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Academic Technology Newsletter - February 2023

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is a hot topic currently, with ChatGPT and similar tools being discussed widely within academia. To keep up to date with Warwick’s response and guidance on this issue, including assessment, please see Warwick’s Academic Integrity and Artificial IntelligenceLink opens in a new window page. There is also a Teams space that has been established by a group of colleagues at Warwick to share information, follow this Teams link and use this code: xg167ow and this is a video recordingLink opens in a new window of the LDCU TEAL Forum on 'AI and the future of Education' event (08/08/23)

Academic TechnologyLink opens in a new window is part of Flexible & Online Learning Division (FOLDLink opens in a new window). We support and advise on a range of technology enhanced learning tools.

Team member Mazaffar Meharban (Academic Technology Officer) will be taking some extended time away from FOLD to undertake some important educational development work in Pakistan. Maz has been with the team for most of 2022 and played an important part in curating our webpages and supporting users with Moodle enquiries. Good luck Maz!

We also say a sad farewell to Judith Brown who will be leaving Warwick later this month. Judith was one of the founders of the central eLearning service helping to create interactive and engaging content for the Apprenticeship programmes as well as playing a key role in the development of the highly successful maths bridging resource (MOBIUS).

We will also be sorry to see Super User and Academic Technologist James Roscoe (PAIS) leave the university at the end of February, after making a significant contribution to the use of academic technology, especially Moodle in his department, he is heading off to continue and develop his exciting career as a pianist and musician.

NB. Moodle will be offline on Saturday 18th Feb for essential maintenance. Please see 'Learning Systems updates' below for more information.

Training & Workshop Opportunities


Learning Systems updates

  • Moodle scheduled offline
    We expect Moodle to be offline on Saturday 18th February for essential maintenance and a database update. The likely downtime is from early morning until late afternoon. A warning notice for all users will be added to Moodle in the 7-10 days leading up to this work. Please advise any students with deadlines and essential reading and preparation tasks around this date to take note and make alternative arrangements to access essential online content.
  • Migration to Moodle v4.1
    The maintenance work mentioned above is one of the pre-requisites to a larger Moodle upgrade to version 4.1 (from current 3.11) in July 2023. More info about new features and what to expect will be circulated in due course by the Academic Technology team.
  • MoodleX phase out
    MoodleX is a separate instance of Moodle at Warwick that has provided specialist maths (STACK) and programming (CodeRunner) functionality within Moodle quiz. We expect these specialist question types to be added to the main Moodle from July 2023. Accordingly, MoodleX will continue as a read-only archive for another year before being completely retired in July 2024.
  • Jupyter Notebooks
    IDG are in the process of procuring a cloud based Jupyter Notebook service integrated with Moodle. This tool allows the combination of readable text with executable code which can be run to perform data analysis, grade students using nbgrader and more. The pilot is expected to be available from May/June 2023 before wider communication and rollout of the service in September 2023.


Lecture Capture Scheduling

  • Student library addition
    We are considering turning on the student library. We would like to here from interested users who may want to use this for assessment or collections. Please contact Paul Trimmer to register your interest or for more information.
  • 360˚ Video (beta)
    Echo360 have added a function to allow users to upload, play and interact with videos captured with a 360° camera. This is in beta testing, so we would like to hear from departments that are interested in this feature to help determine if this is something we could support. Please contact Paul Trimmer to register your interest or for more information.
  • Amend a schedule form
    There is a new online form for requesting amendments to scheduled (future) recordings so these requests can be resolved more efficiently. Please use the Amend Scheduled Lecture Capture Booking(s)Link opens in a new window form.
  • Delete a recording form
    There is also a new online form for requesting the deletion of completed recordings. Please use the Delete Lecture Capture Recording(s)Link opens in a new window form.
    NB. An option to advise of a GDPR breach has been included so we can liaise with the Infosecurity team directly.

Please see our lecture capture request guidesLink opens in a new window to get started. If you need further assistance, please get in touch via


  • Moodle integration
    Exciting news! We will be integrating Vevox with Moodle. This will allow self-paced quizzes (polls/feedback) to be added as a Moodle activity. They can be run in anonymous or “identified” mode. Identified mode will record quiz grades in the Moodle gradebook. This may be a useful flipped learning formative activity, completed in advance of, or after, a taught session, and may be helpful for Vevox users who are unfamiliar with Moodle Quiz or H5P, but want to add some interactivity to their modules. This feature will be appearing in the Moodle activity chooser later in February (Date TBC).


Please see our Introduction to Padlet at WarwickLink opens in a new window guide for anyone new to this tool.

JISC Discovery Tool

The JISC Digital Capabilities Discovery Tool is an online activity for staff and students that is designed to help the individual reflect on their digital capabilities. It produces a personalised profile that identifies current strengths and areas for development and provides links to further support, training and resources based on your profile. Once logged in you should follow > Discovery Tool for staff/student > Question sets & reports > Start with Overall Digital Capabilities. See the bottom of this training page for information and an alternative link.

Community Input

Feedback, questions, comments or tips are welcome. Please share them by contacting Jim Judges:

This newsletter can only provide a taste and snapshot of some of the active areas of interest. If you need help and guidance, please refer to the main online Academic Technology pagesLink opens in a new window. If you have a technical query with Moodle or any of our supported tools, please contact For more general IT enquiries, or if you are unsure who to ask please contact the IT helpdesk.

All the best,

Cameron Deans, Michelle Jackman, Jim Judges, Nadine Stewart, Paul Trimmer

Academic Technology | Flexible & Online Learning| Education Group | University of Warwick

Wed 08 Feb 2023, 18:42