Journal: Using Journals for Summative Assessments
Every Blackboard site can have a Journal area added. In contrast to Blackboard Blogs which are intended to be public in nature, Blackboard’s Journals tool are a personal space for students to communicate their learning privately with the module team. Students can also use journals as a self-reflective tool to post their ideas, and discuss course-related materials.
You can create journal assignments that are broad and student-directed as your students reflect on changes in their perceptions and attitudes. You can also create instructor-directed journal entries that are more formal in nature and list topics for discussion.
Step One: Adding a Journal to the Blackboard Site and Configuring Settings
- Click on the plus icon on top of the menu bar.
- Click on the Tool link option.
- Click on Journals from the drop-down, give the item a name describing the activity and tick Available to users.
- Move the item up on the menu bar using the Reorder menu items tool.
- Click on the menu item and Create Journal.
- The Create Journal wizard is comprised of five sections. For the first section, type in the Name of the activity and Instructions for students.
- Fill in the Date and Time Restrictions area.
- Fill in the Journal Setting details. You may want to untick Permit Site Users to View Journal as this would make your journal more into a public blog. Select how you want the entries indexed. Weekly is optimum. Decide whether you want to allow students to delete and edit entries after posting (recommended) and whether to delete their comments after posting (recommended).
- If grading, choose the appropriate option and type the number of Points possible as 100. Set ‘Needs Marking’ status as ‘1’’ entry. Set the Due Date. After you enable grading, a column is created automatically in the Grade Centre.
- Click Submit. Your Journal is now almost ready to use with students.
Step Two: Hiding the Total Column and the Journal column in Full Grade Centre
- Go to Full Grade Centre.
- Click the chevron next to the Total column and go to Edit Column Information.
- In the Options area, make sure Show this Column to Students is set to No.
- Do the same for the column relating the journal summative assignment. Your summative Journal assessment is now ready to be used.
Step Three: Unhiding the Journal column in Full Grade Centre to release marks
On the day you are releasing marks and feedback, you need to go to Grade Centre, click the chevron for the Journal column, choose Hide from Students (on/off), and the red line will disappear