Example 4: Online Journal Rubric

One use of an online journal is to facilitate the documentation of knowledge you are constructing throughout the course.  It will help you take control of and direct your own learning experience, identify what you have learned, what questions you have, and what you would like to know more about.  You should not only reflect on knowledge gained through materials and discussion, but also new ideas to explore feedback from others.

In the modules that have journal items, you will be prompted to write reflections in response to one or two specific questions. These questions will encourage you to use the course content, your prior knowledge, and your experience to craft your responses. Bring your current knowledge and experience into your reflections when appropriate. I will review your reflections and provide feedback based on the rubric presented below.

Reflection is an opportunity to construct knowledge and meaning from your work. It is one of the most valuable activities you will perform in this course. Consider the following suggestions when you are crafting your responses in the online journal. I will be looking for evidence of these suggestions to assess the quality of your reflections.

  • Your reflections should be written during the session in which they are being addressed. Keep in mind that the main purpose of this exercise is to help you construct meaning and self-assess your progress.
  • Your reflections should be thorough and thoughtful. Support your ideas by using examples, readings, experiences from your own knowledge base, other course work, etc.
  • Your reflections should be within a range of 250-500 words (no longer, please).
  • Your reflections should address the question or problem. Take advantage of this unique opportunity to examine your thinking and learning. Make sure your reflections have depth and reflect critical thinking, analysis, and synthesis.
  • Your reflections should be complete and free of grammatical or structural errors.
  • Only the instructor and each individual student can view your journal entry.
  • Do not copy or use another person’s words when constructing your journal entry.

Online Journal Rubric

Criteria

No Journal Posted Unsatisfactory

Satisfactory

Exemplary

Demonstrates content knowledge, understanding and application gained from readings, assignments, movies, and/or coursework

No journal posted.

 

 

 

 

 

 

0 points

Reflections show very little evidence of understanding course content knowledge, or application of content within course framework.

 

 

 

 


3.25 points

Reflections demonstrate understanding of course content knowledge and application of content within course content framework using prior knowledge and 1-2 examples from course content when applicable.

Reflections include critical thinking and synthesis.

 

 

3.75 points

Reflections demonstrate understanding of course content knowledge and application of course content within course framework using prior knowledge and >3 examples from course content and other resources when applicable.

Reflections include critical thinking and synthesis.

Reflections connect course concepts with other concepts in the subject matter area.

5 points

Spelling and mechanics

No journal posted.

 

0 points

Reflections are written using grammatically incorrect sentences and/or have greater than 2 spelling errors.

3.25 points

Reflections have one or more grammatically incorrect sentences and/or two spelling errors.


3.75 points

Reflections contain grammatically correct sentences without any spelling errors.

 

5 points

Completion of reflections and timeliness

No journal posted.


0 points

The learner does not complete reflections and/or does not submit reflections on time.

3.25 points

N/A

 


3.75 points

The learner completes reflections and submits them on time.

 

5 points

Total Points: 15 points

Note: Customize the total number of points depending on how much participation counts in the overall course design.