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Students benefit from e-Journaling or using Web Journals in an Online Grief, Loss & Bereavement Course

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Title:Students benefit from e-Journaling or using Web Journals in an Online Grief, Loss & Bereavement Course
Authors:Dyer, Kirsti
Author Affiliation:Kirsti A. Dyer - Madonna University
Date Issued:2009
Abstract:Web Journaling or e-Journaling is an online tool that is a useful education technique for fostering critical thinking skills. Journaling is also a beneficial resource to encourage learning and enhance self-reflection. Journaling online can provide the personal connection often thought to be missing in the online environment by building ties between online students with their instructor. In addition, if student journals are open to each other, this sharing helps create a personal connection between the students, builds rapport and aids in forming an online community. Graduate students in a university bereavement studies course used an e-journal for the duration of the 16-week semester. These graduate students benefited short-term and long-term from keeping a weekly e-Journal and completing a series of assignments on journaling. Short-term benefits included enhanced self-reflection and learning, building a community and practicing sympathy. They also experienced online journaling as an educational tool to process grief and loss emotions. Longer-term benefits included being exposed to a resource that could be use to deepen or enhance a spiritual practice for those working in ministry, counseling or helping professions. Journaling could also be used with or recommended as a helpful technique with future clients, patients or parishioners in grief.
Pages/Duration:12 pages
Rights:Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 United States
Appears in Collections: TCC 2009 Proceedings

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