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An alert can be set for a particular items in LMS so that you are alerted as to changes that have been made in that area of LMS.
  • Set alert on this List: Can change the alert title, where the alert is sent to, what changes you are alerted to, and how frequently you are sent alerts.
  • Manage my Alerts: Shows all your alerts set on the site. Can Add and Delete alerts.

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Yes. This used to only be available in Discussions, now staff and students can be emailed to changes in the calendar, resources etc. as well.


View a course's:

  • Number of unique visitors
  • Number of daily page views
  • Top contributors​
  • Top search queries
  • Top failed search queries
  • Browsers used

All with selectable time periods displayed graphically

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​An announcement can be sent out when a staff member has information to share with the class. It will be emailed out and posted online for students to see.

  • Staff: Create new announcement: An announcement will appear in the announcements list and an email will go out to all students and staff in the course. Can also add attachements.
  • Staff: Delete announcement
  • Staff: Edit announcement: Can add or remove text, add or remove attachments, and add or remove expiry date.
  • Read announcement


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However, Files can now be attached to announcments and announcements can now be edited. ​


Staff can create a blog which is a subsite that allows members to create blog posts which can be read and commented on by others.​ These posts and comments can be easily managed and organised through categories.


Yes. ​


​Staff can add items to the calendar to inform students and other staff members of upcoming events and assignments.
  • Staff: Add new event to calendar: Can also associate learning objectives, goals and activities to events.
  • Staff: Delete calendar
  • Staff: Delete calendar event
  • Staff: Edit calendar event
  • View calendar by day, week or month




However, this calendar is for public viewing, rather than a personal calendar as on Cecil Web Interface. It links through to the resources of the course.


​​Staff can find the class list under the course's Staff Site. This list syncs with Cecil Web Interface and any changes made to the student list on Cecil Web Interface to the student list will take up to 20 minutes to update in LMS.


However, students can not be added or removed in LMS.


​Create a list of the class reps whereby students can email and send through feedback to the class reps.



Staff can convert document/s in a library to PDF file/s.

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Have a web page which describes the course to students.​

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​​Staff can set up discussion boards which staff and students can then post on in order to ask questions and debate topics.

  • Staff: Create new discussion board
  • Staff: Edit discussion board
  • Staff: Delete discussion board
  • Staff: Delete discussion message
  • Create new discussion message
  • Edit discussion message: Can only edit your own discussion message.
  • Subscribe to a discussion: This is done via Alerts.
  • Reply to a discussion message



Staff can create libraries within which they can create folders, and add documents and pages.​

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However, some of the functionality is similar to what can be done with Knowledge Map. ​


​You can embed a YouTube instead of uploading a file from your computer. 




You can embed a twitter ​search term or tweets from a twitter account. These update regularly as to what is being talked about.

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​Staff can save their site as a template and then open it with another course.

No. However, unlike in Cecil Web Interface, course sites have to be saved before they can be imported into a new site. ​


​Staff can save their site as a template within their current course. Once saved, it will appear under Sites and Workspaces.

Yes. ​


Mouse over frequently asked questions to see the answer appear on right hand side of the screen​




​​Staff can add the goals from the course outline which show the targets that students need to meet in order to achieve results. These Course goals can be linked through to the resources and calendar items giving them greater visibility.





​​Staff can edit the default home page, or create a new page and set it as the home page, which they can customise for their course and add text, tables, pictures, video and audio, links, files, web parts and lists.

You can set this up to dynamically show resources such as this week's resources or upcoming events from the calendar.

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However, some of these functions are similar to what can be done within Knowledge Map.


​​Staff can create a list of the key things they want students to learn from their course.

These can be linked through to resources and events in the calendar.


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Staff can add links to the left hand side navigation bar. These links can go internally or externally to outside webpages and resources. These can choose to be opened in a new tab or not.

Established links:

  • Library
  • Turnitin



However, webpages cannot be viewed within the LMS site; they will always open in a new tab. ​


​Staff can activate the LMS Media and Audio Player, ​and then add streaming, or non-streaming media, and audio to create a playlist.

