Learning Journals in Online Training #127

Learning Journals in E-Learning #127: Challenge | Recap

Encourage Learners to Reflect on What They Just Learned

Keeping learners focused and engaged can be a real challenge.

For many learners, the e-learning course is just another workplace hurdle they need to overcome before they can focus on their “real work.”

What are some ways course designers can keep learners focused and engaged without overcomplicating the development process?

One way to engage your learners is by inviting them to reflect on what they just learned. Rather than building custom practice activities for every module, try asking your learners an open-ended question that connects the content to real-world activities.

Example of Learning Journals in E-Learning

One great example of a learning journal is one that is available throughout the course and features text entry fields to capture learners’ thoughts for each section of the course.

Created in Articulate Storyline, the journal is contained in a multilayer lightbox slide using basic text entry fields to capture learners’ thoughts.

Example of Learning Journals in E-Learning

Avoiding Meeting Missteps By Dawn Ferrulo

What Would You Do?

Learning journals don’t need to be skeuomorphic or complicated interactions. A video, case study, or short paragraph is all you need to set up the scenario.

Ask a reflective question like “What would you do?” and include a blank text entry field so learners can jot down their answers.

What Would You Do?

Make it interactive by including an option for learners to compare their answers with an expert’s recommendation or response.

Compare Answers

The goal is to find creative ways to encourage learners to reflect in meaningful ways. And that’s what this week’s e-learning challenge is all about!

Challenge of the Week

This week, your challenge is to share an example that shows how learning journals and note-taking can be used in e-learning courses.

You don’t have to build out a fully working example.

The goal for this challenge is to show different ways learners can reflect on their material and collect the info for later use.


Tom has a good post on learning journals and reflective note-taking in e-learning: How to Create a Learning Journal to Go with Your E-Learning Courses.

Stephanie Harnett shared some awesome source files and screencasts on creating learning journals and notetaking:

Last Week’s Challenge:

Before you journal on the cool ideas you intend to share in this week’s challenge, take a look at the multimedia learning examples community members shared in last week’s challenge:

Multimedia Learning Principles Applied to Online Training

Multimedia Learning Principles: ChallengeRecap


Wishing you a reflective week, E-Learning Heroes!

New to the E-Learning Challenges?

The weekly challenges are ongoing opportunities to learn, share, and build your e-learning portfolios. You can jump into any or all of the previous challenges anytime you want. I’ll update the recap posts to include your demos.

Magic Johnson
Magic Johnson
Ani T
Maija Perfiljeva

Not exactly a journal, but for this challenge I decided to convert a little piece of the Presentation Skills workshop (classroom-based) I used to facilitate. One part of the workshop was dealing with how to prepare an elevator speech specifically for your presentation. I took that idea and put it into an e-learning format to ask the learner to a) write the speech and b) present it in the actual elevator. Here's the submission: http://bit.ly/1Wjm2v7 I haven't tried this on real people, so I'm not sure if a lot of learners would actually present their elevator speech to the screen - I'm guessing this would depend on their location (e.g. open office is a no-go for this idea) and whether they are interested in the practical activity and willing to use it at least as a fancy timer. :) In... Expand

Maija Perfiljeva
Linda Lorenzetti
Jeff Kortenbosch
Brenda Tyedmers

Well this was a fun one. Here's a template I've created - feel free to use elements of it in this challenge. Demo http://elhchallenges.s3.amazonaws.com/127%20Text%20Entry%20and%20Learning%20Journal%20-%20Storyline%20output/story.index.html Download story file https://www.dropbox.com/s/9raqh9nssre73w7/127%20ELH%20Multi-device%20Text%20Entry%20Email%20Print.story?dl=0 This one allows the learner to choose the device for recording their journal notes (post-it, note paper or iPad). It includes: - 4 slides where notes can be recorded, - a final slide showing the recorded notes, ability to enter a 5th and final note, enter email, and then print and/or email the complete notes. - at any time the learner can go back and change their notes, or go back and change the device. BIG SH... Expand

Mohammad  Hassam
Brenda Tyedmers
Brenda Tyedmers
Colleen Manning
Tracy Carroll
Daniela Slater
Brenda Tyedmers
Tracy Carroll
Tracy Carroll

Hi Colleen, Steve Flowers talks about this issue in his post in this discussion: https://community.articulate.com/discussions/articulate-storyline/how-do-you-perform-functionality-testing-for-your-elearning-on-multiple-browsers-os He mentions the free virtual machines you can download from Microsoft, that will test various versions of IE: https://developer.microsoft.com/en-us/microsoft-edge/tools/vms/linux/ There's also CrossBrowserTesting.com (not free), that says it has "Access to over 750+ browsers across 55 different operating systems and mobile devices" for testing purposes. I generally just test on what I have, and that's it. The latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, & IE, and then Safari and an Android tablet. Even that seems ridiculous to me! Everything should just work o... Expand

Gardner Fair

Hi everyone, so much creativity by all that have shared--thank you! For myself, I would love to create a separate learning journal that, as separate from any one e-learning module, could be returned to again and again by the user while they go through various specific e-learning modules. This could be used to store the users text entries instead of/or in addition to using Javascript to print or email. So my question is, how might the user's text entries be saved in addition to and beyond setting the storyline player to allow user to resume? (Or maybe better, how to resume automatically and securely without the text entries being lost due to either the user accidentally choosing not to resume or if they've rebooted their computer in the meantime, for example?) Not sure this ... Expand