Those wonderful people at H5P have made some improvements to their interactive video content type. (This allows one to embed a You Tube video in an HTML page or Lessons pages and overlay quizzes, pop-up text or other types of interactions.)
- Submit screen in Interactive Video – The new Interactive Video submit screen will give the learners an overview of what they’ve done and achieved in the video, and let the submit their scores and answers when they are ready. Authors can make the submit screen pop up when they want it to pop up in the video, and learners may also open it whenever they want to check their progress.
- Free Text Question in Interactive Video – Many questions don’t have an answer that is either right or wrong. The author may want the learners to reflect and write down their thoughts instead. This is now possible in Interactive Video
To use H5P, all you need to do is visit the H5P website, register, create your interactive element and then paste the “embed code” into your WebLearn page – use the “source” view of the text available in the WYSIWYG HTML editor.
- Interactive YouTube videos (annotate, ask questions etc.)
- Image juxtaposition
- Drag and drop / Drag the words
- Many many more content types
I thought it would be useful to present some of the WebLearn usage figures that we used to supply for the annual report. Many apologies for the missing unique visitors data.
|Requests / hits per 1,000
|Bandwidth in GB
Usage statistics for the first week of Trinity Term
The number of unique visitors over the first week of Trinity Term
The number of user requests is slightly up compared to last year:
However, the total amount of data transferred has decreased slightly:
WebLearn was upgraded on 19th June 2018 to version 11-ox11. We apologise for any inconvenience caused by the disruption.
The main focus for this release was ‘behind-the-scenes’ improvements required as part of the move to Canvas, however, there are some noteworthy improvements.
Bootstrap can be used on any HTML page in WebLearn including Resources, Lessons and Announcements.
There is a dedicated blog post entitled ‘Liven up your WebLearn pages’ which gives some examples and explains exactly to to add Bootstrap elements to your pages.
This sort of thing is easy to do:
- When a new version of a file is uploaded in Lessons the filename is now corrected generated as filename-1.pdf instead of filename.pdf-1.
- Surveys: the preview of a template is now shown in a new tab – this is on the ‘Start a New Survey Step 1’ page.
- CSV import into Calendar should now pick up the event type – if you are going to use this facility then please read this important note about importing event types first.
- Email templates in the Surveys tool are now verified before allowing them to be saved – this should prevent garbled email notifications being sent.
- The Resources tool now allows selected files / folders to be excluded from a ZIP file export.
- In the Assignments tool, an alert is now shown if the ‘Visible Date’ is set to be after ‘Open Date’
It is a little known fact that WebLearn now contains Twitter’s Bootstrap library. Bootstrap is world’s most popular front-end component library and can be used to make amazing-looking and fully responsive dynamic web pages.
Bootstrap allows you to easily add the following components to Lessons pages or HTML files in Resources
Plus a whole host of other techniques to make your pages more interesting. The w3schools.com Bootstrap site is a great place to start but there are a number of other places such as Tutorial Republic Bootstrap Examples, TutorialsPoint Bootstrap Tutorial and Bootsnipp.
How To …
To add Bootstrap page components all you need to do is open the WYSIWYG HTML editor, click on the “Source” button and then paste the HTML code snippets into the editor window.
The switch back to the WYSIWYG view
And hit ‘Save’!
We plan to upgrade WebLearn to version 11-ox11 on Tuesday 19/Jun/2018 7-9am. This upgrade will introduce a number of new features connected to the move to Canvas plus a handful of bug fixes.
There will be no service during this period.
We apologise for any inconvenience that this essential work may cause.
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:
(Compiled by Nick Wilson)
WebLearn was upgraded to version 11-ox10 this week (w/c 2nd April 2018). A number of bug fixes and improvements were implemented, described below.
Resources / Lessons / etc
The ‘Embed Replay Recording’ button has been added to the HTML WYSIWYG Editor. This appears in Lessons, Resources, Assignments and most other tools.
Two additional copyright statuses have been included in the Resources tool (‘Crown copyright’ and ‘EU copyright’)
The Assignments tool now displays the correct maximum file size for Turnitin attachments (40MB):
The correct status of an open anonymous assignment is now shown:
Contact Us Tool
The text in the ‘Problem with access or content’ section in the Contact Us tool has been updated.
- A security vulnerability has been patched in which password reset tokens are not bound to users.
- Various UI improvements have been made, in particular, improving the size of modal popups in the Lessons tool, and the ability to use Bootstrap in HTML pages.
- Sign-up events now show their correct times in Office 365.
- When adding a discussion topic to a Lessons page, the description of that page from the Item Properties is automatically displayed.
If you have any questions, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
A new version of WebLearn (version 11-ox9) was released on Tuesday 23 January 2018. There have been a number of improvements especially in the area of anonymous essay submissions.
Here is a breakdown of the enhancements.
Anonymous Submissions / Assignments
- A warning is now issued if a file has been uploaded into the Assignment tool but the user has neglected to click ‘Submit’
- The Turnitin Originality Report no longer loses anonymity once the due date has passed
- Submission sites now have their own section in the Sites Drawer
Bulk Creation of Internal Subgroups
This release sees big improvements in the area of bulk creation of sub-groups (this is in Site Info > Manage Subgroups > Bulk Creation). It is possible to define multiple sets of groups and users in a file and have them created all at once. This facility should be particularly useful for Anonymous Submissions.
Visit Site Info and opt to Manage Subgroups.
On the next screen you are given the opportunity to upload a CSV file which can be generated by a spreadsheet application such as Excel. The contents of the CSV file can also be pasted into an on-screen text area.
Contact Us Tool
- The link to the WebLearn Guidance site has been corrected
- If a user tries to visit a site to which they don’t have access, the correct contact details are now shown, thus making it easy to ask to be added as a site member
- In the Lessons tool, on a public site, hyperlinks inserted via the ‘Add Content’ option now work correctly for non-logged in users
- There should no longer be any emails with a return address of email@example.com
- The title of the main panel of the Overview page has been changed from (the meaningless) Site Information Display to the more sensible Welcome!
We have been working hard to deliver a much-requested feature when adding participants to a site – dynamic lookup. This functionality has undergone a degree of user acceptance testing but we are very keen to pilot the facility more widely and, as such, are asking for volunteers.
If you would like to be an early adopter of this streamlined functionality then please get in touch by sending an email to weblearn at ox.ac.uk – we can enable the facility on one or more or your sites – please let us know any relevant URL(s).
The new pages cover all existing functionality but have an improved workflow with less clicks than the incumbent.
The user interface has been simpilified with better on-screen feedback.
From the OxTALENT organising committee:
Have you been impressed by a member of staff or a student who has used technology in an exciting way? Have you created a great app, or designed an eye-catching conference poster or data visualisation?
The University’s annual OxTALENT competition has launched to celebrate and reward the innovative use of digital technologies to enhance teaching, learning, research, and outreach. The awards will be presented at a red carpet evening attended by Professor Martin Williams, Pro-VC (Education). The competition is open to all students and staff, and awards can be given either to individuals or to groups. You can submit an entry yourself or nominate a colleague who has impressed you with their use of technology. For more information, including a list of competition categories and guidelines on how to enter, please visit the Digital Education at Oxford website: https://www.digitaleducation.ox.ac.uk/oxtalent
If you spot any individual or team whom you think we should consider for an award, let us know at firstname.lastname@example.org
Keep up to date on Twitter by following the hashtag #oxtalent2018.
OxTALENT closing date: Friday 27th April.