), plus whether students will be able to edit and delete their own posts as well as delete their own comments.
  10. Grade Settings allows you to choose to grade the Blog. If you choose to grade, you will be asked to select Points Possible and the number of posts required to show a Needs Grading icon for that student in the Grade Centre.
    Note: A Grade Centre column will be created automatically when grading is selected. By default, this column will be displayed to students. You may wish to go to the Grade Centre and hide this column from students until you are ready for students to see any grades entered. A due date may be added and this will appear in the subject Calendar.
    A rubric may be attached if desired.
  11. Submit.
  12. In Link to a Blog the new blog you have created should be highlighted.
  13. Click Next.
  14. Add Name, Text and select Options (available, track views and date restrictions) as desired.
  15. Submit.

Edit Blog settings

If at a later date you wish to edit your Blog settings, you will notice that the usual method of editing (click down arrow next to Blog name >> Edit) has limited options as it edits the link only. To edit the blog settings: open the blog first, then click the down pointing arrow next the blog name and choose Edit.

Edit Blog settings

Subject-level Wiki

  1. Navigate to the content page where you would like the wiki to appear.
  2. Ensure Edit Mode is ON.
  3. Select Tools >> Wikis.
  4. Click Create New Wiki.
  5. Enter a Name for the wiki and Instructions (if desired).
    Note: The instructions should be kept very short as they appear at the top of the tool whenever the tool is open. These can be hidden by individuals, but a better option may be to create an item on the same page as the tool, to contain the instruction text.
  6. Under Wiki Date and Time Restrictions choose if the wiki should be available to students.
  7. If the wiki is to be available you can choose to Limit Availability, choosing the dates/times that the wiki will be visible.
  8. Wiki Participation lets you choose who can author content:
    Student Access >> Open to Editing will allow students to create and edit wiki pages.
    Closed to Editing will allow them to read wiki content, but not edit pages.
    Student Comment Access (open / closed) will control whether students are allowed to write comments.
  9. Wiki Settings let you choose to grade this wiki. If you choose to grade you will be asked to select Points Possible and the number of posts required to show a Needs Grading icon for that student in the grade centre.
    Notes: A grade centre column will be created. By default the column will be displayed to students. You may wish to go the Grade Centre and hide this column from students.
    A due date may be added and this will appear in the subject calendar.
    A rubric may be attached if desired.
  10. Submit.
  11. In Link to a Wiki the new wiki you have created should be highlighted.
  12. Next.
  13. Add Name, Text and select Options (available, track views and date restrictions) as desired.
  14. Submit.

Edit wiki settings

Unlike journals and blogs, if at a later date you wish to edit your Wiki settings you can do so by clicking the down arrow next to Wiki name (you do not need to open the Wiki first), then select Edit Properties.

Edit Wiki settings

Journal / Blog Content

Create a Journal / Blog entry

The process of creating and editing Journal and Blog entries is very similar, therefore the following instructions apply to both.

  1. Click the name of your Journal or Blog to open it. The most recent posts (if present) will be visible. Older posts are available from the list on the right of screen.
  2. Click Create Journal Entry / Create Blog Entry. The image below shows a Journal entry, and is almost identical to the page shown for a Blog entry.
  3. Create a Journal entry
  4. Enter a Title.
  5. Enter your message in the area provided and format the text as desired. Note that the image above shows three rows of formatting tools in the message area. If you see only a single row of message formatting tools, click the double down pointing arrow (top right) of the message area to display additional tools.
  6. Post Entry as Anonymous may be an option (for Blogs only). Selecting this check box will mean that your post does not show your name attached.
  7. Attach File allows you to upload a file you have stored on your local computer or in the content collection.
  8. Click Save Entry as Draft >> OK if you want to come back and complete this entry at a later time.
    Click Post Entry to immediately make the entry available.

