You may have noticed some changes in the VLE when you logged on for the new academic year. An update over the Summer brought in a revamped interface as well as some new features:
- Negative Marking
- A new Discussion Board
- A better, more functional text editor with spellchecking
Find out more about these and other major changes here:
If you’re looking for ideas of tools you can use in your module, you might want to read our recently updated ten things to improve your module guide.
Last week we reported two post upgrade issues:
- extra text where you select the SignUp List tool
- a display glitch when scheduling a Questionmark Assessment in IE.
Both issues were resolved this morning.
Negative marking: Discourage random guessing by using negative marking. The option is available for multiple choice, multiple answer and matching questions. You add a negative percentage to answers as relevant; there is also the option to decide whether a question has a base score of 0 for multiple answer questions.
Test re-grade: No longer will you need to manually regrade tests if an error was made during set up! If an error is made in the scoring of a test e.g. a question was set to achieve 10 marks when it should have been 5, changing the score in the test canvas will now update all scores for completed tests accordingly.
Deployment exceptions: When you deploy a test in your module for students to take, you will have the option to create exceptions for certain users or groups. So if you have a student who needs an extra attempt this is now possible. Other exceptions include different availability dates and removal of Force Completion. All results will be stored together in one Grade Centre column.
Analysis of questions: The VLE will collate information to help assess a question’s ability to discriminate between students who understand the material and those who do not, highlighting which questions need to be reviewed in a test. A summary is available as well as detailed information per question.
How do I find out more?
Some of you will have already spotted some extra text in the Add Content area of a module/organisation. The ‘Multiple SignUp Lists’ option has some text after it which shouldn’t be there. This is a glitch in the interface and does not affect functionality.
We’re working on a fix and will update the blog when it’s resolved.
The VLE system is now back after the latest Service Pack update. We will monitor the system closely over the next few days while we complete post upgrade tasks, testing and tuning.
Users should return to their normal VLE usage and report issues to the ISS helpdesk as listed below. Be aware, Wednesday 10th July 2013 may be utilised for any contingencies requiring further work. We appreciate your time and will endeavour to minimise any disruption, and only if necessary.
A guide for staff on the most noticeable changes is located at:
A similar guide for students is located at:
More guides on VLE tools will be updated shortly.
Thank you for your patience during the downtime.
In preparation for the VLE upgrade on Monday (see our previous VLE Upgrade posts), the Portal Team will be temporarily suspending the flow of announcements from the VLE to the Portal.
A holding message will reflect this in the Portal interface. Until late Sunday you can still use the Portal Quick Link to the VLE to check your announcements. VLE announcements will still appear in the VLE until the upgrade process starts on Monday morning (00:01hrs).
A Final Reminder:
The VLE will be unavailable during the upgrade:
Monday 8th July until late Tuesday 9th of July*
*Additionally, Wednesday the 10th July may be used for upgrade contingencies if necessary.
While the VLE is being upgraded it will not be available, hence no content will be accessible.
Do not schedule formative or summative assessment or electronic assignment hand-ins through the VLE for the above dates (including the contingency day).
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This tool has two major changes: a visual revamp and a new first post feature.
First post: This optional feature prevents students waiting to read other posts before making their contribution; if post first is enabled, the student must start a thread before they are given the option to read other students’ threads.
Interface changes: The interface in the new tools is cleaner and easier to use. Most noticeably, opening a thread will present all posts on the same page – you no longer have to open each post one by one.
Here’s how a thread looks now: Continue reading