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Online Orientation Phase Two Now Live!

by Kathy Sundin on January 26, 2015 in Online Orientation, The Center for eLearning


VSU launches the second phase of the Online Orientation. Phase two includes modules focused on student academic success; gaining practical work experience and employment after graduation; tutoring in core classes, study groups, and success workshops; career counseling; and steps VSU is taking to ensure a safe campus environment.

The online orientation provides a single location for delivery of important information and resources for online learners.

“We are thrilled to see other populations of VSU learners—including traditional and face-to-face students—adopt this powerful information resource as well,” said Meg Giddings, director of Extended Learning and Center for eLearning and CEO of eMajor. “Delivering information directly to students, making it available 24/7 so that learners can get the answers they need late at night rather than losing sleep over an issue or concern, and ensuring that the information featured is fully vetted by the VSU staff dedicated to providing the service were the primary goals of phase one.”

Giddings stated that phase two continues to provide content and information to enhance the educational experience for VSU online students.

Phase two was developed in partnership with Orientation, Centralized Advising, and Admissions, and includes a preliminary orientation module designed for traditional (on-campus) students coming to VSU for the first time.

Accepted VSU students can access the Online Orientation from the MyVSU portal.

For more information contact the Center for eLearning at 229-245-6490

BlazeVIEW and GoVIEW D2L Upgrade

by Kathy Sundin on December 18, 2014 in BlazeVIEW D2L, GoVIEW

The USG’s Information Technology Services is upgrading all instances of D2L, including BlazeVIEW and GoVIEW, to version 10.3 during the 2014 December break (see below for details).  D2L has also made recent branding changes including a company name change (from Desire2Learn to D2L) and formally naming their learning environment product Brightspace.  The D2L Brightspace 10.3 upgrade is an in-place upgrade, meaning course and content material available at the time of the upgrade will remain available within BlazeVIEW and GoVIEW.  Unlike the previous upgrade from D2L 9.4.1 to D2L 10.2, this is a more incremental transition, from D2L 10.2 to D2L Brightspace 10.3.

With the D2L Brightspace 10.3 upgrade, there will be a few changes for users and some new features/functionality added to the system.  The updated Instructor and Student Tutorials in BlazeVIEW and GoVIEW are now available.  We’ll continue offering our What’s New: D2L 10.3 Upgrade workshop in 2015.  To register, please visit the Employee and Organizational Training Registration Database.  We’re including a handout from the workshop that reviews the larger changes and minor additions that will also be included in the tutorial update (see attached).

Upgrade Timing

To facilitate the upgrade process, BlazeVIEW and GoVIEW will be unavailable December 19th 12:01 AM ET – December 26th 5:00 PM ET.  The upgrade dates have been added to the scheduled maintenance calendar.