Season’s Greetings from the Office of Distance Learning

We would like to thank our clients, partners and stakeholders for the support throughout the year and wish for you all a blessed, happy and peaceful holiday season.

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About UTechOnline LMS 2.6

Hello there,

UTechOnline has been upgraded! In academic year 2014-15, we will be operating in MOODLE 2.6. According to Martin Dougiamas, Founder and Director of the MOODLE Project, this version offers enhanced system performance and course management.

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A few of the changes and the benefits to be derived have been highlighted below:

1. Annotate PDF files directly in the course page/web browser

  • This means lecturers do not necessarily have to download students’ assignments to review them. Comments are added to the PDF document immediately.

2. Enhanced marking workflow and allocation

  • This relates to displaying the status of student assignments submitted for grading, e.g. the lecturer can indicate if the assignment was “not marked”, “marking in progress” or “marking completed”.

3. Add a single activity course format

  • This feature replaces the SCORM format.  A forum, quiz or any other form of activity can be converted to course format as a standalone activity.

4. A more user-friendly TinyMCE editor

  • New editing icons to easily edit course activities and resources. The display of the icons have also changed, in particular, the move and editing icons. A drop down menu for editing features is now embedded for a cleaner design.

We hope you enjoy better usability with the new features. Please feel free to provide feedback and suggestions.

Check out these videos here to see demonstrations of the changes by the MOODLE Project Team.

—ODL Team

Distance Learning Forum: Massive Open Online Courses – The Implications for UTech

Hello and welcome to the UTech Office of Distance Learning Blog!

We are embarking on a concentrated drive to build awareness about the UTech Distance Learning thrust and to engage with the University community.   Basically, we want to share with you the advances we have made since the first online module was created back in 2007.  Since then, over 700 modules were created for online delivery!

This blog will be a space for you to interact with us and to get the latest news and tips about distance learning. 

Check regularly for MOODLE & Online delivery

The first event under this initiative is scheduled for this Thursday, March 6 from 3:00 – 5:00 pm in the form of a panel discussion on the topic:

“The MOOC Imperative: Implications for UTech and Jamaica”

MOOC is an acronym for Massive Open Online Course – which is a model for delivering learning content online to any person who wants to take a course, with no limit on attendance (click here for more information).

Want to learn more? Come and join us at our next briefing, to be announced.

Please subscribe so that you can receive regular updates.

The ODL Team