Staff or students can have a campus pack personal learning space (PLS) in Blackboard .The campus pack personal learning space in Blackboard enables students and staff to share their work and other interests with other students and tutors, within the DMU community. You can choose if wish to keep your personal learning space private to you or selected membership which you can set.
It’s worth noting here that that it’s necessary to understand what is ‘available’ in your personal learning space. Campus Pack allows for the creation of ‘sites’ in a PLS which includes campus pack blogs, wikis, podcasts and journals that can be used in your PLS. These sites alongside with the addition of having a discussion board are available in the PLS. Campus pack are advocating that PLS can be used for an ‘e-portfolio’ and for a ‘Personal development Plan’.
Reference: Example e-portfolio: Campus Pack Demo (https://demo-cp.campuspack.net/Users/Amy.Chu)
The above image illustrates just one way that a user, in this case a student could structure and customise their PLS as a e- portfolio. The structure of an e-portfolio can be customised by their owner and an image icon can be uploaded against any ‘site’ created.
Structure of Personal Learning Space
The owner of a personal learning space has control over their content, look-and-feel, and sharing privileges for their space and its component sites. As it’s your own personal user space you decide which ‘items’ you wish to share with other users within the DMU community.
The structure of the PLS is defined by portlets or panels which include items within, these panels are called ‘Portlets’. These can be dragged and dropped and positioned. The home interface is highly customisable and it’s possible for each user to have their own avatar.
How to create your Personal Learning Space
1. In your Blackboard home page, select ‘Add Resource’
2. Locate ‘Campus Pack’ – Personal Learning Space and select ‘Add’
3. Select ‘OK’ at the bottom of the screen.
The ‘Campus Pack’ panel with your Personal Learning Space is added to your Blackboard Home Page. Select the link to access your personal learning space.
When you enter you’re Personal Learning Space you may find some default panels:
These panels typically include:
Latest Activity Panel– This panel will display latest activity on campus pack sites that you are enrolled on and have access to.
Course Membership Panel – This panel lists all courses that have a campus pack ‘site’ (be it a blog, wiki or journal etc) which you can directly access when you select the course. You may also have links to Blackboard communities beneath this panel if any of these Blackboard communities that you are a member of has a campus pack ‘site’.
Organization Membership Panel
Lists all Blackboard community spaces that your are enrolled on.
Content Panel: This area will be empty until you add content.
On selecting the Add Content button you can add further content as listed below, you can also rename this panel.
Any content that is shared with you i.e. blog, wiki will be displayed in the ‘Content Shared with Me’ panel/portlet. To share your content with another DMU user do the following:
1. Navigate to the content you wish to share (e.g. Blog), and select ‘Permissions’ form the ‘Settings’ menu on the right of the page.
2.Ensure that the ‘Viewers tab’ is selected, and using the ‘Add Viewers’ section -choose who you want to share the content with (you can add multiple people). You also use the search criteria to search for users.
3.When completed click the Save & Exit button.
PLEASE NOTE: We advise that you DO NOT add ‘Everyone in the world’ as viewers of your Personal Learning Space, this means that your site is publically accessible. Campus Pack offers an Invite a person via Email feature to send a secure invitation to a user outside of DMU, that is someone who does not have a DMU account. If you do make your Personal Learning Space viewable to someone outside the institution it is essential that you are familiar with the:
DMU User Guidelines for the Use of Technologies in Learning and Teaching
Adding Portlets to your Personal Learning Space
You can add any number of portlets to enhance, build and structure your Personal Learning Space.
Select the ‘Add Portlet’ link from the home page in your Personal Learning Space. A list of cofigurable portlets will be displayed. Add any of these portlets to your PLS.
Note: Adding the Folder portlet, allows you to further build and add campus pack blogs, wikis, discussion board, journals and podcast.
For more information on how to set upcampus pack blogs, wikis etc please refer to the campus pack guides.
Further Tabs Explained
Home: This link will take you back to your PLS home page
Messages: You can send messages to anyone in DMU directory through the Personal Learning Space, note messages are sent from Personal Learning Spaces can only be received if the receiver has a Personal Learning Space set up.
Groups: Group Learning Spaces (GLS) are similar to Personal Learning Spaces the only difference being that you share and manage your space with others.Yo can create groups by selecting the ‘Create a New Group’ link or ‘Find a group’ which you can request to join. On creating a group you can invite members (DMU) and select individuals to be a manager of the group. Note that a ‘manage’ in a group can add content in the GLS, members can view and participate with the content added by a manager. If you wish to give members the rights to add/edit content you will need to add them as a ‘manager’. Also note that when members are added that they do not automatically join but receive a invite request to join the group. Once they accept to join their details as a member will appear in the member panel. Note also that they need to have created a personal learning space to be able to join a group learning space.
Connections: Connecting & Sharing your Personal Learning Space
You can set permissions for your personal learning space, and the campus sites (i.e. blogs, wikis etc) that you decide to include in your PLS. It’s important here to outline the difference between connecting with others in your institution and setting permissions.
Connections are similar to friends, they are other users of the PLS with whom you automatically share information, such as blog posts, updates, podcasts, etc. You will be automatically notified of any of your connections activities in their PLS.
Your connections page lists: all of your connections, connection requests that have been sent to you, connection requests that you have sent to others, and a search function.In campus pack you can choose to connect to anyone in the DMU directory and by doing so the person that you are trying to connect to receives a connection request, they need to have a PLS to receive your connection request and can choose to either ‘Accept’ or ‘Ignore’ your invitation. Once accepted, the person is a connection that can be easily messaged in the system and be easily accessed in site permissions making content sharing even easier.
Personal Learning Space Settings
You can set your profile image by selecting the drop-down arrow just under the ‘face’ default avatar, a number on and choosing ‘Settings’ option. Other settings can be configured here too e.g. you can choose whether you want to be included in DMU directory so others can find you and share their PLS with you or particular content.
The ‘cog’ icon allows you to set ‘Permission’ for your personal learning space, this basically allows you the option to share your personal space with others, you can define viewer rights and manager rights to your personal space or leave the default if this is personal to you. ‘Manage Content’ allows you to manage content that you have in your personal learning space. You also have the further option of exporting your personal learning space.
PLEASE NOTE: We advise that you don’t add ‘Everyone in the world’ as viewers to your Personal Learning Space. This will make your personal learning space publicly accessible on the internet.
Sharing Personal Learning Space Content
Content (i.e. blogs, wikis etc) that you add to portlets in you’re PLS can be made shareable to others by setting these in the permissions option. These permissions can be accessed from any ‘site’ when you set up your site.
Permission Link – Assign privileges to others with who you want to share sites (i.e. blog, wiki etc)
These then can be viewable and/or contributed to by those you choose to share with. Permission can be set at varying degrees, Site ‘owners’ (you) can add viewers and authors to the sites they create. An ‘author’ can create, edit, delete and view entries in a site, ‘viewers’ can see RSS feeds, view site entries and comments. Content you have shared with others will be visible in their personal learning space
Campus Pack also offers an Invite by email feature to send a secure invitation to a user outside your institution, someone who does not have an account in your system. If you do make available a ‘site’ viewable to someone outside the institution it is essential that you are familiar with