Setting Up Your Learning Management System with Packback

Packback is compatible for integration with most Learning Management System (LMS) platforms, including Blackboard, Canvas, D2L, and Moodle. This article lays out for you how you can go about enabling Packback in your school's Learning Management System. If you'd prefer a more visual guide than written step-by-step instructions, we've made videos just for you!

This article covers the two most important steps to adding Packback to your LMS: 

Adding the Packback Tool/Link To Your Learning Management System

How to Add Packback to Blackboard

Follow along with instructions below to learn how you can go about enabling the Packback integration in Blackboard. 

Step-by-Step Instructions for How to Add Packback to Blackboard

  1. To enable Packback in your course on Blackboard, open the module/course in which you’d like to use Packback.
  2. Find Customization on the left hand side.
  3. Select Tool Availability from the Customization dropdown.
  4. If your institution has enabled Packback as a tool that can be displayed in the Tool Availability section, you should see Packback Questions as an available tool in the menu.
    • If you do not see Packback as an available tool, you may need to contact your school’s IT department and ask them to enable the “Tool Availability” placement for Packback in your course. If you need any assistance, please contact our team at help@packback.co
  5. Next, select Tools from the menu on the left.
  6. Find Packback Questions in the menu of available Tools.

From there, you're ready to connect your Learning Management System course to Packback. Take a look at this section of our article for instructions on how to do that!

How to Add Packback to Canvas

Follow along with instructions below to learn how you can go about enabling the Packback integration in Canvas.

Step-by-Step Instructions for How to Add Packback to Canvas

  1. To enable Packback in your course on Canvas, open the module/course where you'd like to enable Packback. Then, click Settings.
  2. From here, click Navigation.
  3. If your institution has enabled Packback as a tool that can be displayed in the navigation bar for a course, you should see Packback as an available tool at the bottom of the page, below your active navigation elements.
    • If you do not see Packback as an available tool, you may need to contact your school's IT department and ask them to enable the "Navigation" placement for Packback in your course. If you need any assistance, please contact our team at help@packback.co
  4. To add Packback to your course, simply drag the item "Packback Questions" into the desired spot in the navigation bar and then click Save. You'll immediately see Packback Questions appear in the left hand sidebar navigation for your course.

From there, you're ready to connect your Learning Management System course to Packback. Take a look at this section of our article for instructions on how to do that!

How to Add Packback to D2L

Follow along with instructions below to learn how you can go about enabling the Packback integration in D2L.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Adding Packback to D2L

  1. To enable Packback in your course on D2L, open the module/course where you'd like to use Packback. Then click on Content.
  2. Next, click Add Existing Activities.
  3. Scroll down and select External Learning Tools.
  4. If your institution has enabled Packback as a tool that can be displayed in the navigation bar for your course, you should see Packback as an available tool in the dropdown.
    • If you do not see Packback as an available tool, you may need to contact your school's IT department and ask them to enable Packback as a tool that can be used for your course. If you need any assistance, please contact our team at help@packback.co.
  5. Once you click Packback, the link will automatically be added to your course's homepage.
  6. You can drag the newly created link anywhere you'd like on your homepage. For example, under "Table of Contents" on the left hand side.

From there, you're ready to connect your Learning Management System course to Packback. Take a look at this section of our article for instructions on how to do that!

How to Add Packback to Blackboard Learn

Follow along with instructions below to learn how you can go about enabling the Packback integration in Blackboard Learn.

Step-by-Step Instructions for Adding Packback to Blackboard Learn

  1. To enable Packback in your course on Blackboard Learn, select the course/module where you'd like to use Packback. Click Build Content.
  2. If your institution has enabled Packback as an available tool for your course, you should see Packback Questions in the dropdown menu.
    • If you do not see Packback as an available tool, you may need to contact your school's IT department and ask them to enable the "Build Content" placement for Packback in your course. If you need any assistance, please contact our team at help@packback.co
  3. Label your module, for example: "Week 1 - Packback Discussion" and add the description from the syllabus or lesson plan. This will create the LTI link!
  4. Add points possible for the lesson. Example: 20.
  5. From here, you have a few choices that are completely optional. You can make the module visible (or not visible) to students, set an absolute due date, or select date restrictions.
  6. Click Submit.

From there, you're ready to connect your Learning Management System course to Packback. Take a look at this section of our article for instructions on how to do that!

Connecting Your Learning Management System Course to Packback

From here, you'll now be able to connect your LMS to a Packback community. If you haven’t added Packback as a tool in your Learning Management System quite yet, you’ll need to do that first in order to complete the connection process. Find your LMS type (Canvas, Blackboard, D2L/Brightspace, Moodle) up above and follow the instructions to add Packback before continuing on.

 

 

Already have a Packback community created?

If you’ve already created a Packback community and are just looking to connect your Learning Management System to it, you’ll first need to click on the Packback link that has been added to your Learning Management System.

From there, you’ll be shown a list of Packback communities associated with your account. Click Connect next to the one you’d like to connect your Learning Management System course to. To complete the Learning Management System setup process, simply verify that the connection information is correct and Confirm Connection.

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Still need to create a Packback community to connect to?

If you haven’t created a Packback community quite yet, you’re able to do so right from your Learning Management System! 

Click on the Packback link that’s been added to your Learning Management System, first. This will initiate the Learning Management System Setup Wizard. On this page, click Create a New Community and fill out the community details. Make sure to double check the information and finally select Save and Continue at the bottom of the page. 

Congratulations, you’ve successfully created a new community and connected it to your Learning Management System!

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Already created a Packback community but don’t see it?

If you’ve already created a Packback community but don’t see it when you click the Packback link in your Learning Management System, it’s possible you created the community under a different email address than is logged into your Learning Management System. 

In this case, please reach out to our Support team for assistance. You can contact us via email at help@packback.co. We’ll be happy to help!

Having Trouble?

If you still have questions about your community, contact your Experience Manager.

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