Smart VLE release notes
Our developers have been working very hard and we have some exciting new developments that are now live on Smart VLE. Please familiarise yourself with these updates.
We have developed a new question and assessment type based around Learning Styles.
As part of this release there is now a VAK learning style assessment for you to use, at no extra cost, with your learners.
However, you also have the ability to create your own based around 4 different learning style theories:
Honey and Mumford
Learning Style Question Type
Learning style questions must be added against a criterion in a course. Select add question against the criterion to be taken to the question wizard, the criteria will be prepopulated with the name of the criterion that you have selected.
Click on the “Question Type” tab and select the learning style question type.
You will then be presented with 4 learning theories to choose from. VAK, VARK, Kolb or Honey and Mumford.
Depending on your selection, you will be presented with different answer boxes to complete.
For a VAK learning style question, there will be learning type description boxes for visual, auditory and kinaesthetic.
For a VARK learning style question, there will be learning type description boxes for visual, auditory, reading and kinaesthetic.
For a Kolb learning style question, there will be learning type description boxes for diverging, assimilating, converging and accommodating.
For a Honey and Mumford learning style question, there will be learning type description boxes for reflector, theorist, pragmatist and activist.
Type the scenario into the question box and populate the learning type description boxes with appropriate statements for that learning type.
The example shown below is populated for a VAK learning style question.
Once this is completed, select one of the save options to save your question.
Learning Style Assessment
From the courses tab, select create assessment from the “manage course/ unit/ criteria” button, you will then be taken to the assessment wizard.
Give your assessment a name and then select “Learning Style Assessment” from the assessment type drop-down list.
A new option will appear called “Learning Type”, choose the appropriate learning type from this drop-down menu.
You will then be presented with appropriate learning style descriptions for the learning type that you have selected.
These descriptions will be shown to the participant once they have completed the assessment, so should contain hints and tips on how that type of learner can learn best.
For example: Visual learners learn best when information is presented in a written language formator in another visual format such as pictures or diagrams.
Populate the description boxes with appropriate descriptions of the learning styles for the learning type that you have selected. These are mandatory boxes, you will not be able to save the assessment if they are not completed.
Set up the rest of the parameters for the assessment as usual.
In the question selection area, if you have chosen to create the assessment at a course or unit level, any criteria that do not contain learning style type questions will be automatically disabled.
Questions will only be available for selection for the learning type that you have chosen. For example, if you have VAK and Kolb type questions set up and are creating a VAK type of assessment, then only VAK questions will appear for selection.
If you choose static questions, expand the criterion/ criteria that the questions are in to select or reorder the learning style questions under each criterion.
If you choose random questions, expand the criterion/ criteria that the questions are in, click “Add total questions” and select how many questions you want to appear for that criterion and click save.
The assessment can now be saved. Once saved, it will appear under the assessments tab and you will be able to send it to a participant either directly from Smart VLE or as an activity in Smart Assessor.
The questions will appear to the participant as a multiple-choice type question.
Learning Style Results
The results of a learning style assessment are calculated on the percentage of responses for each learning style a participant has given.
If the participant is completing a VAK type assessment, then any learning style that has scored over 30% will be displayed as a result in descending order with the descriptions for those type of learning styles.
If the participant is completing a VAK, Kolb or Honey and Mumford type assessment, then any learning style that has scored over 25% will be displayed as a result in descending order with the descriptions for those types of learning styles.
In this example, the participant has come out as a strong visual learner.
In this example, the participant has come out as an auditory/ visual learner.
If the participant does not complete any questions within the assessment, they will receive a message that states
“Thank you for completing this assessment.
Unfortunately, we are unable to determine your learning style. Please speak to your advisor.”
As an author, you can view the results of a learning style assessment in the assigned assessments tab. Any assessments that are unanswered but completed show as learning type unknown.
When viewing the answers for a learning style assessment, you can see the learning type that is associated with each statement.
The learning style results also show in the results column if you run an assessments results report.
If you have assigned a number of assessments to a learner, you will now get an email notification when all the assessments have been completed.
The template for this email appears in email templates as “All assessments Complete”.
When creating a resource, an author can now preview a PDF or word document that they have added as media type “other”. Please note that some word documents can only be previewed once the resource has been saved.
If an author wants to view a resource, they will be able to view the preview and have the option to view the document in a separate window.
This will display the document in full on a separate webpage.
Viewing Resources as a Participant
When a participant is answering a question, they can now preview the resource as part of the question or choose to view it on a separate webpage.
If the resource has been attached as an assessment resource or a learning material, then the participant will have three options: -
• Preview the document in the window.
• Click to view the document in a separate window.
• Download the document.
Please note that if the resource is a PowerPoint document, then the document will have to be downloaded in order to view the full presentation.
Reporting on user groups
An extra column has been added to the Assessment Results Report and Assigned Resource Report for “User Group”.
The preview parameters can also be filtered by user group.
This will enable an author to filter assessment and resource reports by user group so, for example, you can see the results of an assessment for a specific group of participants.
Participant Engagement Report
A new report is now available that gives you details of how much each participant has engaged with Smart VLE.
The report is called the “Participant Engagement Report” and can be accessed via the reports tab.
The details shown include: -
• Full Name
• User Group
• Date Created
• Date of Last Login
• Time Spent on Assessments
• Number of Assessments Completed
• Number of Resources Completed
• Number of Assessments Outstanding
• Number of Resources Outstanding
• If the User is Active
• Date Archived
Preview parameters can be set against: -
• Date created from
• Date created to
• User Name
• Full Name
• User Group
• Last Log In
• Is Active
• Date Archived