Add a Journal

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JOURNALS can be used by students for private reflection or private communication with the instructor. By default, journals are visible only to the student and the instructor, and only the student and the instructor are able to comment on journal entries. However, instructors have the option to make specific journals visible to other course users. Journals can be added to any Content Area or directly to the course menu by using a TOOL LINK.

  1. Navigate to the content area where you want students to access the journal (e.g. Course Materials). Then, hover your mouse over Tools and select Journals from the list.
  2. Click the Create New Journal button.
  3. Provide a Name for the journal.
  4. Provide any specific instructions for the use of the Journal (e.g., content restrictions or frequency of posts) in the Instructions field.
  5. Click Yes to make the Journal available to students.
  6. If desired, set specific dates and times when the journal will be available to students.
  7. Determine if you would like journal entries organized by month or by week.
  8. You may wish to Allow Users to Edit and Delete Entries or Allow Users to Delete Comments. Users' edits. if any, will be accompanied by a date and time stamp.
  9. If desired, enable Permit Course Users to View Journal. Selecting this option makes the journal public to the course as read only, but readers cannot comment on the entries.
  10. To enable grading select the radio button next to Grade: Points Possible, then enter a point value. The Journal tool will automatically create a GRADE CENTER Column associated with this Journal.
  11. Click Submit.

Note: In order to view the students' entries for a journal you may need to expand the name drop-down list on the journal page by clicking the arrow icon under your name.

Journal Entries