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Moodle Recharge & New Features

LTI hosted this year’s Moodle Recharge event on 12th June 2019. LTI highlighted new Moodle features on Moodle 3.5, and also reminded attendees of some underused ones, as well as aspects of Moodle design and interactivity. The event was attended by 70 attendees.

We received 60 feedback forms, and the overall feeling is that the event was much appreciated and useful. If you missed the event and would like to find out about the Moodle 3.5 and/or receive our presentation slides, please feel free to email LTI. If you wish you can watch the Moodle Recharge recording that is is available for all LSE staff to watch the video.

LTI training courses are advertised on LSE’s Training and Development system and on our Events & Workshops page. We also deliver bespoke courses to groups and departments, around your needs. Contact lti.support@lse.ac.uk to discuss your needs and how we can help.

New Features in Moodle 3.5

Course completion: shows the progress a student is making towards finishing the course according to specific criteria, Date, Enrolment duration, Unenrolment, Course grade, Manual self-completion, etc. This feature is available by default for all new Moodle courses.

Bulk edit activity completion: within a course, the default settings for activity completion may be changed and several activities may have their completion settings updated at once, from the tabs in the Course completion screen.

Collapsible comments in assignments: when grading and adding comments from the annotation tools, comments are automatically collapsed and displayed as a small dialogue icon next to the commented text line.

Switch role: switching role is now available through each user’s Profile. Access your Profile by clicking on the icon next to your name. “Switch role to…” can be found in the drop-down menu, as below.

Improved navigation: navigation is enhanced with a few changes.

  • Gear icon opens a settings menu for Course, Activity and User pages;
  • Jump to menu to navigate between course activities at the bottom of each activity page;
  • Enrol, view, search for, filter, edit and delete course users from the Participants page;
  • Change course image button.

Media embedding: Media (images, audio and video) can be dragged and dropped directly onto the course page, and directly record sound and video from the editor.

Discussion locking: enables forums to be automatically locked after a certain period of inactivity. Discussion locking is available through the Forum settings.

Override assignments: you can now override assignments for individual students or groups of students.

Restrict allowed file types: restrict students to only upload files of selected types. The setting is available through the Assignment settings (see Submission settings and choose which the file types that are accepted for uploading).

New course overview block: students can view their course progress and upcoming deadlines and quickly access upcoming activities.

Activity completion: allows you to set completion criteria for resources and activities in bulk.

Scheduler booking form: optionally set a form to be presented to students before booking a slot, see below:

Choice: choice results are shown to students, it displays whether the results are anonymous.

Filter questions by tags: the question bank includes an option to filter questions by tag.

Stealth activities: display a long list of activities or resources more neatly inside other activities on your course page. Activities on stealth mode are at first sight hidden on the course page but remain accessible to students through the pages they are contained in.

Activity navigation menu: move from one activity or resource to another through a simple click to the left (to view the previous activity) or to the right (for the next course activity), or select other course activities from the Jump to menu.

File converter: automatically converts uploaded assignment submissions to PDF format for teachers to annotate (supported documents: csv, doc, docx, odp, ods, odt, pot, potm, potx, pps, ppsx, ppsxm, ppt, pptm, pptx, rtf, xls, xlsx).

Atto full screen button: enables full screen editing mode in the Atto Text Editor, see below:

Download centre: participants of a Moodle course can download all relevant course documents in one step.

We would like to thank all of you who spared your valuable time to attend our event! We also want to thank you for your valuable feedback.

June 24th, 2019|Moodle|0 Comments|

Moodle Upgrade 3.5 – Coming Soon

On 17th June 2019 we are upgrading Moodle from 3.1 to 3.5 and therefore Moodle will be unavailable during the day. The new version will include improvements and new features.

Here’s a quick summary:

Collapsible comments in assignments: when grading and adding comments from the annotation tools, comments are automatically collapsed and displayed as a small dialogue icon next to the commented text line.

Locking a discussion: enables forums to be automatically locked after a certain period of inactivity.

Override assignments: override assignments for individual students or groups of students.

New course overview block: students can view their course progress and upcoming deadlines and quickly access upcoming activities.

Activity completion: allows you to set completion criteria for resources and activities in bulk.

Scheduler booking form: optionally set a form to be presented to students before booking a slot.

Choice: choice results are shown to students, it displays whether the results are anonymous.

Question tagging: easily filter questions in the question bank using tags.

Stealth activities: display a long list of activities or resources more neatly inside other activities on your course page. Activities on stealth mode are at first sight hidden on the course page but remain accessible to students through the pages they are contained in.

Activity navigation menu: move from one activity or resource to another through a simple click to the left (to view the previous activity) or to the right (for the next course activity), or select other course activities from the Jump to menu.

And there are more…

Please contact LTI if you have any questions or further details.

May 28th, 2019|Moodle|Comments Off on Moodle Upgrade 3.5 – Coming Soon|

Moodle Recharge 2019

Moodle will be upgrading to version 3.5 this summer, and therefore we will be holding an event for all LSE staff to provide an overview of the new features of Moodle.

The event will be held on Wednesday 12 June 2019 from 11:00 to 12:30 in the Old Building (OLD 4.10).

