Many courses have asked students to keep blogs since their first development. These have often taken the form of Journals rather than public facing Blogs. This SOP clarifies what is a “Student Journal” and what is a “Student Blog”. The SOP will also provide the procedures for setting up a “Student Journal” and the procedure for supporting students in creating their own “Student Blog”.
The maintenance of a student journal is an expectation of all Pamoja Education (PJE) courses. Students need the means to reflect on their progress in a course and their development of Approaches to Learning (ATL) skills. The most effective means for this is a Journal that can be reviewed by the student’s teacher. The Canvas Learning Management System (LMS) allows the integration of an Individual Assignment for students with no deadline, which will serve the purpose of a Journal for the duration of a course.
It is important to distinguish between a “journal” and a “blog” within the context of a PJE course. A journal is a PJE managed space for students to reflect upon their own learning (e.g. ATL) whereas a blog is a public space where students may share their reflections with a wider non-PJE audience if they wish. Students are encouraged but not required to create a personal blog, where they may share subject-related work, ideas and perspectives with the general public. There are many public blogging platforms available to students and PJE will offer students a Knowledge Base and links to set up their own personal blog if they wish. Students may choose to use a personal blog to feature their PJE journal work by linking their Journal Assignments to their blog.
Action - Journals
- At certain points during a course students will be required to submit journal entries. Journal Assignmenta may be subject specific activities or associated with other topics such as ATL.
- Journal Assignments may have quite specific foci, such as Internal Assessment.
- Journal Assignments are formative assessments; teachers will review them at each Engagement Rating period with a minimum expectation of engagement in this activity.
- Students will see an “Assignment” titled as their Journal in the course. There will be no deadline for this assignment and no grade attached to it. Submissions in this assignment will make up the Journal.
- Students have a number of options for their Journal assignment. They may use:
- A Word document: Each time the student is required to update their journal, an updated version of the Word document will be submitted to the “Journal Assignment” which will overwrite the previous versions of the Word document which are housed in the LMS “Journal Assignment”.
- A Googledoc: Each time the student is required to update their journal, a link to an updated version of the Googledoc will be submitted to the “Journal Assignment” which will overwrite the previous version.
- A personal blog: Each time the student is required to update their journal they will resubmit the blog link to the “Journal Assignment” which will overwrite the previous link in the in the LMS “Journal Assignment”.
Action – Blogs
All students enrolled in a PJE course will have access to a Knowledge Base showing students how to create a personal blog in Wordpress or Edublogs.
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