Using a Campus Pack Journal

Journals are a tool for students to manage their own media-rich diary. It functions like a blog, but is only visible to the student and the convenor(s) in your space.

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Below are the steps of this guide:


Step One: Navigate to Campus Pack Journal

1. Login to VU Collaborate, and go to the space. Click Learning Space to view all modules.


In the VUC space, click on learning space on the navbar


2. In Content, navigate to the Journal that you have previously created.

Note: For details on creating a new journal, see Creating a Campus Pack Journal.

3. Click on the journal you would like to open.


Within the desired module, the campus pack journal item's title is selected


Step Two: Add Banner and Edit Details

1. In the journal, click Settings and select Settings from the drop-down menu.


Within the campus pack journal screen, settings then settings was selected


2. Here, you can choose to edit the journal Title or Description. You can also choose a Banner for better visual engagement.


Within the campus pack journal settings screen, highlighting Title, description and banner selections sections.


3. Add the information you want to, and check the tickbox under Availability to Make Available to all students in the space. Students will only be able to see their own entries, and yours.


the make available option with box ticked and below that the Save and Cancel buttons. Save is highlighted


4. Scroll down and click Save to finalise your changes.


Step Three: Add a New Entry

As an instructor or convenor, you can add entries which are viewable by the whole class, while students can add entries only shared with you.


1. Click New Entry to create an entry.


A close up of the main journal screen when there are no new entries. It says there are no entries in this blog. Below that there is a button that reads Add New Entry. It is highlighted


2. Type in the Title of your entry, then add the text you'd like to include in the main text field.


The title field and main body text area of the new entry screen are highlighted


3. You can add images, links and other media to your journal entry using the toolbar.


the toolbar in between the title and body text fields in a new entry is highlighted. There are icons for a link, image, video, file search and bookmark in this section of the toolbar.

Note: Video files that you upload from your computer must be a .mp4 file format, or they will not work in Campus Pack.

4. When you're ready, scroll to the bottom of the screen and click Save.


Step Four: Viewing Recent Entries

Back in the main journal screen, you have the option to view all of the recent journal entries created by students, as well as your own.


1. Click Recent Entries on the left-hand side of the navbar to view a list of all the entries that have been created. Entries are displayed in reverse chronological order by default, meaning the most recent one will be at the top.


the main navbar of the journal screen with recent entries highlighted on the far left


2. Click on any entry title to read the full entry, and leave comments.


Entries highlighted


Step Five: Edit and Delete Entries

As an instructor, you may edit or delete any entry. Students can edit or delete their own entries, but not others.

1. Click on any entry to open it.


Examples entries are highlighted.


2. Click Edit to make changes, or Delete to remove the entry. If you select Delete, a pop-up box will appear and you will need to choose Delete or Purge. Delete will remove the entry from the journal, but it can be retrieved from a backup if needed. Purge will remove it permanently and irreversibly.


The edit and delete buttons on the right-hand side of the screen are highlighted.


The delete and purge window as described above. Both buttons are highlighted. Next to them on the right is also an option to cancel


3. If you click Edit, you can change and add all of the same things you were able to when creating a new entry: media, title and body text, and links. When you have finished editing, click Save to make your changes permanent.


Further Support

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