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Teaching Enhancement Unit

LOOP

Our online learning platform is called loop. Loop allows students to connect with course content, their teachers and fellow learners. It’s where students access their notes, participate in discussion fora, construct their ePortfolio and participate in webinars.  Loop is an amalgamation of several different learning technologies into one platfrom. By creating this "brand" loop, we take the emphasis away from the individual technologies and their brands and concentrate on their pedagogical use.

To learn more  click on the links below and to log into Loop, visit loop.dcu.ie

Loop Class 

Loop Class

Loop Class, powered the open source product Moodle, is the learning management system used within DCU. In September 2015 we upgraded to Moodle 2.8, which brought significant advantages to both staff and students. Even year we upgrade Loop Class. Staff will have access to the new version over the summer. All of their course content will be copied over to the new site. Students will not be given access to the new site until the new academic year. This will allow staff to update their content over the summer and test out some of the new features available through Loop Class

As a result of the upgrades the TEU conducts a series of workshops for staff every September to highlight any changes. We would encourage all academic staff to attend these workshops. Video tutorials for staff and students are also available through our YouTube Channel

If you have any queries or issues concerning Loop Class please raise a ticket via the ISS helpdesk.

Please pass all queries with respect to workshops toteaching.enhancement@dcu.ie

To log into Loop, visit loop.dcu.ie

Loop Connect 

What is the Virtual Classroom?

A virtual classroom is an online environment that enables students and instructors to communicate synchronously using audio, video, text chat, interactive whiteboard, application sharing, instant polling etc. Loop Interact, powered by Adobe Connect is the virtual classroom or live web-conferencing tool that is currently available in DCU and can be accessed via Loop. 

Loop Connect  - check if your device is ready to access Loop Connect

For Macintosh and Windows Computers (and some Windows tablets) It is important that the first time you are to participate in a Connect meeting, you check that your computer is all set to go. So whether you are to be the meeting presenter/host or a participant, you need to work your way through the steps below.

Note: If all you are going to do is view recorded presentations or meetings, you only need to complete Step 1.

Step one:

Make sure that you have the latest version of the free Adobe Flash Player installed.

  1. Check you have the latest version of Flash from the Adobe website.

Step two:

Install the Adobe connect Meeting Add-In to improve performance. Simply download and install the software. Once in a meeting, your computer will automatically make use of the add-in.

  1. Download Connect Meeting Add-In.
  2. Alternate download.

Step three:

Test your ability to connect to our Loop Connect server.

  1. Test the connect to DCU's Connect server

Note: Please do not send the results of the connection test unless it reports a problem. If there is a problem please contact us

For Apple or Android Tablets or Smartphones

The Adobe Connect Mobile app is available for Apple (IOS) and Android devices. Search for "Adobe connect mobile" on the Apple or Google Play App store. Once installed, look for the "Connect" app on your device.

Note that the app will not start automatically if you click on a link to a Connect meeting, you will need to type or copy-and-paste the Meeting link (URL) into the app

 

How the TEU Supports the Virtual Classroom

Student accounts are automatically set up on Loop Interact but if you wish to teach using Loop Interact you first must contact the TEU to organise your licence and training. The TEU delivers on-going workshops and training for staff on the pedagogical integration/use of the virtual classroom in online teaching practices and the technical setup and features of Blackboard Collaborate.  We also offer on request via  teaching.enhancement@dcu.ie one-to-one guidance and consultation to staff using Loop Interact. If you have technical queries specific to Loop Interact you should in the first instance contact the ISS helpdesk

Useful Resources

Participant Essentials: DCU Student Guide to Loop Interact (pdf)

Loop Reflect

Loop Reflect is DCU's ePortfolio system - What are ePortfolios?

An ePortfolio is an electronic or digitised version of the conventional portfolio. ePortfolios are created by learners and are a collection of digital artefacts articulating educational experiences, reflections and achievements that are presented in a structured online format customised by the individual.

DCU are currently investigating a new e-portfolio solution for staff and students. We expect to have a pilot system in place towards the end of this academic year.