Projectcampus is a social learning environment for groups and projects and brings together all types of communication regarding learning in projects and groups in one place, including communication from parties outside of TU Delft.
TU Delft offers alternative tools in which students and staff can collaborate in a subgroup, team or project. On this page we describe alternatives for the different uses of Projectcampus.
Brightspace is the learning management system implemented at TU Delft. Brightspace offers options to communicate to students, share educational resources and facilitate education in other ways within each course. Brightspace allows group work and other forms of collaboration integrated in the usual course structure.
MS Teams is the digital hub for Microsoft 365 (M365) bringing conversations, content and apps together in one place. MS Teams is better equipped to facilitate communication and collaboration with groups of students, lecturers and staff in any combination independent of the usual course structure.
This page describes alternative options in TU Delft supported tools. The best option depends on the context. If you need support in using alternative tooling now or in preparation of next academic year please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Projectcampus can be used to divide students into project groups, to share and discuss inspiration and progress and to deliver Milestones (Assignments). Brightspace also offers the option to divide students enrolled in a course into several subgroups. In MS Teams team members can be divided into subgroups using channels (public of private) or you can let students collaborate in their own team.
Projectcampus allows students to easily share and discuss their progress during for instance a design process or in interactive project pages. A project in Projectcampus can be considered as a visual timeline and is either created by a single student or a group of students. In this timeline students share content (text, images, video or Vimeo and YouTube links) with their project members and can add comments to those posts. Projectcampus does not facilitate collaboration on documents or annotation in documents.
A team in MS Teams provides a similar timeline interface like Projectcampus with Posts. Also it is possible to Chat, have Virtual meetings and Share documents and Work together in the same documents based on Microsoft 365.
In Projectcampus Milestones can be added. A milestone can be considered as an assignment with a due date. The recommended alternative is the Assignment functionalityin Brightspace. MS Teams does not include a function for Assignments in the TU Delft integration. If you consider using MS Teams to facilitate teamwork we recommend adding a Brightspace assignment to complement MS Teams to provide due dates.
Projectcampus does not support collaborating with multiple students in the same document. Brightspace does not offer this option either. In MS Teams it is possible to allow collaboration on shared (Microsoft Office 365) documents.
Next to MS Teams you could also consider Wiki for working on shared content.
Projectcampus allows guests outside TU Delft to participate in projects. MS Teams also has possibilities for adding guests to a team (see this link, bottom of the accordion), however there are some limitations for guests. In Brightspace it is not possible to add guests outside TU Delft to Brightspace courses or groups.
In projects or design processes it can be useful to have peers, coaches or instructors annotate on documents (visually and/or in text).
Projectcampus does not facilitate this option, other than sharing files in posts in a visual timeline and replying to the post. In MS Teams a same way of working is possible by using Posts. Furthermore, the integration of M365 in MS Teams allows team members to work in the same document at the same time and use MS Office reviewing options for annotation in Word, Excel or Powerpoint files for instance. In Brightspace you could have a similar interaction using Discussions.
In Brightspace it is also possible to upload Assignments where a Lecturer can give feedback by making annotations. Annotation on documents from peers can be done using the Peer Feedback tool from FeedbackFruits which is integrated in Brightspace.
Projectcampus does not provide functionality for communication among team members except for sharing posts and replying on posts in a timeline interface. Within Posts you can mention other users. Posts in Projectcampus can be pinned and filtered (staff only, attachments, milestones).
MS Teams is built to bring together multiple ways of communication. It is possible to share posts or announcements in a timeline interface similar to Projectcampus. Within Posts you can also mention other users and posts can be pinned but not filtered. MS Teams also offers the possibility to have online video meetings and chat – in groups and one-on-one.
Brightspace supports instant messaging between people who are in the same course. However, it is not possible to mention users or pin/filter messages. Brightspace also offers the possibility to create Discussion areas (forums) for groups. Brightspace does not offer a way to have online (video) meetings amongst groups. YouSeeU can only be used for online (video) meetings when a member of the teaching-staff organizes and starts the meeting.
In a face-to-face situations students would present (drafts of) their products in a design process or project to other students, lecturers or guests. For example, through short presentations, posters placed on walls in a studio or otherwise. Groups, project members and/or coaches would draw inspiration and provide students with constructive feedback. In Projectcampus students can present their work via Posts and everyone who has access can view and reply. We divided giving feedback into two: (1) looking and reviewing the work of other groups and (2) conducting Peer evaluations.
Providing and processing feedback can be useful in projects or design processes. Projectcampus and MS Teams do both not provide other functionalities for feedback other than allowing group members to view and comment on each other’s work in a visual timeline.
In Brightspace peer feedback is facilitated through the Peer Review tool from FeedbackFruits. Peer feedback can be offered between individuals, between groups and within groups. Feedback can be offered by annotating documents via text (drawing is not possible).
