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New Student Dashboard: Collating All Recorded Lectures

15 December 2017 - 5:36pm

At the start of December we added a new personalised dashboard that displays a list of all your sites / courses that contain Recorded Lectures.

To access your dashboard you must first login to WebLearn, click on your avatar at the top right of the screen and click on ‘Recorded Lectures’ – this is the same whether on a desktop, mobile or tablet. (You can set your avatar photo by clicking on Profile in this same menu.)

The next screen will display your dashboard – it may take a couple of seconds to load depending on how many sites you belong to.

The dashboard will show a list of site titles which, if clicked, will take you to the site’s Overview page. (Note that you must be a member of a site for it to display in the list.)

The dashboard may also show a direct link to the ‘Recorded Lectures’ within a site. Click on this link to display a list of all the recordings for your course. Note that this will open in a new browser tab.

Unfortunately it is not currently possible to highlight which of your sites contain newly uploaded videos. We realise that would be very useful but it is not currently technically possible.

We hope you will find it useful to be able to access all your existing recorded lectures via this dashboard.

 

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Using WebLearn to aid student induction

1 December 2017 - 2:54pm

Lettitia Derrington (Department for Continuing Education) received a project grant to develop a WebLearn feature that could be made available across the University to support the online induction of postgraduate students. http://blogs.it.ox.ac.uk/adamweblearn/2015/11/university-teaching-awards-2015/

Lettitia built an ‘Induction Lessons Tool’, made entirely with the standard Lessons Tool in WebLearn. It was trialled within the CPD Centre, Department for Continuing Education in 2016-17 (with eight programme sites), offered to other teams within ContEd in 2017-18 (four additional sites) and is now in a format that could be rolled out to the wider University.

We asked Lettitia to describe how she customised WebLearn in this way to meet the needs of tutors and students in ContEd.

The aim was to create an induction area for postgraduate students as an alternative to, or to complement face-to-face induction activities. We wanted to provide a sense of progression through the various steps that students need to take and to make the information visually appealing and the content engaging. We also needed to ensure that we provided the essential information that departments have to provide for inductions as well as signposting useful information from the wider University.

I used the Lessons Tool to create a grid layout and to embed images and videos easily. It also allows me to embed generic files held on a central site, so that updating the information can be carried out in one location with the changes automatically updating all individual sites.

I hope that describing the different areas with a question – ‘Have you…..?’, emphasises the importance of the tasks, which is substantiated by quotes from previous students describing how important/useful it is.

I used colour on the main boxes as a differentiating factor, and I have carried the colour coding through to the subpages. I don’t think that it is very obvious to the students, but the subpages are divided into white and coloured boxes. The white information contains the essential information that departments have to provide, whilst the coloured boxes contain additional information to enhance the student experience.

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Usage Satistics

20 November 2017 - 3:37pm

Every year we traditionally present the number of unique logins in Week 1 of Trinity Term. This can be viewed as a rough measure of the growth of a service. As you can see, apart from one year, growth has been steadily increasing  year on year.

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WebLearn Tests tool

11 October 2017 - 4:36pm

A powerful way for your students to test their understanding…

WebLearn offers a tool called ‘Tests’, which allows tutors and lecturers to create pools of questions and assessments based on selecting questions to present to students. Students can take the test in their own time and benefit from hints and feedback provided by the tutor when creating the questions.

The following questions types are possible:

The process of creating a test involves the following steps:

  1. Create questions in a question pool – options are available to provide overall feedback or hints
  2. Build an assessment by selecting questions to present (either sequentially or randomly)
  3. Test drive the assessment (test) as a student
  4. Set options such as open and close dates, time limits, number of attempts etc.
  5. Publish the test for students to take

The Tests tools keeps track of all attempts and provides a report showing student names, start and finish time, and scores. The data can be exported to Excel for further analysis.

