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PeopleSoft system maintenance

The PeopleSoft system, including UC Vacancies and UC Temp Vacancies, will be unavailable from 12pm, Tuesday 26 March until 8.30am, Wednesday 27 March due to planned system maintenance.

We encourage staff to complete any urgent PeopleSoft self-service transactions prior to the outage, and log out of PeopleSoft.

We apologise for any inconvenience that this may cause.

If you have any questions about this maintenance, or problems once the system is restored, please contact the IT Service Desk.

Echo360 Project: Lecture capture

Echo360, the current lecture capture solution used to record lectures and provide access to video content, will no longer be supported after 2017. A project to replace Echo360 has been approved.

We have chosen to move to Echo360 Active Learning Platform (ALP), the new product from our current vendor. This option will require the least change for users. ALP is a cloud based service that has the advantage of removing the current performance issues with local storage and playback of video files. We anticipate that there will be an impact on internet traffic, but are confident that the network infrastructure will be able to provide a quality service. ALP will be fully integrated with Learn and Syllabus +.

We will be expanding the number of lecture theatres equipped with lecture capture hardware as part of the project, due to growing demand.

The new system will be in place for start of 2018 and we will be running a small pilot later in 2017.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the e-Learning Support, Audio Visual Services or IT Project Manager, Emma de Lacey.

Copyright Compliance and Reporting

Learn has been chosen as the UC Copyright Management tool.

The good news is that it will provide what is needed with the least change and training required for academics.

In fact there will be no change to how you work if you are already placing all copyright materials for your teaching on Learn.

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The project is driven by the signing, earlier this year, of a new copyright licensing agreement with Copyright Licensing New Zealand.

In return for a reduced increase in licence fee we have agreed to automate the collection of and reporting on all copying of published materials for teaching.

This covers the copying of printed materials and allows for the creation of electronic copies provided via Learning Management Systems (i.e. Moodle/Learn).

Colleges will be contacted, over the next six months, regarding teaching materials outside Learn and how to ensure copyright compliance. The University has a statutory and contractual obligation to manage rights protected material, and is committed to doing so.

Updates on progress will be provided early in 2016. As well as the collection and reporting functionality we plan to make the process of adding copyright course materials to Learn less labour intensive.

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