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Q. How do I use Journals in NILE as a student?


Journals are a personal space for you to communicate privately with your tutor. 

Your tutor can choose to make journal entries public, allowing all course members to view all entries.

Types of Journals
Private Journals Contain entries that only you and your instructor can view
Public Journals Contain entries that the entire class can view

When used in the Group area, members of a Group can view and comment on each other’s entries for a Group journal. The Group can communicate with the tutor as a whole and all members can benefit from the comments made.

Journal entries can be assigned a grade or can be used solely for communication. In either instance, you can make multiple entries for one journal topic.

Accessing Journals

You can only access the Journal tool from within a NILE site. To access the journal tool, click on the link on the Site Menu. Your tutor may also include a link to the journal tool inside your course’s content areas. 

Creating a Journal entry

Your tutor will create journal topics that you will use to make entries.

The Journal Topic page is divided into two main sections. You can view the Instructions in the content frame at the top. Click the X to collapse the field. In the side panel, you can view information about the Journal. Any entries saved as drafts can be accessed by clicking View Drafts on the Action Bar.

To create a Journal entry, click on a Journal title to open the journal. On the Journal’s topic page, click Create Journal Entry. Once on the Create Journal Entry page:

  1. Give your journal entry a Title.
  2. Type text in the Entry Message text box. You can format the text and add images, links, multimedia, and Mashups.
  3. You can attach files using the Attach File buttons beneath the message area.
  4. Click Post Entry to submit the Journal entry or click Save Entry as Draft to post the entry later.


  • Last Updated Aug 09, 2019
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  • Answered By Sharon Song

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