Further information: Contact us

If you would like to discuss possibilities for using the Tests tool in your courses, contact our team of learning technologists at weblearn@it.ox.ac.uk

 

 

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WebLearn and Turnitin Courses and User Groups: Michaelmas Term 2017

9 October 2017 - 5:16pm

IT Services offers a variety of taught courses to support the use of WebLearn and the plagiarism awareness software Turnitin. Course books for the formal courses (3-hour sessions) can be downloaded for self study. Places are limited and bookings are required. All courses are free of charge.

Click on the links provided for further information and to book a place.

WebLearn 3-hour courses: Byte-sized lunch time sessions:

These focus on particular tools with plenty of time for questions and discussion

Plagiarism awareness courses (Turnitin): User Group meetings:
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New Features in WebLearn 11-ox7

5 October 2017 - 2:26pm

A new version of WebLearn (version 11-ox7) was released on Tuesday 3 October 2017. The main ‘headline’ is that authentication has now switched to Shibboleth in anticipation of the removal of the WebAUTH service. Other improvements have been made to Reading Lists, the Peer Assessment process and Anonymous Submission sites.

Here is a list of the main improvements:

  • Change the authentication method from WebAuth to Shibboleth
  • The HTML WYSIWYG editor now has an “Insert HTML5 Media” toolbar button

  • One can now embed HTML pages containing Font Awesome icons within Lessons pages
  • On a public site in the Lessons tool, the resources folder listing is now correctly shown for non-logged in users
  • In Lessons, formatting improvements have been made to the calendar event pop-up and Forums and Announcement widgets change colour when the page’s colour scheme is modified
  • Reading Lists: links to journal articles now open in a new tab
  • NHS users can now post messages to the Email Archive
  • Additional ‘Joinable Sites’ options have been enabled – you can now specify whether Joinable Sites can be joined by any logged in user or just by users with an Oxford SSO account.

Anonymous Essay Submission & Assignments Tool
  • On Anonymous Submissions (AS) sites, one cannot now allow Students to see their TII reports – the option is greyed out
  • A “reveal assignment on this date” option has been added, this means an assignment can be set up but students will not see it in the list until the “visibility date” is reached
  • If peer assessment already selected then the configuration options are shown by default
  • The default End date of the Peer Assessment period is 7 days after Accept Until date
Dynamic Lookup of Users

As part of the VLE review requirements gathering exercise, it was suggested that there should be an ‘auto-complete’ feature when adding users to a site. we have now implemented this new feature and we would like a small number of volunteers to test-drive this new facility. Please get in touch if you would like to help out.

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Lecture Capture (Replay) Forum – Wed 27 Sep PM

19 September 2017 - 3:34pm

From the Replay Team

We will be holding the annual Replay lecture capture user forum at IT Services, Banbury Road on Wednesday 27th September from 14:00-17:30. There will be a buffet lunch beforehand from 13:00-14:00.

The forum is designed to bring Oxford staff up-to-date with the latest developments of the Replay lecture capture service and is an ideal opportunity to meet other Replay users across the university.

Replay lecture capture service: http://help.it.ox.ac.uk/replay

Both academic and IT/AV/administrative staff are welcome to attend. The event is free, but please book if you plan to attend so that we can correctly assess numbers for lunch: https://oxford.imparando.com/accessplan/clientinput/course/coursebooker.aspx?coursedateid=42554

There will be plenty of opportunity for discussion, along with a series of brief talks, including:

  • How to get started using Replay
  • What’s new with the Replay service and the Panopto software
  • Case-studies from departments
  • Guest speakers from other UK institutions
  • The VLE review and new Panopto integration options, including embedding
  • and more…

There will also be a series of training sessions throughout the next term: Dates to be confirmed and booking links will be posted at http://help.it.ox.ac.uk/replay/trainingsessions

As always, send any enquiries to the team at replay@it.ox.ac.uk

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Innovative use of WebLearn – Oxford Online Programme in Sleep Medicine

7 July 2017 - 12:13pm

In 2014 Oxford University approved a brand new postgraduate programme in Sleep Medicine. The two-year online programme leads to a postgraduate diploma (PGDip) or a Master of Science degree (MSc).

