Overview of Learning Objects-Campus Pack
(used for wikis, blogs, journals, and podcasts)
Learning Objects-Campus Pack is a 3rd party product that is used within D2L for creating wikis, blogs, and podcasts. To add a wiki, blog, journal, or podcast to a D2L course site, a 'quicklink' must first be created between D2L and the Campus Pack tool. Instructors will then have the option of creating a link to a "Collaboration Space" for students to access multiple tools or creating a link directly to a specific tool.
Difference between a Blog and Journal:
Blogs and Journals have the same basic features. The difference is in access.
Journals are private - between the individual student and the instructor - no one else in the course can view a journal. more on journals
Blogs are not private. All posts are viewable by all members of the class.
This method is useful if an instructor is going to be using more than one Campus Pack tool because it creates one space where students can link to each tool used in the course. These instructions apply to all of the Learning Objects - Campus Pack tools and are repeated on the documentation for each tool. See Wikis, Journals.
1. Log into your D2L course and click on Content on the Navigation Bar.
2. Click on New Topic.
3. Select Quicklink.
4. From the drop-down menu, choose a module for the link, or create a new module by clicking, Add Module. Choose a title for the tool and enter description if desired. Then select your availability settings in the Restrictions Tab. Click on the "Link Icon" at the bottom of the screen next to the blank URL.
5. Use the drop-down category menu to select External Learning Tools. Under Link Details > External Learning Tools drop down menu, choose "Campus Pack Collaboration Space" if you want your students to choose the blog from a list of collaborative tools you have created. This may be useful if you are planning to use other Campus Pack tools and you only want to add the Campus Pack link to one Content module in your D2L course.
6. Click save. The page will refresh and a preview option will appear. (This window is the same for all external Learning Objects - Campus Pack tools). Click on Preview to look at the link you created.
7. After creating the Campus Pack Blog link in your course content area, the next step will be to create the actual blog area. To access Campus Pack, go to the content area in which you created the quicklink, then click on the blog topic name. NOTE: The Campus Pack area will open up in a new tab.
You will see the Campus Pack Collaboration Space; click on the add content button in the CONTENT area of Campus Pack.
8. Select "blog" from the list of available tools.
9. Give the blog a title and and enter any description text if desired. Deploy as "single copy" and click Add.
When the "quicklink" is selected in the course content area, students will be linked to the "Collaboration Space" which looks similar to the image below. From this space, students will choose the "Blog" or another collaboration tool as assigned (journal, wiki, or podcast) from the list of available tools.
When the blog link is selected in the Campus Pack content area, users are directed to the actual blog as in the image below.
Create a Link Directly to a Blog back to top >
1. Follow steps 1-4 above.
2. Use the drop-down category menu to select External Learning Tools just as in step 5 above. Under Link Details > External Learning Tools drop down menu, choose "Campus Pack Blog" (or, wiki, journal, podcast).
3. Click Insert and then click Save.
4. Give the blog a title and and enter any description text if desired. Deploy as "single copy" and click Add.
When students select the blog link in your course content area, the blog will open in a new tab similar to the image below.
Creating a New Entry in a Blog back to top >
1. Enter the blog from your D2L course content area or Campus Pack content area.
3. Click on New Entry on the right-hand side of the screen.
4. Give the new entry a Title and click "Continue."
5. This page contains word processor-like tools that you will use to add content to the blog entry. Hover over the icons for a description. You can add text, hyperlinks, images, and even video to your blog entries. When finished click Save and Exit.
Editing a Blog Entry back to top >
1. Enter the blog in your D2L course content area. Navigate to the entry you want to edit. Then click the Edit link in the upper right-hand navigation menu.
2. This page contains word processor-like tools that you will use to edit and add content to the blog entry. Hover over the icons for a description. You can add text, hyperlinks, images, and even video to your blog entries. When you are finished, click Save & Exit.