During a series of meet ups earlier this summer at BbWorld ’08 in Las Vegas, I discussed blogging with many members of the global Blackboard community – current bloggers and folks interested in learning more about social media.  A recurring theme in our discussions was internal blogging, how peers are using blogs to publicize and provide updates and information internally (to colleagues, staff and faculty members, instructors and students) about their Blackboard implementations.

If you’re in the process of, or thinking about, creating an internal blog for your institution, school district, agency or company, here are four examples (in no particular order) at different types of schools that run Blackboard software, which I’ve been exploring this week, and which you may want to review, to glean ideas:

1. The Bbblog

The Center for Excellence in Learning Technology at the College of Staten Island, part of the City University of New York (CUNY), operates a blog using WordPress, a blogging service written in PHP (per Wikipedia).  (Read WordPress’ own blog here.)

2. Blackboard @ the University of Bristol

The University of Bristol in the UK runs a blog within the school’s Blackboard portal, called MyBristol.  Bristol uses Blog-City, a licensed blogging service based in Scotland.

3. Education Technology Services (ETS)

A rather plainly named blog, yet efficient, run by the support group for the three K-12 campuses of the private Kamehameha Schools in Hawai’i.

4. ITS Technology Tips

Another WordPress blog, run by the Information Technology Services group at Loyola University Chicago.  Loyola also maintains an exemplary guide to using its Blackboard implementation – an FAQ page, of sorts – for its faculty members and students, which contains multiple links to useful PDFs and instructional Flash videos.

(For more examples of useful instructional videos created by peers, see the BlackboardTV Channel on YouTube, where over 100 videos created by members of the global Blackboard community and uploaded to YouTube have been archived into searchable playlists.)

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