WebLearn will be upgraded to the latest version of the underlying software platform (Sakai 11) in time for Michaelmas Term 2016.
This upgrade will ensure that staff and students benefit from the latest set of enhancements, including a new ‘responsive design’ which enables optimal usability on mobile devices.
Benefits of WebLearn 11
- Updated, modern look-and-feel
- Responsive user interface for easy access and viewing across all devices including desktops, tablets and smartphones
- A redesigned ‘Sites’ tab which enables you to organise, ‘favourite’ and ‘pin’ your most-used sites, providing ‘one-click’ access from the main menu bar
- New-look Lessons tool, including multiple column, grid-style layout to reduce the need for scrolling
- Improved Gradebook tool, with direct spreadsheet-style entry of marks, automatic saving and data validation, and student summary view
- Anonymous posting to the Forums tool
- Improved HTML editor, including ‘auto-save’ facility, LaTeX mathematical notiation and new file browser
- Support for IMS LTI (v2.0) and IMS LTI Content Item (for enhanced functionality with third-party plug-in tools)
- Latest underlying software support (Java and Tomcat) according to industry standards
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: Will I have to do anything so that my site still works as it currently does?
A: No – existing live sites will be automatically migrated to the new version.
Q: Will I have to do anything so my site works seamlessly on a mobile device?
A: Yes, check how the design and layout function on small screens. You may need to edit content so it is responsive, i.e., displays well on a mobile phone
- Further information was provided at the WebLearn User Group on 27 June 2016.
- Detailed information will be sent to all WebLearn staff users when the new version of WebLearn is available.
- WebLearn support and training materials will be updated and promoted during the 2016/17 academic year.
- We are also taking a long-term strategic approach to technology-enhanced teaching and learning at Oxford through the VLE Review, which will take place throughout the 2016/17 academic year.