EM SC 240N
Energy and Sustainability in Contemporary Culture

Create Blog and Submit Post


As noted in the Orientation, you will be using a personal blog for your journal. For a review of these activities, see the syllabus. This week, you will create your blog and submit a sample journal entry.

Submitting your blog assignment in Canvas

For help creating your blog, go here. Follow the instructions to set up your blog.

Once you set up your blog, make me an editor. This is necessary so I can see all blog posts, public and private. Making me an editor is part of your first blog post grade. The first blog post will count as one of your Journal grades.

To make me an editor (here is a PSU page that explains this and more about adding and editing users):

  1. Navigate to the Dashboard 
  2. Select Users→Add Users. Alternatively, you can click the Add Existing button when viewing All Users
  3. My PSU ID is djk167. Make sure you set me as "Editor" when identifying my "role." 
  4. Click the Add User button
  5. If you see "djk167" listed as an editor, you did it correctly.

Make a blog post:

  1. Go to "New" at the top of the blog, then click "post."
  2. Enter the title (make it descriptive).
  3. Type your post in the area below. Anything will do for this first post.
  4. On the right-hand side, you'll see a "Publish" tab. You can set the Visibility to "private" if you don't want anyone but you and me to see it. Otherwise, anyone that finds your blog can see it. You can change this setting at any time.

Your initial post must have the following elements for full credit:

  1. Provide a direct link to your blog post, NOT the home page of your blog. If you do this correctly, I will be able to click on the link and it will take me right to your first post.
  2. Descriptive title of your post (e.g., "First Blog Post for EM SC 240").
  3. Write something on your blog post. A good quote, joke, or cartoon would be nice. Keep it clean!
  4. Make sure you make me an editor of the blog!

Once you've made your post, let me know by making a submission to Canvas. This is how you will submit all journal/blog posts, so it is important that you understand how to do it!  You need to submit your blog through Canvas in order to receive a grade.

  1. Go to Canvas.
  2. Click on the Modules tab in the menu.
  3. Scroll to Lesson 1.
  4. Click on the Create your PSU sites blog! assignment.
  5. Read through the instructions, and take a look at the rubric at the bottom.
  6. Click on "Submit Assignment"
  7. Copy the full URL (web address) of your blog post and paste it into the box to the right of "Website URL:"  Feel free to write a comment in the comment box
  8. Click "Submit Assignment."

That's it! You are now officially a blogger. You will be using this throughout the semester. Note that I will grade your blog posts using a rubric, but will comment on your post in the comments section of the blog.