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1 myUnisa Functionality: Expanding the Sakai Tool Offering
Francette Myburgh

2 Pretoria South Africa


4 Students using myUnisa
1st registration 2006: students 93000 students joined myUnisa 10724 courses on myUnisa

5 Unisa Student Distribution

6 Unisa students in Africa

7 Accessibility


9 Distance Learning Standard toolset – no choice to lecturer
Students not on campus Few opportunities for dialogue beyond material Single interface for all student info Access to personal information Intuitive navigation and use 24/7 service (international timelines)

10 Questionnaire Results
requests sent students completed Two HP iPAQs as prizes


12 myUnisa Toolset Based on SAKAI version 2.0.1 Previous LMS tools
Kept to Sakai Style and Views Seamless integration 6 Sakai tools

13 Deciding on the Toolset
Comparison of previous LMS functionality Compare combined list with Sakai features and functions Gap analysis Comparative report

14 Methodology Requirements for myUnisa based on:
Functionality in LMS missing from Sakai Functionality improvement from previous LMS Feasibility study was conducted (in parallel) Technical feasibility Comparison with technology used for development (struts) Compliance with SAKAI user interface standards

15 Methodology Project planning Documentation
User specification Functional specification Test reports Development in three environments

16 Style sheet information
Frequently Asked Questions (Lecturer list view) Tool title: Frequently Asked Questions View style: Hierarchical List View with Actionable List attributes View title: Frequently Asked Question Action buttons: Update, Clear Selections Add FAQ Item View style: Forms View View Title: Add Frequently Asked Question Action buttons: Submit, Cancel


18 Joining myUnisa Must JOIN to use myUnisa Activation of myUnisa account
Not called “registration” Activation of myUnisa account Verification on each field (names/dates) Option of being part of Class List Incorrect addresses Checking s sent to students



21 Dear student, NB: This is an automated response - do not reply to this . Your myUnisa account has been created and must be activated before you can login. Please click on this link in order to activate your myUnisa account: Activate myUnisa account or copy and paste the following in the address field in your browser: Student number: Activation code: After activation you may login to myUnisa at with your student number and chosen password.

22 Access to myUnisa Forgotten Password Change Password
Incorrect addresses Check s sent to students Change Password Directly in My Admin No verification

23 Dear student NB: This is an automated response - do not reply to this . You've received this in response to having selected the "Forgotten Your Password?" link on myUnisa. If you did not forget your password and do not want to change it, ignore this . Your new password will only be activated on myUnisa when you click on the link provided below. You may change the password by selecting the appropriate link under "My Admin" once you have logged in. Your new myUnisa user account details: Student number : New password : Click on: Activate new password or copy and paste the following in the address field in your browser: &stno=

24 Sites setup in myUnisa For students: My Admin Course sites
My Workspace For lecturers: My Students Course sites My Workspace

25 myUnisa: My Admin Admin information for distance student
Unisa developed all the tools Integrates with Unisa SIS Tools have been aggregated View and updates together

26 My Admin Site Assignment marks (summative) Academic record
Biographical details Change password Examination results Financial details Parcel information Registration details Study fees quotation

27 My Students Site Assignments Academic Record Examination Results
File Manager Financial Details Mailing List Parcel Tracking Student List Prescribed Books

28 myUnisa: Teaching/Learning
Communication Discussion forums to course Bulk from Lecturer Class List Academic List Announcements Learning Welcome message Resources Prescribed books FAQs Schedule Assessment Assignments submission Assignment results Examination results

29 myUnisa: FAQ Tool Existed in previous LMS
Modelled on structure of Announcement Tool Add, Edit and Delete for Lecturer View only for Students Structure Category Question Answer Database design


31 Structure



34 E-mail Tool Supports individual e-mail exchange By lecturer choice
Course mailbox Access from mail client Student address transformed MIS



37 myUnisa: Mailing List Existed in previous LMS
Sends bulk to course or group of courses Built on James Shares functionality with Student List Soon with SMS





42 myUnisa: Welcome Message
MOTD used for general messages in My Workspace Welcome Tool is course specific Not an Announcement Default message Still need to add graphics capability



45 Roles Primary lecturer Secondary lecturer Undergraduate student
Postgraduate student Tutor Courseware administrator Observer Head of Department

46 Roles Updates Student system function Departmental responsibility
Primary lecturer = site creation


48 myUnisa Support Unisa ICT Portal and Academic Solutions team:
4 system administrators and software architects 7 software developers 1 business analyst Call Centre - 3 dedicated support staff for students (tel and ) 4 support staff to assist lecturers

49 Future Requirements Direct updates Expand financial functions
Negotiate and develop more updating tools Expand financial functions Direct electronic payments Integrate library functions via Twin Peaks RSS feeds for recommended articles Utilize authoring tools (Melete) Incorporate XML syllabus information

50 Future Requirements Link to Courier service
Implement sections and groups Post graduate courses Personalize Personal greeting Language differentiation

51 Questions?

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