Overview

The guide provides guidance on how to support your students when using Journal. 

Exclamation mark iconImportant: If you are interested in requesting a Journal and how it may benefit your module, view the Introducing Journal Guide


Contents


Video

This video gives an overview of Journal and how students they can engage with it.

 


How do my students access their journal?

Journals can be accessed by following these steps:

  1. Go to http://journal.falmouth.ac.uk
  2. Enter student IT username e.g rp123456 (not email address).
  3. Enter student IT password.
  4. Click on 'Log in' button.

Using Journal: short course videos

The Digital Learning team has created an adaptive short course of videos to support the use of Journal. These videos will be included by default on a 'Using this Site' page on most Journals with the following text:

"These videos form a 15 minute short course teaching you the basic skills you’ll need to use Journal. We recommend watching them all through once at the beginning of your module/course, and then referring back to them when you want to complete specific tasks."

A example of a 'Using this Site' page in Journal

The videos are hosted on Microsoft Stream, so you may be prompted to log into your Stream account to view them.

Introduction to Journal (0:57)

Logging in and navigating Journal (2:06)

Customising your site (1:51)

Editing your pages (1:46)

Adding a new post (2:14)

Using the text and content editor (4:13) 

Adding images (2:33)

Embedding external content (1:57)

 

Course specific videos

Some additional course-specific videos may be created on request by the Digital Learning Team, but these will be purely technical videos as the responsibility for teaching with Journal, and how students are expected to use it, lies with the module lead.


Additional support guides

Following feedback from students, we have created a number of additional support guides to accompany the Journal Short Course videos.


Scrapbooking

An additional Scrapbooking with Journal video can be embedded into Journals which include a "Scrapbook" page, or where a scrapbooking approach is intended with the Journal.


Images

A thorough guide to Adding and Using images in Journal discusses different ways to place images in Journal, including good use of galleries, wrapping text around images, and a discussion of the media library.


Technical guidance on Image compression and optimisation in Journal highlights the specific ways that Journal uses images, and discusses optimising images prior to uploading and sensible dimensions for images.


Accessibility

Accessibility Tricks and Tips in Journal introduces some useful tools for improving digital accessibility with Journal, and directs students to contact the FXPlus Accessibility and Inclusion Team for more general web-accessibility guidance.


Journal on Mobile

For specific tasks, Journal has excellent mobile capabilities. Using Journal on Mobile discusses the benefits and limits of using Journal on mobile, and demonstrates how to create a desktop link on a mobile device for quick access.


Exporting Journals

At the end of their course, students commonly want to take their Journals with them. Our guidance on exporting a Journal to a new Wordpress Site enables this, and directs students to contact the Digital Learning Team for further support.


How do my students access Journal support?

The support videos on the 'Using this site' page as mentioned above, outline the main actions students will be expected to learn to use Journal. The videos can also be added to Learning Space if desired. 

Hyperlink iconLink: View the How To Add Images, Audio, Videos & Links for guidance on adding video links.

Digital Learning are not student facing, therefore unable to offer further support to students on how to use Journal as Academic staff are expected to do this. Software Training however run 1-to-1 sessions for student help with projects that includes WordPress.  

Hyperlink iconLink: View full details at Software Training for Students.

For any queries beyond the knowledge of academic staff, the Digital Learning team can be consulted via dlsupport@falmouth.ac.uk


Question mark iconFurther Support 

For general queries about the Journal, 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 dlsupport@falmouth.ac.uk. Alternatively, please refer to the numerous help guides found on our Knowledge Base

View the Accessibility Statement for all of our support guides.