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Sep
3
YuJa Enterprise Video Platform Now Available
Posted by Chris Goetz on 03 September 2021 11:22 AM

Attention eClass users,

We are pleased to announce that the YuJa Enterprise Video Platform is now available in eClass at the UofA for media streaming and lecture capture. This platform is a full-featured 3rd party media capture and streaming service that allows instructors to record and stream videos in courses.

The service, currently only available via eClass as an external tool, allows recording, uploading, and embedding of videos through a convenient dashboard. YuJa also provides a number of advanced video capabilities for instructors including: a personal video library, video editing, in-video quizzing, and in-video usage tracking. Please note that this is not a replacement of Zoom for hybrid delivery but can be used to automatically pull in zoom recordings and store, edit, and share these videos with students through eClass.

Please view the detailed instructions for using YuJa in eClass. We also recommend consulting the vendor’s video tutorials for basics of using the platform

If you have any questions about this service please contact us at eclass@ualberta.ca.

Regards,

IST eClass Support


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Aug
31
Fall 2021 eClass Updates
Posted by Chris Goetz on 31 August 2021 03:40 PM

Attention eClass users,

Welcome back! We are looking forward to an exciting term that promises a wide variety of course delivery and assessment options across the digital learning environment at the University of Alberta. Here are some important reminders for instructors as we return to a range of in-person, online, blended, and hyflex classes:

We recommend that all students taking courses with an online component review these guidelines.

As always, you can find a full range of helpful guides available on our support portal. If you have any questions about any of these updates, please contact us at eclass@ualberta.ca.

Regards,

IST eClass Support


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Aug
26
Zoom Updates for Fall 2021
Posted by Chris Goetz on 26 August 2021 02:31 PM

Attention Zoom users,

For the start of the Fall 2021 term, we have released some configuration changes to Zoom at the University of Alberta. Starting Saturday August 21st, 2021 the following changes have been enabled in Zoom: 

As always, we encourage instructors to review our Zoom security recommendations before the start of term.

Please refer to the Terms of use for Zoom to review full details on the use of the service. If you have any questions about these changes, please contact us at eclass@ualberta.ca.

Regards,

IST eClass Support


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Aug
19
ePortfolio Transition from Mahara to Google Sites July 2022
Posted by Dave Laurie on 19 August 2021 01:49 PM

Attention ePortfolio users,

We have important information regarding the campus ePortfolio service: starting from July 2022, Google sites will replace Mahara as the centrally supported ePortfolio solution at the U of A.

This change is being made due to the usability of Google sites and the low uptake of Mahara.

Any users who are currently using Mahara are encouraged to use this advanced notice to transition to using Google Sites over the next few academic terms. Individuals can export any of their saved portfolios or pages within their Mahara ePortfolio at any time following these instructions.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Regards,
IST eClass Support


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Aug
18
UPDATED: eClass Maintenance Outage - Saturday, August 21st 2021
Posted by Chris Goetz on 18 August 2021 11:06 AM

Update: The outage has been completed early and eClass is available as of 10:00AM

Attention eClass users,

This is an alert that there will be a scheduled maintenance outage for eClass on Saturday, August 21st 2021 from 12:00AM - 12:00PM noon (12 hours). This outage is required to perform a minor version update and maintenance to eClass.

Please note that while we have booked a 12 hour maintenance window, eClass will be available as soon as the required changes are complete. We will be sending an additional announcement once access to eClass has been restored.

eClass will be unavailable for the duration of this outage. If you have any questions about this outage, please contact us at eclass@ualberta.ca.

Regards,

IST eClass Support


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Jul
23
STACK Quiz Question Performance Update
Posted by Dave Laurie on 23 July 2021 09:54 AM

Attention eClass Instructors,

The recent upgrade to eClass has introduced a new version of the STACK mathematical questions type that has performance implications that will affect any instructors using this question type. We have already emailed affected instructors directly but are also posting a news item to ensure no one is missed.

The new version of STACK has more thorough syntax checking built into the edit question page which will improve performance of questions as they are created going forward. However previously authored questions will need to be reviewed as the new question validation functions can cause a performance slowdown. 

We recommend that all instructors review their questions and follow the guidelines for ‘future proofing’ them outlined here. (This links to in-system documentation so users must be signed into eClass to access it.)

The following steps should be taken for all existing STACK questions:

  • Add semicolons to the ends of all variable and function statements. This is required syntax moving forward.

  • Validate question syntax by clicking 'No variants of this question have been deployed yet' - even without adding variants to a question this can help identify potential problems that existed previously and which may be slowing down the checking function.

  • Deploy variants for any questions that use a lot of random variables as this will speed up the time for students to start the exam by using a pool of pre-created values on launch.

To give a sense of what this will mean practically, in a test exam of 50 STACK questions that ran after the upgrade, the quiz initially took around 30 seconds to load; adding semicolons to all the expressions reduced that launch time to 15 seconds. Adding questions variants shorten this time to ~7 seconds.

Please let us know if you have any questions.

Regards,
IST eClass Support

 


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