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September 25, 2017 admin

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!