Keywords: Contact Tracing -- Course element Document -- OnlyOffice enhancements -- Microsoft Azure Directory Login -- Office for the web -- Disadvantage compensation -- User relations in Coaching tool -- Improved Drag&Drop -- Numerous optimizations in the area of e-assessment, user management and authoring
With the contact tracing in OpenOlat, anonymous proofs of location can be generated in order to reconstruct possible contagious contacts if necessary to stem the pandemic.
The module works with the following five steps:
The data is stored in OpenOlat in accordance with data protection regulations and automatically deleted after a defined period of time.
The practical application is clearly explained in the following video of the OOacademy (german only). For advice and support on the introduction, please contact us at email@example.com.
With the document course element, Office documents, PDF and also images are directly integrated into the course.
The following can be used
New documents can also be converted into learning resources, for example, to re-integrate them into other courses. Existing document learning resources can also be used as templates by making local copies of them.
Office documents and PDF are displayed via the integrated Document viewer. Text documents can be edited if the corresponding licenses are activated. The editor then opens in a separate window.
The integration of OnlyOffice now supports the generation of thumbnails of documents.
The editing of documents can be explicitly activated and corresponding editing licenses can be stored. When deactivated, OnlyOffice is available as viewer / reader.
For an improved viewing and editing of OnlyOffice documents on mobile devices, the mobile OnlyOffice Viewer / Editor has been integrated into OpenOlat.
Documents are opened in a separate window for viewing and editing.
The integration of Microsoft Office 365 editors for Office documents is currently being rolled out in the frentix cloud (planned by the end of 2020).
|For licensing reasons, the Microsoft Office 365 editors are only available in the frentix hosting cloud!|
Microsoft 365 logins are now supported in OpenOlat via Azure Active Directory. For consulting and introduction please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
For examinee with physical or mental handicap, a compensation for disadvantages can be defined before the exam. Participants are given more time for the test.
The compensation of disadvantages can be set via the user administration or directly in the course in the assessment tool on the respective participant.
In the assessment tool and also in the test results the extension is transparently shown. The test time and the test mode (in case of manual control) are automatically extended by the disadvantage compensation.
With the user-to-user relationship in OpenOlat, cross-course support functions for mentors, learning guides and supervisors can be represented.
The coaching tool now provides easy and clear access to the coached users.
For each user-to-user relationship, specific rights can be defined and thus access to explicitly released content of the coaches can be granted, e.g. course list, calendar, absence overview, evidences of achievement and certificates.
The role of "line manager" was also mapped in the coaching tool in the same way. Here, defined contents can also be accessed by users of the own organizational unit.
From now on, the use of Microsoft Teams Online Meetings is also available in OpenOlat. The integration was implemented - analogous to BigBlueButton - in the following areas:
Microsoft Teams course element
Microsoft Teams course tool in the course menu
Microsoft Teams group tool
Microsoft Teams meeting tool in the course element appointment scheduling
|Microsoft Teams is a product from Microsoft. To be able to use Microsoft Teams online meetings in OpenOlat, an app must be created in Azure and equipped with the appropriate rights. This requires at least one Microsoft license, e.g. "Microsoft 365 Business Standard".|
The Microsoft Teams Online Meeting feature is optionally available in OpenOlat and must be enabled and configured in the administration.
The Azure App configuration data is stored in the OpenOlat administration. Optionally, a default user can be specified so that meetings can also be started if the user is not found in the configured Azure client. Customers of frentix please contact email@example.com for this.
For implementation advice and support, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
With the course typification, courses are differentiated on the one hand "Technically" and on the other hand "Didactically". This provides a better overview of the course learning resources in the authoring area, a more targeted search / filtering for specific course types and provides information on the classification of the course.
The "Technical course type" refers to the design as well as the available structures and settings of the course. Currently, a distinction can be made here between Learning Path Course or Conventional Course.
"Didactical course types" refer to the course setting or the actual content of the course. For example, it can be an exam course, self-learning course or seminar course. Currently the exam course is available as a standard type, the list of didactical course types can be extended in the administration. Didactical course types can be equipped with their own CSS class, e.g. to highlight them in the course and in course lists.
Technical and didactical course types are independent of each other. Thus, a self-learning course can be set up both as a conventional course and as a learning path course.
Creating a simple course with the help of a wizard has been possible in OpenOlat for some time. With the new exam course wizard, an exam course can now also be created specifically and quickly.
Step by step, the time period, correction and viewing of the results for the exam can be configured. It is also possible to create a follow-up examination and provide a certificate. Finally, coaches and examinees can be assigned.
If an examination period is entered, an assessment mode for this period is automatically configured in the created examination course.
In addition to extensive usability improvements, it is now possible to duplicate an occasion (formerly "topic") including all or selected appointments, which is very helpful for similar appointment blocks (see screenshots).
The creation of multiple individual appointments with specification of the duration makes it possible to include variable times. If needed, the display of enrolled participants per appointment can be hidden. In addition to BigBlueButton rooms, Microsoft Teams Online Meeting rooms can be activated for appointments analogously.
To support the authors and coaches in the administration and preparation of the virtual classroom, the integration of BigBlueButton has been extended by some functions.
Coaches can upload their presentation slides to the BigBlueButton appointment before the meeting begins. As soon as the meeting starts, the presentation files are automatically uploaded to the BigBlueButton room.
If a meeting is also accessible to external users via URL, a password can also be generated if required. This must be entered by the external participants before entering the BigBlueButton room, otherwise no access will be granted.
For better management of all BBB appointments in the administration, a search function and a filter have been added, as well as the possibility to delete several appointments collectively.
If an external Opencast server is used to store BigBlueButton recordings, these recordings can be marked as "Permanent". When deleting the meeting or course, these recordings will then only be deleted on OpenOlat - not on the Opencast server.
BigBlueButton and Microsoft Teams Online Meetings are now also available as course tools. Centralized access via the course menu means that the actual learning process (especially in the sequenced learning path) remains undisturbed.
A new wizard for course member management improves the workflow to add and remove roles from the course.
Variables available in e-mail forms and course mails have been harmonized OpenOlat-wide, the mail footer has been supplemented.
When optionally sending mail messages, groups or curricula can also be selected as recipients.
Code maintenance: Upgraders for OpenOlat 10.x and 11.x removed
Support JBoss EAP 7.3
Library updates (especially Hibernate 5.4.23)