The digital world has opened-up superb new ways to live, to communicate – and to learn
The digital technologies powering social networks have been harnessed to deliver learning environments that can be accessed from anywhere.
Being tied to just one way of accessing information or communicating with tutors no longer exists, and Coventry University were amongst the first to seize the opportunities emerging to enhance students' learning environments and revolutionise the way in which students can access and absorb information through new technologies and digital media.
The speed, the variety and scope of media forms, and the extent of possibilities is now beyond anything that could have been envisaged just a few years ago. CUOnline is the University’s platform for housing e-learning material and digital resources. CUOnline operate two core Virtual Learning Environments, Moodle and Mahara.
Moodle is the Virtual Learning Environment that enables access to
- video clips;
- discussion forums;
- video-captured lectures;
- expert papers;
- links to relevant websites;
- scenarios and simulations in virtual worlds;
- lecture notes;
- assignment details.
The resources that are available through Moodle may vary depending upon the modules being studied.
Through Mahara anyone can create an online e-portfolio to demonstrate their learning, skills and development, and to record their achievements. It is a superb resource and extremely adaptable.
The Flying Squad
If you have any problems with Moodle or Mahara, help is easy to access through The Flying Squad, Coventry's e-environment help and support service. Based in the Lanchester Library, the Flying Squad are the easy-to-access experts in digital environments and they can sort out pretty well any problem quickly and easily. Monday to Friday the Flying Squad operate a drop-in service, or if you are not on campus, you can contact them by email or through the student portal.
Opening hours: Monday–Friday, 9am–5pm
Tel: +44 (0)24 7688 7673
or contact us via the student portal