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Q-Review Upgrade – Summer 2017

07 August 2017 07.00am

qreviewThis page contains information about the Q-Review migration from the current Echo Streaming Server (ESS) to the new cloud based Software as a Service (SaaS) and Active Learning Platform (ALP) solution.

The Q-Review lecture recording system will be upgraded during the week of  7th August 2017 to the new cloud based SaaS solution.

There will be a disruption to normal service – no new Q-Review recordings can be made during this time, although staff and students will still be able to view existing recordings.

What to expect during the upgrade – week of 7th August

The upgrade requires the existing Q-Review appliances to be reconfigured and a VLAN set-up. This will require a short period of down-time when new recordings cannot be created, but existing recordings will still be viewable. We anticipate the downtime to be approximately 1 week in duration, however this could overrun by a couple of days should there be any technical difficulties encountered.

There are a number of workarounds available to record your lecture should you need to do so – such as using screencasting software, CaptureSpace, or using Q-Review Personal Capture on a laptop (although you will need to delay publishing the recording to the Q-Review servers until the new system is up and running). Although remember that students and staff will still be able to view any existing recordings.

The new upgraded Q-Review environment will bring a host of new features including:

  • An improved Q-Review interface, with recordings embedded within QMplus:
    • Users will be able to move between courses’ recordings without navigating off the page/using a separate system.
    • Staff can edit and share Q-Review recordings directly within the QMplus interface (without having to log into a separate system)

New Q-Review

 

  • An integrated classroom view, with engagement tools available to presenters/students
  • The ability to include student response activities in presentations and videos to assess student learning
  • Improvements to the discussion tools, such as note taking
  • Greater reporting ability
  • ‘Flagging’ mechanisms to highlight areas which students have suggested may need expansion/further elaboration
  • Externally hosted, via a cloud solution, to improve reliability and capacity

More information can be found here.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns by emailing us at elearning@qmul.ac.uk.

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