New WebLearn Welcome Page

You might have noticed that WebLearn has a brand-new Welcome page, which was launched on 28 July 2016. It has a fresh new look, in line with sites designed by the WISE project, and it is now easier to find help and support material.

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Feedback from both students and staff has shown that users prefer a cleaner, leaner look. A surfeit of information is rather daunting, resulting in people ignoring most of it. In particular, students want help material that is clearly for them, as opposed to help material that is aimed at site maintainers. The WebLearn Guidance site still exists, offering a collection of ‘least-you-need-to-know’ guides, ‘step-by-step’ guides and short video demonstrations. Relevant parts of the Guidance site are linked to from the new Help for Students and Help for Staff pages.

Responsive design

The new Welcome page has been designed in a responsive way, for optimal display on mobile devices. For example, on a small screen, the images wrap below each other. Responsive design will work even better on the forthcoming upgraded version of WebLearn (WebLearn11), which removes the left-hand menu altogether and displays instead a tools button at the top of the screen. Site maintainers should consider “mobile first” design for WebLearn pages, e.g. don’t use fixed-width images or fixed font sizes which will not scale down on smaller screens. More information about WebLearn11 will be communicated before the launch which is expected in early September.

Help pages

The Help pages have also been improved, with up-to-date content and screenshots. They can be accessed from any WebLearn site by clicking on the Help icon in the left-hand tools menu: help. If you are in a particular tool, click the question mark icon on the top right for context-specific help.

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Contact us

Contact the WebLearn team if you have any questions or suggestions about the new Welcome page: weblearn@it.ox.ac.uk

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WebLearn upgraded to Version 10-ox12 on 28 July 2016

WebLearn was upgraded  to version 10-ox12 on 28th July 2016. If you would like more details then please contact the Service Desk.

If you would like to suggest further improvements then please do so by contributing to the WebLearn User Voice feedback service.

Improvements

  • The word “Meeting” has been changed to “Event” in the sign-up tool as this was felt to be more appropriate
  • We have removed the huge gaps between paragraphs in the Syllabus tool
  • One is now able to submit .PPTX (PowerPoint) files to Turnitin-enabled Assignments
  • Reading Lists (ORLiMS) – the SOLO ‘pop-up’ window which appears when one opts to search the library catalogue is now wider so there are no sideways scroll bars
  • Non logged in users can no longer see ‘publish (private)’ button on Calendars
  • New REST web service end point added to Hierarchy Service – this allows sub sites of the current site to be returned in JSON format
  • All Hierarchy Tools are now located in the main Tools menu – this is to prepare us for the move to WebLearn 11
  • Site Info now has a ‘search users’ facility (User Voice request)
  • Lessons Tool improvements (as part of the WISE project)
    • added a new component to show the latest Announcements (cf Home page Announcements display)
    • added a new component to display a Twitter Timeline (User Voice request)
    • added a new component to show a site Calendar (cf Home page Calendar display)
    • a Google document can now be embedded on a page within an iFrame
  • The Researcher Training Tool now asks for special requirements when signing up – these requirements are displayed to course administrators on the Module Management page
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WebLearn unavailable on Thursday 28 July from 8-9am

cisco-routerWe plan to upgrade WebLearn to version 10-ox12 on WebLearn unavailable on Thursday 28 July from 8-9am. There will be no service during this period.

We apologise for any inconvenience that this essential work may cause.

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Sakai Virtual Conference on Wednesday, November 2nd 2016

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This year’s Sakai Virtual Conference will be help in the afternoon and evening of Wednesday, November 2nd, 2016.

The conference will be held entirely online, and will have an emphasis on pedagogy and best practices. Join us for a faculty-friendly day of learning, sharing and community building with your fellow Sakai users around the globe, all without the need to travel!

More details coming soon.

Sincerely,

Neal Caidin, Sakai Community Coordinator, Apereo Foundation

Wilma Hodges, Sakai Virtual Conference 2016 Planning Committee Chair

Ian Dolphin, Executive Director, Apereo Foundation

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Announcing the ConnextOx Innovation Project

oae-logoFrom Vinton Cheng, Clinical Research Fellow, CRUK/MRC Oxford Institute of Radiation Oncology: “The ConnectOx project aims to bring researchers together and promote collaboration through researcher profiling and smart algorithms. By providing another route for researchers working within disparate subjects to find each other, our vision is that opportunities for novel and interdisciplinary connections will become enhanced, which in turn will break down the barriers holding back the free movement of knowledge. We will be working with key players in this space, *Research and Apereo OAE, to bring this project to fruition.”

Links

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WebLearn unavailable on Tuesday 24 May 2016 from 7-9am

cisco-routerWebLearn will be unavailable on Tuesday 24 May 2016 7-9am. This is necessary because of the need to undertake essential maintenance of the underlying AFS file system. There will be no service during this period.

We apologise for any inconvenience that this essential work may cause.

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WebLearn and Turnitin courses Trinity Term 2016

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.

Click on the links provided to book a place, or for further information. Bookings open 30 days in advance, but you can express an interest in a course and receive a reminder to book when booking opens.

WebLearn courses:

Plagiarism awareness courses (Turnitin):

Byte-sized lunch time sessions:

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

User Group meeting:

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WebLearn will be unavailable on Tuesday 26 April 2016 from 7-9am

cisco-routerThere will be no service during this period this is due to essential maintenance of the AFS filesystem.

We apologise for any inconvenience that this essential work may cause.

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The Contact Us Tool

I thought it may be useful to show the information that is sent when one dispatches a message using the Conatct Us form within WebLearn.

As you will see, the context from within WebLearn is included: username, email and so on, plus the URL of the site where the message was sent from. In addition, we are able to include information about the user’s browser which may be relevant to debugging a problem.

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Open Apereo 2016 Conference 22-25 May 2016: Higher Education … 100% Open for Education

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Venue: May 22-25, 2016 Kimmel Center at New York University – NYC, NY
Website: http://conference.apereo.org
Twitter: #apereo16

The conference program is now available for Open Apereo 2016. The program includes many sessions ranging across all Apereo projects. Learn the latest project news and see how peers are using these tools to improve teaching, learning and research on their campus. Presentations will focus on leadership, advocacy, analytics, teaching and learning, identity management and technology.

Don’t forget to register today to take advantage of the early bird pricing (available until April 22)

There are many things to see in New York City! Check out the website for ideas to get you started at http://conference.apereo.org/attendees.

We look forward to seeing you!

Ian Dolphin, Executive Director, Apereo Foundation

Laura McCord, Open Apereo 2016 Planning Committee Chair

Mac Stewart, Open Apereo 2016 Program Committee Co-chair

Alan Regan, Open Apereo 2016 Program Committee Co-chair

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