VLE Service Information and Support
Accessing the Service
Students: When students have registered for modules within Qsis (the Student Information System), their registered modules will automatically appear on the Queen’s Online homepage (under the Modules heading). To login to Queen’s Online, students require their student number (ads\student number) and their University password.
Staff: All staff must also register for modules via Qsis to be able to access them within Queen’s Online. This registration process is carried out by administrative staff within a School, so please contact your School Office for more information. To login to Queen’s Online, staff require their staff number (ads\staff number) and their University password.
Before the start of each semester Information Services and the Centre for Educational Development (CED) provide an introductory course for staff in the VLE. It is highly recommended that new staff attend this course. The course is normally delivered in September and January.
Other courses/workshops are available to support learning and teaching in the University, as well as a series of learning and teaching events which are held throughout the year. CED also provide a wealth of other e-learning information.
New students will be introduced to the VLE during an IT induction session at the beginning of the academic year. Visit the Student Computing pages to find out more about support for students.
Useful online videos and step-by-step manuals are available on the SharePoint Training Site. A list of Frequently Asked Questions have also been collated. There is also a useful list of features which are currently available within the VLE. Click on the links below to access this support.
- Online VLE Training Videos (for staff)
- Virtual Learning Environment Staff Training Manual (pdf file available via the SharePoint Training Site - 59 pages)
- VLE Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for staff and students
Note: You will require Adobe Acrobat Reader on your computer to download pdf files. This software can be downloaded from the Adobe website
List of VLE Features
Module Description (Information from the University Book of Modules)
Staff Involved (View a List of Staff Involved in the Module, Make Yourself Invisible in a Module)
Resources (Resource Map: Manage Folders/Sub-Folders, Decide on a Start Date (Resources Visible) and an End Date (Resources No Longer Visible), Add Various Types of Resources e.g. Word Files, Video Files, Web Addresses etc., Track Use of Resources, Access QCat Reading List and Examination Papers)
Resource Copy (Copy Resources/Folders/Sub-Folders from Previous Academic Years)
Student Tracking (Track the Use of Resources, Track Student Activity of Resources i.e. What Resource was Viewed?, Who Viewed the Resource?, When was the Resource Viewed?, Track Student Activity in a Discussion Forum)
Student Images (View or Print Photographs of the Students on the Module)
Email to Students (View List of Students (including Email Addresses) Registered on Module, Option to Email Particular Students or All Students)
Discusssion Forum (Participate in an Online Discussion with Students at a Convenient Time and Place, Choose to have Discussions between Students, or Discussions between Tutors and Students, Discussions are Recorded as a Series of Messages that can be Viewed, Reviewed, Summarised, Quoted and Archived, Selected Messages can be a basis for Further Discussions in Class or for ‘Frequently Asked Questions’, Possible to have several Topics in a Discussion Forum, Determine whether Students can Edit, Read Only a Discussion Topic etc., Track Student Activity in a Discussion Forum)
Announcements (Post an Announcement to be Viewed by Students when they access a Module)
Assignment (Create a New Assignment and Modify Existing Assignments (providing assignment details, associated files etc), Access Completed Assignments Submitted by Students, Track if and when a Student has Submitted their Assignment i.e. not at all or before/after the deadline, Provide Marks and Feedback to Individual Students (Also Note: facility to email individual students), Track if a student has accessed their Feedback, Extract all of the Submission Information e.g. Name, Student Number, Submission Date, Mark and Feedback to a Spreadsheet)
Assessment (Using QuestionMark, Possible to use for Formal Assessments (visit the E-Assessment section for more information or contact the Centre of Educational Development for advice)
Tutorials and Group Work (Possible to provide Group Specific Resources, Discussions etc.)
Wiki (Create, Edit Link, Delete Wikis, Track Student Activity on a Wiki, Determine whether Students can Edit, Read Only a Wiki etc.)
Surveys (Useful for creating basic polls, allows for anonymity, branching, permissions etc. Responses available in a basic graphical format. More detailed surveys should use specialist survey software, such as Questback)
Links (Add, Edit Delete Useful Links)
Other Related Services
E-Assessment (computer assisted assessment and automated marking of paper based assessments)
Creating interactive resources using E-Learning Templates
Creating an Interactive Lecture Theatre (using the Personal Response System)
Don't forget to visit the Centre for Educational Development website, which also contains a lot of useful e-learning information!