The Basics of using a Journal

Within a particular module you may be asked to record personal and private reflections in a journal. A journal is an area that is private between you and your tutors. Other students cannot see your journal entries. It is often used as a place for reflection or sometimes even to create a portfolio.

The location of the journal in the module will vary so check with your module tutor if you are unsure as to where it is. It normally looks something like this:


Clicking on the title will take you into the journal itself.

Creating Journal Entries

To create a new post, click on the Create Journal Entry button – this is located underneath the journal title. Fill in your journal entry, remembering to give your post a meaningful title. Clicking Save Entry as Draft allows you to come back to the post at a later date to finish it. No one else can read a post that is saved as a draft. Clicking Post Entry creates the journal post. This will then be visible to yourself and your tutors.


If your tutor has allowed comments, you will see a button underneath each post called Comment. Clicking on this will allow you to make comments on your posts. Your tutor might also make comments on your work so it’s worthwhile re-visiting your journal on a regular basis if this is the case. You can comment on comments and engage in some kind of dialogue if you so desire