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Academic Technology Newsletter - December 2022

Academic Technology is part of Flexible & Online Learning Division (FOLD). We support and advise on a range of technology enhanced learning tools.

Training & Workshop Opportunities

  • Analytics for Echo360
    We recently released an 'Analytics for Echo360' plugin to Moodle which can be found in the activity chooser. The plugin will provide viewing data for all of the media currently associated with the Moodle space where the link is accessed from. Read more about the Analytics for Echo360 toolLink opens in a new window.
  • Activity completion features
    Top tip: To make use of activity completion features in MoodleLink opens in a new window remember to turn this option on in course settings. If you are the administrator of lots of Moodle courses and want tutors to find this option by default then you might consider turning this on in all module spaces that you manage.
  • Forum messages problem
    We experienced problems with forum messages not being sent by email around the 4th-6th December. This was due to technical issues with the automatic "cron" that runs repetitive tasks at regular intervals; every minute in the case of forum messages. This matter was resolved by the evening of 6th December. The Learning Systems team are working with our hosts to ensure better monitoring and swifter resolution of similar problems in the future.
  • Did you know? Sending Messages to Course Participants in Moodle
    In addition to using the Forum to send email messages you can use the messaging feature in the participant section of your course too. Go to Participants > Select All participants (bottom of screen), or just those you wish to contact > then "With selected users" > choose "Send a message". The message should be sent within a minute or two. Please note the originator of the message does not get an email.
  • More Accessible Moodle Content
    According to Moodle Ally report data, overall our 77.3% accessibility score, based on the measured accessibility of resources across Moodle, is 6% higher than 21/22. With further use of Ally reports and feedback, tackling the easier to fix items first before moving on to some of the bigger fixes, we hope we can work together with all Moodle editors to improve this score next year. To find out more about Ally, please consider joining us in the session on Thursday 5th Jan (see details in the Training & Workshop section above). Higher scores and better accessibility means a better experience for students using Moodle.

    Moodle Advent Calendar
    Thanks to Richard Clay, Senior Academic Technologist (WMS), for sharing this Moodle-themed Advent CalendarLink opens in a new window, built in H5P - enjoy!

Lecture Capture Scheduling

  • 2023 Scheduling
    Please send your requests for 2023 Term 1 scheduling as soon as possible so this can be set up prior to the Christmas shutdown where possible.
  • 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) form.
  • Delete a lecture capture recording
    There is also a new online form for requesting deletion of completed recordings. Please use the Delete Lecture Capture Recording(s) form.
    NB. An option to advise of a GDPR breach has been included so we can liaise with the Infosecurity team directly.

For lecture capture request guidance, please see our guide. If our guides don’t answer your questions, please get in touch via

  • New Vevox account approval process
    We recently changed the way new users create Vevox accounts. The single sign-on process now automatically approves staff and PGR student accounts and denies UG and PGT student accounts. The new process provides instant access to eligible users. The login process remains unchanged for existing users.
  • Coming: Import Vevox sessions to PowerPoint
    An improved PowerPoint add-in is under development. The add-in will enable users to import existing Vevox sessions created using the browser version, and will also be available to Mac users. We make further updates in due course.

  • Visual improvements
    New backgrounds have been released, including solid colours, gradients, and pictures. Please consider accessibility with backgrounds and ensure your Padlet has suitable contrast. WebAIM has a good summary of WCAG guidelines on contrastLink opens in a new window. Also, profile pictures are now centred on users' profile pages.
  • Expanded view available on mobile app
    This will improve how users can view attachments.

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 ToolLink opens in a new window 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 page for information and an alternative linkLink opens in a new window

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 pages. 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.

Merry Christmas and best wishes for a happy and successful 2023,

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

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