The programme is hosted by the Sleep and Circadian Neuroscience Institute (SCNi), at the University of Oxford which “brings together world leading expertise in basic and human sleep and circadian research and in the evaluation and management of sleep disorders” (Nuffield Department of Clinical Neurosciences, 2016).

Learning technologists in Medical Sciences and IT Services were involved in building a customised portal and customised online course components in WebLearn. In tandem with the course development team, the learning technologists have tried hard to design a programme that attempts to imitate the face-to-face, personalised Oxford learning experience.

This approach is achieved through small student groups, moderated online discussions, live webinars and collaboration with subject specialists to reflect the most recent research findings. It was particularly important to employ aspects of personalisation, e.g. showing students only material that is relevant to them, at the appropriate time (depending on current module, week etc.).

In the structure of the online modules, the WebLearn ‘Lessons tool’ was used to offer the pedagogical advantage of tailoring a learning pathway for the students, with integrated content, relevant activities and assessment opportunities.

The customised interface and personalisation features were realised by taking advantage of WebLearn’s ‘behind-the-scenes’ RESTful web services API and rendered using a popular open source JavaScript framework called Angular 2. A very modest amount of development work was undertaken by the WebLearn team to make this approach possible.

 

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System Improvements: WebLearn v11-ox6

20 June 2017 - 3:01pm

WebLearn was upgraded on 20th June 2017 to version 11-ox6. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the disruption.

Here is a list of some of the improvements:

  • Single file upload limit is now 250MB (Resources, Assignments etc.)
  • A link to one’s personal Calendar has been added in the top right Top Right “personal” drop down

  • Anonymous Submission sites
    • Site Info tool cannot now be removed in error
    • It is now not possible to change the Admin Site – all ‘submission’ sites are forced to be managed by Exams and Assessment
  • Favourite sites are now clickable

  • One can how hide / or un-hide one’s self in a site via Home > Preferences > Sites
  • Replay (Recorded Lectures)
    • All instances now have the same ‘play button’ icon
    • Individual recordings can now be inserted into Lessons (using IMS LTI Content Item Message)
  • Citations List improvements
  • Site Members will display the photos which have been set in a user’s Profile by default (as there are currently no available ‘official photos’)
  • Interactive videos (and other content types) from h5p.org can now be used within Lessons (and Resources): “H5P makes it easy to create, share and reuse HTML5 content and applications. H5P empowers everyone to create rich and interactive web experiences more efficiently“. H5p includes
    • Interactive YouTube videos (annotate, ask questions etc.)
    • Image juxtaposition
    • Drag and drop / Drag the words
    • Hotspots
    • Many many more content types

  • Resources:
    • The superfluous recycle bin link has been removed
    • Folders can be expanded on a mobile phone
    • Emoticon images inserted pre-WebLearn 11 will now appear correctly
  • Forums and Topics are correctly copied during ‘Duplicate site’ and ‘Import from site’ both seem to lose
  • Researcher Training Tool
    • Search Results page is now fully responsive
    • Improved rendering in Internet Explorer 11
  • Lessons tool: ‘Add section break above’ no longer results two blocks appearing below

 

 

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Copyright support site in WebLearn – updated June 2017

5 June 2017 - 10:43am

The Copyright support site in WebLearn has been updated with a new ‘look’ and links to the latest information about copyright requirements, with specific reference to the use of learning materials in a virtual learning environment. The site is publicly available.

The support site in WebLearn is being developed in conjunction with the Bodleian Libraries; it provides links to copyright guidance currently being updated and expanded by Bodleian librarians and staff in the University’s Gardens, Libraries and Museums (GLAM) division, in line with the provisions of the University’s CLA (Copyright Licensing Agency) licence.