  • Staff: Insert a lecture recording
  • Staff: Insert a YouTube video
  • Staff: Moderate media markers
  • Add media markers
  • Navigate to a media marker
  • Contribute to a discussion
  • Share video or audio



​​LMS can be viewed in a way that is designed especially for portable devices such as tablets and cell phones. Resources, lists (including discussions and announcements, LMS Media and Audion Player, and calendars can be viewed.

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​Staff can create pages within which they can add text, tables, pictures, video and audio, links, files, web parts and lists.


However, some of these functions are similar to what can be done within Knowledge Map.


Permissions can be tailored and changed for each group, as well as at different areas within the course. For example the student group can be granted permission to contribute in a new document library.


However, the default permissions are similar to the types of access on Cecil Web Interface.


Show pictures in a slideshow on pages. Every few seconds the picture changes.

This can be used to scroll through weekly summaries of lectures so that students can see what they're supposed to know. ​

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​​This is located on the left hand side of most pages and provides links to lists, libraries and other key areas of the course. Staff can add and remove items from the Quick Launch Bar.

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​Staff can upload resources that they want students to be able to access.

  • Staff: Add new resources
  • Staff: Edit resources: Can edit a resource so when it is saved the changes are automatically made to the resource in LMS. The resource does not need to be uploaded again. Other staff members will be able to edit the resource.
  • Staff: Send resources to: Staff are able to send documents and pages to another location
  • Staff: Delete resources
  • Read resources: The resource will be opened within the browser.
  • Download resources: A copy of the resource will be downloaded to your computer.
  • Convert to PDF


However, that staff are able to edit the resource and that resources can be converted to PDF are new features.


​Enables you to search for libraries, lists, specific documents etc. in your site.




Search within resources or within your whole course to find what you need.​




Show the resources that are going to be used in ​the current week's teaching. This dynamically updates itself depending on what week it currently is in the Calendar.

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​Create a view of your calendar which shows the Assignments which are coming up and dynamically updates itself when the assignments are finished.

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​Staff can find the staff list under the course's Staff Site. This list syncs with Cecil Web Interface and any changes made to the staff list on Cecil Web Interface to the staff list will take up to 20 minutes to update in LMS.

However, staff cannot be added or removed within LMS. 


​A site that allows staff of a course to communicate and share resources with one another as well as generate class and staff lists. Students are not able to access this site. 

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The URL of every page in LMS doesn't change. This means you can bookmark the homepage, or copy a new view of your resources and use that URL as a link.



​When you want to group students in a particular way.

This can be done either by creating a sub-site or by changing permissions for particular areas of the site.

Currently this has to be done manually. 


However, streams work differently in LMS to in Cecil Web Interface. Streams cannot be imported from SSO, nor can you have self-streaming. 


​When you want to gain opinions or feedback from people. This is NOT to be used for assessed work as there is no option to have a right or wrong answer.




However you can create surveys using Cecil Explorer and Question Mark. 


​Tag resources or items with the important information that is associated with it. For example tag resources by the week or activity that it is associated with, or what the purpose of the document is.

By tagging resources, students and staff can filter the resource list down and find what they are looking for.

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​When you find an item particularly relevant. It is posted to your newsfeed to help you remember useful and relevant items, and public notes can be added to inform others.

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​When you have a set of tasks that need completing you can use this to track progress.

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​Public (can be created by staff only) and private views can be created in order to highlight certain bits of information contained in a list or library.

Views open up huge possibilities. You can change which columns are shown, in what order and even filter out results which allows you to show area like resources in multiple ways. For example you could have a link to a view of resources sorted by week, and resources shown by purpose (lecture, reading tutorial etc.).

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To display webpages in a smaller frame. Can insert lists, libraries etc. that have already been created in other areas of the site. 


Although you can link to an existing Cecil function in Knowledge Map. 


​A page that both staff and students have full (editing) access to. Allows public brainstorming and information sharing and developing.

The use of wiki links allows the creation of multiple pages. These can be easily linked together. Pictures, HTML formatting and links can all be added. 

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​Text that links one page to another page, list, library or item (already existing or new).

Format: [[item|text to item]]

Staff can use on any page.

Students able to use on the wiki page and any related pages.


Although has similarities to cecil link in CWI (but this was only available to staff and could only link to existing items).


Visual Example 
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