There are two types of modules hosted on Learn; LUSI driven modules and Learn bespoke modules.
LUSI driven modules
LUSI driven modules are created on Learn with data from the LUSI (Loughborough University Student Information) system. The modules created in LUSI constitute to undergraduate and postgraduate programmes taught at Loughborough University. Each department goes through a registration process every academic year to register on LUSI the programmes and the corresponding modules that will be running for that year. Once a module has been created in LUSI it is created on Learn automatically the same day.
The modules are grouped on Learn into categories that represent Schools and Departments at the University. A module can have four different states in LUSI - provisional, active, suspended and terminated. If a module is provisional, suspended or terminated it is 'hidden' on Learn (greyed out) - only the users with the correct privileges can see the module when they log in to Learn (usually tutors). Terminated modules are deleted on Learn annually.
LUSI is also used to enrol staff and students onto the modules created in the LUSI system. The staff/student enrolments are entered into the LUSI system at School/Department level by the LUSI Departmental Administrators. Learn queries LUSI once a day to assign tutors (responsible examiners), additional tutors (additional examiners) and students.
Bought in tutors
LUSI and the Loughborough registration system (that creates Loughborough user accounts) currently does not work with bought in tutors therefore bought in tutors will need temporary accounts creating (via the IT Service helpdesk, firstname.lastname@example.org). Once the temporary account has been created this can be used to enrol the bought in tutor via the administration block within the corresponding module page on Learn. Please email email@example.com if you need help setting up bought in tutor access. Learn uses LUSI to enrol students onto modules on only the current and last years versions of Learn. Any student or staff registrations that are intended for Learn systems older than 2 years must be added manually on the corresponding Learn archive systems (this usually only applies to resits).
Learn bespoke modules
Learn bespoke modules are modules created by the Learn Technical Team on request of our internal and external users. An internal user may want to create a bespoke module and assign a particular set of students to it to help organise and inform students about a particular event e.g. an industrial placement. An example external user may want a category, theme and number of modules created with their own user accounts and students.
Department Information modules
A Department Information module exists within most department categories and contains generic information for the departments students. All staff and students for that department are registered to the Department Information module. Some departments use this module extensively some do not.
If there are two modules running within a department that are essentially the same and will contain the same resources we can create a META module which acts as a single location for resources. In this sense a META module acts as a ‘parent’ module joining two or more 'child' modules.
Once we have created a META module and connected the modules which are effectively the child modules, we then copy all of the resources and activities from the master child module to the new META module. The documents on the child modules will then be hidden/removed and links to the new META module can be advertised on the child modules in case students still go there.
The documents and resources for both modules can then be managed on the META module as the main module. The students will have a link to the child module and a link to the new META module in their My Modules list.
A 'Z module' is essentially a bespoke module that exists within a department category on Learn. Z modules generally serve the purpose of administrative tasks, for example the Business School has a module which sits within the Business School category on Learn called BSZ001 - Admin - MBA. The purpose of BSZ001 is to serve as a resource module for Business School MBA students. The student management is handled by a script we manage that runs daily and uses information from the LUSI system to determine which students are on the MBA course. The Z module is called as such due to the existence of a Z in the module code, this Z ensures the module is ignored when our main student management scripts run.
If you are a member of staff in a department and you would like to automatically manage the student enrolment on a bespoke module, please ask your LUSI Departmental Administrator for the programme code for the set of students you would like to enrol on the module and email this to us at firstname.lastname@example.org along with your request. We can then use that code to automatically manage the student enrolments to the module.
For more module options including category creation and theme development please feel free to email us to discuss other module options. In some cases we can also provide additional user management options.