Currently, Quercus does not have a Journal tool available, but you can use a graded individual group discussion to create a journal assignment that allows students to submit posts that will only be seen by the instructor, and that the instructor can provide feedback for.
To do this, you would begin by creating individual groups by following the instructions below.
Part 2: Create a graded group discussion
The students will now be able to access this graded group discussion by either selecting Discussions from their course menu, or from their Group Homepage menu.
Grading Journal Assignments using individual graded groups discussions
Instructors can access the journal assignments/graded discussions and provide replies to student posts by either going to the graded discussion within each student's Group Homepage, or clicking on Discussions or Assignments from the course menu.
Instructors can view journal entries, provide comments and grades. They can access the SpeedGrader for the assignment by selecting Discussions or Assignments from the course menu, selecting the journal assignment/graded discussion and then clicking on the 3 dots (next to the "Edit" button) and then the SpeedGrader link. They can also access the posts by going to Grades from the course menu and hovering their mouse next to the grade column header for the journal assignment/graded discussion and clicking on the arrow, and then on the SpeedGrader link.
Note: Instructors can only assign a mark to the entire journal assignment/graded discussion, and not each individual discussion post.