Creating a Campus Pack Journal

Campus Pack is an addition to VU Collaborate that offers blogs, wikis and podcasts to staff and students. Campus Pack Journal is a tool that allows students to manage their own media-rich diary like communication entry. It shares a similar function to a blog, however unlike a blog, it is only viewable by the convenor in the space and the student.

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.

Below are steps taken to create a Campus Pack Journal:


Step One: Navigate to a Module

1. Login to VU Collaborate and go to the space.

2. Click Learning Space.


In your VUC space, select Learning Space on the navbar


3. Choose the module that you wish to add the Journal to.


Select a Module to place your Campus Pack activity


Step Two: Use External Learning Tools to create a Campus Pack Journal

1. Click the Add Activities drop-down menu at the top of the module you have selected.

2. A list of options will appear. Select External Learning Tools.


Select Add activities followed by external learning tools


3. Click on Campus Pack Journal. This will create a Campus Pack Journal at the bottom of the content page.


 In the external learning tools screen, select Campus Pack Journal

Note: You can move this further up in your content by left clicking on the three lines beside it holding left mouse button down and dragging the resource up the page.
2 lines icon besides campus pack item highlighted

Step Three: Add a Title and Details

1. The new Journal will automatically be titled "Campus Pack Journal".

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


Drop down menu beside campus pack item is selected follow by edit properties


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


title region is click on to rename campus pack item


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


Campus pack item drop down menu is selected followed by edit topic


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


 Campus pack editing screen with the title, description and Add region shown


Step Four: Add a Gradebook Entry (optional)

If you wish to assess this journal and send grades to the VU Collaborate gradebook, enter the grade book properties.


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.


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.


select grade item & save

Please note that while you can have many Campus Pack activities, only one Campus Pack activity can be linked to the gradebook in each space.

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

Further Support

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