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UVLê Youtube Tutorials by ILC Diliman

     The practice and field of pedagogy is ever-evolving. Learning is shaped by context, and since the emergence of the internet, learners have also evolved. The current youth are referred to as “digital natives” according to Prensky (2001). His forecast was rather accurate, as I have personally seen children aged 11-12 in my workshops effortlessly creating speeches, touching away on their iPads for research (their Achelles’ heel: spotty internet connections).

The world itself is transitioning with technology at the forefront of change in professional endeavors. Internet access is also becoming a norm and is even encouraged as an actual human right (UN Special Rapporteur Report, 2011).

Internet Growth in the Philippines (in Millions) source: Rappler’s BrandRap (2016)

This exciting tech gap was filled with multiple infrastructures. To help facilitate cashless transactions, PayPal was developed in 1999 and is currently still the top-of-mind tech in the industry. Applications such as Slack and Trello helped ease workflows in corporations. In learning, Moodle was the pioneer choice for online education. 

In the University of the Philippines Diliman, we have adapted the Moodle system as UVLê; the University Virtual Learning Environment. With over 474 courses built by teachers in the past year alone, its active pool of resources caters to many types of learners. The professors and instructors involved can then adjust their content accordingly. From personalizing forums and quizzes to embedding media, UVLê is a consistent partner for learning.

These widgets are just a small chunk of the UVLê

The challenge, therefore, comes in the transition. The users are undoubtedly quick adaptors in the receiving end of the service. The problem is that many instructors are still learning the ropes. With new updates pouring in every year, UVLê can appear challenging. The overwhelming features can put off new teachers who want to move to the digital classroom.

In line with this challenge, the Interactive Center Diliman (ILC) has launched its video series on Youtube entitled, “UVLê Self Help Videos”. The entire playlist consists of 19 exclusive videos from a quick background on interactive learning to the more advanced features of the platform.

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The best part: the entire series has recorded the step-by-step procedure for set-ups! ILC Diliman hopes that this initiative can assist and encourage new faculty to answer the challenge of digital migration for a better, more interactive, and more efficient way in handling learning outcomes in the university. 

You may access the full series here! For more information, give us a call at 920-9556 or send a ticket to https://helpdetsk.ilc.upd.edu.ph/.

Improvise. Adapt. Overcome.

Adaptive Quizzes in UVLe

Welcome to the second article in the quiz series of UVLe! The previous article discussed about Certainty-Based Marking that lets students factor in how sure they are before answering. This incentivizes through reviewing and self-confidence in calling answers in the academe and beyond.

In part 2 of the series, we introduce the Adaptive test feature. The adaptive feature is a right-minus-wrong feature, reminiscent of the UPCAT’s grading. This feature is widely used in some colleges in the west to encourage considerations of all items in a multiple-choice test before inputting the final answer. Couple it with a time limit and you’re now operating on a quiz that rewards complete attention from students!

To enable the Adaptive feature of the Quiz activity, click on page click Turn On editing on the upper-right of your course.

After clicking the Turn On editing an Add an activity or resource label should appear in the content of your course page when editing is turned on.

Next, click the Add an activity or resource a pop-up window should appear after clicking this label. In the pop-up window click the Quiz activity

and at the bottom of the pop-up window click the Add button.

Once clicked the Add button it will redirect you to the Adding a new Quiz page.

Finally, in the Adding a new Quiz page of Quiz activity look for the Question behaviour section and then in the option pane, select “Adaptive Mode”.

After that at the bottom of Adding a new Quiz page click Save and display button to save and display the changes.

Here’s a sample true and false quiz where the Adaptive feature is enabled.

It looks peculiar at first glance, and we’re sure that it’s not a common way of taking an exam. Here’s another way of looking at it: CBM rewards students who are sure that they studied, adding more points as modifiers if they answer questions correctly with a high level of certainty. Humility is a virtue after all; it’s even used in some medical exams to decrease the risk of wrong calls (Gardner-Medwin, 1995) and potentially save lives.

With this new feature, UVLe invites teachers to implement this in their modules for faster checking and more efficient questions. For more information, give us a call at 920-9556 or send a ticket to https://helpdetsk.ilc.upd.edu.ph/.

IS THAT YOUR FINAL ANSWER?

CBM Feature (Certainty-Based Marking) in UVLe

Quizzes are day-to-day student activities prepared by teachers to help assess learnings. Sometimes, these are used to prepare students for new lessons. Most quizzes are done traditionally through pen and paper, and teachers are often facing the risk of losing documents or dedicating many hours in checking and recording these. The Interactive Learning Center Diliman has a special feature in UVLe that aims to solve these challenges.

The Quiz activity in UVLe is a common feature wherein teachers can make quizzes in UVLe to access quizzes online. It has changeable settings that makes it flexible in different use cases that it can support.

In this series, we will show you three unique features that you can use for your classes. For the first feature, we introduce you to CBM or Certainty-Based Marking. This is one of the many features that UVLe supports. It is a moodle-based strategy plugin that helps students reliably answer quizzes and help them become confident when answering questions.

Certainty-based Marking is an interesting feature; it allows you to test students’ quiz certainty (how sure they are of their answer) and give bonus or penalizing marks based on it. It may sound like a gimmick, but studies have shown that this small test of courage can make students think deeper and avoid rushing answers, encouraging concentration (Issroff & Gardner-Medwin, 1998).

To enable the CBM feature of Quiz activity in the upper-right corner of your course page click Turn On editing.

After clicking the Turn On editing an Add an activity or resource label should appear in the content of your course page when editing is turned on.

Next, click the Add an activity or resource a pop-up window should appear after clicking this label. In the pop-up window click the Quiz activity
and at the bottom of the pop-up window click the Add button.
Once clicked the Add button it will redirect you to the Adding a new Quiz page.
Finally, in the Adding a new Quiz page of Quiz activity look for the Question behaviour section and then in the option pane, select “Deferred feedback with CBM”.
After that at the bottom of Adding a new Quiz page click Save and display button to save and display the changes.
Here’s a sample true and false quiz when CBM feature is enabled.

It looks peculiar at first glance, and we’re sure that it’s not a common way of taking an exam. Here’s another way of looking at it: CBM rewards students who are sure that they studied, adding more points as modifiers if they answer questions correctly with a high level of certainty. Humility is a virtue after all; it’s even used in some medical exams to decrease the risk of wrong calls (Gardner-Medwin, 1995) and potentially save lives.

With this new feature, UVLe invites teachers to implement this in their modules for faster checking and more efficient questions. For more information, give us a call at 920-9556 or send a ticket to https://helpdetsk.ilc.upd.edu.ph/.