Blackboard: Journals


A Journal is a searchable list of postings displayed in reverse chronological order (most recent first). The journal is designed as a private space between the instructor and a student, though at any time during the course you can open journals to the entire class for viewing. You can create multiple journals in a course. For example, you might wish to have individual private journals for each student’s reflective writing, or, when used in conjunction with the Group tool, set up group journals for student groups to have a space private to the group. You can also create journals that begin as private writing spaces but are later re-set to be shared with the class. (Since some students are accustomed to private journals, it is advisable to be explicitly clear that they will be made public, later.)

In Blackboard, the journals are self-contained within the course, that is, they are not open to the general public.

How to set up a Journal

  1. Go to a content page (such as Course Materials) and make sure Edit Mode is ON
  2. Under the “Tools” button, choose “Journal”
  3. Choose “Create New Journal” and click “Next”
  4. Fill out the form and choose your settings, explained below:
    Journal Availability: click Yes so students can see it
    Allow Users to Edit and Delete Entries: allows students to control their own entries
    Allow Users to Delete Comments: allows students to control their own comments
    Permit Course Users to View Journal: opens the journal to the rest of the class
  5. Click Submit
  6. On this next page, make sure your newly create journal is now highlighted, and click “Next”
  7. Adding a description is optional – click Submit

See also: Comparing Journals, Blogs, Wikis and Discussion Board

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