Project Log Guidelines

During course projects, you may be required to keep a weekly project log and post it to your weblog on the course site.


Because you will have a weekly record at the end of the project, your project log will help you to complete the Peer Collaboration Evaluation Form or other form of self evaluation due at the end of each project. Project logs also provide evidence of each group member's contribution to the project. And detailed project logs lend more credibility to your evaluation of others in your Peer Collaboration Evaluation Form.

After college, you may find keeping a project log useful in your professional career:

  • In the busy life of a professional, it can often be difficult to remember all aspects of a project when compiling monthly or quarterly progress reports.
  • Consultants can use project logs to provide supporting evidence of work done on a project in preparing invoices or in case a client questions billable hours.
  • Once a project is completed, a project log can be useful as a record for planning similar, future projects that will be completed by others.


A good project log will usually include a progress report each week. Post a short report to your weblog covering all of the following:

  • Use informative titles (e.g., Project Log for Week 5: Project 2 Takes Shape)
  • Tag your post with "Project Log"
  • Report on the status of the project: Is it in early drafting? Is it production ready? Is your group conducting research? Etc.
  • Record your contributions to the project that week.
  • Record the contributions of others in your group.
  • Record the time and date of group meetings and communication and describe briefly what was accomplished. Did the group have a large email discussion? Did you IM with another group member? Etc.
  • Report on any scheduled plans for completing specific tasks in the project. What group members have taken on which specific tasks? What are the prospective deadlines?
  • Plan out ideas for completing the project, including ways to collaborate and communicate more effectively with your group.
  • Reflect on any lessons you have learned about collaboration and electronic communication.

Remember. Your project logs are public and can be read by other group members. Be diplomatic. Do not write about what other group members failed to do or negatively evaluate their participation. Simply record what others have agreed to do and the tasks which they have completed. You will have ample opportunity to assess the work of others at the end of the project.

You can of course post more than once a week.