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- What is the UoM Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)?
- What software is required to access the UoM VLE?
- How do I access the UoM VLE?
- When I try to access the UoM VLE, I get the following error message: 'You do not have access to any study-unit area.' What is the problem?
- I cannot find my study-unit area. What is the problem?
- Can I share the learning resources, past papers etc in the VLE with third parties?
- When trying to upload a file in the VLE, I receive a warning stating the file I am uploading is too large. What should I do?
- Will I still be able to access my study-unit area/s after the academic year has ended?
- Does IT Services offer training sessions on the use of the VLE?
- Does the University support a plagiarism detection tool?
1. What is the UoM Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)?
The UoM VLE is a web-based learning environment which provides tutors with a range of tools to support students with their studies. Tutors use the VLE to post teaching materials and resources such as course notes, reading lists, online articles, audio and video-clips etc. The UoM VLE supports communication and collaboration between tutors and students through the use of discussion boards and chat rooms, and enables students to submit coursework online. The study-unit areas on the VLE are only accessible to students who are registered to the respective study-units on SIMS (Student Information Management System).
A new VLE is set up every academic year. The VLE includes all the study-units on offer during that academic year. For example, the UoM VLE 2011/12 includes only those study-units on offer during academic year 2011/12.
The UoM VLE is based on the Moodle platform.
2. What software is required to access the UoM VLE?
You need a web browser and an Internet connection. It is recommended that you use the latest version of any of the following browsers. The minimum versions required are Google Chrome (v. 30), Mozilla Firefox (v. 25), Safari 6, and Microsoft Internet Explorer 10. Previous versions are not recommended.
You may require other software to use certain resources in the UoM VLE, such as Adobe Reader to view PDFs and Adobe Flash Player to view Flash content. Adobe Reader and Flash Player are available for download.
Remember that you are able to access the UoM VLE from all IT Services open access workstations.
3. How do I access the UoM VLE?
You can access the UoM VLE by selecting it from the Quicklinks at the top-right corner of any University of Malta webpage. If you are not signed in, enter your username and password. If you encounter any problems with signing in, click here.
4. When I try to access the UoM VLE, I get the following error message: 'You do not have access to any study-unit area.' What is the problem?
You are only able to access those study-units that you are registered to on eSIMS. To check whether you are registered to your study-units, follow these steps:
- Access eSIMS.
- Click on Your Registered Study-Units/Academic Record under Student Course Details.
- Click the Select button next to your current course.
- Select Your Registered Study-Units from the drop-down menu and click Run Report. You will be presented with a list of all the study-units you are registered to.
Kindly contact your Faculty Office about any missing study-units in eSIMS. Once you have been registered on a study-unit, it may take up to 24 hours until you are able to access the study-unit area in the VLE.
Note that First Year and Resit students will not be able to access the VLE immediately, until their student records are settled. They will be able to access the VLE around the third or fourth week of October.
5. I cannot find my study-unit area. What is the problem?
When you access the UoM VLE, all the study-unit areas that you have access to will be displayed. If you cannot find a particular study-unit area in the list, make sure that your tutor is using the UoM VLE. Not all tutors will make use of the UoM VLE. Your tutors should inform you if they are expecting you to use the UoM VLE for their study-units.
If your tutor is using the UoM VLE but you cannot find the study-unit area, there could be two possible reasons:
- You are not registered to your study-unit on SIMS. Refer to FAQ 4 for more information.
- Your tutor has not made the study-unit area available to students. It is best to inform your tutor that you cannot access the study-unit area so that they make it available to students. Your tutors can contact us if they require assistance.
6. Can I share the learning resources, past papers etc in the VLE with third parties?
No. The copyright of all material including but not limited to past papers and specimen papers placed on VLE belongs to, and remains the property of the lecturer concerned and/or the University of Malta. The material is being made available only to enrolled students of the University for private purposes. It is an infringement of the copyright law to copy, whether in whole or in part, without the authorisation of the copyright holder such material and place them in the public domain. The University takes these matters very seriously and disciplinary action may be taken against students apart from any damages that may be claimed under applicable Laws.
7. When trying to upload a file in the VLE, I receive a warning stating the file I am uploading is too large. What should I do?
This warning occurs when you are trying to upload a file to the VLE that is larger than the size limit set by your tutor. The file limit is displayed at the top right of the file upload area, and can be set by your tutor to any value between 10KB and 20MB.
If your file exceeds the limit:
- use inbuilt crop and compression options in your MS Office software. (Suggested further info: Microsoft)
- remove large-sized images from within the document/presentation you wish to submit. Note that images might not be required when submitting for plagiarism detection, but it is recommended that you inform your tutor about any removed images. (Suggested further info: Microsoft)
- use file compression (zip) software. This does not apply when submitting for plagiarism detection. (Suggested further info: Microsoft, Mac)
- inform your tutor if you feel that the file size limit is set too low for your submission.
8. Will I still be able to access my study-unit area/s after the academic year has ended?
At the end of every academic year, the VLE with all the study-unit areas will remain accessible by you from the Archives & Other VLEs page.
A new VLE will be set up for each academic year. The VLE will include all the study-units on offer during that academic year. For example, the UoM VLE 2011/12 includes only those study-units on offer during academic year 2011/12.
Archived VLEs will remain accessible to tutors and students for revision purposes etc.
9. Does IT Services offer training sessions on the use of the VLE?
IT Services organises 1 hour workshop sessions, which provide students with an introduction to the VLE and the plagiarism detection software (Turnitin). IT Services offers the possibility of organising these workshops for study-unit groups upon request.
10. Does the University support a plagiarism detection tool?
The plagiarism detection software (Turnitin) is available through the UoM VLE. Tutors may request that besides hard copies, you submit an electronic version of your work through the UoM VLE to be scanned by Turnitin. More information about Turnitin is available.