What is a Journal

A journal is a record that can be used to detail everything from your feelings about a particular situation in your social life to your thoughts on a current event in the political world. Hence, journals serve a range of purposes. A journal is meant collect your ideas and observations on any number of things and put the happenings of each day into writing. In this way, you are able to better remember what you did, what you thought, and what was happening.

Journaling can be an excellent tool to have students reflect on coursework, lectures and themselves.

 

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Sample Assessment Tasks

Relevant GLO

Task

Source and reflect on current mediaCreate a journal relating to a topic relevant to your profession. Your reflective journal will comprise 5 entries in total. For the topic chosen, look for current media articles relating to it. These can be derived from hard copy or electronic media, such as newspaper reports, television reports, updates on websites, or any other media form, provided the item is not more than twelve months old. For each article you collect, you should write a critical analysis of the issues arising from the article in comparison with an original, credible source.  Each entry should be no more than 400 words and should include:

  • a discussion of the article including how it links to the topic chosen
  • an analysis of the  issues arising from that article in comparison with an original, credible source.
  • a reference to the media article including title, author/s, date, source etc.
  • a reference to an original, credible source for each entry such as research paper, parliamentary reports.
Sample Rubric Line – add this line to your rubric, or even better,  tailor it to your context.
CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Demonstrate the skills required to locate, access and critically evaluate existing information and data

Search wide range of relevant sources such as: media articles, peer reviewed journals, credible sources.

Evaluate the merit of the source/information based on the differences and similarities between the different information and source. Justify evaluation through use of additional sources.

Search wide range of relevant sources such as: media articles, peer reviewed journals, credible sources.

Evaluate the merit of the source/information based on the differences and similarities between the different information and sources.

Search relevant sources such as: media articles, peer reviewed journals, credible sources.

Explain the importance of the differences and similarities between the different information sources.

Search relevant sources such as: media articles, peer reviewed journals, credible sources.

Describe the differences and similarities between the different information sources.

Has not searched relevant articles or described the differences and similarities between different information sources.
Example drawn from JST318 – Human rights and social justice

 

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Critical Reflection on Values in Professional Practice 

TASK: Create a reflective journal relating to reflect on personal values, and intrinsic values to your profession. There should be four journal entries comprised of the following.

  1. Identify your main personal values and state how they influence your professional decisions and behaviour?
  2. Identify the main things you experience or observe in public life that challenge your values and ideas of how the world should be?
  3. What are the important principles and ethics in professional practice that inform your professional decisions and behaviour? Give an example to demonstrate how this might apply in practice.
  4. In light of the above responses, what do you think ‘professionalism’ means in your professional context?
Sample Rubric Line – add this line to your rubric, or even better,  tailor it to your context.
CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Critically reflect on, discuss and challenge the values intrinsic in the different practices in which they participate.

Identify intrinsic values in your profession. Evaluate the effect of these values on established professional practice.

Uses ethical frameworks to justify impacts in professional practice.

Develops alternate examples of how intrinsic values affect practice.

Identify intrinsic values in your profession. Evaluate the effect of these values on established professional practice.

Uses  ethical frameworks to justify impacts in professional practice.

Provide examples.

Identify intrinsic values in your profession. Explains how these have  impacted on professional practice using ethical frameworks. Identify intrinsic values in your profession. Describe the impact on professional practice using ethical frameworks. Does not identify  intrinsic values in (your profession/topic) or describe the impact on professional practice using ethical frameworks.
Example drawn from HSS300 – Professional Development

 

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Create a reflective journal to reflect on cultural and  historical patterns that have structured Indigenous lives in the past and how they continue to be expressed in contemporary Australia.

Your Journal needs to address the following topics, and should be completed over several weeks, reflecting on the issues as they discover information or as it develops during their course work.

  • Cultural Patterns that have structured Indigenous lives in the past.
  • Historical Patterns that have structured Indigenous lives in the past.
  • How the cultural and historical patterns continue to be expressed in contemporary Australia
Sample Rubric Line – add this line to your rubric, or even better,  tailor it to your context.
CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Understand specific cultural and historical patterns that have structured Indigenous lives in the past and the way in which these patterns continue to be expressed in contemporary Australia Identify cultural and historical patterns that have structured Indigenous lives in the past and evaluate how they are still expressed in contemporary Australia, comparing Australian attitudes to other similar countries (settled by England). Identify cultural and historical patterns that have structured Indigenous lives in the past and analyse how they are still expressed in contemporary Australia using examples to illustrate. Identify cultural and historical patterns that have structured Indigenous lives in the past and explains how they are still expressed in contemporary Australia. Identify cultural and historical patterns that have structured Indigenous lives in the past and outlines how they are still expressed in contemporary Australia. Does not identify cultural and historical patterns that have structured Indigenous lives in the past or how they are still expressed in contemporary Australia.