Edit a Journal / Blog entry

Students have the ability to edit their own entries if this has been allowed in the settings. To edit a Journal / Blog entry:

  1. Open the Journal / Blog.
  2. View the entry to be edited. If it is a recent entry it may appear in the main pane area. If it is an older entry you can locate it in the index area (to the right of the Blog) and click the title to view it in the main pane area.
  3. Put your cursor on the down pointing arrow next to the entry name.
  4. Choose Edit.
  5. Change the entry as desired.
  6. Click Post Entry to save. Note that Posted by and Last Edited dates will both be displayed on the entry.

Edit a draft entry

  1. Open the Journal / Blog.
  2. Click View Drafts (top right) to see a list of draft blogs.
  3. Put your cursor on the title of the entry you wish to edit. A down pointing arrow will appear.
  4. Click Open.
  5. Edit the entry as desired.
  6. Click Save Entry as Draft >> OK if you want to come back and complete this entry at a later time.
  7. Click Post Entry.

Comment on an entry

Any entry that you are viewing will give the option to add a comment (bottom right corner of the entry). If settings are set to allow it in Blog posts, students may be able to ‘Comment on Entry as Anonymous’. Note that for a public Journal, students can only comment on their own posts.

  1. Open the Journal / Blog.
  2. View the entry you want to comment on.
  3. Add a Comment.
  4. Enter your text.
  5. Add.

Comments are text-only. No images, links and formatting are available in the comments field.

Delete an entry

Students have the ability to delete their own entries if this has been allowed in the settings. Teaching staff are able to delete any Journal / Blog entry using the process outlined below. It is recommended that teaching staff communicate with a participant prior to deleting their post.

  1. Open the Journal / Blog.
  2. View the entry to be deleted.
  3. If it is a recent entry it may appear in the main pane area.
  4. If it is an older entry you can locate it in the index area (to the right of the blog) and click the title to view it in the main pane area.
  5. Put your cursor on the down pointing arrow next to the entry name.
  6. Click and select Delete.
  7. You will be asked to confirm the deletion by clicking OK.

Wiki Content

Create a Wiki page

  1. Open the Wiki where you want to create the new page.
  2. From the top left of screen select Create Wiki Page. If there are no other pages in the Wiki, this step is not required as you will be automatically prompted to create a page when you open the Wiki.
  3. Create a Wiki page

  4. Enter a name for the page and create content as desired. The image above shows three rows of formatting tools in the content area. If you see only a single row of message formatting tools, display additional tools by clicking the down pointing arrow (top right) of the message area.
  5. Click Submit when finished. Note that the first page created in a Wiki is the home page and will appear at the top of the list of pages. All other pages within the Wiki are ordered alphabetically. Add numbers to the front of Wiki pages if you want to force pages to be displayed in the number order you give. There is no other way to change the order of Wiki pages.
Wiki page

Edit a Wiki page

Students have the ability to edit Wiki pages if this has been allowed in the settings. Staff can always edit a wiki.

  1. Open the Wiki that contains the page you want to edit.
  2. All pages will be listed on the right of screen, each page with a down pointing arrow.
  3. Click the down pointing arrow next to the page you want and click Edit.
  4. Alternatively, if the page you want to edit is the current page, click the Edit Wiki Content button (top right of the page).
  5. Edit the content as desired. Note that changing the name of the page may change its position in the list of pages.
  6. Click Submit when finished.

Comment on a Wiki page

When the Wiki setting ‘open for commenting’ is selected, students will be able to comment on Wiki pages. Staff can always comment.

View the history of a Wiki page

Each time a Wiki page is submitted it receives a new version number. This history may be viewed by both teaching staff and participants.

  1. Open the Wiki.
  2. All pages will be listed on the right of screen, each page with a down pointing arrow.
  3. Click the down pointing arrow next to the page where you want to view the history and click History.
  4. A table listing each of the versions of this page will be displayed.
  5. Participants and teaching staff may view a version by clicking the name of the version.
  6. Participants and teaching staff may compare two versions by clicking the check box to the left of the version names and clicking Compare Versions. Differences are highlighted.
  7. Teaching staff may remove all record of a particular version by clicking the down pointing arrow next to the version's name and clicking Delete (not recommended).
  8. If you delete, you will be asked to confirm this action by clicking OK.
  9. Click OK (bottom right) to exit page history.

