Blogs, Wikis, Podcasts, Private Journals, Discussion Boards, and Social Networking inside your Canvas course.
This is a resource for SMU faculty who are interested in harnessing the power of Web 2.0 technologies like blogs, podcasts, wikis, and private journals in their classes.CampusPack 4.0 is a software package from Learning Objects that delivers blogs, wikis, podcasts, private reflection journals, discussion boards, and social networking for use inside of Canvas. These tools can facilitate collaboration, enhance critical reflection, and enable students and faculty to collaborate more effectively.
For more information about the many powerful tools that CampusPack brings to the LMS, check out the Campus Pack User Guide, or try these targeted links:
Campus Pack Features Explained
Adding a CampusPack Site to your Canvas course
In the Modules Screen, choose "Add Content"
One great way to add a CampusPack blog, wiki, podcast, or journal to your course is to use the Modules area in Canvas.
- Create a Module
- Click the gear icon to the right, and choose Add Content.
Add "External Tool"
When choosing what kind of item you'd like to add to your Canvas module, you should select "External Tool".
Choose the type of CampusPack tool you'd like to add
After selecting External Tool, you can choose what kind of CampusPack site you'd like to add to your course. You will see
- Blogs Powered by CampusPack
- Wikis Powered by CampusPack
- Podcasts Powered by CampusPack, and
- Private Journals Powered by CampusPack
Each has a short description explaining what it is and what it does.
Select the one that best meets your needs.
Finalize Settings and press "Add Item"
Where it says "Page Name", make sure to change this to something more relevant to your course, like "Clinical Group Project Wiki".
You can choose whether you'd like the name to appear indented in it's module.
You can also choose if Canvas should open a seaprate browser tab to display the CampusPack content.
When you're done, press Add Item.
Or... You could Create a Graded Assignment with CampusPack
If you'd like to make this a graded assignment, you can build it from your course's Assignments screen. Fill in the relevant details as usual, but pull down the assignment type dropdown to "External Tool" and follow the instructions above.
Your CampusPack site has been created and becomes a link
You have successfully told Canvas how to link your students to the external CampusPack site. There's one more step before you're done!
Don't forget to configure your CampusPack site!
Click into your newly created link. This will bring you to the CampusPack site you just created. Notice that the page styling is different here.
Fill out the description of this CampusPack site to let your students and collaborators know more about what they're supposed to do here.
Under Deployment, you can choose whether each member of your class will have their own site ("One Per Person"), each group will have a shared site ("One per Group") or if there will be one single copy for the whole class to collaborate on ("Single Copy").
When you're ready, press Add.
For most types of sites, the next view you will see is an Instructor-level view where you can see all students' wikis, blogs, or whatever they're working on. This screen will allow you to manage student work and see a birds-eye-view of class activity.
To learn more about the possibilities that CampusPack gives you, you contact Ted Curran to develop a plan for implementing Web 2.0 tools in your course.