A journal provides a personal space for you to communicate privately with your instructor or your students, depending on your role.

You can use a journal as a self-reflective tool to share your opinion, ideas and concerns related to your course. You can also discuss and analyze course related material using journals.

If you’re a student, your instructor can grade your journal contributions or use them solely for communication. In either instance, you can make multiple entries in a journal.

Journal on Blackboard App is only available for Ultra course view. 

Access journals

You can view or create journals, depending on your role, on the Blackboard app.

  • Click course content from the menu under the ultra-course view
  • Click on the Journal title

Adding an entry / comment / feedback

You can add your opinion, comments, feedback and reflections as entries on the journals, depending on your role. If you’re an instructor, you can also grade your students using Journals.

  • Click course content from the menu under the ultra-course view
  • Click on the Journals title
  • Click on Type an entry

If you’re a student, you get a notification every time your instructor adds a graded or non-graded journal for you. If you’re an instructor, you get a notification every time your students add an entry on your journal.

Keep in mind you can access the journal by clicking on the notification as well.

Removing / editing your entries

After adding your entries, you can also edit and delete it if required.

  • Edit your entry by clicking on the ‘pencil’ icon on the lower right end of your entry.
  • You can also delete the entry by clicking on the ‘dustbin’ icon.

Accessing feedback and Grading details

For students:

Your instructor can initiate a graded journal with you. Once you add your entry to the journal, your instructor can grade you for the work. You can view your instructor’s feedback and grading details on the journal screen.

For instructors:

You can initiate a graded journal with your students. Once you add your entry to the journal, you can grade your student’s work. You can view the grading details on the journal screen. You can also find the status of entries submitted by your students on this screen.