The message is:

  • Provision of resources (images, text, articles etc.) for students in WebLearn falls largely under the terms of the CLA licence. For queries contact your college or departmental contact person.
  • Be aware that even if a journal article is your own work, you may have signed away the copyright to a publisher.
  • Always check the terms and conditions of the item, or failing that, request permission from the rights holder.
  • Consider releasing your own material under a Creative Commons licence to make the usage conditions clear to others.
More information from the Bodleian Libraries:
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Local WebLearn coordinators

2 June 2017 - 5:05pm

Are you a local WebLearn coordinator (or administrator) and are you aware of your responsibilities regarding your unit’s WebLearn presence? Register to attend the lunch time session offered free of charge by IT Services (Mon 12 June 2017, 12:30 – 13:30): WebLearn: Overview for local WebLearn coordinators.

At Oxford, management of a unit’s WebLearn presence is devolved to one or more ‘local WebLearn coordinators’ in the unit who act as a contact between the unit and the central WebLearn service.

  • The local WebLearn coordinator(s) should be the first point of contact for the unit’s WebLearn users and also act as local administrator(s).
  • They can allocate rights to other members of the unit to create and manage WebLearn sites.
  • We recommend that units develop a clear policy regarding who can do what within their WebLearn areas, and also assign responsibilities for keeping content and site membership up to date.
  • Local WebLearn coordinators need to monitor important announcements made by the WebLearn team and relay them back to their users as appropriate.
More information:
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Advanced options for embedding Replay lectures in WebLearn

2 June 2017 - 10:33am
Lecture Capture (Replay)

See our earlier post about how to add the Replay tool to a WebLearn site (which provides access to the Panopto web site (where the recordings are hosted) via the ‘Recorded Lectures’ link on the left hand menu).

The same post also describes how to link to an entire Replay folder from within the Lessons tool.

We have recently been alerted to that fact that advanced options are available (called ‘Custom Parameters’), which enable the following possibilities:

  • linking to multiple Replay folders from a single WebLearn site
  • embedding one individual recording within a Lessons page.

In both cases, one must supply the desired URL of the folder (or recording) in the ‘Custom Parameters’ box (see later). (A better method for doing this will become available – hopefully during summer 2017. This will be based on the open standard referred to as IMS LTI Content Item Message. Work needs to be done by the Panopto suppliers in order to achieve this alternative method.)

If you haven’t done so already, add the Replay tool to your site (via ‘Site Info’ > ‘Manage Tools’ – the Replay tool is at the bottom of the list).

Linking to more than one Replay folder on a single WebLearn site

In the ‘Site Info tool select ‘External Tools’; then select the ‘Tool Links’ tab and click on ‘Create Tool Link’ and select the Replay tool from the drop down menu.

Add a name for the ‘Button Text link and in the ‘Custom Parameters’ box type / paste

redirect_url=https://ox.cloud.panopto.eu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id...

but replace everything to the right of the equals sign with the URL of the folder you wish to link to. Refer to the How to find the Replay URL section of this document for details on finding URLs – you can repeat this process for each folder that you wish to link to.


Be sure to check the ‘Add Site Link’ box to enable this named tool to appear in the left-hand menu. Remember to click ‘Save’!

Repeat the process in order to add links on the left-hand tools menu to other Replay folders:

Linking directly to a single video

There has long been the need to be able to link to one particular Replay video in much the same way as one can present a link to a YouTube video.

You can display a link to the video in the WebLearn site in one of two ways:

  • In the left-hand side tools menu; or
  • In a Lessons page – this is useful from the teaching and learning point of view, when you want to link to one particular video in your Lessons page, that is relevant to the current topic.

In either the Lessons tool (edit the previously-added ‘External tool’) or in ‘Site Info’ > ‘External Tools’,  insert the following ‘redirect URL’ in the ‘Custom Parameters’ box:

redirect_url=[ --- insert the Replay URL here --- ]

Refer to the following section of this post for details on finding URLs – you can repeat this process for each recording that you wish to link to.

How to find the Replay URL

By default (in the absence of any Custom Parameters) a link to Panopto will take the user to the parent folder corresponding to the current WebLearn site; this folder will probably contain multiple videos.

