A Learning Journal is a chance for student to reflect on different topics related to the learning process. It may also support the understanding of how the parts of the course fit together. Learning journals are sometimes called diaries, but they are not diaries that record just dates and events.
A learning journal is an accumulation of material that is mainly based on the writer's processes of reflection. It is written over a period of time, not all 'in one go'.
Learning Journal improve student Learning
Writing a Learning Journal often creates the conditions that favour learning.
For example, by simply demanding that students give time and intellectual space to course material, or by enabling to focus on particular areas of interest and demand that they put in order their thoughts.
Offline, on the personal PC
You can encourage students keep their journal entries in electronic form on their computer, as word-processed documents. This can be very convenient if they have a laptop or PDA and regularly carry this with them. Thus they can make reflections during the day. Students can make later reflections in different coloured text and/or in a different font.
The advantage of a computer-based journal is that students are able to save sound clips or video clips – like keeping a video diary? However, getting pictures, drawings, plans, rough maps etc into the journal can be more difficult unless they have a scanner, or want to use a drawing package.
On the Web
A blog is basically a journal that is available on the web. The activity of updating a blog is "blogging" and someone who keeps a blog is a "blogger." Blogs are typically updated daily using software that allows people with little or no technical background to update and maintain the blog.
A blog is usually a publicly accessible personal journal for an individual. Similar to a personal diary, but shared over the web. One advantage of sharing thoughts and reflections with others especially friends – is that they can comment, offer advice, help, good suggestions etc.
Blogs can contain links to good websites and other web based materials, which can make them a very rich source for later reflection. And ..because they are on the Web, students can post your reflections at any time and from anywhere.
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What I Did What Went Well/Not Well What Made You Realise It Was Right Or Wrong? What Help Did You Need (If any) How Would You Do It Differently Next Time? ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ---- ----
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