The Digital Learning team has created an adaptive short course of videos to support students using Journal. Relevant videos will be included by default on a 'Using this Site' page on most Journals. This guide acts as a signpost towards the entire suite of these videos and some more advanced guidance for users with a special interest.
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.
The videos are hosted on Microsoft Stream so you may be prompted to log in to view them.
If you’ve got any questions about how you should be using your Journal, the academic staff on your module will be able to guide you. If you have any technical issues that your academics are unable to answer, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
Additional support guides
Following feedback from students, we have created a number of additional support guides to accompany the Journal Short Course videos.
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.
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 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.
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.
The following advanced guidance is only targeted at users with a special interest in Journal. If you fall into this category, you may be interested in the Digital Skills Team's Introduction to Wordpress course. The course discusses real-world applications of Wordpress.org and Wordpress.com, the main differences and which one will suit your needs, whether you're a blogger or you're looking for website. It covers creating a website or blog, editing and uploading content and all the functionality available to you.
The Digital Learning advanced Journal guides contain guidance on specific tasks which may interest students interested in learning more functionality of Journal.