Blogs

Create online content as an individual or class and facilitate collaboration.

Creating a Campus Pack Class Blog

Campus Pack is an addition to VU Collaborate that offers blogs, wikis and podcasts to staff and students. A Campus Pack class blog allows students in your space to express and share ideas as well as comment and engage with others. This is a collaborative communication tool for learning and teaching that can incorporate text, images, video and link to web pages.

To create a private and individualised, per student blog, try a Campus Pack Journal, which has all the same features but remains private unless you choose to share it.

Note: We recommend using Chrome or Firefox with Campus Pack. If you are using Safari, you will get a ‘login error’ unless you enable cookies through preferences.

To see a short video on how to create a campus pack blog, see the video below:

 

 

Below are the steps taken to create a Campus Pack Blog:

 

Step One: Navigate to a Module


 Login to VU Collaborate and go to your space.

 

1. Click Learning Space.

 

Within a VUC space, Learning Space is selected from the top navbar

 

2.Choose the module that you wish to add the Blog to.

 

A module is selected within the learning space

 

Step Two: Use External Learning Tools to Create a New Campus Pack Blog


 1. Click on the Add Activities drop down menu in the module you have selected. Then click on the External Learning Tools option.

 

 Select add activities then external learning tools

 

2. Click on Campus Pack Blog, this will create a Campus Pack Blog at the bottom of the content page.

Note: You can move this further up in your content by left clicking on the two lines beside it, holding left mouse button down and dragging the resource up the page.
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Add Activity screen with Campus Pack Blog selected

 

Step Three: Add a Title and Details


1. Your new Blog will automatically be titled "Campus Pack Blog"

 

2. Click on the drop-down arrow next to the "Campus Pack Blog" Topic name. Click Edit Properties to change what the wiki is named.

 

Select the drop down menu next to the new campus pack item and select edit properties.

 

3. Click on the title region and fill in a title that students will recognise easily when they open up the module.

 

Click on the title region to rename the item

 

 4. Click on the drop-down arrow beside the Campus Pack Blog item and select View Topic. 

 

Click on the dropdown menu next to the campus pack blog item and select View Topic

 

5. You will now be navigated to the new Campus Pack Blog item. Give the Campus Pack Blog a description to help students understand what the purpose of the Blog is. You can come back and edit this later. When you're finished, click the add icon button to save your work.

 

 Fill in the campus pack blog title, description and click on Add

 

Step Four: Add a Grade Book Entry (optional)


If you wish to assess this blog and send grades to the VU Collaborate gradebook, enter the grade book properties with the following steps.

 

1. Click Create Grade Book Entry.

 

2. Type in the Entry Name with the name you wish this to display in the grade book for your space.

 

3. Decide how many Points the grade item will be out of and put this number in Points Possible.

 

4. Tick the box next to Display Grades to Students.

 

5. Click the Add button.

 

You are now ready to start adding Entries. See Using Campus Pack Class Blogs for next steps.

 

image of campus pack blog screen highlighting fields creating a great book entry

 

6. Scroll down to the bottom of the page and click the Add a grade item button.

 

add grade step

 

7. Select the grade item from the dropdown menu and click Save to associate the grade item with your campus pack wiki.

 

save grade item

 


Further Support

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Contact ITS Service Desk on (03) 9919 2777 or via self-service http://servicedesk.vu.edu.au for further technical support.