SOL tools

Text tools


The 'Blog' tool can be used to create individual blogs and course blogs (shared by a cohort or by a specific group of students). 

These blogs can be part of a summative or formative exercise, and can be set to be private (only visible to the student and the tutor), open to fellow students, or open to everyone on the Internet. 

Top tip: Blogs can be used to prompt discussion and/or reflection among students. For practical ideas for using blogs in teaching and learning, visit the Teaching Toolshed pages.
How to Set Up Group Blogs

Group blogs can be set up informally, by creating and naming separate blogs (eg Group A blog etc) and by selecting No, blog together or in groups in the settings for 'Individual blogs'. The tutor can then tell the students which group and blog to use. 

Alternatively, blogs can be set up so that only pre-defined students will be able to access the blog-this is useful if there is a requirement for the work assigned and communications that take place within it to remain private. The steps below outline how to set up a group blog with restricted access but for help with this, don't hesitate to contact

STEP 1: First, students will need to be put into student groups on SOL. This page explains how to create groups

STEP 2: In SOL, from 'Add an activity or resource' select 'Blog' from the 'Activities' options. Then, in the settings for 'Individual blogs', select the option No, blog together or in groups as in the screenshot below:

screenshot of blog settings

Top tip: If students will be uploading large files, be sure to adjust the maximum attachment size to a suitable size (20MB has been chosen in the example above).

STEP 3: In the settings, select Add restriction in the Restrict Access section:

screenshot of restrict access

  The option for Group will then need to be selected:

screenshot of option for group

The group of students who can access this blog then need to be selected from the 'Group' drop-down followed by clicking Add restriction:

screenshot of add restriction

STEP 4: Click Save and return to course.

For more information, see - OU Blog.