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Whats new in Vula

26 Jan 2017 - 15:30

We are pleased to announce that Vula has recently been upgraded. The Vula Team has been hosting a series of webinars in January and will host a face-to-face information session on Friday 3 February. Please see CILT events for upcoming sessions.

A significant change is that the new interface is responsive, meaning it dynamically adjusts the content to the size of the screen, improving the experience across multiple devices from laptops to smartphones and tablets. The new design also increases accessibility and screen-reader capacity to support students with disabilities.

Here are some more exciting changes:

  • Lessons tool: 
    • The editing interface in Lessons has been improved for easier use, and allows for multi-columns and sections. The rich-text editor now has a Font Awesome (flag) button to add useful icons or symbols, and help make text more visual. 
    • Add a Lessons checklist where students can indicate which tasks they have completed. 
    • Student pages can be assigned to groups to edit collaboratively and peer review rubrics can be used.
       
  • Turnitin Feedback Studio: Turnitin has been updated to display the Feedback Studio view which allows you to quickly access Grademark, for quick drag-and-drop feedback, voice comments, or use of rubrics. The Originality Check functionality is still easily accessible. For more details of these changes, see this video
     
  • Gradebook tool: There is a new Gradebook tool with a revamped interface based on a spreadsheet design for better usability, a simplified import/export process, and grade statistics for gradebook items.

If you have any questions or feedback, please contact the Vula team at help@vula.uct.ac.za

Responsive design image by Jose Luis Doubuss (CC-BY-SA)