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10 BEST UPGRADES IN UVLê 3

Users can expect a more inspired look and better user-experience in UVLê 3. Most procedures remained the same but there are several useful design and function improvements in UVLê 3. In no particular order, ILC Diliman presents 10 best improvements in UVLê 3 and other notable changes.

1. Course creation via CRS

Teachers with Dilnet accounts may now open a course via CRS. Click the course request link in the instructor dashboard to open a page for a class. Requests are automatically processed every 3:00 AM. Teachers will receive an e-mail about the status of their request, and students will be enrolled to the course and will be notified about the newly created course.

 

2. Basic Teacher role for starters

By default, teachers will be assigned to a “basic teacher” role. A basic teacher has access to commonly used tools only. It is designed for teachers who are new to UVLê or who need basic tools only. Basic teachers can create forum, poll, and assignment. The role also allows sharing of files (including images, videos etc.), and websites. If a user wants to use advanced features (e.g. online quiz), the user can switch to a “teacher” role anytime. The switch role option is found under the change setting menu.

 

3. Mobile friendly site

The new UVLê site is mobile responsive. With stable internet connection, It can be comfortably viewed in a mobile browser in tablets or smart phones. UVLê 3 doesn’t have its own mobile application yet, but you may access UVLê 3 using the official Moodle Mobile application.

 

4. Pop-up guides

For certain pages, a guided tour will pop-up on your first visit. Pop-up guides may be revisited by clicking your name then “Guide Me On This Page”. This shall help users easily understand UVLê 3.

 

5. Upload/download several files at the same time

If an activity requires several references or materials, teachers may upload several files in a zip folder. When uploading a zip file, opt to save it as a “folder” resource. In UVLê 3, students can download the whole folder as a zip file. This feature is not available in the previous version.

 

6. Assess assignments online

The submitted document is automatically converted to PDF, and teachers may use the PDF annotation tool for feedback and grading. Students will see the annotated version.

 

7. File box for adding attachments in assignments

Teachers can now easily attach files in assignment activities. Attaching files in assignments is easier in UVLê 3.

 

8. New roles for team teaching

There are new roles that may help in team teaching situations and/or teaching assistantship (e.g. content managers, facilitators etc.). For example, the content manager can help the teacher manage resources (files, videos etc.) within a course page. The content manager could be a staff, teaching assistant, or another teacher. Contact ILC Diliman for more information.

 

9. Recycle bin for deleted activities/resources

Teachers may restore deleted activities/resources in the recycle bin. The recycle bin will be seen under change settings > course administration, if there are deleted activities/resources.

 

10. Easier way of editing section titles

In edit mode, section titles can be easily edited. Click the edit icon , type the new title, and press enter.

Other notable changes:

The “Change Setting” Menu. In UVLê 3.0, “course administration”, “switch role to…”, and other administration menus are located in the “Change Settings” menu at the upper right corner of the page.

Searching Courses. To search courses, click Quick Links > View All Courses.

Plagiarism Checker. CROT plagiarism checker is no longer supported in MOODLE. In UVLê 3, the CROT option can only compare files within the site. As a supplement, the assignment activity is linked to a free third party online plagiarism checker.

Others:

  • Teachers may input topic tags (similar to hashtags) in each activity or resource.
  • Important forum posts can now be pinned to the top of your list, making them more visible to your students.
  • When setting up a workshop, the teacher can now specify the type of file for submission.
  • New mechanics in using/editing the gradebook.

And other minor changes.

A Revamp for Experience: Upgrading to UVLê 3.0

A revamp for experience! Users can expect a more inspired look and a better user-experience in the upcoming UVLê upgrade. ILC Diliman targets to release UVLê 3.0 next year. To help users be familiar with UVLê’s new environment and tools, a beta site will be opened from Sept. 25 to Oct. 15, 2017. Teachers and students are highly encouraged to check UVLê 3.0 beta.

Users will be able to log in to UVLê beta using their current username and password. Teachers may request 1 trial course page via helpdesk. Just specify that the request is for the beta site. Students may check a sample course page, where users can try posting in forum, uploading files for assignments, answering online quizzes etc. Continue reading to learn more about UVLê 3.0.

