1. From the Control Panel select Course Tools > Journals.

click on journals

Journal information

  1. Click the Create Journal button.
  2. Enter a name for the journal in the Name textbox.
  3. Enter instructions for the students in the Description textbox.

populate journal information

  1. Leave the Journal Availability setting as Yes.

journal availability

Journal Date and Time Restrictions

Set these if required. i.e. If the journal is an assessment task you may need to restrict when it is available to students.

  1. If required, select the Display After checkbox and enter the date using the  Date Selection Calendar and enter the time using the Time Selection Menu.
  2. If required, select the Display Until checkbox and enter the date using the  Date Selection Calendar and enter the time using the  Time Selection Menu.

enter journal and time restrictions

Journal Settings

  1. Index Entries: For a semester long course you will probably want the entries grouped by week.
  2. Allow Users to Edit and Delete Entries: Selecting this option makes the tool easier for students to use. Both the date the post was first posted and the date the post was last edited are displayed. If the journal is an assessment task you will need to emphases to students not to edit posts after the due date.
  3. Allow Users to Delete Comments: You may chose not to select this option to put more emphasis on students making appropriate comments.
  4. Permit Course Users to View Journal:  Journals can be made Public by the Instructor so all enrolled users can read all entries made to the Journal topic.

enter journal settings

Grade Settings

  1. Select Grade radio button if the item is an assessment task.
  2. Enter the mark the assessment it is out of in the Points possible textbox.

enter grade settings

OR

Note: Refer to the Rubric tool page for instructions on how to set up a rubric.

  1. Click on the Add Rubric button.
  2. Select Select Rubric from the drop down list.

select rubric

  1. Check the checkbox of the required rubric.
  2. Click on the Submit button.

click on the submit button

  1. Click OK, if you want the points possible for the journal to be the same as the total mark for the rubric. OR
  2. Click Cancel and enter the mark the task is out of in the Points possible textbox.

Note: The values of rubric cells will be automatically changed so the rubric totals the mark entered in the Points possible textbox.

click on the OK button

  1. Click on the show rubric button and select Yes (With Rubric Scores) button.
  2. Click on the Submit button.