Campus Pack is an enterprise-scale social learning platform that integrates social media tools such as wikis, blogs, and podcasts into any e-learning environment.
In addition to making Web 2.0 tools available within your courses, Campus Pack gives every user a personal learning space and allows every organization and group to have their own, collaborative online home.
Transform learning into a dynamic experience
With Campus Pack, learners become contributors, not passive recipients of information. Whether participating in a blog site, collaborating on a wiki assignment, or commenting on a podcast, users are actively engaged.
Create a vibrant online community
Campus Pack brings together users across your institution, both within courses and beyond. Students, instructors, and staff can participate in collaborative activities, connect with peers, discover others with common interests, and create and share their own collections of multi-media content.
Solve a world of Web 2.0 needs with a single, enterprise-wide solution
In Campus Pack, the wikis, blogs, podcasts, and other tools share a common user interface, making it easy for users to become proficient in using the full set of tools. The user experience is consistent across all uses of the service, so the interface for publishing a blog for a campus-wide audience is similar to that of contributing to a course wiki or adding content to a personal learning space.
Student Tyler Warren's personal learning space serves as a hub for his academic work, including e-portfolio and personal development plan.
Tyler is able to add widgets to the content he has created, such as tagging, voting, rating, as well as the option to push content to popular social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.
Tyler can invite individuals outside of his institution, such as prospective employers, to view items in his personal learning space, such as his resume, thesis, or e-portfolio.
In Tyler's Astronomy Class, he uses a wiki for his group project, and is able to embed links, images, and videos from online sources, such as Youtube, to further illustrate his research on Mars.
Tyler's classmates and professor are able to provide peer review and feedback through threaded commenting.
Tyler's professor Oscar Johnson is able to review and evaluate each students' contribution to the wiki through the assessment tool.
In Professor Oscar Johnson's Mass Communication class, he records his lectures for students to listen to on-the-go with the Campus Pack inline podcast recorder. He can also upload supplemental information and a transcript of the recording.
The Personal Development Plan Tutors have created an online community to collaborate on developing best practices and share resources with students.
Campus Pack is designed for educational institutions. Its organization into Course Components, Personal Learning Spaces, and Community Areas mirrors your core activities of courses; study, research, and reflection; and co-curricular activities. The Course Components anticipate the special role of instructors and include unique assessment tools, while the Personal Learning Spaces and Community Areas are designed to support learning and development outside of the classroom. The LMS and SIS integration capabilities, the data [structure], and the administrative tools are all tailored to the needs of your e-learning environments.
Campus Pack has evolved over more than five years in response to feedback and requests from our user community, now comprising nearly 500 educational institutions.
At the same time as supporting your institutional structures, Campus Pack gives end-users control over their experience. Users' Personal Learning Spaces allow them to create and share their own content for their own learning purposes. Users can use themes and customizable layouts to manage the organization and appearance of their content and bookmarks.
Campus Pack gives users easy access to information, regardless of where it is housed, and users can easily locate peers and groups of interest to them. RSS, tagging, site bookmarking, browsing, and other features help users discover and access the content they seek.
Campus Pack's Community Areas make it possible for a group's leaders to manage the group's online community—its membership, its content, and the openness of its site. Ad hoc study groups and special event sites like homecoming or commencement can be created as needed.
Campus Pack's sharing features are robust yet easy to use. Whether in courses, personal learning spaces, or community areas, access to spaces and sites can be specifically defined. Permissions for viewing, contributing, commenting, and tagging can be selected in any combination, and the permissions can apply narrowly or broadly—to select individuals, a group, a whole institution, or everyone in the world.
Since multiple permission sets can be created for a given space or site, the level of access can be fine-tuned for different groups of participants. Additionally, permission sets can be restricted by date. So, for example, access to an assignment could be available only to a group of students until the due date, when it could become publicly available.
The permissions for a site or space are defined by the site manager(s), which includes the site owner by default. The system adminstrator has the ability to set domain-wide boundaries on sharing.
The service administrator can configure the appearance of Campus Pack to implement the institution's brand identity by setting default banners, logos, and themes. The option to create a custom theme allows an institution maximal control over the look-and-feel. Additionally, the Language Pack feature gives an institution full control of the wording displayed in the service.
End-users also have ability to customize the look-and-feel of their spaces and sites. The manager of a personal learning space or community area can personalize the space with a custom banner, profile image, and site icons, and he can organize his sites with drag-and-drop controls. A manager also has the ability to chose the themes that offer the colors and style most appropriate for the content.
Campus Pack runs in our secure data centers, in an operating environment optimized for the service, and users access it via the Internet. The delivery as a service frees you from managing the technical systems, so you can focus on managing your configuration to meet your institution's goals. New releases and enhancements are deployed to you automatically, so your software is always up-to-date, and uniformity of the operating environment improves our ability to provide technical support.
Multiple hosting sites around the world keep your data close to home and enable optimal performance. Currently, Learning Objects operates data centers in the United Kingdom, the United States, and Canada, and we will soon launch a data center in Asia.
LMS connectors and SIS integrations are installed locally in the clients' facilities.
Campus Pack integrates with your existing e-learning systems, creating a seamless experience for users.
Off-the-shelf connectors integrate Campus Pack with Moodle, eCollege, Blackboard Learn, and Blackboard Vista/CE. These learning management system connectors support data and feature integration, including
Synchronization of course rosters and roles
Integrated assignment creation
Recognition of existing course groups
Course copy and restore
API's allow for custom integration options, including intregration with other LMSs, enterprise data systems, and LDAP directories, as well as Single Sign-On. Alternatively, you can use Campus Pack's Batch Upload Tool to populate rosters.
Campus Pack allows you to implement the data and privacy policies appropriate for your institution, and it gives you tools for monitoring and managing your institution's activity. Some of the actions administrators can take include the following:
Define user roles
Create default configuration for course and user spaces
Set file upload quotas
Allocate space as desired among different courses and users
Establish global sharing boundaries
Monitor system activity, in aggregate and granularly