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What is a blog?

A blog is an online journal or diary, where entries are posted in date order. Here's an example of one of the many blog templates available in PebblePad.

An example of a blog

You may be asked to use a blog as part of your course to record your experiences. You can share your blog (or individual blog entries) with tutors or peers, and give them permission to comment on what you have written. You can use a blog as evidence of your learning achievements. 

Why should I keep a blog?

Using a blog you can:

  • Record events
  • Record your thoughts and feelings about an event
  • Show evidence of your learning
  • Think about training
  • Set goals and measure your progress

Blogging can also help you to focus, to practice your writing skills, and develop self-expression.

What sort of things should I write in my blog?

You can blog about anything that you find useful. For example, if you're keeping a blog about your studies, you might wish to consider questions such as:

  • How do you feel about your course?
  • What do you enjoy?
  • What do you find challenging?
  • How do you feel you learn most effectively?
  • How is your studying affecting you?
  • How are you balancing your studies with your time outside University?

How should I write my blog?

A blog is very personal, like a diary. It's about you and your personal experiences. You should write your blog for yourself (your tutor will let you know if you will be expected to share any parts of your blog with others).

A few do's and don'ts:

  • DO write appropriately
  • DO be aware of the need for confidentiality - anonymise anything that you may write about patients
  • DO remember that your e-portfolio is subject to the University's acceptable use policy
  • DON'T plagiarise
  • DON'T write anything libelous

Who can read my blog?

Nobody can read your blog unless you share it with them. Your blog is private by default, and can only be shared if you choose to allow others access, or publish the blog to a gateway.

Why would I want to share my blog?

Your tutor may specifically request you to share a blog with them (e.g. a work placement blog). You might also want to share your blog (or individual blog entries; 'thoughts') with your peers or tutors, to aid discussion about common experiences, or perhaps to share ideas or seek reassurance.

In PebblePad you can share what you want, when you want, for as long as you want, with who you want

Can I have more than one blog?

Within PebblePad you can create as many blogs as you need (for example a work placement blog and a project blog).

How do I set up a blog in PebblePad?

Go to the 'Create New...' pebble, then select 'more' and you will find the blog tool. Please refer to the blog help pages or watch this tutorial movie about blogs.