Journals

Journals

Journals, also referred to as personal blogs, are a personal space for students to communicate privately with instructors in Blackboard. Students can use journals as a self-reflective tool to post their opinions, ideas, and concerns about the course, or discuss and analyze course related materials. Instructors can create journal assignments that are broad and student-directed as the students reflect on the learning process and document changes in their perceptions and attitudes. Students can describe problems faced and how they solved them. Alternatively, Instructors can create instructor-directed journal entries that are more formal in nature and that narrow the focus by listing topics for discussion. Instructors can choose to make journal entries public, allowing all course members to view all entries. For example, instructors may choose to make a journal public when asking for opinions on how to improve the evaluation process. Students can read what other students wrote and build upon those ideas. When used in the group area, members of a group can view and comment on each other‘s entries for the group journal. The group, as a whole, can communicate with Instructors and all members benefit from the comments. Instructors can grade journal entries or use them solely for communication. In either instance, a student can make multiple entries for one journal topic.

Create a Journal
Create a Journal in Blackboard Video
  1. Ensure Edit Mode is On.
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  2. Go to Lessons and then choose the Weekly Learning Module where you would like to deploy the journal (alternatively, go to the Journals link in the course menu)
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  3. After entering the Weekly Learning Module title, choose Tools, then click Journal.
  4. Click the Create Journal button
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On the Create Journal page fill in the following fields:

Journal Information

  1. Give the Journal a Name. Use the Content Editor to add Instructions for the Journal.
  2. Journal Availability – Select Yes to Make Journal Available
  3. Journal Date and Time Restrictions
    • Optionally select Display After and Display Until check boxes to enable the date and time selections.

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Journal Settings

  1. Select how the entries will be indexed, Monthly or Weekly
  2. Optionally select Allow Users to Edit and Delete Entries if students will be able to edit or delete their Journal entries.
  3. Optionally select Allow Users to Delete Comments if students will be able to delete comments they added to Journal entries.
  4. Do not select Permit Course Users to View Journal if the journal entries are private. This setting allows all users in the course to view the Journal

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Grading Settings

  1. Select No Grading OR Grade: Points Possible option and type the number of points possible. Once a Journal is set to be graded, a column is created for it in the Grade Center.
  2. Optionally select the number of entries required to show participants in Needs Grading status. Applying this setting will show the Needs Grading icon in the Grade Center and place the entries in the queue on the Needs Grading page after the specified number of entries have been made.
  3. Optionally associate a Rubric by selecting a Rubric form the Add Rubric menu.
  4. Click Submit to finish.

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Create a Journal Entry
  1. k in the course menu or to the lesson where the journal link is located
  2. Access the Journal by clicking the Name of the Journal.
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  3. Click the Create Journal Entry button.
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  4. Enter Journal Entry Information
    • Enter a Title for the Journal entry.
    • Type the Entry Message in the content editor.
    • Optionally attach a file to the Journal entry.
  5. Click Post Entry to submit the Journal entry or click Save Entry as Draft to return and edit the entry later.

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Comment on a Journal Entry
  1. Access the Journal by clicking the Name of the Journal.
  2. On the Journal‘s topic page, select a Journal to view by selecting the user‘s name in the right side panel in the All Course Members section. You will need to click the down arrow to see your students names.
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  3. Click Comment below the Journal Entry. The Comment box will appear. Type a comment in the Comment box.
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  4. Click Add to finish.
  5. Click on the Comments link below the entry to view Journal Entry comments.

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Grade a Journal

Blackboard Grading a Journal Video


You can grade participation in journals for individuals and groups.

After you enable grading, a column is created automatically in the Grade Center. One grade will be given for all responses in a Journal (not per journal entry). You grade students‘ journal entries from the journal topic page where you view all entries and comments as you determine the grade. The grades you assign show immediately in the Grade Center. You access the journal topic page in the following ways:

  • In the journals tool, access a journal and click a user‘s name.
  • On the Needs Grading page, access a journal‘s contextual menu and select Grade All Users.
  • In the Grade Center, locate the column for the journal you want to grade. Move the mouse pointer over a cell containing the needs grading icon—the exclamation mark—to access the journal‘s contextual menu. Select Grade User Activity.

When you edit an assigned grade from the journal topic page, the Grade Center is updated.

Blackboard Grading a Journal Video