Campus Pack: more than just an ePortfolio

Over the past few months we have been evaluating Campus Pack: a powerful ‘building block’ to further extend the potential of Learning Edge. It offers all students a personal area where they can create blogs, wikis, journals and podcasts, and allows us to build templates for things like CVs, ePortfolios, and PDP.

As students own the content within their environments, they have full control over who can view and edit – they can choose to share elements with colleagues across the University, as well as externals such as mentors in work placements and even potential employers. Viewers/collaborators then have the ability Rating tool in Campus Pack to leave comments, discuss and ‘rate’ items; offering exciting opportunities for ongoing feedback and dialogue.

Other interesting features include the capability for tutors to embed Campus Pack content directly within their courses, and where necessary, link these to the Grade Centre for assessment. There is also the potential for mobile access to Campus Pack, which will add further flexibility to learners.

We are holding a number of awareness-raising sessions over the coming weeks – it is envisaged that the range of options through Campus Pack will be of interest to colleagues across the University, with direct benefits to teaching and learning, as well other areas such as Careers and Learning Services.

These sessions provide opportunity for staff across the University to give us direct feedback, and influence any decision regarding the purchase of a license. Please get involved, it would be great to see and hear from as many staff as possible.

Tuesday 24th May – 12:00 – 1:00 (SOLSTICE Green Room)

Thursday 26th May – 12:00 – 1:00 (H203)

Wednesday  1st June – 1:00 – 2:00 (SOLSTICE Red Room)

Sign up for one of the sessions here – http://campuspack.eventbrite.com/

 

If you are interested in Campus Pack and want to learn more about mobile access, contact Peter Reed (reedp@edgehill.ac.uk, #7756) for details about an upcoming webinar on Tuesday 24th May

Collaboration for Success

On Monday 28th March a new work-based MA Education Programme, from the Faculty of Education, was approved (with some conditions) at Institutional validation and notably received a commendation for the “teamwork and the holistic approach to the intelligent use of technology”. This is welcome recognition of the invaluable collaborations between Faculties and Learning Services which help assure an excellent student learning experience.

Thanks from the proposing team to Hannah and Meg for their contributions with regards to the VLE and other learning technologies are also extended to the wider Learning Services team who work with the Faculty to provide excellent information and media resources and learner support.

Learning Technology Blogs

As part of getting this new Learning Services blog going, we’ve been asked to link to a couple of blogs in our professional area, that we use a lot.

As an overview of the Learning Technology area, I’d always recommend subscribing to George Siemen’s eLearnspace blog. This is a very frequently updated record of most of the major developments in the area.

Apophenia is the experience of seeing patterns or connections in random or meaningless data. It’s also the name of Dana Boyd’s blog which focusses on her work around social networks. She knows her stuff, and if you want links to some of her talks on the subject have a look at Dana’s Wikipedia page, and the best of Apophenia page.