What’s new in the LMS after December 6
The LMS maintenance window on December 5-6 will result in some changes for LMS users. These include:
- New LMS login page
- New Turnitin Feedback Studio
- LMS will now make use of avatars for staff and students!
- New look LMS website
- Staff can preview students’ view of “My Grades”
- LMS helpdesk requests have new look
- LMS Chat and Virtual Classroom tools have been retired
- Campus Pack journals, blogs, podcast and wikis tools have been retired.
New LMS login page
Staff and students will be presented with a new LMS login screen where they enter their University username and password to log into the LMS.
New Turnitin Feedback Studio
Turnitin Grademark has been changed to a new interface called Turnitin Feedback Studio. The functionality remains unchanged but the new look provides a simplified, more intuitive interface. Turnitin Feedback Studio will make it faster and easier to review academic integrity, provide actionable feedback, and evaluate student learning. All previous feedback features, including Similarity Reports, Bubble comments, QuickMarks, voice comments, rubrics, etc., continue to be available. Staff will see the new interface when they view a student’s paper in Turnitin after December 6. Students will also experience this new and improved interface when viewing Similarity Reports and receiving feedback. All LMS guides have been updated to support staff and students with this change. Try the new Turnitin Feedback Studio with this interactive demo.
LMS now has avatars!
The LMS now has avatars for staff and students. Avatars are images that appear next to student and staff names on discussion board posts, blog posts, wiki contributions and student lists such as in groups. If no image is added, a blank icon is displayed.
Students and staff can add an avatar by:
- In the LMS go to the My Home tab.
- In the Tools module clicking on Personal Information.
- Click on Change Personal Settings.
- Click Browse My Computer and browse to desired avatar image file, then click Open.
- Check that the Use custom avatar image radio button is selected.
- Click Submit.
Recommended pixel size for an avatar is 150 by 150. Larger images should be clipped.
New look LMS website
The LMS website will be updated in line with University of Melbourne branding. Guides will also have a new look and the have been updated to support staff and students with all the new features.
Staff can preview students’ view of ‘My Grades’
A staff member in a subject can now click on ‘My Grades’ in the subject menu and view which Grade Centre columns are displayed to students.
LMS helpdesk requests have a new look
When logging a LMS helpdesk request, staff and students will be directed to a new look form.
LMS Chat and Virtual Classroom tools have been retired
Campus Pack journals, blogs, podcast and wikis tools have been retired
Links to Campus Pack tools will no longer function. For details see this post.