Blackboard’s Blog tool has many uses, but it can be intimidating to use an unfamiliar technology with students in a hybrid or online course. So start out small and slow; give yourself a chance to become comfortable with the technology.
Why not try an instructor blog to get started. Share weekly or bimonthly articles with your students and ask them to respond to the article using comments.
Once you feel comfortable and your students have also had the opportunity to experience blogging, you might open up the course blog to students and ask them to share articles of interest to them in a round-robin fashion.
After you’ve gotten your feet wet with blogging, you may find all kinds of uses for blogs in your online course.
Senior Instructional Designer
Walker Center for Teaching and Learning