The Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) now known as Minerva is a content platform for curating your module materials, managing electronic grading processes and interactivity, and it provides the supported, common interface required by the University's Blended Learning Strategy.
You can use the VLE to present students with a wide range of online and electronic resources, knowledge, interactions and activities:
- Common documents like PDF, Microsoft and Open Office formats.
- Blog, Wiki and Journal tools and Discussion boards.
- Plagiarism detection, online marking, quizzing and surveying tools.
- Email and VLE announcements, allow you to easily communicate with your module cohort.
- Multimedia presentations such as Articulate and Captivate.
- Audio and video by linking or embedding external sources like YouTube, Box of Broadcasts, or iTunes.
- External content from social media platforms can be embedded or aggregated.
The VLE also provides academic staff and administrators with module and user management features, adaptive release and group tools, collaboration and personalisation features.
The VLE is a key tool in a continuously developing suite of solutions at Leeds to support Blended Learning, and helps meet our Student Education Strategic Priorities.
Electronic delivery of your module content is a key part of the Leeds approach to Blended Learning.
The VLE enables staff to share knowledge, electronic resources and other scholarly materials within the context of their disciplines and teaching cohorts and provides other transformative opportunities for teaching at Leeds:
- Change how tutors and students interact and communicate, diversifying the modes of contact available.
- Support student centred learning through personalised feedback, performance analysis and integrated communication.
- Provides a common interface for all students to access electronically enhanced learning.
- Offers integration to other academic support services, such as the Library through the Reading Lists and Course Reading services and a platform for new services such as Multimedia and Lecture Capture.
While it is possible to dive straight into the VLE and get most tasks accomplished, you should take advantage of the excellent training opportunities at Leeds to learn more.
SDDU offer introductory VLE training for staff and postgraduate research students who teach. You can utilise the guides to key functionality provided by the VLE Service while you complete the training.
Your module spaces in the VLE are yours to build. A basic menu is provided for you, and you can start building your module by learning how to add content, then move onto more advanced functionality such as Testing. If you know what you want to do, try our A-Z and see if there's a guide or demonstration available.
Two essential concepts for staff are Intellectual Property and Copyright.
Everything we create as staff at the University of Leeds is intellectual property and is covered by the principles and provisions of the University of Leeds's Policy on Intellectual Property Rights.
VLE users also need to be aware of Copyright, and ensure that material uploaded to the VLE is cleared appropriately.
Comprehensive advice is available on copyright in the VLE and the University Library can also help you obtain the right permission for some kinds of content through the Online Course Readings Service.