Note that when grading, information about the versions is also available so that it is clear which version(s) each participant was responsible for creating.

Delete a Wiki page

Only teaching staff may delete a Wiki page and this action cannot be undone. Participants are not able to delete a page, but they are able to edit a page and thereby remove all content. Previous versions on the Wiki page can be reviewed via History.

  1. Open the Wiki.
  2. All pages will be listed on the right of screen, each page with a down pointing arrow.
  3. Click the down pointing arrow next to the page you want to remove and click Delete.
  4. You will be asked to confirm the deletion by clicking OK. Note that the home page for a Wiki can never be deleted.

Group Journals, Blogs and Wiki

Page showing a list of all Journals, Blogs or Wikis

Staff are able to see a list of all Journals, Blogs and Wikis within the subject via Control Panel >> Subject Tools >> Journals / Blogs / Wikis. This page may be useful for administrative reasons. This list will display subject-level and group versions of the tools. If staff wish, they may also make this list available to students by adding a Tool Link to the Subject Menu (not recommended). This page may be useful to students as it allows easy access to view other groups’ Journals, Blogs and Wikis.

  1. Ensure Edit Mode is ON.
  2. From the plus sign (+) at the top of the subject menu select Tool Link.
  3. Enter the desired Name.
  4. From Type select Blogs, Journals or Wikis.
  5. Click the check box to make the list Available to Users.
  6. Submit.

Creating groups

Basic information on creating groups appears here using the example of ‘Single Group (Manual Enrolment)’. All groups have the option to include a Journal, Blog and/or Wiki (maximum of one each tool per group). For detailed information on creating and managing multiple groups, including self-enrol groups, see the Groups guide.

Create a single group (manual enrolment)

  1. Ensure Edit Mode is ON.
  2. Select Control Panel >> Users and Groups >> Groups.
  3. Create >> Single Group >> Manual Enrol.
  4. Enter a Name and Description (optional).
  5. By default the Group is visible to students: Yes. Students will be able to access the group page if they are a member of the group. Groups must be ‘available’ to allow students to submit to group assignments or view group tools. The instructions below assume you have selected Yes.
    If you select No, students will not be able to see the group pages, or sign up (if it is a self-enrol group) or engage in any tools selected for the group.
  6. Select the tools (including journal, blog and/or wiki) that will be available to the students within their group space.
    Note: To avoid confusion, do not add a tool unless you know you want your students to use it.
  7. Select if the tool is to be graded or not, and if it is to be graded: points possible, number of entries before tool is to be marked as ‘needs grading’ and rubric as desired.
  8. Select if students will be able to personalise the group space modules.
  9. At Group Options click the check box if you would like a Grade Centre Smart View to be created for this group. A smart view is a subset view of students and / or columns in the grade centre.
  10. Add Users to select group members. Click the check box to the left of the required group members name then click Submit.
  11. Submit.

Edit a group to add a Journal, Blog, or Wiki

Groups may be edited to give access to a Journal, Blog or Wiki for reflection or development of an idea on their group pages.

  1. Ensure Edit Mode is ON.
  2. Select Control Panel >> Users and Groups >> Groups.
  3. Click the down arrow next to the name of the group.
  4. Edit Group.
  5. Choose options at Tool Availability, adding a Journal, Blog or Wiki and grading options as required.
  6. Submit.

To edit the properties of the Journal, Blog or Wiki that you have added to the group, use the following steps:

  1. Ensure Edit Mode is ON.
  2. Select Control Panel >> Subject Tools >> Journals/Blogs/Wikis.
  3. From the name of the group journal / blog / wiki click the down pointing arrow >> Edit.
  4. Make changes as required >> Submit.

Edit group Journal, Blog or Wiki settings

Making a Group Journal private

The default setting for group Journals is ‘Permit Members to View Journal’ which means the group journal can be viewed by others in the subject who are not in that group. To ensure that only group members can view their group journal, edit the properties of the journal.

