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Three Useful Tips For Learner Journey Users

By David Smith | Published:
Learner Journey has been a huge success in educational establishments all around the country - and the fact that it’s so easy to use an intuitive means teachers and pupils alike take to it with very little guidance.

However, there may be some aspects of your Learner Journey system that users didn’t know about - so if you’re a Learner Journey user and you want to get more from your e-portfolio system, we’ve put together three tips for making it an even more useful tool in your school.

Set Targets And Personal Goals

This feature is very useful for learners to plan out their time and work towards personal goals and also goals you may have set for them. It encourages your students to become independent learners.

You’ll find My Targets by clicking on Manage Portfolio and scrolling to the Targets button using the menu on the left hand side. Then add a new target simply by clicking on Add New Target. Then, enter your title and a description of the target, as well as the target date.

Once you’ve set the target it will appear in your targets list.

Give Feedback With Teacher Comments

This is a useful tool for quickly and easily giving a learner feedback on anything they have posted on their Learner Journey e-portfolio. Like the Teacher Comments feature, which allows you to rate any page on a learner’s profile, it can help to both encourage learners to work harder, or give them an indication of how well they have done.

To add a teacher comment, simply click on the Teacher Comments text on the right hand side of the portfolio page. A window opens up with text box for you to add your comment. Click on the Submit button and your comment is added to the portfolio page. The Teacher Comments text will now have a number in brackets indicating how many teacher posts have been made. Your student will see this number has changed and can click on the Teacher Comments text to read the comments.

Using Collaboration Pages

A fabulous way to use Learner Journey is to have collaboration pages so that a group of your students can work together on a project, collecting data and presenting it for others to use. A project such as ‘our community’ or a history task is a great way to do this.

When you create a page you’ll see there’s a head and shoulders icon that you can click on and add your friends (students) who you want to give access to work on the page. Learners will then see the page in their menu and can add information to the page.

Doing this encourages teamwork and a greater respect for those they are working with. It will also encourage the use of the social networking features in Learner Journey, Wall and Messages, to be used in a productive manner to plan work on the page. If you are using Learner Journey in a primary school, this will also help to prepare your older children for secondary school, especially if you ask for some of the work to be done outside of school, maybe over a school holiday.

Once your students have done such a project for you they may create their own collaboration pages and work on them together. It could be about a common interest they have, sports or technology.

If you would like help with any of the features in Learner Journey, or would like more information about our e-portfolio system, click here.

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