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Journals in Blackboard


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Journals allow students to write about and reflect on their experiences, prior and current. As a lecturer you can set up journals for your students in Blackboard, view students' journals and provide comments on their posts. The journal can also be used to set up activities for assessment and associate rubrics to assist in the grading process.

Sample Reflective Journal Click for a screenshot of a sample reflective journal in Blackboard.


You can use online journals to:

  • Create a secure place for students to post their reflective entries
  • Incorporate videos, links resources and images into your instructions for students
  • Comment on students' entries
  • Use rubrics to both grade and set expectations about how students should engage in the reflective process
  • Manage the release of feedback to students

Quick Guides

There are four stages to using online journals. Click on the links below to view quick guides with the eLearning team's recommended settings for each stage of a reflective journal. More detailed guides are available in the Additional Resources section.


Online Tutorials

The guide below provides an overview of using journals for reflection and some example quotations and reflective models to help you get started.

1. Interactive Guide to Using Journals for Reflection


Additional Resources

Below are additional resources for staff who require further details on the different features and settings of online journals in Blackboard.