It's encouraging to read that there are so many ways in which Campus Pack can support collaboration in a course as well as supporting a space for having e-portfolio's. Here at DMU we are seeing an increase use of Campus Pack and recently I assisted Peter Chimkupete (HLS) to pilot out using the Campus Pack wiki to support the 'Professional Skills' module in Biomedical Science. Previously students provided their evidence in paper format. We've now transferred this to the Campus Pack wiki where each student has their personal private space which only they and their tutor can view. Some work went into setting up the wiki template and therfore preset pages were added to the wiki. These included 'Reflection Log' and 'Evidence of Achievement' pages. This wiki was created once with the templates and was then made available to all students on the course. Preparation was key, the wiki was unavailable whilst developing the pages in the wiki, once the wiki is made available to students then any changes would mean going to each student wiki. However there were no issues in changes made later to the wiki!
One of the useful features that Campus Pack provide is allowing the tutor to see which 'wiki's' (assigment) have been started by students and those that have not been started and throughout you get to view the latest activities on the wiki. One thing I found really useful when setting up the template for the wiki, is that you can 'lock' pages that you don't want the students to edit. This is a really useful feature as the 'Evidence of Achievement' will be 'locked' once the tutor has 'signed off' the work. Tutors can leave comments on the wiki if they wish to and students can make use of the rich 'text box editor' and add content in different formats if required. Students on the module are actively using the e-portfolio now and I will post back to give an update!
Campus Pack offers Web 2.0 tools such as blogs, wikis and audio podcasts which we have intergrated in Blackboard to enhance the learning experience. Learn more here about Campus Pack and its features
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Campus Pack at the City University of New York