If you wish to direct users to a different folder in Panopto, or to an individual video, then you can use Custom Parameters to set the direct link.

To find out which URL to supply as a Custom Parameter you need to access Replay through WebLearn.

To find the URL which links to an individual video you should locate the video then click on it to start it playing.

Next, copy the URL from the browser’s address bar.

To link to a folder, browse to the folder in Replay and then copy the URL from the browser.

Video URL example https://ox.cloud.panopto.eu/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx? id=35908dbd-f115-42b5-8712-698fe2263adf Folder URL example https://ox.cloud.panopto.eu/Panopto/Pages/Sessions/List.aspx? embedded=1#folderID=%22b6913bf1-c52d-4e47-992d-8239e3022ca8%22 More information

 

 

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Making recorded lectures available in WebLearn

2 June 2017 - 10:33am
Lecture Capture (Replay)

The Lecture Capture service (called Replay) has been available across the University for a number of months now. The service is free of charge to departments at the point of use, this means that the software which is used to capture lectures (Panopto) can be installed on any number of computers in any number of rooms, or on any personal laptops.

Replay is an IMS LTI (Learning Tools Interoperability) tool that handles user authentication via WebLearn, before linking to Panopto.

A July 2016 blog post about Replay provides more information about the service.

Adding the Replay tool to a WebLearn site

Recorded lectures are made available to students by adding the Replay tool to a WebLearn site (‘Site Info’ > ‘Manage Tools’ then select the ‘Replay’ tool at the bottom of the list of tools). All site participants will be able to view the lectures in the Replay folder.

Once the tool has been added, it can be used to upload existing videos or record new ones for use in teaching. For example, a lecturer can record video snippets on their own laptop to reinforce certain topics, dispel misconceptions, or present background/supplementary information before delivering the live lecture; or, of course, record the live lecture for students to refer to later for revision and reinforcement.

The Replay tool can be accessed by students either in the left hand tools menu (with a default title of ‘Recorded Lectures’) – this will happen automatically after having added the tool as described above; and/or as a hyperlink on a ‘Lessons’ page (see next section).

The following options are available for linking to Replay recordings:

  • one entire folder containing multiple recordings (covered in this blog post)
  • multiple folders of recordings from a single WebLearn site
  • one individual recording within a Replay/Panopto folder.

The second and third possibilities are ‘advanced options’, described in a separate blog post.

Linking to a Replay folder from within a Lessons page

The Lessons tool is a relatively new addition to WebLearn. We recommend that all student-facing content be developed within the Lessons tool (rather than as an HTML page in Resources). Lessons is far better for developing structured ‘learning pathways’ for students and it offers better authoring capabilities compared to an HTML page (in Resources).

To add a link to the Replay tool from within a Lessons page, go to the Lessons tool and click on the ‘Add Content link, then click ‘Add External Tool’. (NB: the Replay tool must have already been added to the site as described above.)

Then click on ‘Replay’:

Name the link using the ‘Button Text’ box (e.g. ‘Video folder’), and choose a custom icon if you wish to replace the default icon. For this example, we will leave the ‘Custom Parameters’ box blank  (this option allows you to provide the URL and link to a particular recording within Panopto – see our separate ‘advanced options’ blog post). Click ‘Save’ at the bottom of the screen.

You will see the Replay tool linked from your Lessons page. This link will open the Panopto folder associated with this WebLearn site, and all the recordings it may contain.

The best user experience is when Panopto is opened in a new window; to change this, click on the edit button (‘pencil’ icon) alongside the item and elect to have it open in a new window: 

More information

 

 

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WebLearn and Turnitin courses: places still available

23 May 2017 - 4:50pm

It  is the second half of Trinity term.  If you still have not managed to attend WebLearn and/or Turniitin courses,  book a place now to avoid disappointment.

Places are limited and bookings are required.  All courses are free of charge.  Click on the links provided for further information and to book a place.