During the event, we will be providing everyone with a sneak peak of the changes that will be taking place this Summer in time for the new academic year and we will give attendees a chance to learn about the potentialities of Moodle as an educational tool to enhance teaching and learning.

To attend, please sign up on the LSE website as soon as possible.

If you need more details about the event, please contact LTI.

May 28th, 2019|Events & Workshops (LTI)|Comments Off on Moodle Recharge 2019|

LSE Turnitin Guidance for dealing with requests to view student papers

LSE is using Turnitin to check similarity of students’ work against submitted work of other students and various web sources. Papers submitted by students are added onto Turnitin’s repository, that allows teachers of one institution to find matches of student work that has been submitted at other institutions that use Turnitin. Moreover, teachers can request to view papers submitted to other institutions, if they think necessary.

What is a paper view request?

Turnitin enables academics to find matches of students’ submitted work to other students’ work. When a match is found the LSE representative can only view part of the source. To view the full source, the LSE representative can make a paper view request to the institution where that source was originally submitted. These requests are made through Turnitin who pass the request on to the relevant institution.”

LSE has recently developed a Guidance for dealing with requests to view student papers. The guidance (approved by Academic Board) provides information on what is a paper view request, when and how to make a paper review request, and answers important questions, such as: on what basis you should decline or accept a paper view request from another institution, what is the procedure for declining/accepting paper view requests, how does a paper view request email looks like etc.

For further advice and questions about the paper view requests, please contact Martin Johnson, Assessment Regulations Manager.

Paper view requests to another institution should normally be made when the suspicion of plagiarism is high enough that the assessment in question needs to be investigated in accordance with the School’s Regulations on Assessment Offences: Plagiarism.

Also, don’t forget to visit our Staff and Students support page on using Turnitin, that provides useful information about interpreting similarity reports, FAQs for staff and students, etc. For general advice using Turnitin, contact LTI.

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April 2nd, 2019|eAssessment News, Ed-Tech news and issues, Teaching & Learning, Tools & Technologies|Comments Off on LSE Turnitin Guidance for dealing with requests to view student papers|

LTI Grants – SPARK! & IGNITE! – Extended Deadline

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS! If you have a project in mind to use technology to enhance your teaching practices and improve the students’ experience, this is your second chance to get your project funded. LTI has extended the deadline for applications to Tuesday 30 April 2019.

For further information visit our website: http://lti.lse.ac.uk/lti-grants/

Check the SPARK! or IGNITE! winners of previous years on our website to get some inspiration. If you need more details about the schemes, or how to apply contact LTI.

March 15th, 2019|LTI Grants|Comments Off on LTI Grants – SPARK! & IGNITE! – Extended Deadline|

Moodle Refresh for 2019

Moodle Refresh for 2019

Each year, we refresh Moodle courses, by removing all student data and students’ contributions to activities (i.e. forum posts, assignment submissions etc). This way courses are ready for the new cohort of students. Course materials uploaded by editors are not deleted. Please make a note of this year’s Moodle refresh dates.

Refresh dates:

Thursday 29 August and Friday 30 August 2019 for the majority of courses. Moodle will be unavailable for all users on these dates (including those with 499 course codes that are refreshed on  later date).

Tuesday 10th September 2019 for courses used to collect dissertation submissions (primarily those with 499 course codes). These courses only will be unavailable on Moodle all day.

If you would like your course/s to be exempt from the 2019 refresh please email lti.support@lse.ac.uk

What do you need to do?

If you have any concerns about the above refresh dates please contact LTI on lti.support@lse.ac.uk

We will send further reminders as we approach the refresh dates, but if you have any questions at this point, please do not hesitate to contact us. Also, visit our Moodle end of year arrangement (Moodle refresh) page which provides detailed information and FAQs of the process.

 

February 15th, 2019|Announcements, Moodle|Comments Off on Moodle Refresh for 2019|

Call for Applications: LTI Grants – SPARK! & IGNITE!

CALL FOR APPLICATIONS!  Do you have a great project in mind to enhance your students’ learning with technology? Then why not get funding with one of our grants!

Learning Technology and Innovation (LTI) is currently accepting applications for projects that will take place in the academic year 2019/20 through its SPARK! & IGNITE! grants’ scheme, with an aim to support digital pedagogies and innovative uses of technology for the benefit of students’ learning.

There are two types of grants: SPARK!, which offers funding up to £3,000 for small-scale projects and IGNITE!, which offers funding up to £10,000 for large-scale projects (with the potential to have a substantial and lasting impact on teaching, learning and assessment at programme level). These grants are open to all academic staff at the School, as well as to programme or course teams (or whole departments).

 

The DEADLINE for applications is Friday 8 March 2019 (however we do encourage academics to discuss their project ideas and submit a draft application before the deadline). For more information, visit our website: http://lti.lse.ac.uk/lti-grants/.

Do you want some inspiration for your future project idea? Check the SPARK! or IGNITE! winners of previous years on our website.

 

January 15th, 2019|Uncategorized|Comments Off on Call for Applications: LTI Grants – SPARK! & IGNITE!|