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    When UCL students edit Wikipedia

    By Mira Vogel, on 15 April 2015

    A presentation by Rocío Baños Pinero (Deputy Director, Centre for Translation Studies), Raya Sharbain (Year 2 undergraduate, Management Science and Innovation) and  Mira Vogel (E-Learning Environments) for the UCL Teaching and Learning Conference, 2015. Here’s the abstract, presentation graphics embedded below and in case you can’t see that, a PDF version of those.

    See also the UCL Women’s Health Translatathon write-up.

    Managing virtual or face to face office hours in Moodle

    By Jessica Gramp, on 14 April 2015


    UCL Moodle contains a useful tool for helping you to arrange your office hours with your students. The meeting might be virtual (e.g. using Skype or telephone) or face to face.

    The scheduler activity allows you to specify time slots for meetings, which students then choose on Moodle. Tutors in turn can record that the student attended, make notes about the meeting – and optionally assign a grade – within the scheduler. The scheduler sends reminders to both students and staff and allows either to cancel the appointment and book another time. The scheduler also supports group meetings, where multiple students can sign up at one time. It also allows staff to assign students to attend a meeting at a particular time.

    Moodle upgrade- 14 April 2015

    By Domi C Sinclair, on 13 April 2015

    Moodle will be unavailable on 14 April 2015 from 08:00 to 10:00 whilst we carry out a routine upgrade.
    There are many benefits to this upgrade, including updates to the Moodle Questionnaire, Certificate and some quiz question types.

    The improvements contained in this upgrade are mostly behind the scenes, and you may not notice many differences. However the overall system performance will be improved and regular maintenance is important for system security.

    In regards to the Quiz questions being upgrades, these are the drag & drop markers, drag & drop into text and select missing words question types.

    If you have any questions about the upgrade please email ele@ucl.ac.uk and we would be happy to answer your questions or address your concerns.

    All times are for the UK (GMT or BST), for other locations please convert: http://www.timeanddate.com/worldclock/converter.html

    Turnitin Status and Known Issues Page

    By Domi C Sinclair, on 25 March 2015

    To help keep you up-to-date with the status of the Turnitin service, which is supplied externally by TurnitinUK, we have created the Turnitin Status and known Issues page.

    This page summarises the current known status of the service,  has the official Turnitin Status Twitter feed embedded (to ensure the most up-to-date information) and has a list of current issues that have been reported to TurnitinUK for both V1 and V2 of the plugin. The page will be updated as problems are resolved via upgrades and other fixes.



    MUGSE 3 – London, RVC

    By Domi C Sinclair, on 17 March 2015

    The third meeting of MUGSE (Mahara User Group for Southern England) took place on Friday 6th March, at the Royal Veterinary College in London. Mahara is the software that at UCL we refer to as MyPortfolio, our flexible e-portfolio system.

    The user group meeting had a mix of experiences in Mahara, as well as a mix of learning technology professionals and academics. The group was also lucky enough to have Don Christie from Catalyst in attendance. Catalyst are the company who are responsible for the Mahara project, and they look after the core code and carry out updates.

    The session began with a group round table, with everyone having the chance to contribute problems or question and then the rest of the group offering solutions or answers based on their own experiences. After this there were a series of presentations, including help files and case studies from Roger Emery and Sam Taylor at Southampton Solent University, a look at the April Mahara upgrade from Don Christie and finally Domi Sinclair (me) talking briefly about the importance of getting involved in the Mahara community. If you would like more details about this user group please read the article from Digi Domi and follow MUGSE on Twitter @mugseUK.


    Need to convert wav files to mp3?

    By Jessica Gramp, on 16 March 2015

    How easy is this? Install LameDrop for Windows and you just drag and drop your wav files onto the LameDrop interface (see that tiny white square in the screenshot below – that’s it!) and it converts them instantly. No settings to worry about and the files appear in the same folder as the originals. Easy peasy! So now I can concentrate on pulling together media for use in my online courses.


    You can download LameDrop from: http://rarewares.org/mp3-lamedrop.php


    apple If you have a Mac you can use iTunes to convert your audio files using these instructions.