Projectcampus does not provide functionality for communication between Students and Teachers, other than creating and reacting on posts in a timeline interface.
Within Brightspace you can post announcements on the course homepage and send e-mails to individuals, groups or the complete classlist to communicate with students. Furthermore, teachers can set-up online (video) meetings using YouSeeU(virtual classroom) which is integrated in Brightspace.
In MS Teams there are several ways to communicate with students. Virtual meetings can be scheduled in a team or channel or on an individual basis. MS Teams and Outlook calendar are integrated.
Projectcampus facilitates monitoring of student progress via the visual timeline interface. You also set Milestones per project or for individual students to monitor half-way deliverables.
As an alternative for milestones, Brightspace allows you to set due dates for individual or group assignments. MS Teams does not allow milestones or due dates to be set. If you consider using MS Teams to facilitate teamwork we recommend adding a Brightspace assignment to complement MS Teams to provide due dates.
ProjectCampus also offers limited analytics of student progress such as activity of students, project groups and course sections. In Brightspace Discussions it is possible to see how many posts are made per student/group. Also, it is possible to track who has visited what module. MS Teams offers limited analytics on group engagement. Mostly MS Teams provides (customizable) notifications on activity taking place in teams or channels.
In Projectcampus it is possible to create sections for educational resources. Brightspace works with modules and submodules which can be considered as folders. In MS Teams a team can be divided into different channels. Moreover, tabs can be added to facilitate additional tools or sections per channel.
In Projectcampus it is possible to add content which cannot be edited by students. In Brightspace depending it is by default not possible for students to add or delete content. You can use release conditions to make the content available for certain groups. In a Class Team in MS Teams there a differences in rights between students and Teachers. The Class Notebook can be used as content repository to offer content that students cannot edit or delete.
Projectcampus supports different roles to facilitate project work. Students can collaborate in their projects and instructors and coaches can view, comment and communicate in coaching students in the project. Furthermore, there is a possibility to follow projects that only give viewing rights. In Brightspace, the role of coaches can be fulfilled by assigning someone with the role of instructor or Course manager. In MS Teams the Team owner can assign team members with the channel moderator role.
If you work with Projectcampus, below some frequently asked questions about Projectcampus.
Adding Projectcampus to your course
After Projectcampus is activated for your course, click on Existing Activities and select External Learning Tools. Finally, select Projectcampus from the list.
A link to Project Campus will be then available.
It’s advisable to open Projectcampus as an external resource to have all the functionalities. Click on the drop-down arrow next to the link and select Edit Properties in place.
Creating a course
Click on ProjectCampus
If this is the first time you are opening ProjectCampus, you then need to create a course in Projectcampus. Click on Create a new course
Click on the menu button (hamburger icon in the left menu bar) to open the drawer. This drawer displays all the courses and projects you are involved in. Scroll to Courses, and click the +. If the + is not visible directly, first click on Courses.
Courses are invite-only. This means only members of the course can access the course page. Only staff members are allowed to invite members and edit the course page itself.
Once the course has been created, start adding other users. Simply click the Members tab in the bar in the middle of the page. Then click the button Invite.
There are three roles within a course:
- Staff: Instructors and Teaching Assistants
- Students: The students that are taking the course
- Guests: Any course stakeholders such as quality assurance members, clients or anybody from outside the course or the TU Delft organization who are not Instructors or Students in the applicable course.
Advanced Course options
Once created, fine-tuning the Projectcampus course. Go to the upper right corner to Manage and select Course options to turn features on or off. You can manage whether or not course sections and/or projects are to be a part of the course. Turn them on to have subgroups in the course, allowing that students can create projects, respectively.
Publish a course
Once the course has been set up and content has been added, the course can be published to the Brightspace course. At that moment, students in the Brightspace classlist will be invited to create an account in Projectcampus and will be able to view and participate in the Projectcampus course. Click on Activate Course to publish your course.
For some new Projectcampus users, it may be slightly confusing at first to orientate themselves. This is mainly due to the simple hierarchy which, to the untrained eye, may not be apparent immediately.
In the below points, the differences between the 3 entities in Projectcampus and their relationship is explained:
A course page is where all students, instructors and guests can share and discuss general course-related announcements and other information. It is where staff members can add materials and create milestones that have to be completed by the project members. The goal of the course is to keep everybody up to date and to build a learning community.
- Course section
A course section is an optional functionality, built for large courses (100+ students) that need to be split up in sections to communicate properly. A course section can be used to split a course in different classes or in different topics. The functionality and goal is similar to a course, albeit more focused.
The project pages are the student-centric pages, connected to a course or a course section. In contrast to courses and sections, projects can also be created by students themselves. It is for students to share and discuss their individual/team progress. Students are in control of inviting members and they can decide who they share their progress with (Staff members can also manage this, if necessary). The goal of the project is to become an interactive learning journey.
