Below are updates about the latest developments related to the VLE.
A Single VLE Instance
Starting from next academic year, IT Services will be moving away from the past practice of setting up a new VLE instance for each academic year. Instead, the study-units from each academic year (starting from 2015/16) will be available in a single VLE instance. Therefore, early in September 2016, the study-units for academic year 2016/17 will be added to the existing UoM VLE (which currently contains the study-units for academic year 2015/16). The study-units for academic year 2017/18 will then be added the following September, etc. Staff and students will be able to use filters to easily distinguish between study-units of different academic years.
The benefits of having study-units from different academic years in the same VLE include:
- Staff and students will not need to switch to a different VLE to access material from 2015/16
- Staff and student VLE profile details, including descriptions and profile images, will be retained from 2015/16 to 2016/17
- Turnitin activities will also be replicated when copying material from 2015/16 study-units to 2016/17 study-units using the VLE Copy Tool
Please note that the single VLE instance will be implemented for the 2015/16 study-units, 2016/17 study-units etc. Archived VLEs for 2014/15, 2013/14 etc will remain accessible from the Archives & Other VLEs page.
As indicated earlier, the study-units for academic year 2016/17 will be available early in September. IT Services shall send a notification to all academic staff when they are available for use.
The Course Preparation Area (CPA) VLE, which was used for the preparation of study-unit material and for exploring the features of the VLE, shall be closed down on 12 August 2016. Instead, a sandbox area will be available on the same VLE containing the 2015/16 study-units and 2016/17 study-units.
Staff who used this VLE are being contacted by IT Services to assist them in migrating material to new sandbox areas in the UoM VLE.
What is happening to 2015/16 study-units?
The 2015/16 study-unit areas will remain accessible to tutors and students for revision purposes etc. In December, these study-unit areas will be set as archived. More information about the archiving policy is available online.
Do tutors need to repopulate their 2016/17 study-units from scratch in September?
No. Tutors can copy the study-unit material from 2015/16 study-unit (or from other past VLEs) to the 2016/17 study-units 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, or who would like to improve the design of their study-unit areas in the VLE. 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.