Your instructor and institution control which tools are available.
The journals tool provides a personal space for you to communicate privately with your instructor. You can also 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. For example, you can describe problems you faced and how you solved them. Your instructor can direct journal entries to be more formal in nature and narrower in focus by listing topics for discussion.
Your instructor can choose to make journal entries public, allowing all course members to view all entries. You can read what other students wrote and build on those ideas.
When used in the group area, members of a group can view and comment on each other’s entries for a group journal. The group can communicate with their instructor as a whole and all members can benefit from the comments made.
Your instructor can grade group journals and apply the grade to every member of the course group. Journal entries can also be used specifically for communication. In either instance, you can make multiple entries for one journal topic.
Access journals on the course menu or on the Tools page. On the journals listing page, click the name of the journal topic you want to access. The journal topics appear in alphabetical order.
The journal topic page is divided into two main sections: the content frame and the sidebar.
Journal entry: Your journal entries appear in the content frame.
Only your instructor can create a journal topic, but after creation, you can create entries.
Double-click the video to enlarge the viewing area.
Use the following steps to create a journal entry:
Files added by students appear with the entry, but are not stored in Course Files or the Content Collection.
Click Save Entry as Draft to save for later posting.
If your instructor associated a rubric with the journal and made it available to students, click View Rubric in the Grade section to display grading criteria.
If you saved a journal entry to edit later, click View Drafts on the journal topic page. Click the title of the entry to edit and post.
If allowed by your instructor, you can comment on journal entries. You can add a comment after your instructor comments on an entry to continue the conversation.
You cannot make comments on another user’s journal entry, even if the journal has been made public. Users can only comment on another user’s entry when they are members of a group. For group journals, all group members and their instructor are allowed to make comments on individual entries.
Your instructor determines if you are allowed to edit or delete your journal entries. On the journal's topic page, access the entry's contextual menu and click Edit or Delete. Deleting a journal entry is final and irreversible.
After your instructor grades your journal entries, you can view your grade in two places. The grading information appears in the Grade section on the journal topic page and on your My Grades page. Any feedback and the date the grade was assigned also appear in these areas. To learn more, see My Grades.
If your instructor associated a rubric with the journal and made it available, click View Rubric to display grading criteria.