  1. Ensure edit mode in ON.
  2. Select Control Panel >> Subject Tools >> Journals.
  3. From the name of the group journal click the down pointing arrow and choose Edit,
  4. Under Journal Settings untick Permit Users to View Journal.

Making a Group Wiki private

The default setting for a group Wiki is that they can be viewed by all subject members. This means the group Wiki can be viewed by others in the subject who are not in that group. To ensure that only group members can view their Wiki you need to edit the properties of the Wiki.

  1. Ensure edit mode is ON
  2. Select Control Panel>>Subject Tools>>Wikis.
  3. From the name of the group wiki click the down pointing arrow >> Edit
  4. Under Wiki Participation >> Viewers click Group Members-Only.

The following settings for the group tools are also selected by default, but are not recommended:

Group blogs ‘Allow Anonymous Entries and Comments’ is selected. It is recommended to deselect this setting.
Group Journals and Blogs: Students may edit and delete their own entries and comments. It is recommended to deselect this setting.

Group tools – what group members see

When a person is a member of a group they will see My Groups listed under their Subject Menu (left of screen).

Groups section in Subject Menu

Click the right pointing arrow to display group properties, tools and assignments within the page (left of screen).

Group properties, tools and assignments

If a Journal, Blog or Wiki is made available to a group, it will appear in the groups area. Students click on the groups page to access their group tool. If a Journals, Blogs and Wikis list page has been added to the Subject Menu, students can access the group tool from this list page. The tool list page allows for students to easily access their own and other groups' versions of the tool.

When using a group version of a Journal, Blog or Wiki, the settings are the same as a subject-level version of the tool where only the group members can create new entries / edit a Wiki page.

Group Blog
Group Journal
Group Wiki

Grading

Grade a Journal / Blog

The option to grade a participant on their Journal / Blog activity is available via Grade Centre >> Needs Grading >> click a student name.

Participant activity may also be graded when all entries by a participant are being viewed inside the blog (steps shown below).

  1. Open the Journal / Blog.
  2. Above the Index will either be your name or ‘All Subject Members’.
  3. Click your name / All Subject Members and a list of all participants will be displayed in a drop down list.
  4. Participants who need to be marked will have an exclamation mark after their name. Note that you are still able to mark participants who are ‘in progress’ or who have not yet contributed. The exclamation mark simply means they have reached the nominated required number of posts.
  5. Click a participant's name from the list to mark them.
  6. Current Journal / Blog activity by this participant will be displayed in the main pane.
  7. The index (now below a grading screen that has appeared) will allow access to earlier activity by this participant.
  8. In the grading pane that has appeared above the index, enter a grade and feedback for the participant. If a rubric has been attached, this may now be used.
  9. Click Submit.
  10. A success message will appear. You can now select another participant to grade if desired.
Grading panel for Journal/Blog

Grade a Wiki

Participants are able to see their own level of activity in a Wiki via the My Contribution option (top right). Teaching staff are able to grade a participant on their Wiki activity via Grade Centre >> Needs Grading >> click a student name.

Participant activity may also be graded when viewing the activity of individuals in a Wiki (steps shown below).

  1. Open the Wiki.
  2. Click Participation and Grading (top right).
  3. All participants who have contributed to this wiki will be displayed with a brief summary of their activity.
  4. Click a participant's name in the summary table to open up details and grade them.
  5. Alternatively, from the All drop down menu at the top of the right pane, select the participant to be graded.
  6. Participants yet to be marked will have an exclamation mark after their name in this menu. Click on their name.
  7. Each page that this participant has edited will be listed with details (version they edited, date and number of words).

Note: This page can quickly get busy as every version of any page they edit will appear as a separate item in the table.

  1. Click a page version name to view the page in a separate window.
  2. Click the User's Modifications link to compare their edited version of a page with the previous/subsequent versions of that page.
  3. In the grading pane that has appeared on the right, enter a grade and feedback for the participant. If a rubric has been attached, this can now be used.
  4. Grading panel for Wiki

  5. Click Submit.
  6. A success message will appear. You can now select another participant to grade if desired, using the name drop down menu on the top right of the Wiki page or click on OK to return to participation summary page.

