A journal is a private area where a student can brainstorm or reflect on assignments. You may use a journal for simply an area of reflection, or you can choose to grade journals based on participation. Journals are different than Blogs in that they are automatically private. So, you must create a Journal and not a Blog to have a private place for your students to write.
To create a new journal
Click the Content Area where you want to put the Journal.
Point to Tools, and then click Journals.
Under Create Link: Journal, click Create New Journal.
In the Name box, type a name for the journal.
In the Description area, type a description about this journal. This would be a good place to note if you are grading the journal.
Choose your availability settings.
Choose your journal settings.
If you want the journal to remain private to other users, do not select Permit Course Users to View Journal.
Select to grade or not to grade this journal.
When you are finished, click Submit.
Once you have created the new journal, you will be directed back to the first Create Link:Journal page. From there, you can select the journal to add to the content area.
To add journal to content area
In the Link to a Journal list, select the journal you wish to add to the content area, and then click Next.
Add a description and select the options you wish to use, and then click Submit.