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Attn. Academic Staff: End of Year VLE Updates

01 Aug 2017

Below are updates about the latest developments related to the VLE. 

VLE Areas for 2017/18

IT Services has successfully upgraded the UM VLE to Moodle 3.1.6. This upgrade included bug fixes and enhancements that will improve the VLE user experience.

The study-units for academic year 2017/18 will be available early in September. We shall send a notification to all lecturing staff when they are available for use.

If you are working on a new study-unit, we encourage you to make use of your Sandbox Area in the UM VLE. The Sandbox Area is used for the preparation of course material and exploring of features of the VLE. The material can be copied from the sandbox area to a study-unit area via the VLE Copy Tool.

What is happening to 2016/17 study-unit areas?

The 2016/17 study-unit areas will remain accessible to tutors and students for revision purposes. In December, these study-unit areas will be set as archived. More information about the archiving policy is available online.

Do tutors need to repopulate their 2017/18 study-units from scratch in September?

No. Tutors can copy the material from 2016/17 study-unit areas (or from other past VLE areas) to the 2017/18 study-unit areas using the VLE Copy Tool. This online tool copies all the files, resources and activities that you have set up for students, except for any submissions made by students, such as assignments, forum posts, etc.

VLE Training & Support

Early in September, IT Services will be running a workshop for staff who would like to brush up on VLE beginners’ skills, or who would like to improve the design of their study-unit areas in the VLE. More information about the VLE workshops and VLE user guides is available online.

IT Services also offers 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.

Academic staff are encouraged to contact IT Services about any VLE and IT-related queries. 

Web CMS Maintenance

06 Jul 2017

IT Services will be performing maintenance on the University Web Content Management System (CMS) between Thursday 13th July (from 1400hrs onwards) and Sunday 16th July.

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 Summer Opening Hours

14 Jun 2017

Starting from Friday 16th June 2017, the IT Services Reception, Helpdesk & Open Access Areas will be open from 0800hrs till 1300hrs.

The IT Services location and opening hours are available online. 

Gmail Security Notification

13 Jun 2017

Recently you may have noticed that Gmail started displaying the underlying notification when you send an email to recipients who are not on the domain and not in your contacts list.


Google has added this warning to help protect users from forged email messages, impersonation, and human error when sending mail to the wrong contacts.

Note that you can still send messages to recipients with any email address.

For assistance please contact the IT Services Helpdesk.

IT Services Training Courses (Jun-Aug 2017)

31 May 2017

IT Services is organising the following training courses over the Summer period. All training sessions are held at IT Services (Campus Map - Location 34).

Only members of staff and University students may register for training courses organised by IT Services.                                   

Courses Dates Time
IBM SPSS: Introduction Mon 26, Wed 28 & Fri 30 Jun 1330hrs - 1530hrs
IBM SPSS: Intermediate Mon 17, Wed 19 & Fri 21 Jul 1330hrs - 1530hrs
IBM SPSS: Advanced Mon 31 Jul, Tue 1 & Wed 2 Aug 1330hrs - 1530hrs

More information about IBM SPSS courses is available for:

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