Course sections are very convenient to split up a course in different sections. But before creating sections, please consider the goal and required actions of a section. We recommend creating course sections only if it is undesirable to have this communication in the main course page. A possible downside of sections is that communication will be spread over multiple pages, possibly making it more difficult to find back older information. If the aim is to discuss a particular, different topic in a section, it might be enough to use a label in either the course feed or a project feed.
That being said, creating sections is easy to do although can only be created by staff members. Go to the course of choice and select Section > Create section.
If a Section tab is not displayed in the course, go to Manage > Course options to turn Course sections on.
After creating a section, the creator will become a staff member who can then invited by selecting Members > Invite.
Projects are what makes Projectcampus truly unique. We highly recommend using them, because it helps staff and students to keep up to date with progress and to reflect on the learning journey of each student or team. Creating projects is very easy to do and can be created either before inviting students or afterwards. Students can also be asked to create their own project pages. Go to Projects > Create project.
Staff members who create a project will become the project’s coach. When opening the project, it is possible to invite students by going to Members > Invite.
General Message Posting
Posting to Projectcampus is simple and straightforward. At the top of each course or project page you will find a field called Create a post.
Enter your message here and hit Enter to add a post to the feed. Formatting a message can be done by the upper row in the field. Add a title to the message and an attachment to your message if needed. Projectcampus allows files from Dropbox, Google Drive, local files, Youtube video’s and links to be added as attachments.
When entering messages, a draft is created after some seconds (‘Draft saved‘ is displayed on the bottom of the box). Select ‘Save draft‘ for a draft message to be saved that is not visible to other users. To delete a message, simply select the cross in the upper right corner of the box. A choice will be given to either discard the draft or save it for later editing and sending.
Adding labels to a message by entering them in the designated field. If a certain label already exists, it will be displayed as you type. If not, create the label by typing it and closing with a comma (,) – you can add as many labels as you like. Adding labels to posts will make it easier to search in the activity stream for similar posts (such as ‘Research’, ‘1st Concept’, ‘Assignments’ or ‘Lecture slides’).
Before posting your message, the privacy level of the post can be selected. Post can be made visible for the public, organization members, course member, section members, project members or staff only.
After posting, people that are members of the page will be notified through email, web or the Projectcampus App. Everybody who matches the privacy level of the post will be able to comment or like the post. Only the original poster and other staff members are able to edit the post.
Once the Course has been created, others can be added. Simply go to Manage > Invite others in the upper right corner to start inviting others to the course. People can be invited one using their TU Delft email or by searching in the organization on Projectcampus. Members can be dragged & dropped to move or copy members, from the Course Composer menu.
Milestones are Projectcampus’ version of the more common ‘assignment’ functionality. Milestones add structure to activities and communication by students. With each milestone requested, students are to perform a specific task from within their project page.
Create milestone in course (section)
Milestones can only be created by staff members of the course or course section. Go to the applicable course and select ‘Create a post‘. On the bottom of the ‘Post field’ the option to attach a ‘Milestone‘ is displayed. Click on this and complete the details to set the deadline date and the visibility of the submissions.
When creating a milestone, it is possible to select the visibility of the submissions. There are two options:
- Past Due: submissions will become visible to other students once the deadline has passed
- Never: submissions will never be visible to other students
After publishing the post with the milestone in the course, students will see the milestone on top of their project page. By clicking it, they can submit their work for the milestone. All milestones will be visible as a progress bar in the project page. This way, students and staff will see which milestones have been completed.
View the submissions
To view all submissions for the milestone in the course, go to the post with the milestone, and see how many projects have completed the milestone. Staff members can also download all submissions here.
Students can edit their upload until the deadline passes.
Complete a milestone
Students can complete a milestone by going to the project page. On the top of the project page they will find a progress bar with all milestones. They can click on one of them and then select ‘Complete milestone’.
Download all submissions
Instructors can download all assignments in one batch. Go to the course and to the earlier created milestone. Click the downward arrow icon to start downloading a .zip file of all submitted assignments. An email with a link will be sent once the zip is ready for downloading.
Give feedback on submissions
Giving feedback on submissions is fast and easy. The best place to start is the post with the milestone, inside the course page. Click on Submissions and to be shown get a list of all submissions for this milestone. Click on a submission to provide feedback and optionally, add attachments.
If there is a peer feedback procedure in place, making submissions visible to other students allows students to comment in a similar fashion on each other’s assignments.
All communication in Project Campus is shown in a timeline in chronological order. You can print this timeline to a PDF. Downloading all attachments will generate a zip file with all attachments directly below a post. Attachments inside a text of a post or inside a comment are not taken into account.
- Open a course in Project Campus.
- Click Manage > Print & Download all.
- Scroll all the way down to check if all images are loaded.
- Click Print to PDF to print all timelines to PDF and/or Download all attachments to generate a ZIP file containing all files. Attachments inside a text of a post or inside a comment are not taken into account.