E-Learning Management System (MyGuru)

UPSI Learning Management System (MyGuru) is a platform with various functions and features designed to support an outstanding teaching and learning process. It allows lecturers to create the content of teaching resources and upload them to the Internet themselves. Meanwhile they can also monitor their student's activities.

MyGuru is a fully open source system in terms of its component, operating system, development application and database.

UPSI continues to embed the latest technology into the business including teaching & learning management. The E-learning portal is integrated into the SMBU. All the teaching and learning processes are carried out via MyGuru2. It is a platform with various functions and features designed to support an outstanding teaching and learning process. It allows the lecturers to create the content of teaching resources and upload them to the internet themselves. Meanwhile they can also monitor their students’ activities. MyGuru is a fully open source system in terms of component, operating system, development application and database.

MyGuru is compatible with all browsers because one of the main reasons for using the Web is compatibility with all users (Alessi & Trollip, 2001). The Web is emerging as a viable teaching and learning platform for learner-centered instruction at the same time that there is a call for incorporating learner-centered approaches in education (Roberts, 2004).

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Module

Description

1

About the Course

You can view anddownload your lesson plan that contains everything you need to know related to the course.

2

Announcement

Information or latest update related to the course. You can also view Past Announcements

from the Archive Tab.

3

Forum

You will be able to interact and learn from each other with threaded discussion boards set by your lecturer.

4

Group Tool

Youwill be divided intogroups.Group Tool is a facility which supports group project and collaboration.

5

Private Message

A tool which lecturer and student can use to send private message (one to one) to each other.

6

Group Forum

You will be able to interact and learn from each other within your group mate with threaded discussion boards set by your lecturer.

7

Forum Monitoring

You can view and track your own participation in forum while facilitate for researching.

8

Lecture Notes

You can access and download learning materials uploaded by group lecturer.

9

Course Material

You can access, download and print learning material uploaded by the Course Coordinator in any type of files.

10

Online Assessment

You can access and attempt test/quizzes/exercise online and able to get immediate result and feedback.

11

File Sharing

A tool which can be used to store you files in the server for personal use and share you files with your students or peers.

12

Assignment

You can access assignment question gave by your lecturer and submit completed assignment via this feature.

UPSI has decided to move MyGuru to the cloud computing environment for this reasons:

■            Incremental Scalability. Cloud environments allow users to access additional computer resources on-demand in response to increased application loads.

■            Agility. As a shared resource, the cloud provides flexible, automated management to distribute the computing resources among the cloud's users.

■            Reliability and Fault-Tolerance. Cloud environments take advantage of the built-in redundancy of the large numbers of servers that make them up by enabling high levels of availability and reliability for applications that can take advantage of this.

■            Service-oriented. The cloud is a natural home for service-oriented applications, which need a way to easily scale as services get incorporated into other applications.

■            Utility-based. Users only pay for the services they use, either by subscription or transaction-based models.

■            Shared. By enabling IT resources to be consolidated, multiple users share a common infrastructure, allowing costs to be more effectively managed without sacrificing the security of each user's data.

■            SLA-driven. Clouds are managed dynamically based on service-level agreements that define policies like delivery parameters, costs, and other factors.

■            APIs. Because clouds virtualized resources as a service they must have an application programming interface (API).

Cloud computing allows thousands of users to access the services without congestion due to incremental scalability and high availability offered. Multitenancy feature in cloud computing offer users from various organizations to subscribe the services and enjoy the advantage of pay per use policy.

Any institution can use the Learning Management System (MyGuru) and Student Information System (MySIS) without any investment in R&D, system development and hardware purchasing.

 

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