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 in this article. 

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

The FU blogs are available to all members of the university. In order to register you only need your FU account. CeDiS offers two blog systems that one can use. In addition to the official blogs (for lecturers and employees of the university), the user blogs are also available, especially for students. These user blogs have an unofficial character and can be used within this context by students as well as lecturers and employees of the university.

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Implementation forms

With the help of blogs you can, for example: 

  • Document excursions and projects
  • Write up internship reports
  • Write learning diaries
  • Manage an expert's blog
  • Manage group blogs
  • Support seminars
  • Document and support conferences
  • Publish academic articles
  • Present work foci

Implementation tips

Practical examples at the Freie Universität


Data protection and terms of use

  • If you have any legal questions on data protection, data safety, protection of intellectual property rights etc. that crop up during the design phase of a course supported by e-learning, the usage of existing material or the implementation of tools then please contact the Office of the General Counsel of the Freie Universität Berlin. Written information on these topics can be found here and here.

Further information

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.