Writing Journal Assignments


You may have to complete journal assignments for one or more of your classes. Journals are very similar to discussion board posts, but they differ in that they are typically private (viewable only to you and the instructor; there is thus no peer response component required).

Just like your discussion board posts, you should compose your journal entries in Microsoft Word or your preferred word processing program, spell-check them, save them to your personal computer, and then copy and paste them into Blackboard. The following is a guide for creating entries in your Blackboard course journal.

Directions

Step 1

Select the "Journals" link from the course menu.

 

Step 2

On the Journals page, you will see a list of the journal assignments you need to complete for the course. The title of each assignment will include the week in which it is due.

If you were completing the "Journal of Strategies Entry One" assignment for Week 3, you would click on that link:

Step 3

The "Week 3 - Journal of Strategies Entry One" page contains the directions/prompt for this journal assignment (this information is also listed on the Weekly Instructions page). To create a journal entry in response to this prompt, click on the "Create Journal Entry" button:


As aforementioned, you should compose your journal entries in Microsoft Word or your preferred word processing program, spell-check them, save them to your personal computer, and then copy and paste them into Blackboard. You will post the entry into the "Entry Message" box; you can use the Visual Editor to change the formatting of the text if you like.

Also, be sure to enter a title in the "Title" box (it should be something relevant to the topic about which you're journaling). If you want to attach a file to your entry, such as an Excel spreadsheet or an image, you can do so using the "Attach Files"/"Browse My Computer" option.

When you're finished with composing, formatting, and attaching files to your entry, click the "Post Entry" button:


Now, you can see your entry on the "Week 3 - Journal of Strategies Entry One" page. You can comment on your own entry if you wish to elaborate at all (click on the "Comment" button boxed in red in the image below); also, your instructor may respond to your entry by posting a comment here.

You can also edit or delete your entry if you need to make changes: