How do I use journaling with my course members?

 

It's easy to pass the benefits of journaling on to your course members in a way that is easy for you to administer and respond to. To use journaling with your course members, all you need to do is create a journal topic and assign it to your course. Your course members will be able to post entries that are private or share them with you. You will be able to comment on any entries, and so will other members of the course, creating a circle of inspiration and support. Your course can have as many journal topics going at one time as you like.

Creating Journal topics

  1. You can create journal topics in one of two ways
    • If you already have a course created, you can go directly to Course Management (under Coaching and Courses). Here you will see a list of your Active courses. Clicking on any course name will drop down a range of tools, including Journal.
      Click on Journal topics. From this page, you can create and assign journal topics.
    • Or you can create journal topics from Coaching and Course Tools (also located under Coaching and Courses). Just click on Journal topics in the left hand panel.
  2. No matter which page you choose, there will be a button in the main box saying "Add journal topic." Click this button and an area will drop down where you can create your journal topic.
    Choose a title and write a description. This is what your course members will see when responding to the journal, so explain clearly what you would like them to accomplish with this topic. You can also choose to group your journal topics into categories for your own private use. You can create additional categories at any time by typing into the field marked Category.
  3. All your journal topics created for either coaching or courses will be listed in the table so that you can easily assign them to multiple clients and courses. You can sort these to display in any way you like.
 

Editing Journal topics

You can edit your journal topics by clicking the link View/edit journal topic then selecting Edit. After making your changes, you have two options. If you select Edit all instances of topic, then everywhere you have already assigned the topic, the changes will show up (so use this with caution as it may be confusing if the changes are not minor). If you choose Save a new version of the topic, your edits will create a new version of the topic.

Assigning Journal topics

  1. You can assign a journal topic from the Course Management page. Just click on the course name you want to assign the topic to from the list of your courses on the left-hand side of the page, and then select Journal topics from the drop-down menu.
  2. In the column marked Assign Date, click the link Assign or the calendar icon and select a date. This is the date your course members will be able to see your journal topic.

What do my course members see from their dashboard?

Your course members will be able to read your journal topic and create entries from the Course Pad in their dashboard. They can choose which privacy setting and whether to alllow comments. If they choose "Only me" as the privacy setting, you will be able to see they wrote an entry but not read it.

 

How do I read and respond to client journals?

  1. You can read your course members' journal entries from the Course Journal tab under Journal in Course Management.
  2. To comment, just click the Comment link. Your client can comment back, and possibly other course members too, depending on the privacy settings they selected. This allows for an interactive course experience.

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