Owing to the corona virus, you will know the face-to-face lessons have been suspended until the end of the semester.
There are a number of tools that you should be made aware of that will likely help you in planning the way ahead.
Webex: the Webex app can be used for holding video conferences. It is fairly intuitive and has a number of help videos with the application.
Adobe Connect: AC is an excellent tool. However, please be aware that Switch has a limited license for the application and you may run into problems with the tool. If this happens, Switch have set up an alternative tool called Meetings. See below.
Switch Meeting: Switch Meetings is based on an open source package which Switch claim is scalable, and which also uses their SwitchEngines technology. The application can be accessed via the following link: Switch Meetings. More can be found out here: Further Information.
Together with the above Conferencing tools, you have Switch Tube for hosting and sharing video material. Switch Drive for sharing files and also for Collaborative working via the “Google Docs” like tool called Only Office. Help can be found in the link. There is also a file transfer tool for sending and sharing larger files via e-mail, but if you use Switch Drive to share files, you should be covered.
We also have our Moodle platforms for organizing courses, and this includes a new E-Assessment Moodle application which is separate from the main Corporate IT Moodle. This Platform can be used for running any form of E-assessment you may wish to set up. I have been assured by CIT that the platform should be used only for Exams and that the exams will not be deleted over time, so we should be covered for any recourse issues and/or archiving requirements. You will need to contact me to set up either a course or exam.
I am available to help you in any of your e-learning needs. You may contact me via: Email: Paul.Raper@fhnw.ch. Tel Direct: +41 56 202 81 71
We are in the ELK busily putting together a package which we believe will offer you the support you need to be able to deliver your classes via the internet. This should appear online here, and will be sent out centrally.
This package offers support for all the main products that we use at the FHNW, including, video streaming, web-conferencing, file sharing and Student Management via Moodle etc.
If you have any questions at all, please do not hesitate to contact me via e-mail or telephone.
Today we had a meeting of the ELK and discussed at great length the topic of the corona virus.
It is our recommendation that if you wish to undertake any form of on-line teaching that involves video conferencing, you should use Adobe Connect.
We in the support team have experience with Adobe Connect and can support you pretty well. Further, the product is supported by Switch.
I have put together a Moodle course that should help you to get the most from Adobe Connect, but should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me and I shall do my best to help you out.
Webex is a relatively new product to the FHNW and to-date we do not have a lot of experience with it. CIT will likely not be able to support you either since it is a wholly web-based system and is run by Cisco.
If you have any questions at all about this subject, please contact me and I shall do my best to assist you.
We have just completed our latest update to Moodle 3.8.1+. Whilst we were at it, we also streamlined the whole update process and switched a GIT methodology. This means that we can keep up with the latest patches and updates to new versions far more easily.
For your information, we have also added some new course format options. These allow you greater flexibility when designing your courses.
To ensure that these plugins work with the next version of Moodle, Moodle 3.9, we also have a development startegy for testing our plugins on that. If a plug in does not work with the newest Moodle version, we can either advise you to switch to an alternative, or wait for the plugin developer to update the plugin.
One such plugin that I feel is really exciting is called the flexible format. See video.
I would also like to invite thoughts on archiving courses.
With more and more of us running exams, tests, or just simply grading work through Moodle, I feel that we are sure to run into some issue concerning how we store and retrieve past results in the case of recourse.
My initial thoughts would be that at the end of every semester, and after the grades have gone out and been accepted, past courses are backed up and then downloaded to a local PC.
From here, the backup files should, in my view, be stored on a secure server in the FHNW under the School or faculty they apply to, the subject they cover, and the course name they applied to along with the semester/year.