    Note: in some instances, particularly in large subjects, it is helpful to set up Smart Views for group tools. Details on how to set up group Smart Views for the Grade Centre are available in the Groups Guide and the Smart Views Guide

    Grade a group Journal, Blog or Wiki

    Grading a group version of the tool is very similar to grading for individuals. The main difference is that you see multiple people within the grading pane. You can enter a grade into the top field, type feedback, and apply rubric selections (if a rubric was used). The same grade and feedback goes to all members of the group.

    Grading for groups

Grade an individual within the group

Click the grading pencil next to an individual in the list to give them a different grade to other members of the group. This allows the grade to be changed for that individual. That individual will be able to view their grade but not the group text feedback or group rubric feedback.

Alternatively, at the top of the pane you are able to change from viewing All Group Members to an individual. Changing the view to an individual allows marking and feedback to be given just for that individual (similarly to the process described in detail in the earlier section on Grading).

For a Journal / Blog, that person’s entries will be displayed.

For a Wiki the participation summary page is displayed. Click on an individual’s name to view that person’s page edits, including dates and number of words modified.

Note: When one group member creates the required Journal, Blog or Wiki entry and shows as 'needs grading' in the Grade Centre, all students in the group are marked as ‘needs grading’.

Remove a Blog, Journal or Wiki Tool

Remove link to Subject-level Tool on a Content Page

  1. Navigate to the Content Page where the Journal, Blog or Wiki appears, but do not open it.
  2. Ensure Edit Mode is ON.
  3. Click the downward pointing arrow to the right of the assignment you wish to remove.
  4. Delete.
  5. OK.

Note: This removes the link to the tool in the subject only. You also need to remove the tool itself.

Remove group access to a Tool

  1. Ensure Edit Mode is on.
  2. Select Control Panel >> Users and Groups >> Groups.
  3. From the name of the group click the down pointing arrow >> Edit Group
  4. Under Tool Availability uncheck the tool that is to be made unavailable to the group.

Note: This removes the student access to the tool. You also need to remove the tool itself.

Remove the actual tool

  1. Ensure edit mode in ON.
  2. Select Control Panel >> Subject Tools >> Blog or Journal or Wiki.
  3. From the name of the group tool, click the down pointing arrow >> Delete, click OK to confirm. An alternate method is to tick box next to the tools you wish to remove and select the Delete button at the top or bottom of the list, then click OK to confirm.

Note: If a tool has a Grade Centre column associated with it, you will be prompted with a warning that there is a Grade Centre column associated with the tool and asked whether you wish to remove the Grade Centre column or not. Check the box to remove or select Cancel to leave the Grade Centre column intact.

Rights & Obligations

Under both the Copyright Act and the University’s Intellectual Property Statute students will own copyright in all their own entries on any of the LMS collaboration or communication tools. It is recommended that there should be information made available to students about their rights regarding their entries and how they may be used.

There may also be privacy issues when using these tools, i.e. the use of images of people, names and other personal information. It is important that you discuss what is appropriate content for the tool with students prior to asking them to participate.

Please note that there are limited provisions for students to communicate 3rd party material in such tools. These include, Fair Dealing for Criticism & Review, Fair Dealing for Parody & Satire, using material that is out of copyright, using an insubstantial portion or linking to material. For details on these provisions, please look at the Copyright Office website.

Academics can make material available under the statutory licenses for educational purposes but limits and restrictions apply. See the Copyright & Teaching page on the Copyright Office website.

It is strongly recommended that the following text is made available on the page where your collaboration tool appears to inform your students of their rights & responsibilities whilst they participate in these activities:

This (blog / journal / wiki) is open to the class and I will be monitoring comments on a regular basis.

Additionally, you are responsible for making sure you don't post illegal or inappropriate content such as material that:

  • infringes copyright
  • is pornographic or defamatory
  • is racially vilifying, cruel, violent, abusive, or harassing
  • invades or interferes with the anyone’s privacy
  • is personal information such as telephone numbers, addresses or photographs of individuals without their express permission

This guide was last updated 31 Aug 2018.
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