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Journals

A Journal is self-reflective tool for students. Only the student and the Instructor are able to Comment on Journal Entries. However, Journals can be made Public by the Instructor so all enrolled users can read all entries made to the Journal topic. Group Journal entries can be read by all Group members and the Instructor.
A Journal consists of:

 

 


 

Access to Journals

 

If a student is removed from the Course, the student's Journal will be deleted. All Journal Entries and Comments are deleted.

 

Journals are a self-reflective tool that allows students to post their personal reflections about the Course or discuss and analyze Course related materials.

 

Journal Information

 

Type a Name for the Journal. Be sure the name is descriptive so that users will understand the nature of the Journal.

 

Use the Text Box to enter Instructions for posting to the Journal. Add a descriptive Name so users will understand the nature of the Journal.

 

Type Instructions for the Journal. Format the text using the Text Editor functions. This information is optional, but can help users understand expectations and any associated rules or requirements.

 

Journal Availability

 

Users will not see the Journal or be able to add entries unless the Journal Availability is set to Yes.

 

Date and Time Restrictions

 

Journals can be set to display on a specific date and time and to stop displaying on a specific date and time. Select the Display After and Display Until check boxes in order to enable the date and time selections. Display restrictions do not affect the content in the Journal, only the appearance of the Journal throughout the Course.

 

Journal Settings

 

Index Entries: Select the time frame, Monthly or Weekly. For a selected user, view the list of Entry titles posted during the index span.

 

Allow Users to Edit and Delete Entries: If selected, users can edit and delete the entries they have created after they are posted. Instructors are able to edit and delete any user's Journal Entries, without enabling this option.

 

Allow Users to Delete Comments: If selected, users can delete Comments they added to Journal Entries. Instructors are able to delete any user's Journal entries, without enabling this option.

 

Permit Course Users to View Journal: If selected, all users can view all Journal entries made to the Journal topic.

 

Grade Journal: Select the Grade option and type the number of Points Possible. Once a Journal has been enabled for grading, a column is automatically created in the Grade Center.

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