Personal Blog (Journals)
What is a Journal (Personal Blog)?
A Journal is a personal blog within Course Resources (Blackboard) to communicate privately with the Module Leader(s). A Journal is a record of frequently posted entries by an individual. This log of posted entries can be about a particular subject, a record of thoughts and ideas or experiences.
Feedback and guidance can be given on the entries posted within the Journal by using ‘comments’.
The journal tool is very similar to the Course Resources blog tool. The blog tool is public to other students on the course.
Why would I use Journals (Personal Blog) with my students?
- A personal blog is student directed and gives students the freedom and a space to write thoughtfully and honestly about their learning process and knowledge and understanding about their subject, promoting deeper learning.
- Supports reflective writing. With frequent entries posted by students about their thoughts and experiences students create a record and evaluation of their learning journey. The regular reflective writing can aid students in making connections between theory and practice.
- For self-assessment, supporting students to identify areas of strength and improvement and to commit to action plans and goals they set themselves.
- Promotes creativity, self – expression and the sharing of ideas in a range of different formats including text, video, images and audio.
- To refine writing skills and knowledge of subject over time with guidance from Academics.
How do I use Journals with my students?
The Journal (personal blog) tool in Course Resources (Blackboard) can be used to create two types of blog.
- Module Journal (only visible to student and instructor(s))
- Group Journal (all students within a group can contribute. Unlike group blogs, group journals are not visible to other groups)
Individuals can choose to make journal entries public, allowing all module members to view all entries. For example, individuals may choose to make a journal public at the end of the module.
It is important to note the following:
- Images may not have alternative text added (unless students have been instructed to provide this).
- Audio and video may not have transcripts of sound (unless students have been instructed to provide this).
- Video may not have captions for audio content (unless these have been added to the video before it was posted on the personal blog (journal).