 

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Task

Add Sustainable Practices to an Journal

For all courses and professions, there is theory that frames practice and an opportunity to foster students’ thinking around how their practice fits into the world. This inevitably affords the potential for reflection about their role within that impact.

Consider adding the following to your assessment or tailoring to fit your subject;

How do you understand the nature of sustainable practices in your chosen profession. What qualities and behaviours do you need to adopt to meet the needs of the present without compromising the needs of future generations?

Sample Rubric Line – add this line to your rubric, or even better,  tailor it to your context.
CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Demonstrate multidisciplinary knowledge that empowers graduates to understand and critically analyse the challenges of balancing the social, economic and environmental factors essential for ecological sustainability

Describes the issues of balancing social, economic and environmental factors and how they impact on ecological sustainability.

Reflects on current social, economic and environmental factors relevant to their discipline to create ideas of improving the ecological sustainability.

Describes the issues of balancing social, economic and environmental factors and how they impact on ecological sustainability.

Analyse each factor to illustrate how each factor impacts/contributes to ecological sustainability.

Describes the issues of balancing social, economic and environmental factors and how they impact on ecological sustainability

Explain the importance of each factors impact towards ecological sustainability.

Describes the issues of balancing social, economic and environmental factors and how they impact on ecological sustainability Does not describe the issues of balancing social, economic and environmental factors and how they impact on ecological sustainability
CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Apply acquired sustainability knowledge individually and collectively for the improvement of local and global environmental sustainability

Define sustainable practices and describe how they can be used in the profession to improve local and global environmental sustainability, as an individual and in your profession.

Evaluates current sustainability knowledge and its effectiveness on local and global environmental sustainability.

Generate ideas on how the current practices might change in the future.

Define sustainable practices and describe how they can be used in the profession to improve local and global environmental sustainability, as an individual and in your profession.

Explain how current sustainability practices have evolved to where they are.

Define sustainable practices and describe how they can be used in the profession to improve local and global environmental sustainability, as an individual and in your profession.

Explain differences between strategies and their effectiveness.

Define sustainable practices and describe how they can be used in the profession to improve local and global environmental sustainability, as an individual and in your profession. Does not define sustainable practices or described how they can be used in the profession to improve local and global environmental sustainability, as an individual or in your profession.
Inspiration drawn from SWK414 – International Social Development

 

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Add Global Citizenship to a Journal

 For all courses and professions, there is theory that frames practice and an opportunity to foster students’ thinking around how their practice fits into the world. This inevitably affords the potential for reflection about their role within that impact.

Consider adding the following to your assessment or tailoring to fit your subject.

“How do you understand the global nature and impact of your chosen profession.  What qualities and behaviours do you need to adopt to work effectively in trans-cultural contexts?“

Sample Rubric Line – add this line to your rubric, or even better,  tailor it to your context.
CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Understand the impact of culture and global issues on professional practice

Identifies cultural and global issues that impact upon their profession and its practice.

Analyses how cultural and global issues have impacted on professional practice. Explains how professional practice has evolved to its current state.

Speculate how current global issues will impact professional practice.

Identifies cultural and global issues and analyses the impacted on professional practice. Explains how professional practice has evolved to its current state global issues that impact upon their profession and its practice. Identifies cultural and global issues and describes how it has affected professional practice. Identifies cultural and global issues that impact upon their profession and its practice. Does not identify cultural and global issues that impact upon their profession and its practice.

 

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Task

Reflective journals to document a students progress throughout a subject are commonplace assessments for early learners for stimulating critical thinking and the understanding of professional responsibility, simultaneously creating opportunities to assess a number of Graduate  Learning Outcomes. Consider using CSU specific online technologies such as Thinkspace to foster Digital Literacy alongside reflective learning. Use

of a specific platform (Thinkspace) offers early learners to become proficient in a defined space where skill development relating to professional communication in the online environment may be monitored and practised in a scholarly environment.

