A weblog, short blog, is a website that contains new and chronologically sorted articles in a periodic manner. The blog serves as an exchange of information, thoughts and experiences made and is in so far closely related to an internet forum. Blogs were originally mainly used as private online diaries. In the meantime, there are also many blogs managed by publishers, companies and organizations. In the academic sphere blogs are being used more and more as seminar and course support tools. 

The Freie Universität Berlin provides on the one hand a central blog system that is operated with the software WordPress. Further information on the FU blogs can be found here.

On the other hand there is the possibility of setting up blogs within the LMS Blackboard. Further information on Blackboard blogs can be found in this article.

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Implementation forms

  • Blackboard blogs are suited for the documentation of a group work process or the documentation of the developments to a certain topic if several participants are supposed to draft texts or comment on these. In contrast to the central FU blogs thematic categories, keyword clouds or pages cannot be set up in blackboard blogs.

Blogs managed by lecturers

    • Clarification of the seminar goals
    • Clarification of organizational questions

    • Documentation and presentation of intermediate results with discussion
    • Presentation of work assignments with the possibility of clarifying questions
    • Providing work material
    • Posting corrections/sample solutions
    • Publication of student work
    • Mutual feedback

    • Summarized results presentation
    • Final course feedback

    • Posting scripts/slides before lectures and the clarification of questions 
    • Undertaking research with a discourse on the results

    •  Summary of the results of the face-to-face session with source supplements 
    •  Continuing on with open discussions/questions

    Blogs managed by students

    • Writing for a public audience, publication of one's own insights
    • During the internship: Writing reports and exchanging experiences made 
    • Documentation of results
    • Sharing relevant online sources
    • Practicing drafting academic texts (simulation of the process of "peer reviewing")
    • Possibility of informal communication
    • Managing a learning diary

    Practical examples at the Freie Universität

    Implementation tips


    Data protection and terms of use

    Further information

    • Landing page: Blackboard - Learning Management System
    • An overview of the services for lecturers and researchers can be found here. 

    Support offered by CeDiS

    • Consulting services for the implementation of digital solutions in teaching: The Center for Digital Systems (CeDiS) has extensive experience of many years when it comes to the implementation of digital media and systems within the fields of teaching, learning and research. We offer a wide variety of consulting services on the implementation of these tools and systems within the entire academic scope and especially at Freie Universität Berlin. 
    • Training courses and workshops: For lecturers at Freie Universität Berlin (professors, employees, tutors) as well as lecturers of other universities CeDiS offers training courses and workshops on the topic of teaching and learning with digital media. These course enable participants to implement online elements within their own sphere of teaching.
    • The Executive Board of the Freie Universität supports e-learning initiatives: With the e-learning funding program financial resources are provided to lecturers that enrich and improve their courses quality-wise by implementing technological and media-related support. All of the academic staff teaching, the lecturers or even the institutions of the Freie Universität - without the Charité-Universitätsmedizin - can be supported within this program.