Journals, by default, are private writing spaces between the instructor and each student in a class and are a great way to encourage reflective writing. Blogs and journals work in the same way with similar functionality. The main difference is journals are private by default and cannot be made public, whilst blogs can be made public if desired. So students as authors can create journal entries and read instructor's entries, but can't read others' entries.
Create Campus Pack Journal
1. With edit mode in your Blackboard course, locate the area (for example under a course menu item or folder in your course) that you intend to add the journal to. This is where students will be accessing the journal
2. Select 'Campus Pack Journal' from the 'Tools' button
3. Select the 'Journal' icon to add a completely blank journal.
Create Grade Book Entry – Individual Blogs can be set up as graded assignments and assessed from within Campus Pack. The grades will appear in the gradecentre in Blackboard. Select this checkbox if this is desired.
Entry Name – Enter a entry name that will be the link to enter the blog and will be the Gradecentre column name in your Blackboard module
Points Possible – Enter the points possible
Display Grades to students – If you want the grades to be displayed to students select this checkbox
5. Select the Add button
The Journal is availble for students to use.
Before your students begin posting on their journal you may want to set some settings.Journal configuration settings can be set by selecting the 'Settings' button on the far right.These configurations are accessible from the 'Settings' Menu . Find out more about the Settings Menu.
Student journals can be accessed and viewed by using the same link that students use to access their journal. You can also filter to a particular student through the 'Author Filter' field to select a particular student and view just their journal entries.
Students can add images and media through the text box editor to their posts. As a tutor you can also add a entry which all students can view in their journals using the 'Add Entry' button. Any journal entries you make as a tutor will be visible to all students in their journals. You can add specific comments on a student journal which only they can view in their journal. To do this you will need to filter the student through the 'Author' filter and select the student post that you wish to leave a comment on (see example image on the right for 'test student 5'). Details of the post and post entry will be displayed. Leave your comment in the 'Author Discussion' panel and select 'Add' when your comment is complete. The Owner Discussion panel is if multiple tutors wish to leave comments for other tutors (who have instructor role on the same Blackboard module) to read. Students can't see this panel only comments you leave in the 'Author Discussion' panel.
Assess and Grade Student Journals
The 'Assessment' option from the Settings menu allows you to view and assess journal posts by individual student and leave a grade and feedback which students can view via 'My Grades' tool link in Blackboard. This page includes activity summary statistics include Total Entries, Total Views, and Total Comments along with a grid of individual student information. In short, to grade a specific student, highlight their name from the list and click on the 'Evaluate Participant' option. This will open a page which will list all the journal posts entries and comments that have been added by that student. If you are using the Grade utility you can grade and send feedback to the student.
You will need to select the 'Edit' link to enter a grade and personal feedback to the student under 'Feedback to user' box. Students can access their feedback from the 'My Grades' link if you have made this available in your Blackboard course. You could also simply enter the Blackboard Grade Center directly and grade this way too.
Subscribe: You can set a blog that allows the participants to subscribe to the blog and receive email alerts of latest activity. You can also choose to change the blog banner, some choices are provided or you can upload your own image.
Export: You can choose to export a blog
Settings: Changing the look and feel of the blog.
Permissions: Set and adjust permissions to the journal.
NOTE 1 We advise that you don’t add ‘Everyone in the world’ as viewers to your campus pack
NOTE 2 Campus Pack also offers an Invite by email feature to send a secure invitation to a user outside your institution. If you do make available a ‘site’ viewable to someone outside the institution it is essential that you read the following guides – DMU User Guidelines for the use of technologies in learning and teaching to protect your own, the institutions and notify the rights of others who have contributed to and participate in the campus pack site (i.e wiki blog etc).
Widgets: Widgets are items that you can add to your blog to allow for more interaction, to see which widgets are avaialble to use, select the 'Available' tab, a list of all the widgets will be displayed and be added by selecting the 'Add' button :
Viewer Comments Everyone who can access the content item can comment.
Owner Discussion– Owners can take private notes (visible only to other Owners). So tutors with instructor status could have a private discussion on a blog post etc which the student can’t view
Viewer Feedback – Viewers can leave private feedback for Authors (and Owners) to read. Viewers can not see feedback left by others.
Author Discussion – Only Authors can comment. Use this to have a collaborative discussion within the group of Authors.
Tags – Authors can read and apply tags and Viewers can read them.
Author Tags – Only Authors can read and apply tags.
Categories -Authors can read and apply categories and Viewers can read them.
Author Categories – Only Authors can read and apply categories.
Voting – Viewers can vote on content and view the vote count.
Ratings – Viewers can rate content and view the aggregate rating.
Assess student contribution
Site owners can manage site attachments through the Attachments link. The initial view will allow you to view all the attachments that have been upload to blog posts. As a instructor there is also the option to ‘view all attachments in this course’. This will list all campus pack sites (blogs,wikis, podcasts etc) in the BB course.
Site owners can recycle sites for reuse. Once content is recycled, it may be permanently removed. Exporting a site to maintain an offline backup is recommended. The recycle option may not be available on a system if the institution has policies for managing content.
Deleting Campus Pack Journal
To delete a campus pack journal it is essential that you make these ‘sites’ unavailable in the Blackboard module (and then delete if necessary). This ensures that if a student has a ‘Campus Pack Personal Learning Space’ (PLS) set up then these sites will not be available to access. If these sites are deleted without setting these to 'unavailable' they will appear in a students PLS if they are set up and can cause confusion in PLS by having ‘redundant sites’.
Deleting a journal
For a campus pack journal
1. Locate the journal in your Blackboard course and with Edit Mode on, against the item right click on the drop down chevron and select 'Edit' from the pop-up menu.
2. Select Settings (top)
3. Uncheck the checkbox that states ‘Make Available’
4. Click Save
Doing the above allows you to make you site available at a later stage, therefore it’s not been deleted.
If you wish to further delete, after making the site unavailable, locate in the wiki in Blackboard , right click the chevron and then select ‘Delete’