This article gives guidance on creating a class in Journal. It will cover, what a class is and why you should set one up, right through how to create it as well as addressing common questions staff members encounter.
Note: To access Journal, use your Falmouth University staff username and password to log in.
- Video Guide
- Why Create A Class?
- Setting Up The Class
- Accepting Students
- Viewing A Student’s Website And Posts
- Further Support
This video explains how to create a Class in Journal.
Why Create A Class?
Setting up a class in Journal allows you to quickly view your student’s websites as well as being able to view the most recent posts all in one place. When a student joins your class, you will also be able to revoke editing rights after a certain time – this is a useful feature for when an assignment deadline passes.
Setting Up The Class
The main considerations when setting up a class in Journal are the naming convention of the class site, the Privacy Settings and Class Settings.
To create a new class, you’ll first need to build a new Journal website. We advise setting the site name in all lowercase characters to: [Module Code]class[Academic Year]. For example: gam110class1819.
Link: For guidance on building a journal, please refer to the How to Create a New Journal guide.
Next, you will need to consider the privacy settings.
Student website's that join your class will inherit this site's privacy setting, therefore if a student site is set to private, and the class site is set to public, that student’s blog will be overridden and set to public.
Unless the student’s site needs to be public, we would recommend the third option ‘Visitors must have a login – anyone that is a registered user of Falmouth University can gain access’.
Next, click ‘Create Site’. If you were successful, you will see a message at the top of the screen that says ‘The site [site name] is yours’. Click ‘My Sites’ in the top left, hover over your newly created site and click ‘Dashboard’.
From the menu on the left select ‘My Class’ and then click ‘Create A Class’. Finally, ensure the settings are set to the following:
- ‘This is a class blog’ – Tick
- ‘Allow Students To Post On The Class Blog’ – Ensure set to no
- ‘Moderation On Student Blogs’ – Ensure both unticked
- ‘Privacy‘ – Will depend on your personal choice
- ‘Reader’ – Untick if you don’t want students to read other’s posts.
- ‘Teachers’ – Tick your name
- ‘Student Permissions’ – Will depend on your personal choice
Lastly, click Save.
In order for a student to join your class, you’ll need to give them the name of the website you’ve just built. You can easily find this by looking at the URL. The class name is listed after the '.uk/' of the web address in the browser. For example abc107class1819 is the class name associated with the URL: https://journal.ac.uk/abc107class1819.
For visibility, we suggest putting the class name somewhere in the module page on Learning Space. You could make a new section on the module page called ‘Journal Information’, with a link to the class site as well as the site name.
Once students request to join the class, you will need to accept them. You can do that by going to the class site dashboard, clicking ‘My Class’ and then ‘Student Blogs’. Any requests to join will be shown here and you can simply click approve to accept them. The student will receive an email notification once you have approved their request.
This video gives an overview of how to ask your student's to join a Class and how you accept them to it.
Link: For further guidance on how a student joins a class in Journal, please refer to the guide How to Join a Class.
Viewing A Student’s Website And Posts
Once a student has joined the class and their request has been approved, you will be able to view their website. To do so, simply from your dashboard, select ‘My Class’ and then ‘Student Blogs’. This screen shows you all of the blogs and includes a handy search function on the right which you can use to search the blog by student name. Finally, once you’ve found the student’s blog you can visit their site by clicking ‘Visit’.
For general queries about the Learning Space, students should first contact their module leader or personal tutor. For any other comments or issues within this guide, please contact the Digital Learning Team via firstname.lastname@example.org. Alternatively, please refer to the numerous help guides found on our Knowledge Base.