Creating a Journal: Creating Personal Writing Spaces for Student Self-Reflection (Movie, 03:25)
Journals are a personal space for students to communicate privately with the instructor. Students can also use journals as a self-reflective tool to post their opinions, ideas, and concerns about the course, or discuss and analyze course related materials. Journal assignments can be broad and student-directed as the Students reflect on the learning process and document changes in their perceptions and attitudes. Students can describe problems faced and how they solved them. Instructor-directed journal entries can be more formal in nature and can narrow the focus by listing topics for discussion.

Commenting on a Journal Entry: Providing Formative Feedback on Student Journal (Movie, 01:42)
You can grade participation in journals for individuals and groups. Once a journal topic is set to be graded, a grade column is automatically created in the Grade Center. Then, individual student and group entries can be graded from the journal topic page, where all entries and comments can be referenced, as the grade is determined. An assigned grade can also be edited from the journal topic page and the Grade Center is updated. Students can view their blog or journal grades in the My Grades tool.