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Web CMS Maintenance

01 Nov 2018

IT Services will be performing maintenance on the University Web Content Management System (CMS) on Friday 26th October from 1730hrs until 2030hrs.

During this time, you will not be able to update the content of the University and Junior College website, or access the University Intranet. In addition, the University and Junior College websites will remain online, but may be intermittently unavailable.

Apologies for any inconvenience. We will endeavour to complete the upgrade as soon as possible.



Web CMS Maintenance

24 Oct 2018

IT Services will be performing maintenance on the University Web Content Management System (CMS) on Friday 26th October from 1730hrs until 2030hrs.

During this time, the University and Junior College websites will be available as usual, however the content of the websites cannot be updated.

Apologies for any inconvenience. We will endeavour to complete the upgrade as soon as possible.



IT Services Opening Hours

27 Sep 2018

Starting from Monday 1 October, the IT Services Building will be open as follows: 

            
Reception Desk 0800-1700hrs
IT Helpdesk 0800-1830hrs
Open Access Areas 0800-2000hrs

 

The location and opening hours of IT Services are available.



Attn. Academic Staff: Start of Year - VLE Updates

13 Sep 2018


Before the commencement of another academic year, IT Services would like to inform you about the latest developments related to the VLE.


2018/19 Study-Unit Areas are Now Available
You can start preparing the 2018/19 study-unit areas in the UM VLE.

To access the VLE:
1. Visit the University of Malta homepage.
2. Click the ‘Staff’ drop-down menu (upper left-hand corner).
3. Select ‘VLE’.
4. In the ‘My VLE areas’ block, use the ‘Filter by academic year / category’ dropdown menu to select the ‘UM 2018/19’ category.

IMPORTANT: If the VLE contains study-units for 2018/19 that you will not be teaching, or there are missing study-units, please contact your departmental secretary so that the records can be updated.


Preparing 2018/19 Study-Unit Areas
Use the VLE Copy Tool to copy learning resources / activities from study-units of previous years to 2018/19 study-units. More information about the VLE Copy Tool is available.

As you prepare your study-unit areas, we encourage you to refer to the Minimum Standards webpage recommending the typical content that should be included in any study-unit area in the VLE.

We would also like to remind you about the start of semester checklist.


VLE Guides
VLE user guides, including quick reference guides to get started with the VLE, are available.

We also offer one-on-one consultations for staff who would like to discuss possible enhancements to their study-units using features of the VLE and other learning technologies.


What’s New in the VLE
The VLE has been upgraded to Moodle 3.5. This upgrade features a new theme that provides better navigation within study-unit areas, and creates more screen space for learning resources.

The resources and activities are similar to the previous VLE, however, the Moodle 3.5 upgrade introduces new features, bug fixes and enhancements that will improve the VLE user experience. Some enhancements include:
  • an improved messaging and notification system
  • a simplified way to make study-unit areas visible to students
  • instant audio and video recordings embedded with learning materials
  • a new Interactive Content (H5P) activity for creating interactive videos, quizzes, etc
  • on screen interactive tours for the new VLE interface.
More information about the new features and enhancements is available.

Furthermore, IT Services is extending the following pilot projects for all UM academics:

  • ePortfolio (Mahara)
  • BigBlueButton (Virtual classroom integrated within the VLE)

For more information about these services please contact IT Services.


2017/18 Study-Unit Areas
In December, study-unit areas for 2017/18 will be set as archived and will remain accessible to both tutors and students for revision purposes, etc. More information about the archiving policy is available. 

Feel free to contact IT Services about any VLE or IT-related queries you may have.



Turnitin Scheduled Maintenance

13 Sep 2018

Turnitin may be unavailable on Saturday 22nd September between 1700 - 2330hrs due to maintenance by Turnitin.

Tutors who have set the due date/time of their assignments to be during the above scheduled maintenance window, are encouraged to modify the due date so that students will be able to submit their work without any problems. 




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