Teaching & Learning


Learning journal

Overview of how to design a digital learning activity where students use a learning journal to reflect on and review their learning. 

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29 April 2021

About this activity

Create a learning journal in which students can reflect in and review their learning.

It could include tutorial actctivites, target setting, aims and goals etc.

Why use it

  • To monitor learning  
  • To promote and enhance reflection 
  • To review learning processes and trigger meta-learning processes 
  • To make links between learning experiences 
  • To set goals (short and long term) 

When to use it

  • Throughout the course, or linked to a specific task or assessment (depending on purpose).

Digital tools that might be used

  • Reflect blog 
  • OneNote class notebook  
  • MyPortfolio 
  • Moodle Forum 
  • Moodle Wiki
  • Video / audio diary 

Speed of set up time 

Varies, but do build in lead time to liaise with learning technologists.


  • Explain the purpose and value of the journal and provide specific (which aspect to focus on) and/or timed (e.g. week 3) reflection prompts.

Other resources

  • Exemplars (multimedia).

Examples of staff use

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