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IT Services Orientation Tours (Sep 2017)

07 Aug 2017

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.

IT Services Training Courses (Sep 2017)

03 Aug 2017

IT Services is organising the following training courses/workshops.

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


Workshops Dates  Venue Time
Designing your VLE Areas (Staff Only) Tue 12 Sep IT Services
Training Room 106
0900hrs - 1200hrs
Using Turnitin (Staff Only) Thu 14 Sep  IT Services
Training Room 106
0900hrs - 1230hrs
Designing your VLE Areas (Staff Only) Tue 26 Sep Junior College
Rm C211 (Computer Lab)
0900hrs - 1200hrs


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. 

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