Sample Rubric Line – add this line to your rubric, or even better,  tailor it to your context.
CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Understand the use and structure of appropriate language in written, oral, visual, mathematical, and multi-modal communication

Evaluates how structure and language is used to communicate information in written, oral, visual, mathematical, and multi-modal communication.

Uses examples to analyse the effectiveness of language and structures to meet the needs of the context.

Proposes and justifies what structures and language would be most effective in a designated context.

Compares and contrasts how structure and language is used to communicate information in written, oral, visual, mathematical, and multi-modal communication.

Uses examples to analyse the effectiveness of language and structures to meet the needs of the context.

Explains how structure and language is used to communicate information in written, oral, visual, mathematical, and multi-modal communication Describes how structure and language is used to communicate information in written, oral, visual, mathematical, and multi-modal communication Does not describe how structure and language is used to communicate information in written, oral, visual, mathematical, and multi-modal communication
CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Demonstrate the literacy and numeracy skills necessary to understand and interpret information and communicate effectively according to the context Critically selects, evaluates, and structures ideas in a format that engages and informs the reader/listener through a well-articulated discussion supported by a wide range of relevant and credible sources Selects, analyses, synthesizes, and structures ideas in a format that engages and informs the reader/listener through a clear discussion supported by a range of relevant and credible sources Selects, applies, and structures ideas in a format that provides the reader/listener with clear and accurate information supported by relevant and credible sources Gathers, interprets, and presents relevant and credible information supported by relevant and credible sources in a structure and format appropriate to the audience, purpose, and context Does not gather, interpret, or present relevant and credible information supported by relevant and credible sources in a structure and format appropriate to the audience, purpose, and context
CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Use, create, communicate and share multi-modal information in digital environments. Uses a variety of digital settings/workspaces to create ways to communicate multi-modal information from multiple sources that support each other. Uses digital elements to link related aspects together and is enhanced with digital elements such as graphics, effects, web links and additional elements. Uses multiple digital settings/workspaces to communicate multi-modal information in different manners that combine together. Enhances communication with elements such as titles,graphics, web links, effects to link presentation. Combines digital settings/workspaces to communicate and share multi modal information, enhanced with basic effects (such as titles, web links) Use given digital setting/workspace to communicate and share multi-modal information in a digital environment. Does not use appropriate digital settings/workspace, information not communicated to the level of a pass.
CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Ethically, legally, safely and critically use technology to select, create and share information and participate in online learning, professional and social communities.

Identify appropriate use of online spaces. 

Controlled disclosure of personal and professional information.

Images on all social communities are appropriate.

Evaluate what is appropriate online content to online learning, professional and social communities by reflecting on examples  

Creates a personal philosophy to ethically, legally, safely and critically use technology in online content, using examples to justify their reasoning.

Identify appropriate use of online spaces.

Controlled disclosure of personal and professional information.

Images on all social communities are appropriate.

Analyse the impact that online content can have on individuals, professional and personally, using examples. Argues the importance of using appropriate online content in online learning, professional and social communities.

Identify appropriate use of online spaces.

Controlled disclosure of personal and professional information.

Images on all social communities are appropriate.

Explains the importance of  appropriate online content to ethically, legally, safely and critically use technology in online learning, professional and social communities, and how it can impact on personal and professional image.

Identify appropriate use of online spaces.

Controlled disclosure of personal and professional information.

Images on all social communities are appropriate.

Describes decisions about appropriate online content to ethically, legally, safely and critically use technology  in online learning, professional and social communities.

Does not identify appropriate use of online spaces.

Does not control disclosure of personal and professional information.

Images on all social communities are not appropriate.

Does not describe decisions about appropriate online content to ethically, legally, safely and critically use technology  in online learning, professional and social communities.

CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Seek and employ feedback to reflect on performance and outcomes in order to develop as an individual and professional Proposed new and future learning objectives: improvements to personal and professional development, owing to the application, analysis and evaluation of:

  • self- and peer-assessments;  
  • problem-management/ opportunity-development approaches;  
  • scenario planning;
  • and  personal reflection techniques
Analysed feedback from the application of…  

  • self- and peer-assessments;
  • problem-management/ opportunity-development approaches;
  • scenario planning;
  • and  personal reflection techniques

…to further discern and prioritise emerging personal and professional learning needs

Summarised feedback from the application of…  

  • self- and peer-assessments;
  • problem-management/ opportunity-development approaches;
  • scenario planning;
  • and  personal reflection techniques

…to identify personal and professional learning needs

Applied reflective practice skills and methods competently, including:

  • self- and peer-assessments;
  • problem-management/ opportunity-development approaches;
  • scenario planning;
  • and  personal reflection techniques
Has not applied reflective practice skills and methods competently, including:

  • self- and peer-assessments;
  • problem-management/ opportunity-development approaches;
  • scenario planning;
  • and  personal reflection techniques

 

Relevant GLO

Task

In this journal, you are asked to reflect on news media articles that have some relevance in your mind to the concept of sustainable development. Your reflection should describe the contents of the article (issue, information and particular perspectives presented), but more importantly should reflect on these contents in relation to your own understanding of the issues and on how the article relates to sustainable development. An understanding of the ideas and principles underpinning sustainable development may assist you to explore the meanings and implications of issues raised in the article, to question the interpretations or conclusions presented in the article. On the other hand, the contents of the article may also encourage you to question your own understanding or interpretation of the issues, and of the meaning of sustainable development.
Sample Rubric Line – add this line to your rubric, or even better,  tailor it to your context.
CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Demonstrate discipline-specific technical capabilities and self appraisal required for a beginning practitioner or professional Using self appraisal to reflect on discipline-specific technical capabilities and previous performance to create new ways to perform or improve their practice.   Analyse personal performance of discipline-specific capabilities Uses analysis to appraise performance and apply to future performance. Combines following procedures with self appraisal of performance to improve future performance. Follow simple procedures required in their profession. Appraises performance. Does not Follow simple procedures required in their profession or appraise performance.
CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Seek and employ feedback to reflect on performance and outcomes in order to develop as an individual and professional Proposed new and future learning objectives: improvements to personal and professional development, owing to the application, analysis and evaluation of:

  • self- and peer-assessments;  
  • problem-management/ opportunity-development approaches;  
  • scenario planning;
  • and  personal reflection techniques
Analysed feedback from the application of…  

  • self- and peer-assessments;
  • problem-management/ opportunity-development approaches;
  • scenario planning;
  • and  personal reflection techniques

…to further discern and prioritise emerging personal and professional learning needs

Summarised feedback from the application of…  

  • self- and peer-assessments;
  • problem-management/ opportunity-development approaches;
  • scenario planning;
  • and  personal reflection techniques

…to identify personal and professional learning needs

Applied reflective practice skills and methods competently, including:

  • self- and peer-assessments;
  • problem-management/ opportunity-development approaches;
  • scenario planning;
  • and  personal reflection techniques
Has not applied reflective practice skills and methods competently, including:

  • self- and peer-assessments;
  • problem-management/ opportunity-development approaches;
  • scenario planning;
  • and  personal reflection techniques
CRITERION High Distinction  Distinction  Credit  Pass  Fail 
Demonstrate multidisciplinary knowledge that empowers graduates to understand and critically analyse the challenges of balancing the social, economic and environmental factors essential for ecological sustainability

Describes the issues of balancing social, economic and environmental factors and how they impact on ecological sustainability.

Reflects on current social, economic and environmental factors relevant to their discipline to create ideas of improving the ecological sustainability.

Describes the issues of balancing social, economic and environmental factors and how they impact on ecological sustainability.

Analyse each factor to illustrate how each factor impacts/contributes to ecological sustainability.

Describes the issues of balancing social, economic and environmental factors and how they impact on ecological sustainability

Explain the importance of each factors impact towards ecological sustainability.

Describes the issues of balancing social, economic and environmental factors and how they impact on ecological sustainability Does not describe the issues of balancing social, economic and environmental factors and how they impact on ecological sustainability
  Example drawn from ENM308 – The Challenge of sustainable development

Depending on your subject/course, and what you have covered in previous subjects or will be covering, you could use a Journal to assess a wide range of  the GLO’s. These are just some examples of how a journal could be used. You may wish to take the journal assessment task and adapt it to your needs.

Resources

Journaling as an Assessment Option-vlajhj

Reflective Journal Writing as an Alternate Assessment-su7256

http://www.csu.edu.au/__data/assets/word_doc/0006/1373667/HLT311-Reflective-portfolio.doc