Today’s session: The VLE at GSA. User roles A quick tour Designing your course – things to consider. Adding content. Communicating – announcements and emails. Managing groups.2
The VLE at GSA: Virtual Learning Environment. Supports studio/ face-to-face learning and teaching. Every course at GSA has a presence on the VLE (‘course’). Used in different ways: repository, portal, communication... Remote access 24/7. Need GSA network username and password.3
A quick tour: Landing page: My VLE, Course catalogue. Enrolments, announcements, calendar. Customisable: what items visible, colour scheme, text size,etc. Multiple communication tools. Multiple ways to do things.4
User roles5StaffInstructorCourse BuilderTeaching AssistantAdd AccessStudentStudentAccessStudent
Designing your course6 Plan your course on a bit of paper – what menu items willyou need? Make sure you give menu items a clear name. Organise information logically and intuitively. When adding items (documents, images, etc), makesure the file name is clear with no spaces (e.g.term1plan.doc) and add a brief description. Keep your content up-to-date. Consider appearance – colours are great but make suretext can be read.
Customising your course10Choose menu styleSet entry pointAdd banner(150 px x 1035 px)Display settings
Adding content11 Possible to add a variety of media – documents, images,audio, video, links... This can be done individually, but more effective to useFiles >> in Control Panel. You can then browse course resources and add itemsindividually. Remember to include a concise, intuitive file name anddescriptive text. At this point you can set also availability and trackaccess.
Adding content12You can manages resources here:Create folders, upload multiple files,ensure single copy.
Adding content14Add contextual information and setavailability.
Communication15 There are a number of ways to communicateincluding announcements and emails. Announcements will keep those enrolled on yourcourse up to date. You can control when they areavailable and for how long. They will also be emailedto all student users. Emails can be sent to individuals or groups.
Groups19 Groups are a useful way to contact specific VLE usersabout certain topics, for example a tutorial group within alarger class or electives. Students can self-enrol, or can be added by the courseinstructor. As course instructor, you can control which areas yougive students access to, and check which users areenrolled.
Groups21Add name for group.Set tool availability.Define membership.Student 1Student 2Student 3Student 4
Summary22 Multiple ways to do things in VLE – if you forget one,there’ll be another. Make sure there’s a purpose to your course, design andcontent. Be clear where possible in organisation, naming, etc. Lots of resources in VLE Help course or please contactme: firstname.lastname@example.org