WebLearn 3-hour courses: Byte-sized lunch time sessions:

These focus on particular tools with plenty of time for questions and discussion

Plagiarism awareness courses (Turnitin): User Group meeting:
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Online submission of summative assessments in WebLearn

19 May 2017 - 5:09pm

This post was written by Nicola Cooper-Harvey and appeared in the AAD news alert on 15 May 2017

Any colleagues wishing to move to online submission of summative assessments must take note of the following:

  • the relevant Examination Regulations must have been amended prior to the new academic year;
  • the assessments must adhere to the framework for online submissions agreed by Examinations Panel; and
  • they must use the centrally-provided WebLearn system.

A new facility has been created within WebLearn to enable anonymous submissions (identified by student candidate number, not by name). A special WebLearn site (called an ‘anonymous submissions’ (AS) site) needs to be allocated to manage summative online submissions and, if desired, marking.

Please email taughtdegrees@admin.ox.ac.uk if you plan to move to online submissions for the 2017/18 academic year, and/or if you wish to attend a briefing session on the use of WebLearn to do this.

 

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18 May 2017 is Global Accessibility Awareness Day

18 May 2017 - 2:54pm

Today (18/5/17) is the sixth Global Accessibility Awareness Day (GAAD).

“The purpose of GAAD is to get everyone talking, thinking and learning about digital (web, software, mobile, etc.) access/inclusion and people with different disabilities.”  (http://globalaccessibilityawarenessday.org/.)”

To celebrate this, Matt Clare from Brock University, (Chair of Sakai Accessibility Working Group,) has written a blog post about accessibility (aka a11y) in Sakai and designing accessible content.

Related Links
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System Improvements: WebLearn v11-ox5

9 May 2017 - 5:48pm

WebLearn was upgraded on 27th April 2017 to version 11-ox5. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the disruption.

Here is a list of some of the major improvements:

Peer-to-peer Chat

It is now possible to instigate a one to one chat with a fellow site member or other WebLearn user with whom you have set up a connection (via “My Home > Profile”).

To start a conversation, click on the “Chat” rectangle at the bottom right of every page and then click on the person you would like to chat to (NB, there may be a short delay before the list of users appears).

You can then have a conversation by typing in the (small) window that pops up

Batch Updates

A new ‘joinable’ site called Batch Updates has been added. If you visit this site, you will be able to

  • Add one or more users to multiple sites where you have permission to manage users
  • Change details (role / status) of users over multiple sites
  • Delete or replace a user over multiple sites

It is also possible for the central team to update contact details in bulk. we will look into making this facility available to WebLearn Coordinators, in the meantime, we are very happy to make updates upon request.

We will be looking into adding more batch updates facilities available at a later date.

Lessons Page Ownership / Editing Restrictions

This release introduces a brand new concept to the Lessons tool – owning a Lessons page.

In the past, if  a site member was given permission to edit a Lessons Page then that meant they could edit (and delete) all Lessons pages on a site. It was felt that these update permissions were too loose and could result in accidental deletions or damage to sites, so the concept of an owned page was introduced (cf pages / files in Resources which all have owners).

The update allows a page to be owned by a site participant who doesnt by default have permission to edit Lessons pages. As the owner of a page, the user is able to update and edit that page and also create sub-pages from within that page (which they then also own).

To “give” a page to a user, click on the settings (cog) icon.

then select the owner (at the bottom of the resulting page)

The page will then show the owner (but not to students).

The best way to use this with staff is to modify the “Contribute” role and remove “edit permissions” from this role. To do this, click on “More Tools > Permissions”

and then unselect the “Update all pages or items” permission.

In summary, if you are responsible for a site in WebLearn, you can delegate responsibility for editing one or more specific Lessons pages in the site to individual members with running the risk of them damaging other Lessons pages in the site.

Reading Lists (ORLiMS)

Recent problems have come to light when editing a reading list that has a large number of items and nested sections. To combat this, we have added “integrity checking” to ensure that reading lists with incorrectly nested elements cannot be saved. We have also fixed a bug which led to incorrect “Find it on Solo” links for Journal Articles and another bug where some links to “Electronic Versions” were incorrect.

