Using Journals in Blackboard

Type of Journal

Type of Journal

1. There are two types of journal in Blackboard. You can tell which type you are using easily by looking at the information in the box on the right.

Group Journal: Only Group Members can post and only group members and instructors can view the entries and add comments.

Individual Journal: Each person has their own journal and by default see only their own entries. Only instructors can view user entries unless the instructor enables all students to view each other’s entries.

Is it private?

Is it private?

Note that it is difficult to tell whether an individual journal really is private, especially if the instructor does not make this clear within their descriptive text.  To be sure click on the Tools menu and then Journals to get to the list of all Journals on the course.  This shows the visibility of the Journal.

For instructors

For instructors

2. In the middle of the box you can see who else has made posts in the journal and click on their name to view their posts.  You may also use the [<] and [>] arrow buttons to move between people. 

Entries breakdown

Entries breakdown

3. The final section of the box shows a breakdown of entries per week or month depending on how it has been set up by the instructor.

Creating an entry

Creating an entry

4. To create a journal entry click on Create Journal Entry.

Your entry

Your entry

5. Enter a title and then fill in the larger text box with your entry.  Note that if you plan on pasting text into the text box from Microsoft Word, make sure to use the Paste From Word feature described in step 7.1 of this guide.

Useful buttons

Useful buttons

6. Some particularly useful buttons are:

1 – Spell Check
2 – Add attachment
3 – Add picture
4 – Add MPEG/AVI video
5 – Add QuickTime video
6 – Add Audio File
7 – Add Flash / Shockwave content
8 – Mashups (described in more detail in next slide)

Get mashed

Get mashed

1 – Paste from Word. This allows you to paste text created in Microsoft Word while removing hidden metadata which can cause issues with the formatting of your text. See http://www.southampton.ac.uk/blackboard/pastefromword
 
2 – SlideShare Presentation – embed a presentation from the SlideShare web site.
 
3 – Embed a YouTube video
 
4 – Embed a Flickr Photo

Attached?

Attached?

8. If you wish you can attach a file by using the Browse My Computer button.            

Post Entry

Post Entry

9. Click on Post Entry to finish.