Journals, Blogs, Wikis, and Podcasts

Your instructor may incorporate interactive or collaborative activities in the course, such as journals, blogs, wikis, and podcast episodes.

Journal Tool

A journal is a personal space for you to communicate privately with your instructor. You may use a journal as a self-reflective tool to post your opinions, ideas, and concerns about your course, or discuss and analyze course related materials. To learn more about the journal tool, review the Blackboard journals tutorial and watch this video:

Blog Tool

A blog is a type of online journal that is updated frequently with new content by one or more authors. They are often used to share knowledge and materials created and collected by a group in the course. To learn more about the blog tool, review the Blackboard blogs tutorial and watch this video:

Wiki Tool

A wiki is a type of informational website where several contributors work together to compile information about a particular topic. Content is added to individual pages and revised by multiple authors. To learn more about the wiki tool, review the Blackboard wikis tutorial and watch this video:


A podcast is a collection of audio files that can be played on a computer or other device. Your instructor may share podcasts with you through simple web links, embedded media that plays within a webpage, or attached files that you can download to your own computer.

Example Podcast Player - Image