Campus Pack is software that is used for creating blogs, journals, and wikis in Blackboard courses. It's run by a third-party company independently of Blackboard, but is accessed and set up within your Blackboard courses.
The company that owns Campus Pack is no longer developing the blogs, journals, and wikis. This means that you won't be able to use them and will need to switch to an alternative if you use Campus Pack in your course(s).
Yes. Blackboard has its own versions of blogs, journals and wikis which you can use instead.
Campus Pack will be no longer available from the start of Trimester Three 2018 (18 November). This includes material in old courses, which will need to be manually downloaded if you want to keep a record of it.
- I know I have a blog, journal, or wiki in my course
You can tell by looking at it whether your blog, wiki, or journal is a Campus Pack one or a Blackboard one. The links to Campus Pack tools have a simple, orange icon next to them. Within the tool, you'll see a header image and orange buttons.
The links to Blackboard tools have icons that are more detailed and less colourful. Within the tool, there will be very little colour and no header image.
- I don't know if I have a blog, journal, or wiki in my course
We'll also be directly contacting people we know have used Campus Pack in the past, but may miss some people. If you're not sure, get in touch with your Faculty Learning Technologist (CAT) with your course code(s) and we'll check for you.
The Campus Pack and Blackboard blogs, journals, and wikis have similar functions, though there are some differences. Some key differences are:
Campus Pack tools don't work well with Grade Centre.
You can use the blog tool as a private space where a student's posts are only visible to instructors.
You can use different themes and banners.
You can export all content in a blog, journal, or wiki in one go.
If you set up the wrong tool, you can often adjust the settings so it works more like the one you wanted.
Blackboard tools work well with Grade Centre and let you do inline marking and use rubrics.
You have to use the journal tool if you want a private space between students and instructors. Posts in the blog tool are always visible to all students.
You can't customise the appearance.
There's no way to export all content.
Setting up the right tool from the start is important because they work in very different ways.
Picking the right tool that matches what you're trying to do is important.
- If you want students to collaboratively create content, use a wiki
- If you want students to work individually and have that work be visible to the other students in the class, use a blog. You can have blogs for a whole class, or just smaller groups.
- If you want students to work individually and have that work only be visible to instructors, use a journal. Journals are also good as a private place for students to communicate with instructors.
No. As of the start of Trimester three 2018 (18 November), you'll no longer be able to access anything currently in Campus Pack. We recommend you download and archive anything you might need to access in the future.