Musings from the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning

Author Jacqueline Kirkham

New VIUTube Available For Uploading and Creating, Starting July 4, 2022

We are excited to announce that employees and students at VIU can begin adding and creating media on the new VIUTube platform starting on July 4, 2022.  Your existing media will continue to be available at https://viuvideos.viu.ca. CIEL will be working with our new vendor over the next two months to migrate that content to the new platform.  

Update: VIUTube is Moving

The Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning is very happy to announce that the new service that will power VIUTube is Yuja.  Yuja was chosen through an open, competitive procurement process as the best fit for VIU’s video hosting… Continue Reading →

Reminder: VIUTube is Moving

Our current VIUTube service (powered by Kaltura) is at the end of its life and will no longer be available after September 2022. The end of this service means that we must move our VIUTube service to a new home and all video links and embed codes for VIUTube content will need to be updated.

VIULearn Course Cleanup 2022

This blog post is a reminder for all instructors at VIU that we will be processing the VIULearn Course Cleanup as scheduled in the first week of July 2022. For anyone who began using VIULearn for the first time in 2020, please read on to learn more about the Course Cleanup process.

What’s New in VIULearn?

There are some new tools available this semester in VIULearn. The Quick Eval tool now has a homepage widget to help instructors streamline their evaluation across multiple assignments, quizzes, or graded discussions in a single course. The Awards tool offers opportunities to gamify your course and build in recognition of students’ achievements unrelated to the course grade.

VIUTube Is Moving in Summer 2022

The current VIUTube service is ending in the summer of 2022 and we will be transferring it to a new provider. Details about the new VIUTube will be available in the spring of 2022, but for now there are a few things everyone can do to make the transition as smooth as possible.

Enduring and Public: Blogs as Purposeful Assignments

In today’s post, we’re going to look at two instructors who have used VIUBlogs to facilitate purposeful assignments that both give students meaningful choices and have lasting, public relevance beyond the length of the course.

New Way to Set Up Quiz Accommodations in VIULearn

There is a new way to set up quiz accommodations in VIULearn. Previously, student accommodations had to be set for each quiz individually using the Special Access feature. While Special Access isn’t going anywhere, a new Accommodations option allows you to set quiz timing and right-click behaviour for a student at the course level eliminating the need to do this for each quiz individually.

Set Up VIULearn to Facilitate Student Choice

Giving students meaningful choices about how they demonstrate their learning can help students become self-directed learners who can apply the skills they learn with us in their future endeavours. However, for instructors in an online learning environment, giving meaningful choices can quickly become a logistical nightmare. Thankfully, there are things you can do to facilitate meaningful choices in an online learning environment without creating a mess in your course.

New Assignment Create/Edit Experience Available for Opt-In

Starting December 8, 2020, instructors in VIULearn can opt in to using the new Assignment creation interface. This new version of the Assignment tool will replace the current Assignment creation workflow in Summer 2021. In this blog post we will look at the new Assignment Creation screen in detail so you can see what is new and choose whether you want to adopt this change right now, or wait until the feature is turned on for all users

Changes to VIULearn Login and Email, July 2020

The way that students and employees log in to VIULearn is changing July 23,2020.

In addition, there is an upcoming change to improve the email experience within VIULearn.

Postponed: VIULearn Course Cleanup 2020

To help support instructors, CIEL has decided to not perform the VIULearn Course Cleanup in 2020.

The following semesters will be permanently removed from VIULearn in July 2021:
Fall 2017, 2018; Year 2017, 2018; Continuous Intake 2017, 2018; Spring 2018, 2019; Intersession 2018, 2019; Summer (May and June) 2018, 2019

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