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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.

Oracle Academy

27 Sep 2018

The University of Malta has joined the Oracle Academy programme. This programme includes a number of benefits for staff and students.

More information

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.

IT Services Orientation Tours (Oct 2018)

13 Sep 2018


The next Orientation Tour is scheduled on:
  • Thursday 4th October 2018 at 5:30pm
  • Friday 5th October 2018 at 1:00pm
  • Wednesday 10th October 2018 at 1:00pm
  • Friday 12th October 2018 at 1:00pm

At the start of each semester, University of Malta students are invited to attend a 1 hour guided tour of the IT Services building. The tour also includes an overview of different IT facilities and services offered by IT Services. There are no fees involved.

Students are invited to register online to join for an orientation tour. New students must activate their UM IT Account in order to access the online registration system.

If a student is unable to attend the tour that s/he has registered for, IT Services kindly asks that the student cancels his/her booking online. Cancellation enables the student to register for another orientation tour.

Note that:

  • Online registrations and cancellations can be made up to 30 minutes before the commencement of an orientation tour.
  • IT Services also offers the possibility of organising orientation tours for study-unit groups upon request.

Recruitment of Computer Lab Attendants

13 Sep 2018

IT Services will be recruiting University students to assist in the supervision of computing facilities on campus during academic year 2018/19.

  • Positions are open to all University students except those in their first year of studies.
  • Preference will be given to applicants in possession of ECDL Advanced certifications. Other qualifications related to computing and experience on Mac OS will be considered an asset.
  • The payment rate is €4.31 per hour. A student can work up to a maximum of 8 hours per week. The posts are available during academic year 2018/2019.
  • Applications should be received by Thursday 20th September 2018.
  • Further information about the responsibilities of computer lab attendants is available here.


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