Moodle Help & Support 


This refers to Moodle 3.11 from August 2022 onward

Every user of Moodle.Nottingham has their own blog and you can use this for your posts.

Blog post are visible either only to yourself OR to everyone in Moodle

Blog posts made visible (i.e. not private to just yourself) are visible only to those with Moodle logins - they cannot be made generally public.

Blog posts can be associated with a particular module or an activity or a resource but will still be readable by everyone in Moodle.

Reasons for blogging

  • To reflect on your experiences in the module
  • To share information, resources, web links and so on that you have found
  • To post pictures that are relevant to the course
  • To share short reflections on the course and on sustainability
  • For assessment

You can comment on others’ blog posts within Moodle, and they can comment on yours.

How to: add a Moodle blog block

  1. Navigate to the Moodle module you want to add blogs to.
  2. Click the 'Turn editing on icon'Turn editing on icon
  3. Open the 'Hamburger menu'Hamburger menu
  4. Scroll down to Add a block and select it
  5. From the list that opens, select 'Blog menu'

Menu for new blocks

6. A blog menu block is put into your course/module

7. Don't forget to 'Turn editing off' on the Moodle page Turn editing off button

How to: add an entry to your Moodle blog

  1. Navigate to the Moodle module you want to write a blog for
  2. Find the Blog Menu block, and then you can add an entry to your personal blog through Moodle

  Blog menu

3. From the Blog Menu block, click on Add a new entry OR if you want to tag the entry as relevant to this particular module, click Add an entry about this module

Blog menu with links highlighted

4. Write your entry and give it a title. If you want to attach a file, ether drag and drop one into the window (IE10 or other browser required) OR click the pink folder 'Add...' icon to access the File picker to locate a file. Keep post attachments - such as images or files - small, or they will be rejected.

Add a new blog entry title and text body field

5. Under "Publish to" choose who you wish to publish the entry to i.e. who may see the entry. There are two options:

a)Yourself (draft)

b)Anyone on this site (i.e. who has a username for moodle.Nottingham)

Blog publishing settings

6. If you created this blog by clicking on Add an entry about this module, you will have an extra field at the bottom of the screen entitled "Associations". If you still wish to associate this blog with the module you are in, ensure that the box in "Associations" is checked (or uncheck it if this is a general blog post which is not related to a specific module)

  • Click on the 'Save changes' button.

Changing the settings of your Moodle blog

You can access the settings of your blog from anywhere in Moodle.

  1. On any Moodle page go to the top right corner, and click the down arrow next to your name and select 'Preferences'

Profile drop down menu

2. Under Blogs choose the relevant settings link to amend.  A description of each is below:

    1. Blog preferences – the number of posts to show on each page
    2. External blogs – a list of all external blogs connected to your Moodle blog
    3. Register an external blog – allows you to add other blogs you use to your Moodle blog so it updates automatically from them

To add an external blog

  1. On any Moodle page go to the top right corner, and click the down arrow next to your name and select 'Preferences'
  2. Under Blogs choose Register an external blog
    This allows you to add other blogs you use (such as an external Wordpress or Blogger blog) to your Moodle blog so each can update automatically when you post to one or the other.

Blog options in Preferences

3. Complete the registration fields to add another blog:

    • 'RSS feed URL' RSS feed for your external blog. URLs do not work.
    • 'Name' If not changed, the title in the external blog will be used.
    • 'Description' If not complete, description / overview from the external blog will be used.
    • 'Filter tags' Filter posts made in external blog according to tags used - uses this to decide which posts to display in Moodle blog.
    • 'Add these tags' Automatically adds these tags to the posts from this external blog that are displayed in your Moodle blog to help readers filter posts easily.
      Note:   You are only required to enter the "RSS feed URL" for the external blog site but the other details will prove useful if you are connecting more than one  external blogs.

Registering an external blog settings

4. Once you’ve finished adding all the details click on the 'Save changes' button.

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