Debbie on July 2nd, 2015
Students are often anxious at the start of semester when they’ve formally enrolled in subjects but can’t see them listed in the LMS or my.unimelb until the week before teaching begins. This leads to some hundreds of calls for assistance all over the university each semester – at service desks such as 13MELB and StudentIT, and via teaching and administrative staff in their faculty.
Good news! We’re fixing this experience through enhancing the list of subjects shown in the LMS. Students will now be able to see all the subjects they’re enrolled in: past, present, and future. This does NOT mean they can see all the content as it’s being built – students will only be able to access those subjects in the list that are currently ‘available’. Subjects that are ‘not currently available’ will have a greyed-out link, but remain displayed so that students know that they have had/will have access to the subject.
As you may know, you don’t need to wait until the subjects are made available the week before semester – you can make them available at any time, either in whole or in part. This is a great way to engage students with some subject content pre-semester whilst the rest of the content is being authored.
Make part of your subject available
- Hide any content in the subject menu that is not yet ready to show students. Click the pull-down menu next to the subject menu item name and select Hide Link.
- Hidden items in the subject menu remain visible to staff, but display a small icon with a slash through it.
- Repeat as required for other subject menu items.
- Click Control Panel >> Customisation >> Properties.
- Click Make Subject Available >> Yes.
Students can now click the link to view the subject, but only see the menu item(s) you have made available to them. When you are ready, you will be able to make these hidden menu items visible to students by clicking the down arrow next to the menu item and selecting Show Link.
Information you can share with your students
If your students start asking you why they are seeing large numbers of subjects in the LMS, you are welcome to point them to this post that explains the new display of subjects for students: http://blog.le.unimelb.edu.au/2015/07/why-does-my-subject-say-unavailable/
If you have any queries about this, please submit a helpdesk request: http://www.lms.unimelb.edu.au/support/helpdesk/