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 the 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 functionality in Brightspace. MS Teams does not include a function for Assignments in the TU Delft integration. If you are considering 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. Virtual Classroom (Bongo) 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 Virtual Classroom (Bongo) 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.