From Thursday 21 June at 5pm there will be temporary disruption to the normal Weblearn service as we begin the move to managed hosting from our current self-hosted provision.
Managed hosting will give Weblearn the higher performance and reliability that is associated with powerful cloud computing. In addition, we will benefit from round-the-clock technical monitoring and support from Blackboard, and upgrades to Weblearn will subsequently occur immediately, resulting in minimal downtime for London Met users. The migration will coincide with an upgrade to the latest software version of Blackboard Learn.
All content and data will be transferred to the managed hosting version of Weblearn which will take a few days. During this time period Weblearn will become read only. This means that you will be able to view and access Weblearn content but if you make any changes during the ‘read only’ period all changes will be lost and will not be recoverable.
What can I do during ‘Read Only’ access?
Do: access existing content and feedback
Do not: make any changes to content or assessments and feedback because these changes will be lost
Arrangements for online submission
All assessments scheduled during the migration period have been moved or paper submission has been agreed.
Key dates to remember:
- Thursday 21 June at 5pm: Weblearn will be completely unavailable as data is transferred.
- Friday 22 June: Unavailable then read only access to Weblearn from approx 5pm
- Monday 25 or 26 June: Weblearn will become unavailable for 3-4 hours for further configuration
- If the migration goes smoothly, Weblearn will be fully available after 5pm on 26 June. If the downtime period needs to be extended further announcements will be posted.
This summer, Weblearn will migrate to a managed hosting arrangement with Blackboard, the company who provide the VLE software.This means that Weblearn will no longer run from our local servers, but instead will run directly from Blackboard’s servers.
When will the migration take place?
The migration will take place from 22nd – 29th of June, 2018.
What are the benefits of managed hosting?
Managed hosting will give us the higher performance and reliability that is associated with powerful cloud computing. In addition, we will benefit from round-the-clock technical monitoring and support from Blackboard, and upgrades to Weblearn will subsequently occur immediately, resulting in minimal downtime for London Met users. The migration will coincide with an upgrade to the latest software version of Blackboard Learn.
How will the migration affect me?
The switch from a self-hosted VLE to a managed-hosted VLE will inevitably mean a temporary suspension of normal Weblearn service. From Friday 22nd June 2018, Weblearn will be completely unavailable for a day-or-two as data is transferred. Weblearn will return in a read-only state for the remainder of the week; during this time, no new content can be uploaded, and user data is not recorded, but users can view and download existing Weblearn content as normal. Weblearn will return to full access from Friday 29th June 2018.
There may be occasional down-time prior to the migration to test the transfer will run smoothly. Keep an eye on the Weblearn homepage for news about the migration project.
London Metropolitan University offers a wide range of work related learning opportunities, some of which are project oriented and based with professional service departments within the University. In October 2017 three placement students from the School of Business and Law undertook a product review and data analysis project with the Weblearn team in order to improve the Weblearn experience for students.
As a starting point the students produced a preliminary report based on their own experiences of using Weblearn by reviewing their current teaching modules and the Weblearn resources available to them. They then produced a questionnaire to elicit responses from a wider group of students.
After reviewing their initial findings and analysing the data gather from the questionnaire, the students produced a final report which made the following conclusions:
Making digital course content more accessible
Ally is a new tool on Weblearn that allows students to access module files in accessible file formats without the need to replace the current files or make any changes to your modules – Ally does all the work!
Ally will scan the files on Weblearn and produce an accessibility score. This score is symbolized by a little gauge next to the document/image which will now appear in your modules.