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*{_}Also known as, WordPress, web log{_}*

| *Description* | A blog is a website that allows writers to easily post text, images, videos, links, and other materials. There are different types of blogs, including course blogs, department/organization blogs, and personal blogs. Elon University hosts, an installation of WordPress, that allows faculty, staff, and students to collaborate around a common subject, such as an academic course, program, or activity. |
| *Available to* | Faculty (/)\\
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\\ are available for Elon courses, departments and faculty research. Individuals or student organizations wanting a blog are encouraged to use a third-party blogging tool. More information about those tools is available at the bottom of this page. \\ |
| *Service availability* | Blogs are available online 24/7. Elon University's blog site can be accessed by visiting [|]. |
| *Request service* | To learn more about blogs or request a blog to be hosted on, contact Teaching and Learning Technologies at x5006. |
| *Ideas* | * Create collaborative internet resources
* Have students share experiences, reflect on activities/course readings, and comment on each other's work
* Have students publish their creative work
* Post class materials
* Open topics up for discussion before or after class
* Post information that helps market the activities in your department
* For more ideas on using blogs, read [Teaching and learning with blogs|TECH:Teaching and Learning with Blogs] |
| *Training and support* | * Read more about [blogs for teaching and learning|TECH:Teaching and Learning with Blogs], including an introduction to blogs, how blogs compare to forums, example assignments and 5 tips for blogging assignments.
* [Rubrics for assessing blogs|]
* [Review the blog tutorials on the Elon wiki|TECH:Log into the blog - WordPress]  
* [Learn about the ingredients of a good blog post|TECH:Ingredients of a good blog post]
* [ has comprehensive video training about Wordpress|] (jump to chapter 5, 6, and 7: Creating posts, Creating pages, and Managing images, video, and other media.) (Elon login is required.)
* Teaching and Learning Technologies (x5006) provides consulting on blogs and training for blogs hosted on
* For troubleshooting on a blog located on, call the Technology Service Desk (x5200) |
| *Additional resources* | [7 Things You Should Know about Blogs|] (educause resource) \\ |
| *Related services* | [Lynda Training] ... [Client Consulting] ... [|] ... [Teaching and Learning Technologies] |

h3. About is intended to support teaching and learning, scholarly communication, and departmental information sharing in relation to the university community. These blogs are a place to create collaborative internet resources, share experiences, reflect on activities and/or course readings, and publish student creative work. showcases the ideas, activities, and people that are a part of the Elon University community.

h3. Setting up a blog

To request a blog to be hosted on, contact Teaching and Learning Technologies at x5006. They will meet with you to talk about blogging, help you set up your blog, and teach you the ins and outs of maintaining and using the blog.

Moodle also includes a simple blogging tool. However, it is has limited functions and is generally not recommended.

h3. Blogs for personal or student organization use

At this time, Elon does not offer personal blogs for faculty, staff, and students. If you are interested in having a personal blog or a blog for your student organization, there are third-party blogging services that make it easy to blog, including:
* [Blogger|](works with any Google account, including an Elon Google account)
** [Blogger help|]
* [|](uses the same platform as
** [ help|]
* [Tumblr|]
** [Tumblr help|]