Discussions: How do I know I am using a Blog or Journal? What is the main difference between them?
Discussions: Blog vs. Journal Topic
A Blog is a public communication tool in which class participants collaboratively discuss a particular topic and comment on each others entries. A Blog cannot be private between teacher and student.
A Journal is typically a private communication avenue between instructor and student for reflection type activities in the course. The instructor may decide to make a Journal topic public so that everyone in the class can see one anothers entries.
Here is an overview between all types of topics that comprise the Discussions tool:
Threaded: Create a threaded topic for a more traditional online discussion. Participants post and reply to messages. Replies that are associated with the same post are grouped together, creating message threads that can be expanded and collapsed.
Blog: Create a collaborative blog (weblog) space by allowing participants to post a chronological series of entries on a particular topic. Participants can then add comments to any blog entry.
Journal: Create a journal topic to give Students a place for their own writing. The journals can be kept private between the Student and the Section Instructor or shared with the class.
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