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Laurier will be moving to a new version of WebCT, Campus Edition 6.0 (CE6), on September 1, 2006. With this move, Laurier will enter into an additional three-year commitment to use WebCT as the university’s supported learning management system (LMS).
There are many changes and improvements to the new version of WebCT, including:
CE6 has a new look. The style of the application has been updated throughout. The designer interface has been divided into three tabs that clearly separate the designer, teacher and student views, making it easier to design and preview courses.
The gradebook feature now allows instructors to import and export grading information between CE6 and Excel. As well, students' first and last names are frozen into place as an instructor scrolls through the gradebook, making it easier to locate and view specific grades.
With CE6, student activity tracking has been significantly expanded to include new information that can be viewed per student, or per student per session.
Easy Content Upload
With CE6, instructors can easily move files — more than one at a time if desired — from their computers into their courses. Instructors can move files using intuitive desktop-style navigation and place them directly on a page, in a folder or in a learning module for presentation in their courses.
CE6 has been installed and course conversion to the new version has begun. All active courses for fall term will be using the new version. CE6 training camps for instructors will be held on Thursday, August 31, 2006 and Friday, September 8, 2006 at the Waterloo campus and on Tuesday, August 29, 2006 at the Brantford campus.
Content for courses offered through distance education will be migrated to the new version by the distance education office. On-campus instructors wishing to have content migrated to CE6 should complete the form found at www.wlu.ca/upgradewebct.
WebCT is a tool that facilitates the creation of sophisticated Web-based educational environments. It can be used to create entire online courses, or to simply publish materials that supplement existing courses. WebCT requires minimal technical expertise on the part of the developer of the educational material and on the part of the student. There are currently more than 25,000 student ‘enrolments’ in WebCT each term.
For more information, contact Sandy Hughes, director of teaching support services, at (519) 884-0710 ext. 4104 or visit www.wlu.ca/webct.