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How do I select which Purdue supported blogging tool to use?

Overview:

Purdue supports two blog platforms. Bb Blog is embedded within the BlackBoard Learning Management System. WordPress is a Content Management System that you can use to set up a blog. For more general information on how to use blogs for the purposes of teaching and learning, click here.

Comparison

Bb Blog WordPress
Media Management
Support rich media Y Y
     text (limited fonts, color) Y Y
     images Y Y
      links Y Y
     attachments Y Y
     multimedia Y Y
Mashups (includes elements form two or more sources, e.g., YouTubeTM, Flicker® photos, SlideShare presentations) Y Y
Plug-ins/Publicize (can share globally via Facebook, Twitter, Tumbler, Linkedin, Google+, etc.) Y Y
alt text capability Y Y
character limit for posts and/or comments Y (not a concern) Y (not a concern)
Assessment
Can be graded Y
will automatically create a column in Grade Center
Y
instructor must create column in Grade Center manually to include grade in Grade Center; if Bb is not used, perhaps a spreadsheet is used for recording grades
   inline grading SP11 No
   Can see number of posts per individual (analytics) Y Y
Comments
others can comment Y
(only text available in comments)
Y
(can add an image as an option in comments)
Search
search functionality No Y
Accessibility
Posts accessibility Y,
clunky
Y,
clunky. Also depending on blog themes
Posts Comments Y,
clunky
Depending on blog themes
Images Y Depending on blog themes
supports multiple languages Y Y
User Management
Login/registration single sign-in must register w/WordPress
Individual Blog

Y
(each student has his or her own area to publicly share thoughts and work with others in the course and receives comments and feedback on entries)

Y
(individual sites would need to be set up)
Course Blog Y
(all users in the course share their thoughts and work in one common area that everyone can read and comment)
Y
(each course site would need to be set up; instructor would need to set up roles for students, TAs, etc.)
Group Blog Y
(groups of students collaboratively post thoughts and comment on each others’ work while all other users in the course can view and comment on their entry)
Y
(each group could have a blog; group functionality could possibly be created with roles manually however this process would be cumbersome)
Site Management
environment can be customized No Y
storage/archive Y
(students have access for 2 yrs; archived for 2 additional years)
Y
(managed by owner)
limit in size/storage Y
(size limited by your course site size; 2 GB at this time)

Y
(size limited by your Career Account size; 500 MG at this time)

no additional cost Y Y

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