Journals provide personal writing space for students for self-reflection or private communication with the instructor. This tutorial will show you how to create a journal, set its availability, define settings, and create a journal link within a content area. To begin, access a content area. Point to Tools in the action bar, and select Journals. This page allows you to either link to the Journal Page that lists all existing Journals, or link to a specific Journal. You also have the option to create a new Journal. For the new journal, enter a brief name. Enter your instructions for the journal in the text editor. Next, make the journal available to users. You may also set date and time restrictions to limit when the journal is available. Select whether the index of entries will be visible on the Journal page by week or by month. The index of entries is a listing of entry titles in a journal. You can also determine whether users can edit or delete entries or delete comments in the journal settings. Only the user and instructor can view journal entries. However, you can change a journal’s private status to public by permitting course users to view the journal. Enable grading of the journal, and enter a point value if you wish to use it to assess student work and progress. A Grade Center column is automatically created for the Journal when grading is selected. When you are finished, click Submit. The new journal appears in the list of existing journals. Create a link for the journal in the content area by selecting the journal to be linked, and clicking Next. The link name is automatically filled with the journal title, but you can change it if you want. You can enter a description for the link in the text editor, and set the link’s options. Click Submit to complete the process. The journal link displays in the content area. The new journal you created is also listed when you access the Journals tool in the Control Panel. You may create new journals here, as well. Let’s review. First, access a content area, and create a journal. Then, create a link to the journal in the content area, set its availability, specify options, and submit.