Important Corporate IT News

Please Note!

This is important to everyone who is currently developing a Moodle course.

Firstly Corporate IT are updating the FHNW servers, this is an ongoing operation and should not affect your work with Moodle. However, they are intending to update the Corporate Moodle to Moodle 3.5. This is NOT the latest Moodle version, but, due to some issues with the interface plugin, they cannot update to 3.6.2+ just yet.

Good news is that we have taken back responsibility for our e-learning LMS from LIIP which essentially means there should be more freedom to install the plugins we want, though you should not expect to try out new plugins. You may do this on the HT Moodle platforms.

If you want to see what the new Moodle will look like, you can take a look here: Moodle 3.5

Important

You should NOT use Moodle between 20:00 and 23:00 on 11.02.2019. The system will be down, and any work you do between these times is likely to be lost.

Our own HT Moodle should be moving along with this site and all the content during the summer of 2019. We felt that to migrate the CIT system and merge our system would be a job too much.

If you have any questions concerning Moodle or anything e-learning, please feel free to contact me.

Moodle 3.6.1 is here

Moodle has just launched version 3.6.1.

We are now testing Moodle 3.7.

In the New Year we will upgrade our operational Moodle to the latest secure version.

New Mahara Interface Launched

Mahara have launched their latest upgrade and with it, a brand new user interface.

The new interface is designed to complement the concepts and ideas of Mahara:

  • Create
  • Share
  • Engage

Switch will be upgrading to the new format as of Summer 2019, so now would be a good time to start looking at the new layout ready for when the students start using it.

Mahara
Mahara Personal Learning Environment

EduHub Days 2019

Dear Members of the Swiss e-Learning Community,

 

We are happy to invite you to th eduhub days 2019, which will take place on February 13 & 14, 2019, at the University of Zurich.

 

The eduhub days 2019 will focus on digital skills and digitalisation in higher education. Digitalisation is omnipresent in discourses about society, work and education. It is an expression that englobes many aspects: Being able to use new technologies and to apply them in a way, so that they are the most efficient for our intentions. It affects the way we teach and the way students learn. It also refers to a more fundamental change in the disciplines and the process of scientific knowledge creation.

 

During the eduhub days 2019 we will focus on how digitalisation affects teaching and learning practices in our daily activities. How can we best leverage public awareness and interest for digital technologies to transform our universities? We will look at methods and practical experiences in applying new technologies for higher education, such as augmented and virtual reality, artificial intelligence, robotics and learning analytics.

 

Digital excellence is built on the ability to understand and employ new  learning and teaching technologies in the most efficient way. The eduhub  days provide a platform for knowledge exchange on digital awareness,  digital skills and media literacy. At the eduhub days 2019 you will be  able to present the way you promote digital excellence and effective use  of new technologies for teaching and learning at your institution either  in a tutorial, in a BarCamp or in a digital exhibition.

 

You can register for the eduhub days 2019 and send a proposal until December 20, 2018. Please note that places for eduhub days 2019 are limited. Registration is therefore binding.

 

We are looking forward to welcome you in Zurich in February 2019 and to another inspiring conference of the Swiss e-Learning Community!

 

Best regards,

Nathalie Roth

Login Error

There is an error which seems to be causing a lot of problems for students and lecturers alike.

Information about this error may be found here:

https://help.fhnw.ch/fhnw/2018/aai-login-nicht-moeglich-empty-uid

Turnitin Workshop November 2018

Liebe Kolleginnen und Kollegen

Am Mittwoch, 7. November, 13:30-16:00 Uhr, findet der nächste Workshop für Dozierende zum Umgang mit Turnitin statt.

 

Bitte macht in euren Hochschulen über die entsprechenden Kanäle darauf aufmerksam:

https://welcome.inside.fhnw.ch/aktuelles/news/Seiten/Plagiatspr%C3%A4vention-18-10.aspx

https://web.fhnw.ch/plattformen/plagiat/beratungs-und-weiterbildungsangebote

 

Herzlichen Dank und viele Grüsse, Nadja

Grading

It is worth noting that when showing grades in Moodle, you should do so either to three decimal places or only one. My opinion is that one is best since this is what the students will finally see in Evento.

Recently a student noted that in Moodle they had been given a 4.75 for some work, but when the grade was sent over to Evento the grade was only a 4.7. On inspection the grade was actually a 4.74745 which rounded to 4.75 but not 4.8 and clearly the student’s question was why do I not get a 4.8.

Thus, in future please ensure all grade book, activity and quiz scores etc. are displayed to one decimal place only.

Corporate Moodle

Corporate IT have said that they do NOT propose to upgrade Moodle this summer, but will instead do so during the winter holidays.

The HT Moodle is currently Moodle 3.5.1+ which is the latest version.