Below are updates about the latest developments related to the E-Learning Service.
An Upgraded VLE for 2015/16
IT Services sets up a new VLE for each academic year. The upgraded VLE 2015/16 based on Moodle 2.8 will be launched early in September.
The general user experience in the upgraded VLE will be very similar to that of past VLEs. Some enhancements in the VLE 2015/16 include:
- an autosave feature in the text editor,
- the ability to upload material directly from the University Google Drive into the VLE,
- subscription to individual forum post discussions instead of a whole forum,
- control over when assignment feedback is sent to students and
- simpler and more flexible conditional activities.
More information about new features and enhancements in the VLE is available.
IT Services encourages academic staff to access the upgraded CPA (Course Preparation Area) VLE in order to familiarise themselves with the new features that will be available in VLE 2015/16. The CPA VLE is available via the Archives and Other VLEs page.
As indicated earlier, VLE 2015/16 will be available early in September. IT Services shall send a notification to all academic staff when this is available for use.
What is happening to VLE 2014/15?
The study-unit areas in VLE 2014/15 will remain accessible to tutors and students for revision purposes etc. In December 2015, the current VLE 2014/15 and all its study-unit areas will be archived. More information about the archiving policy is available online.
Do tutors need to repopulate their study-units from scratch once VLE 2015/16 is available in September?
No. Tutors can copy the study-unit material from VLE 2014/15 (or other past VLEs) to the new VLE 2015/16 using the VLE Copy Tool. This online tool copies all the files, resources and activities that tutors have set up for students, except for any submissions made by students, such as assignments, forum posts etc.
VLE Training & Support
Early in September, IT Services will be running a workshop for staff who would like to brush up on VLE beginners’ skills. More information about the VLE workshops and VLE user guides is available online.
IT Services also offers one-on-one consultations for staff who would like to discuss possible enhancements to their study-units using features of the VLE and other learning technologies.
Academic staff are encouraged to contact IT Services about any VLE and IT-related queries.