Musings from the Centre for Innovation and Excellence in Learning

Author Jacqueline Kirkham

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

Zoom Security Updates, June 2020

Read this post to learn more about updates to Zoom security for VIU including the move to Canadian data centers only, a new Report Users feature, and upcoming requirements for meeting passwords.

Technology for Remote Teaching: Create a Document Camera at Home

Last week we explored some of the technology options for improving your video and audio on videos and web calls. Today, we want to take a look at options for replicating the use of a document camera or whiteboard over… Continue Reading →

Technology for Remote Teaching

Being seen and heard clearly online is extremely important in this time. Whether you are creating videos or just spending hours on video calls, many of us are finding our current equipment isn’t quite meeting our new needs. But how… Continue Reading →

More Options for Improving Zoom Security

Zoom is continuing to add features and make setting changes to improve the security of their platform. In this post, we look at the new Security button, password protected meetings, data centre location settings, and keeping Zoom up to date on your device.

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