Q. How do I create a Journal for my students in NILE?


Journals have a very similar interface to that of Blogs - the main difference is one of privacy. Journals created on the site will (normally) contain entries that can only be viewed by the student or instructors on that site,

Journals can be graded - even if this is not an assignment viewing the submissions in the grade centre can be useful to monitor submission activity.


Step by Step Guide to setting up a Journal


1. Add Journal

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From your course’s content area expand the Tools menu and click on Journals.


2. Create Journal

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Create a new journal, or link to an existing Journal if it has already been created in the site.


3.1 Name and Instructions

(Points 3.1 - 3.5 are on the same screen)

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Enter a Name and any instructions.  For instructions, you may wish to inform your students that all instructors and students may view and add entries to the Journal. Scroll down for further settings. 

3.2 Availability

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For students to be able to access the blog, Blog Availability must be set to Yes.


3.3 Date and time restrictions

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If you wish you may place date and time limitations on when this Journal will be available to students.


3.4 Journal Settings

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The Index Entries option allows users to customise how Journal entries are organized. 

The Permit Site Users to View Journal, uncheck this option to keep journals private between the student and instructor.


3.5 Grade Settings

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If you wish to add a Grade Centre column for the journal select Grade and set the number of points possible to 100.

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Click Submit to confirm settings.


4. Create the link

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Link to your blog by selecting it from the list, click next.


5.1 Add link information

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Add the Link Name and Text, and review the availability settings before clicking Submit.

Note. This Link Name and Text information will show in the content area, not within the Journal. 


6. Check your Journal

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Use 'Student Preview' to check how students will experience your Journal. 



  • Last Updated Aug 21, 2019
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  • Answered By Richard Byles

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