Is the journal ever going to be able to be private viewable only by the teacher and student? And can you enforce a time/date stamp against each entry made by users?
I will have to look in to this but again I go back to the premise that it seems logical to have a "Journal" that is private to each user that allows all the things mentioned before to happen. Mentoring is becoming more and more important within our organisation...I hate to keep harping on about this but I thought I read somewhere that moodle was soon going to have some sort of fuctonality that would allow this to happen whether it is a journal or forum...
Do bear in mind that it has effectively been replaced by Online Text Assignment - the functionality and privacy is the same.
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Okay setting aside my lack of punctuation...
What I am hoping for is a solution to a problem that perhaps only I am encountering, or am unaware of an existing solution.
I have trainers who need to deliver e-mentoring, to do this means I need each trainee to be able to make private, date/time stamped entries, in to some kind of secure container. Effectively they would make an entry, save this and in turn the e-mentor would be notified of the change and be able to add their comments.
I have achieved this in the past by using groups and setting a forum that uses seperate groups - to be honest I did it so long ago I have forgotten how I acheved it.
In an ideal situation each traineed could be set up with a journal that by deisgn is private to them with only the trainer having access.
Having an activity that works along these lines would make for easier management.
For all I know this may be pie in the sky...
You said that, but what is it about the Journal module (or indeed the Online Text Assignment) that *doesn't* do what you need?
I have seen many people use it for exactly this sort of thing.
You might also want to dig out the old Dialogue module (it's had a bit of boost recently) that provides a one-2-one conversation.
The last time I tried the journal I don't recall the date/time stamping of entires...we gave upn on that immeidately and have not revisited it since. Being a training company and not an educational establishment we have not had a reason to invistigate the text assignment activity - clearly I need to revisit these.
Sorry what I meant here was using Forums with the group setting and placing only one person in each group. The Online Text Assignment seems more suited to this than the Forum module with groups.