What is a journal and how do I add one to my course?

What is a journal?

A journal is a space for students to do writing at anytime or when assigned by the teacher. Only the authoring student, teacher and student's parent/observer can access journal writings.

How do I add a journal to my course?


From the homepage, click the "Editor" icon located on the course that needs a journal added to it.


Click the "+Add to..." link.


Click "Journal".


When creating a journal there are 6 tabs where one can adjust different settings.

  • Activity
  • Data
  • Objectives
  • Gradebook
  • Navigation
  • History




 Within the "Activity Tab":

  • Give the journal a title
  • Add content such as instructions, an image or a video for students to view prior to starting their journaling
  • Add attachments that students might need while journaling
  • Add instructor notes to students
  • Select a specific group of students to assign the journal to.

Note: Student groups must be set up if assigning a journal to a specific set of students before assigning the activity.  




 Within the "Data" tab add a thumbail, Metadata description or CRA and IAKT activities.




 WIthin the "Objectives" tab select objectives that align with the journal.

Note: Objectives must be imported into the course prior to adjusting this setting for a journal.




Within the Gradebook tab select:

  • Enable gradebook settings
  • Gradable
  • Due date


1. Within the "Gradable" category select:

  • "Include" from the "Category" drop down menu
  • The learning outcomes and their weight for this activity
  • Enable student dropbox (if needed)
  • Choose groups of students to view the journal (if needed)
  • A passing score
  • Minumum points possible
  • If the score from this journal: will have visibility restricted by date, can be dropped, will be included in final grade, requires a passing score for course credit, if an unscored journal will be a zero.


2. Within the "Due Date" category select:

  • A due date and time
  • Allow late sumbissions if desired




Once the journal has been accessed, history will show up in the "History" tab.






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