Online journaling assignments and other reflective writing assignments can be used in traditional, blended, or online courses to help create a sense of community, or to provide reflective writing practice. Some writing tools also encourage further engagement by providing peer review, self-assessment, or collaborative editing capabilities.
Application to All Courses
- As a low-stakes writing activity, journaling can be used to assess students’ writing ability and to provide practice and feedback.
- The process of providing feedback on student journaling assignments can be used to model appropriate communication between peers in an academic setting.
- Students may become actively engaged when they reflect critically on content.
- In comparison to grading hand-written journals, faculty can respond to online journal postings quickly and easily. In some cases, the grading and feedback can be provided directly within the LMS.
- The likelihood of learning is improved when students’ perceive that their instructor cares about their personal academic achievement.
- Writing assignments: The Cornell University Center for Teaching Excellence details a variety of writing assignments which can be used to engage students, including journaling and reflective writing.
- TAMU University Writing Center: Journals
- E-Journaling: Achieving Interactive Education Online Electronic journaling enhances interactivity in traditional and online courses, fostering intellectual exchange and successful learning
- Write in Private. Your own personal journal and online diary.
- Open Journal System: Biodiversity Information Standards example.
- King, F.B. & LaRocco, D.J. (2006, Feb). E-Journaling: A Strategy to Support Student Reflection and Understanding. Current Issues in Education [On-line], 9(4).
- Reynolds, J.A., Thaiss, C., Katkin, W., & Thompson, R.J., Jr. (2012). Writing-to-Learn in Undergraduate Science Education: A Community-Based, Conceptually Driven Approach. CBE Life Sciences Education, 11(1).
The following tools may be used for online journaling assignments:
Keep accessibility in mind as you develop course content and build assignments and assessments. Many online tools are not fully accessible, so it’s important to think about how you will make the assignment accessible if requested. The Disability Resource Center and the UF Accessibility page will guide you in making appropriate accommodations. You can also find out more about accessibility at our toolbox page on Accessibility in the Online Classroom.