CampusPack to Canvas Conversion

If you have CampusPack content or activities that you wish to move into Canvas, here are some suggestions to get you started. If this page does not answer your questions, or cover the way in which you are using CampusPack, please email the Office of Instructional Design at oid@docs.rutgers.edu with your question, or to schedule a consultation.

For best results, we recommend copying and pasting CampusPack content into its new home in Canvas, rather than exporting from CampusPack. CampusPack will export as static HTML files which you will not be able to edit. Copying and pasting, while it make take a little longer, will give you more opportunity to tweak your content and directions to students.

 

Wikis

We recommend using Canvas Pages for wiki content and activities. While Pages are often used as simple, static web-pages, they are also designed to function as wikis! If a Page is set to allow editing by students, as well as teachers, the Page becomes a collaborative wiki page. (For instructions, see the "how to create a Page" Guide.) The editing history of a Page can be accessed by anyone with editing permission, and Pages can be reverted to previous versions. (For instructions, see the "how to view the history of a page" Guide.)

 

Blogs/Journals

We recommend using the Discussions tool for blogs and jounals, sometimes combined with the Group options available under People in your course navigation. Remember to select "allow threaded replies" when creating these Discussions, if you wish students to be able to comment on each other's blogs, or on yours.

 

Student Journals

A) If you wish students to keep journals that only they and you will see, you can create a Group Set and, under "Group Structure," select "split students into X equal groups." If you set X to the number of students in your course, this will create a Group Set containing Groups of one student each. Next, you need to create a Discussion and assign it to the Group Set you have created. (See the "how to assign a discussion to a group" Guide.) This will give each student a Discussion thread that only they can post content to as "replies," which only you and they can read

For more detail, see the "how to create a group discussion" Guide.

B) If you will only collect or read student journals a few times in the term, you may wish, instead, to simply tell students to write journal entries into a text document and create Assignments to collect these journals (Word documents, or similar) two or three times in the term.

 

Student Blogs

If you wish students to keep blogs, which are visible to each other, you can create, or assign them to create, Discussions for each student. We recommend putting all the "blog" Discussion items in one Module, to make them easy for students to find, and naming each one with the student's name. (E.g. "Mabel Smith's Blog") This convention will allow both you and the students to find individual blogs easily.

If you choose to assign students to create their own "blog" Discussion items, you will need to edit the course Settings to allow this. (For details, see the "how to allow students to create discussions" Guide.) You can then assign them to each create a Discussion item titled with their own name (Eg. "Mabel Smith's Blog"). Again, we recommend creating a single Module to hold all the blogs, to make them easy to find.

 

Instructor Blogs

For an instructor blog, you might post your blog introduction or "about" as the introductory text for a Discussion, and post your entries as replies. You can even enable a podcast/rss feed for such Discussions.

 

ePortfolios

Canvas has a native ePortfolio tool. Students can create public or private Portfolios, and add to them content pages, links to files, and anything they have submitted for any course they have taken in Canvas. ePortfolio pages can contain rich-text content, images and links to files (including auto-open previews of linked files), and embedded content such as video (provided that video is hosted elsewhere). ePortfolio pages do not have the one-click media embedding buttons available to instructors, or the on-the-spot video recording button available in the Rich Content Editor inside courses.

Thus, you may wish to create Assignments (likely ungraded or for minimal points) for items or project stages you wish students to include in a Portfolio, especially if this includes multimedia content. At the end of the term or project, students can collect all their submissions into a Portfolio and submit the URL of that Portfolio to you as a final Assignment.

 

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