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July 09, 2012


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Beth Haas

Yes, Jacqueline, I use BB's journal function in my online courses. It gives the students a break from standard, public discussion boards and some topics, at least in PR and Evidence, lend themselves better to individual, reflective writing assignments than to large or even small group discussions. My students understand that the journal entries are read only by me and this seems to encourage them to share views that they might not otherwise share in a public forum. It also gives the more introverted students a chance to add their thoughts. I have learned that it is important to give a maximum paragraph or word count because some students write way too much.

Jacqueline Lipton

That makes a lot of sense and it does seem a good way to encourage more introverted students to add their thoughts more freely than they might in a more open discussion.

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