I want a private space to communicate individually with students. The journal tool would seem to be ideal. However, despite what the documentation implies, instructors cannot initiate comments in the Journal tool, they can only reply to student postings. I would like to see the Journal tool updated so that instructors can initiate a post.
Because of this limitation of the Journal tool, my current (very cumbersome) work around is to create a large group set, one member per sub-group, allow only the blog tool to be available, and individually assign group membership. This is especially annoying during drop/add because I have to keep an eagle eye on enrollments and manually assign and de-assign blog access.
Please update the journal tool!
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