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Creating a Reflection Journal in Canvas

This guide will help you use Canvas' features to put a private reflection journal in your course. Some faculty have been using Campus Pack's private journal feature for this, but the tools in Canvas should serve your needs just fine.

Features of a Private Journal

  • Private-- each student sees only their own post. The only other class participant who can see that student's work is the teacher. 
  • Recurring-- the student needs to be able to submit the assignment several times.
  • Allow Feedback-- the teacher needs to be able to comment back on each posting the student posts.

Using Canvas' "Assignments" tool, you can create a private, recurring assignment where the instructor can comment on each posting. 

PLEASE NOTE: This guide assumes that you are giving one grade for several journal postings. If you want to give a separate grade every time the student posts, you can simply create a separate Assignment for each separate posting you want students to complete. 

 


Create a New Assignment

In the Assignments screen, I have created a new Assignment called "Clinical Reflection Journal". Add the total points possible for this assignment. (You may notice I have added this assignment to an Assignment Group, enabling me to make this assignment a weighted part of my course's final grade).

Once you have created the Assignment, press More Options.

Create a New Assignment

Assignment Options: Create an Assignment with Multiple Attempts

Canvas assignments allow multiple submission attempts by default. This is great for a recurring assignment like a weekly reflection journal. Students will be able to open this assignment over and over, submitting new journal entries each time.

Assignment Options: Create an Assignment with Multiple Attempts

STUDENTS WILL SEE: Submit Assignment

Students will see this as an assignment they can submit multiple times.

STUDENTS WILL SEE: Submit Assignment

Re-Submit for each Journal Entry

Students can re-submit each subsequent entry in the same assignment.

Re-Submit for each Journal Entry

In the SpeedGrader, Flip between submission entries.

After a student has submitted multiple entries, you will be able to switch between those entries in the SpeedGrader column for this assignment.

In the SpeedGrader, Flip between submission entries.