It is possible that there are some reading lists still in the system that have incorrect nesting, if you are unable to save a reading list after editing then please get in touch with the central team and report the site and name of the reading list. We will be able to update the database and modify the reading list to ensure it is in a consistent state.

Any new reading lists should now not be able to become incorrectly nested.

Bug Fixes

We have fixed a handful of other issues discovered over the last few months.

  • The “Replace Site” hierarchy management option now works correctly
  • The “Site Members” tool has improved formatting
  • The collapsible left-hand side menu now remains collapsed when moving to a different site
  • “Edit Site Information Display” on the “Overview” tool now saves correctly
  • The colour of the Turnitin Originality Report flag now displays correctly to students at all times
  • There is a more informative error message when trying to save a new file in Resources that would mean the URL would exceed the permitted maximum of 256 characters
Activity Browser

A number of minor improvements have been made to the Learning Resources Activity Browser which was developed as part of the SHOAL (Innovation) Project.

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Best practice in designing WebLearn sites and pages

25 April 2017 - 4:20pm
The WISE project

One of the outputs of the recent WebLearn Improved Student Experience (WISE) project is a WebLearn site offering advice and guidance on various aspects to consider in building WebLearn sites and pages. The WebLearn Best Practice site encapsulates our experience in supporting 19 departments in redesigning their WebLearn areas.

Another output of the WISE project was a set of four WebLearn site templates, using the ‘box’ design and layout: Departmental Site, Programme Site, Course Site and Tutor Site. The Best Practice site provides a link to the guide on using the site templates, which illustrates how to create a new site based on a template, and then to edit the components according to your needs.

The Best Practice site provides information about the Lessons tool (including various examples of Lessons pages), and considers the question: ‘new site’ or ‘new page’? There are hints and tips about page design and layout (with examples of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ practice), images and video, accessibility and copyright.

More information:
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WebLearn and Turnitin Courses Trinity Term 2017

20 April 2017 - 3:43pm

IT Services offers a variety of taught courses to support the use of WebLearn and the plagiarism awareness software Turnitin. Course books for the formal courses (3-hour sessions) can be downloaded for self study. Places are limited and bookings are required. All courses are free of charge.

Click on the links provided for further information and to book a place.

WebLearn 3-hour courses: Byte-sized lunch time sessions:

These focus on particular tools with plenty of time for questions and discussion

Plagiarism awareness courses (Turnitin): User Group meeting:
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Activity Browser: We have lift-off!

3 April 2017 - 11:30am

We are excited to announce that the SHOAL project’s Activity Browser has been launched!  You can find Activity Browser here: https://weblearn.ox.ac.uk/activity-browser.   You can also access it from the left-hand menu of WebLearn’s Gateway home page, or from the Support page of the Digital Education website www.digitaleducation.ox.ac.uk.

If you’re curious about digital teaching tools, want to engage students in different ways both in and beyond the lecture theatre or tutorial, or want to satisfy student digital expectations, Activity Browser is for you!  It’s a searchable showcase of inspirational digital learning activities created within the university.  You can explore activities created by Oxford innovators, and see what digital tools they have chosen to tackle particular teaching challenges.  Each example includes suggestions for how to adopt and adapt the ideas and tools for your own teaching, whether for face-to-face learning in tutorials, classes or labs, or for online study, revision or assessment.

The SHOAL project was a proof-of-concept focussing on STEM subjects, but we’re aware of the innovative online teaching taking place in other subjects and we’re keen to add those resources to the collection.  We are currently looking into the easiest way for you to contribute your own online learning activities, and to grow the range of digital tools and applications in our showcase.  We will update the ‘Contribute’ page of Activity Browser in the next phase of the project.

The Browser interface will be improved when WebLearn is upgraded in Trinity.  We welcome feedback on this early version; please email shoal@maillist.ox.ac.uk.

 

 

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