As students leave for the Summer break we’re increasingly busy in the team as we prepare for the launch of the new Learning Space on September 3rd.
We’ve been continuing with our course specific sessions over the last few weeks so staff feel orientated in the new environment, and understand the expectations of modules come launch. There’s still time to book in a session if you feel you’d like more support, please email email@example.com to make an appointment.
After launching in September we’ll be planning in a regular release cycle to ensure tools and activities are updated and new functionality included. We’ve been working with next years academic calendar and the availability of our new service provider to ensure dates are chosen that are suitable for all. We’ve also been looking into the best ways of communicating these updates and will have more information in the coming months.
After finalising designs and building a local version, a working theme is now available on our development environment. We’ll be testing the new theme internally in the next few weeks before rolling out to the live environment.
Progress is also being made in updating our support documentation ready for the start of term. We’ll be updating all of our guidance to reflect the new environment, starting with common activities and resources.
It’s been another busy few weeks as we prepare for the September launch of Learning Space. Many of you may have seen us at one of our drop-ins or attended course specific sessions. Attendance to the events has been really good and provided an opportunity for discussion about the upgrade and any concerns that have arisen.
We’re continuing to work on getting a more Falmouth looking theme in place in the new environment. This has included working with Brand Comms to ensure colours and fonts are in line with the Falmouth style guide. This is one of the more extensive areas of work as part of the upgrade project and we’ll be releasing this once ready to the new environment.
Audit Point 1 – 16th July
To ensure that all modules contain relevant materials and links in preparation for the new academic year, we’ll be auditing all modules from the 16th July. Each module will be assessed against a list of set criteria to ensure it’s as informative and useful as possible for students. We’ll make contact with any module leaders with incomplete modules or those leaders who have yet to start building after this audit point.
We’ve had requests from a number of staff requiring some extra sessions come the end of the Summer to finish off any work they have to complete their module areas. As we’re expecting the bulk of the module will be created before this time we’re anticipating the focus of these sessions to be finalising any modules. Sessions have been booked for the following dates/times:
Over the last few weeks we’ve been making final alterations in order to have the new environment ready for staff to use in mid May. This has included adding all 18/19 modules and undertaking a series of tests to establish if all features are working correctly.
Off the back of the video and information sessions we’ve received several requests for group training which we’ve scheduled in. Over the next few weeks we’ll be making contact with awards we’ve yet to hear from to get sessions booked in. The new environment will be available mid May for building modules ready for the 18/19 academic year. To book a session for training and access please email firstname.lastname@example.org
We’ll also be holding the following drop in sessions from 9:00-17:00, please note a representative of the library will be present for the 7th June at Falmouth and 11th June at Penryn for any assistance required for Talis resource lists.
- Thu 07 June* – Seminar F
- Tue 12 June – Seminar F
- Thu 21 June – Seminar F
- Tue 05 June – Exchange Green
- Wed 06 June – Exchange Green
- Mon 11 June* – Exchange Blue
- Mon 18 June – Exchange Blue
- Tue 19 June – Exchange Blue
*Library present for help with Talis resource lists
Launch of new environment and MA Courses
We’ll be launching the new environment on the 3rd September – we realise some MA Courses will be making use of online handin at the end of August/beginning of September and we’ll be making contact with these teams to ensure the transition between environments will be as smooth as possible for staff and students.
For the last couple of weeks we’ve been focusing on getting the final system configurations in place so we’re at a point to start user testing with staff and students. Some unforeseen delays have occurred which have put us back a little, but we’re still hoping to have our environment fully configured and running within the next few weeks.
Information Sessions – Final Reminder
As a reminder this week we are running information sessions at both campuses, academic staff have already been invited to these sessions but we’d also welcome attendance from any professional services staff who’d like to find out a bit more about the upgrade project. We will releasing a video version of the session for those unable to attend, this will be emailed out to staff next week.
- 19 March, 3:00-4:30, PL Lecture 3 (Penryn)
- 22 March, 10:30-12:00, Lecture theatre 1 (Falmouth)
To give you an idea of the level of development going into to creating an environment that works as a replica in terms of functionality we’ve included the table below. In total over 2,100 individual changes have been justified and implemented on the new version of Learning Space, these are documented in our Change Log so there’s a complete record of every alteration.
Finally inconsistency of information across modules is something we hear routinely from students, to help address this every module will have a suggested template to follow. This template has been developed based on best practice and in partnership with students and serves as a guide when creating a module within Learning Space.
It’s been another couple of busy weeks with the ET department as we prepare the new environment for testing in the coming months.
To give you an idea of the bigger picture, and what the upgrade means to you we’ll be hosting information sessions at both campuses. This will be a chance to find out your role in the project and to ask any questions you may have relating to the upgrade. We’d ask that one representative from each course attend one of the following:
19 March, 3:00-4:30, PL Lecture 3 (Penryn)
22 March, 10:30-12:00, Lecture theatre 1 (Falmouth)
Here are a few things we’ve been working on this fortnight:
- Students assigned to modules
Integration work has been continuing between student records and the new environment. While this won’t affect how students access their modules within Learning Space behind the scenes the approach is now a lot more streamlined.
To simplify the login process we are utilising Office 365 as the method for signing in. This minimises the amount of clicks needed to access Learning Space, meaning staff and students can get to the content they need even quicker.