University Virtual Learning Environment (UVLê) is one of ILC Diliman’s flagship tools for interactive learning. It is a learning management system that allows UP teachers to organize online forums, create online quizzes, collect assignments online, and many more. UVLê has several tools that can be used to improve learning experience and to expand possibilities in teaching and learning.

Below are some interesting changes included in the next upgrade:

(Left) UVLê 2.0 log-in page and home page. (Right) UV Lê 3.0 log-in page and home page.

A more inspired look

Most procedures (e.g. requesting a course, setting up an enrollment key, uploading a file) remain the same in UVLê 3.0. But this time, we aim to deliver a better user experience by implementing a better visual branding, and by including new help or navigation features.

GUIDE ME ON THIS PAGE (pop-up page tours)

For certain pages, a guided tour will pop-up on your first visit. This will help first time users be familiar with the important elements of a page. The guided tour may be revisited anytime – click your name in the upper right side of the page, then click “Guide Me On This Page”.

A Mobile Responsive Design

UVLê 3.0 is now mobile responsive. The interface can adjust to different screen sizes. With stable internet connection, you can optimally view your course page through a tablet, smartphone, or personal computer.

The Basic Teacher Role

In UVLê 3.0, users will have an option to request for a "Basic Teacher role", in addition to the Teacher role of the current version. When a course is requested under a "Basic Teacher" role, the page will have preset template and will be limited to commonly used tools, such as basic forum, files, and assignments. Through this option, we hope to make UVLê simpler and more streamlined for beginners and/or basic users.

From a Menu Bar to “Change Settings” Button

In UVLê 2.0, “course administration”, “switch role to…”, and other administration menus are located below the title bar. These menus are important because it allows you to edit course settings, change the enrollment key, access the gradebook, and many more. In UVLê 3.0, all these functions were relocated in the “Change Settings” menu at the upper right corner of a page.

Improved Assignment Activity

The assignment activity in UVLê allows teachers to organize and monitor an online submission site. What’s new? In UVLê 3.0, the assignment activity includes a file uploader for attachments (e.g. files needed for assignment, and/or additional instructions). Creating an assignment activity is also simplified under a basic teacher role. Advanced options for group submission, feedback, and other features are only available under a teacher role.

The upgrade also maintains helpful options for deadlines (due date and cutoff date). The due date is the reference of UVLê in marking late submissions, while the cutoff date prompts UVLê when to not accept submissions anymore. Moreover, the due date is automatically marked in the calendar, and it will also appear in the "upcoming events block" within 21 days from the due date.

That is just a preview of changes in UVLê 3.0. There are also improvements in the behavior of UVLê blocks, online quiz creation, and many more. ILC Diliman will continue its efforts to improve its service and to make learning technologies accessible to all classes. Upgrade to interactive!

Basics of Teaching with UVLê for CSSP Department of Psychology July 10, 2017

ILC Diliman and Department of Psychology had a training/workshop of Basics of Teaching with UVLê on July 10 - 12, 2017, at ILC Diliman Laboratory lead by Joseph Ryan Lansangan current director of ILC Diliman.

      

The training was started last July 10, 2017, 8-5pm and finished July 12, 2017, at ILC Diliman Office for a one on one training to those who aren't finished the training/workshop. The training/workshop covered the basic features and how to’s of UVLê. The training/workshop highlighted the role of technology particularly the why’s and advantages of using an LMS to engage student participation and enhance learning, teaching strategies using EdTech Tools and so on.

The training/workshop had a hands-on training that focuses on how to use UVLê such as Navigating the UVLê Homepage and these are My Dashboard, My Messages, and My Private Files. The hands-on training also includes Managing the Course Page, Putting Content such as uploading files, sharing online links or webpages and working with pages/labels for images/videos for embedding and adding resource links.

 

 

The training/workshop was partly delivered online with training materials readily available to participants via a newly developed training course (in UVLê), and online consultations and follow-throughs were provided/encouraged even after the end of the training.