WolfWare News: August 2015

Here is the latest WolfWare News to help you make the most effective use of WolfWare.

New and Noteworthy

System Upgrades: We upgraded both courses and project spaces to Moodle version 2.8 earlier this year to improve usability and enhancement of some features. To learn more about the new features in Moodle 2.8, view the “What’s New in Moodle 2.8” workshop recording. Additionally, we upgraded to version 12.6.4 of Blackboard Collaborate in June, resolving a number of outstanding issues, especially for Mac users. [Release Notes.]

WolfWare Notifications: You will notice when you log in to WolfWare that we added bright yellow reminders of scheduled outages, changes to services, new features, etc. Reminders will be visible roughly a week before events occur. Please encourage your students to log in through wolfware.ncsu.edu so they can view the reminders and avoid last minute issues with accessing your course materials or submitting assignments. Once you click “Got It” on a notification, you will not see it again unless you go to the announcements tab in WolfWare. For more information about WolfWare, please refer to What is WolfWare.

Faculty Workshops: DELTA is offering several new workshops on WolfWare technologies, including Moodle, Mediasite and Collaborate, in addition to other teaching with technology topics. To see the full schedule and register for sessions, please visit https://delta.ncsu.edu/workshops/.

Tips and Reminders

Requesting a Moodle Space: You may request a Moodle Space for your Fall 2015 course by following these directions: http://delta.ncsu.edu/knowledgebase/how-do-i-create-a-moodle-space-for-a-class/. Please review the directions carefully as there are many important options to help you set up your Moodle space.

Adding Your TA: You may add a Teaching Assistant, Instructional Designer, or Student to your course by following these steps: http://delta.ncsu.edu/knowledgebase/how-do-i-add-or-remove-people-in-my-moodle-course/

Updating Due Dates: Updating due dates in Moodle can be time-consuming at the start of the semester. Moodle has a very useful “Dates” report that allows you to see and edit dates for all your activities from a single page. Access this functionality by going to Administration -> Reports -> Dates.

Important Resources

LMS Maintenance Windows: We reserve blocks of time to take WolfWare components offline for upgrades and maintenance. View the maintenance schedule to stay up-to-date with WolfWare availability.

Feature Requests and General Feedback: We welcome your input to make our WolfWare technologies as useful as possible to your teaching. To provide feedback and to submit (or view) feature requests, go to wolfware.ncsu.edu and select “Send Feedback” at the bottom of the page.

DELTAwire: Check the WolfWare News section of DELTAwire for the latest LMS news.

Thank you for your interest! Please don’t hesitate to call DELTA’s LearnTech help desk at (919) 513-7094, or email learntech@ncsu.edu if you need assistance.