Two of the social learning applications that are part Campus Pack are the journal and the blog. During my trainings, people often ask what the difference is. They are both used for reflective writing. Reflective writing can aid learners in synthesizing new information, and it is often used to improve reading comprehension, writing performance, and self-esteem via self-examination
In my mind, a journal is always meant to be private writing; either for the student only or to share with the teacher. Journaling is an excellent way for students to practice writing and enrich their personal learning by writing about and re-reading a record of their learning. Journal Entries are usually dated and involve reflecting on intellectual and emotional experiences over time. Keeping a journal involves some commitment to maintaining the record over a period of time
A blog, which could also be reflective writing, usually involves sharing entries with the rest of the class for feedback, comments or ask questions. The blog creates an online community of scholars (you and your classmates) discussing and debating issues of importance in your field of study (Edith Cowan University).