Students used to be able to write a good essay using information from assigned essays, required books and quizzes. With e-journals, there are plenty of tools for writers to include specific information for students to reference while online.
What Assessments Can Be Use For E-journals In Online Learning?
Christine Hollen is the author of Rookie: My Life in Ten Empowering Questions, an autobiographical journey through girls in 10, 12, and 13 years of age, due out this February.
As I prepared to deliver my talk about e-journals last year at the National E-Learning Conference, the speaker for my task force, Sean Busse, noted that fact that only half of school-aged children have e-journals. I wondered if I were putting my presentation into the right context for e-journals, and eventually recognized the need to pay more attention to the assessments that e-journals provide for online learning.
With attention, I came to recognize e-journals as a resource that can transform online learning in several ways.
Students who have used e-journals to create research and documentation for their personalized research projects by using MLA-10, LAU, BIS or other titles can apply these findings to their online courses.
For example, when students have used e-journals to create and maintain online research, they can consider using a piece of their research as an analysis in class. Teachers can also provide students with digital print journals that incorporate their class projects.
Beginning first-year students, a critical time for memory formation, can also use e-journals to create research information that can be shared with classmates and classmates’ families as well as with the instructor. They can use e-journals to clarify and provide direction for research projects and activities that require searching information online, tracking information throughout the day, and correcting results before they take a final test.
Reuse of e-journals
During in-person learning, students often take notes in class. Some can go online and retrieve their study materials from online journals, and some can use an interactive flash card to track the layout of images that they have copied online.
After a class, students can use an e-journals note finder to navigate back to the class, note the information they chose to retain, and use the e-journals search functionality to locate the information they are interested in.
Endorsement of online journals
Students who use e-journals in class can bring them with them as they enter the online world by using social sharing and endorsement tools provided by the universities that they are enrolled in.
Upon publication of an individual paper, the student can claim their research for peer-reviewed publication in an online journal and apply it to professional development by submitting their research and illustrating the research projects and lesson plans that inspire their work.
Online databases of peer-reviewed online journals are free from many professional development programs and from institutions that assist in education and in research. Most are available online in the right jurisdiction so students can search in their preferred language.
Interest in journals as a resource increases in middle and high school. Longer graduation timeframes require students to take more rigorous courses.
Students want to learn, but they also want to get good grades. E-journals provide students with choices. They can create self-studies, materials to share with parents, a world-class online learning resource that continually evolves to meet their needs, and resources for college and research.
In 2011, the Library Journal estimated that annual Internet book sales worldwide were $25 billion and that as much as $4 billion of this money was spent buying e-books, up significantly from $1 billion four years earlier.
The market for e-journals is expanding rapidly. The e-journals market grew by nearly 100 percent in 2014. Twenty-two percent of students use e-journals in school. More than 75 percent of students use e-journals in personal study.
E-journals can be a powerful supplementary resource for online learning. They are not an alternative, nor can they replace the classroom experience, but they can be a key part of making online learning a success for school-aged students.