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Opening Hours - Christmas Recess 2016

18 Nov 2016

IT Services Reception, Helpdesk & Open Access Areas will be open as follows:

Tue 20 Dec
Wed 21 Dec to Fri 23 Dec
Mon 26 Dec to Fri 30 DecCLOSED
Mon 02 Jan to Wed 04 Jan

Normal opening hours will resume on Thursday 05 January 2017.


Best wishes to all students and staff for the festive season!  


ArcGIS 10.2

05 Oct 2016

ArcGIS 10.2 is available from IT Services. 

More information about upgrading ArcGIS for staff and students is available.

IT Services Training Courses (Nov-Dec 2016)

22 Sep 2016

IT Services is organising the following training courses/workshops during this semester. All training sessions are held at IT Services (Campus Map - Location 34).

Only University staff and students may register for training courses/workshops organised by IT Services.                                                             


Web CMS Workshop (Staff Only)Wed 30 Nov0900 - 1230hrs
Using Turnitin (Undergraduate)Fri 2 Dec1230 - 1400hrs 
Using Turnitin (Postgraduate) FullTue 22 Nov 1730 - 1900hrs 


IBM SPSS: Introduction FullMon 7, Wed 9 & Fri 11 Nov1700 - 1900hrs
IBM SPSS: IntroductionMon 14, Wed 16 & Fri 18 Nov1700 - 1900hrs
IBM SPSS: IntermediateMon 21, Wed 23 & Fri 25 Nov1700 - 1900hrs
IBM SPSS: AdvancedMon 5, Wed 7 & Fri 9 Dec1700 - 1900hrs

More information about IBM SPSS courses is available for:

Recruitment of Computer Lab Attendants

15 Sep 2016

IT Services will be recruiting University students to assist in the supervision of computing facilities on campus during academic year 2016/17.

  • Positions are open to all University students except first years.

  • 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 €4.20 per hour. A student can work up to a maximum of 8 hours per week. The posts are available during academic year 2016/2017.

  • Applications should be received by Thursday 22nd September 2016.

  • Further information about the responsibilities of computer lab attendants is available here.


Attn. Academic staff: Start of Year - VLE Updates

07 Sep 2016

   - 2016/17 Study-Unit Areas are Now Available
   - Preparing 2016/17 Study-Unit Areas
   - Workshops & Guides
   - What's New in the VLE
   - 2015/16 Study-Unit Areas

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

2016/17 Study-Unit Areas are Now Available
The study-units areas for academic year 2016/17 are now available in the VLE so that you can start preparing them for the upcoming year.

As of this year, the study-unit areas of different academic years (starting from 2015/16) will be available within the same VLE. Therefore, when you access the UM VLE they should expect to find the following:
  • study-unit areas that you were registered to during 2015/16
  • study-unit areas that you are being registered to during 2016/17
  • eventually study-unit areas that you will be registered to during 2017/18, 2018/19, etc.
  • dissertation areas (available to dissertation students, supervisors and examiners only)
  • sandbox areas (available to academic staff only)

Similar to previous years, you can use the VLE Copy Tool to copy study material from past study-unit areas to 2016/17 study-unit areas. More information available below.

To access the VLE:
    1. Visit any University of Malta web page
    2. Click 'Quicklinks' (top right).
    3. Click ‘VLE’.

IMPORTANT: If the VLE contains study-units for 2016/17 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 2016/17 Study-Unit Areas
Use the VLE Copy Tool to copy study material from archived VLE areas to the study-unit areas of 2016/17. More information about the VLE Copy Tool is available.

As you prepare your study-unit areas, we encourage you to refer to the underlying 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.

Workshop & Guides
IT Services will be running a workshop for academic 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. During this workshop, participants will work on their own study-unit areas with the guidance of IT Specialists.

IT Services will also be organising a workshop for academic staff who want to use the University Plagiarism Detection software (Turnitin). Training consists of a single hands-on workshop (3.5hrs) covering setting up, document submission and interpretation of the originality report.

More information about workshops and user guides is 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 3.1. While the resources and activities are similar to past versions of the VLE, the upgrade brings about new and improved features, including: 
  • a search facility that helps users to easily locate study material within their VLE areas
  • a recycle bin that allows tutors to retrieve study material that was mistakenly deleted
  • a new course format that reduces clutter in VLE areas
  • the ability to pin important forum posts to the top of a thread list
  • more efficient assignment grading facilities
  • four new question types for quizzes.

More information about new features and enhancements in the VLE is available.

2015/16 Study-Unit Areas
In December, study-unit areas for 2015/16 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.

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