Welcome to Distance Education at West Liberty. Over the past few years West Liberty University has been focused on developing policies and procedures to support effective, engaging online learning.
Distance learning is facilitated through the use of SAKAI, a learning management system similar to Blackboard, Angel, Moodle and others. Sakai works well with PCs, Macs, and machines using a Linux operating system. Sakai may be accessed on mobile devices, however some mobile devices may not be entirely compatible (iPads cannot upload files, for example). A dependable internet connect and a browser such as Google Chrome, Firefox, or Safari are all that is required to get started. Some instructors of online courses may require proctored examinations or the use of specific software packages. These are course specific and generally described in the syllabus. Please contact your instructor for specific information for your course. Accessibility information about Sakai can be found at https://www.sakaiproject.org/accessibility.
Used in a few courses currently, Cisco WebEx is a web-based telecommunication system. Instructors utilizing this technology will provide a link to join a virtual meeting room. WebEx may be accessed on desktop and laptop computers as well as mobile devices. If you are accessing WebEx for the first time on your computer, you will be asked to complete a download before joining the meeting. If you would like to do that in advance, you may do so with this link: https://www.webex.com/test-meeting.html. On tablets and phones, you may join WebEx meetings by using a browser (Chrome, Firefox, Safari) or an app. See your device’s App Store for the free WebEx app in order to have the best experience with your device. Accessibility information about WebEx can be found at https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/about/accessibility.html#~A.
TurnItIn is used to prevent plagiarism, address contract cheating, and provide robust feedback to students. Submissions are checked against a standard repository of student work and students are able to view the resulting report. Through Feedback Studio, instructors are able to provide written and audio feedback on assignments in addition to using the rubrics for grading Quick Marks for grammar, mechanics, and style. Accessibility information about TurnItIn can be found at https://www.turnitin.com/about/accessibility
LockDown Browser, a Respondus product, is a secure browser that does not allow learners to leave a test or quiz once started in Sakai. Students will complete a one-time download when they first attempt a test which requires it. Accessibility information about Respondus LockDown Browser can be found at http://www.respondus.com/products/accessibility-lockdown.shtml