Tips for getting started in Semester 2, 2017

Be prepared for the start of semester.

Review our LMS checklist for your subject.

Subject availability

At 10am on Friday 14th July 2017, all Semester 2, 2017 (2017_SM2) LMS subjects will automatically be made available to students.

At 10am on Friday 28th July 2017, all Semester 1, 2017 (2017_SM1) will also automatically become unavailable to students.

Subjects in other 2017 teaching periods (e.g. 2017_JUL or 2017_TM3) or MERGE_2017 subjects, will not be automatically made available and require subject coordinators to make the subject available at the appropriate time. 

Checking enrolled students

To display a list of enrolled students, or see the history of enrolment changes: Control Panel >> Users and Groups >> Enrolment List.

Student Preview

Check that your subject is being presented as you wish using Student Preview.

Copyright and the LMS

Staff can present teaching material on the LMS subject to statutory licenses.
Copyright issues arise most commonly when staff:

  • make book chapters or journal articles available online
  • open a subject to non-university persons, i.e. external users or guests
  • ask students to contribute to blogs, wikis or discussion forums if there is a possibility that these contributions will be re-purposed.

LMS-specific copyright information is available from the Copyright Office.

You can also contact Readings Online for assistance with giving your students access to online resources in compliance with copyright.

Links and permissions

Most file permission settings are carried forward when the subject is copied forward, so that a file stored in the 2016 instance of a subject folder will have been copied forward to the 2017 subject folder with its permissions intact. You should check all links to ensure they are still available. This is true even of external links as sometimes web pages change or become unavailable.

Copy forward subjects

Previous blog, wiki, discussion board or other collaborative tools will have been transferred during the subject copy-forward process. Ensure that previous student contributions (e.g. blog posts, wiki pages or discussion forums) are not visible to new cohorts of students (in compliance with copyright guidelines) by following the steps in our subject copy forward page.

If you require assistance removing content or determining if your subject contains student content, please submit a support request.

Subject design

If this is a new subject, you are teaching it for the first time or you'd like to change the look and feel there is detailed information about setting up your subject.

Archiving a subject

Subject coordinators are advised to archive their LMS subjects when:

  • significant development has occurred in the subject, or
  • all students have submitted their assignments, or
  • all content is to be cleared out of the subject.

Archiving is a resource-hungry activity. If your subject contains a significant number of large resources (especially videos), or if you need to archive several subjects, please submit a support request. We can arrange for the archive to be created for you in a way and time that will minimise impact on system performance.

LMS training events and guides

LMS workshops and events are posted online and customised sessions can be arranged by request.

Guides for staff, students and workshops are available online.