Please note that the ability to add new instances of Campus Pack tools in UCL Moodle has been removed as part of the July 2017 Moodle upgrade. The page below is for reference, and staff should see our Campus Pack Guidance page for more information on possible alternative tools that offer similar functionality.
This guide lets students know how to do the things they will need to do in Campus Pack. Briefly the scenario is that students each have their own individual CP Blog, configure that blog’s banner, title and description, and share this with just the members of their Moodle group as viewers.
This is for students - we have a separate guide for staff.
On this page:
Accessing campus pack
Your tutor will point you to the link to the Campus Pack they have set up.
You may find that cookies for Campus Pack are blocked - in which case edit your browser's cookies settings to allow: https://ucl-ac-uk.campuspack.eu/
How does each student change the title, appearance, &c of their blog?
Every student only has to do this once but don't worry you can change it at any time.
- First a student (who has an Author role configured to Manage Blog) logs into Moodle and clicks on the link to their own blog front page (top of the ARCL3097 Moodle space).
- On that front page click the Settings menu and from it select Settings; a page of configurable settings displays.
- The settings page lets students change their title, add a description, and change the banner, including uploading one of your own. Ignore the Gradebook Settings (they don't work for students) and make sure you keep your blog set to Available.
- Students are recommended to consult the module guidance on things like title, description, &c to make sure these meet any fixed requirements.
- N.b. don't alter the availability checkbox or you will need to contact a tutor to get access again.
- Note that it's possible to upload a banner image (make this no less than 1600px wide).
- When ready, Save.
- It is possible to return and reconfigure these things later if you need to.
How does each student set Permissions to let selected others view their blogs?
Every student does this just once but don't won't worry, you can change it at any time.
Where a blog has been set up as One Blog Per Person (as in this case) the tutors on the Moodle space can see them but beyond that they are private to each person by default. It falls to each student (having an Author role configured to allow modification of sharing settings) to give View permissions to other students as required.
Here's how to do that:
- First, via Moodle, access your own blog front page.
- On that Home page click the Settings menu and from it, select Permissions.
- To give View permission to a particular Moodle group, select the Viewers tab and in Add Viewers from the first column select the name of the Moodle course space, from the second column select the name of their group (as it is titled in Moodle).
- Next click the Add button; the name of the Moodle space followed by the name of the group should now be displayed in The Viewers section.
- Finally scroll down and click Save And Exit.
- Now the activity is shared to the group – next we let those people know how to find the activity you've shared with them.
How can students see updates from their fellow study set members’ blogs?
There are alternative ways for students to keep up with new blog posts from others whose blogs they can view. From a page of the blog you want to follow you can:
- Subscribe by email via the Settings menu on a page in the blog;
- Subscribe by RSS feed to each blog - look for the RSS symbol on each blog page:
- You can go into your Campus Pack Portfolio and view either all or recent activity as described below.
For a student to view activity:
- Click the pull-down menu next to your avatar (or avatar placeholder if no picture) and from it select Portfolio; your individual Portfolio displays.
- In the Course Membership section click the title of the Moodle course space; a page displays information about the course, including a section titled Latest Activity which contains the posts from students who have shared their activity with you.
- At the bottom of that Latest Activity section is a link to View All Activity.
- How can you subscribe to updated content? Note the Cog icon top right which allows subscription to new content by email. And from each blog page, there is the option to subscribe to a feed, if you use a feed reader.
How can students leave comments on blog posts?
Under each post, click Viewer Comments - you can see any comments which have already been made, and either reply to one of those or leave your own.
Editing your blog
Notes on editing below.
What do the buttons do?
See the guide on the Editor on the Campus Pack Student User Guides page.
A note on pasting text into Campus Pack
If you have any trouble pasting from elsewhere, use your keyboard: hold down the Ctrl and V keys at the same time.
Aim to copy just plain text (not formatted text) and format it in Campus Pack. One way to get a plain text version is to paste into Text Edit (Mac) or Notepad (Windows) first, and copy that text to paste into Campus Pack.
A note about images
Ideally you will resize images outside Campus Pack and save them at that size, rather than changing the display size within Campus Pack. One reason is that large images may affect the download speeds for your viewers, especially on slow networks.
If you don't have software for this already, Pixlr is an online service which will let you do this without creating an account (as will all third party services we point you to, we recommend checking the terms and conditions before use).
What about the deadline?
Assessors refer to the time stamp on each entry, which is non-editable, to check that the deadline has been observed - so at the deadline students need to stop editing.
Running work through Turnitin
At the deadline, you are required to run the your work through Turnitin. When the time comes, this entails exporting your work into a file, as follows.
- First finalise your work.
- From the Settings menu on the front page of the blog, select Export; the Export settings display.
- From the Export as menu, select a single web page.
- Uncheck the box to include viewer comments; check the box to include tags if you used tags.
- Finally click the Export button; this returns you to your activity's front page.
- To reach your export file go to Settings > Export as before; you should see your file in the Exports Available for Download section.
- Click on the blue link in the box that will say "Export of....". Save the file (it will be .zip format) and navigate to where it is saved.
- Extract the contents - click on and load the file titled index.html. You should now see all your blog posts in your browser with images. The text won't look great but will be fine for the purposes of Turnitin. Don't worry if some images are missing - we will mark your blog from the online version.
- You now need to save this as a PDF;
- Firefox and Safari users - Select File > Print. A dialog box will appear. Open the dropdown menu in the lower left hand corner that says 'PDF'. Select the 'Save as PDF...' option.
- Chrome users - select File > Print. You should see a dialog box pop up with a print preview of the web page. Look on the left hand side of the box; next to the subheading 'Destination' there is a button that says 'Change'. Click the 'Change' button and another dialog box will appear. Underneath 'Local Destinations' you should see the option 'Save as PDF', click this and you will be returned to the original print preview dialog box. Now press the blue 'Save' button to save your blog as a PDF file.
- Internet Explorer Users - Right click on the document and select Print. On UCL network computers, select ScanSoft PDF Create!. Click Print, the save the file to your preferred location and a PDF file will have been created. If you are using Internet Explorer on your personal laptop you will need to download a software programme that will enable you to convert the html file to a pdf, such as http://www.primopdf.com/ which is free.
- For final submission of completed blog (all 6 posts): now upload this PDF file to Turnitin in the usual way.
- For formative feedback on your first two blog posts - print this document off and give it to Mark Lake.
If you run into trouble or there is something you'd like to do but are struggling, please contact the UCL ISD Service Desk. Please also copy in Dr Mira Vogel (firstname.lastname@example.org - the Digital Education Advisor working with Archaeology) but don't contact her only, since she is employed in a different job role and cannot guarantee a quick response to service requests.
A Campus Pack Moodle Users guide is available on the Campus Pack community site.