Bugs, assignments, live chat and filemanager
1010 days ago
ELearning Dev update: In the past week or so, we have managed to bag 9 bugs (yeah, these were needing attention for sometime now). The development team has a new member, and that means we are going to attack them much more faster. We are handling some feature requests too, case in point: Assignments. For starters, someone forgot that assignments can be submitted as pdf uploads. Of course until a user alerted us a bout 2 days ago. Assignments can also be created via worgroups, Group Assignments they are called. The LiveChat module seems to be progressing fine, it is actually usable, but it needs a little more polishing etc. The unique thing about LiveChat is it is actually a component of the Virtual Classroom, which is also going to see light of the day in production very soon (am horrible with dates). And we did updates to the filemanager too. Most importantly was reducing the number of steps (clicks) required to insert a file in an editor, or even selecting a photo for your profile. From 3 steps to just a single click.
Course auto-registration available for eLearning
1047 days ago
This week, the team leader in Instructional Design, Fatima, is going to introduce a large group of students to our eLearning platform. One thing was obvoius: no way we are manually going to enroll individual students into the course. Earlier in the year, our colleages from the CNS Java team had created web services that could be consumed to access certain student information, like the course units they've registered. So us being us (read Chisimbians), we quickly took advantage of this, and the next minute, we are pulling the information from the Javaians (correct spelling ??) and the students are auto-enrolling into the courses they registered for. For once, this was actually fun ...
Blogging, Tweeting available for eLSI
1048 days ago
The eLearning Support and Innovation (eLSI) site (https://elearn.wits.ac.za) is now enabled for blogging, tweeting and posting general eLearning news. The new functionality was unveiled on July 9th 2010 in a silent launch at the unit. Plans are underway to integrate the blog system with the kim site, such just a single post is all you need to make posts on both sites. To post a blog, sign in using your wits credetials - username as the staff number and using the corresponding oracle password. One of eLSI staff members, Derek Moore, was kind enough to set up a hash tag #elsi for eLearning tweets. Simply tweet something, and include #elsi in the text and your tweet will appear on the site. This is possible because of the underlying Chisimba framework that natively supports tweeting. The site is also the entry point for the eLearning system, KEWL.