Moodle VLE Protocol

Moodle VLE Login and Communication Protocol

What is the Moodle VLE for?

  • The VLE is used by members of staff at Wycombe High School to provide students with access to learning resources and activities, both in and out of lesson time. These might include copies of handouts, PowerPoint presentations, photographs, movie clips, MP3 sound clips, diagrams and links to useful websites.
  • There are also many interactive resources such as discussion forums, questionnaires, quizzes, animations, glossaries and much more. All these activities are there to help students to learn and to enjoy their learning. For example in the discussion forums, students can exchange ideas with other students and their teachers to help then to organise and develop their ideas and to understand other people’s views.
  • Teachers may put resources on the VLE for students to use for homework, or as part of a research assignment, where they want students to work independently. 
  • Teachers may also provide additional resources and links to extend students' learning; to help them with revision and to encourage them to develop their study skills and information literacy skills.
  • Students can hand work in online (via an assignment or a forum), and teachers can mark it and return it. This saves students having to print work. The feedback from teachers is totally private.
  • The messaging system allows students safely to contact other students and their teachers about their work. (Parents should contact members of staff via the school email address: office@whs.bucks.sch.uk)
  • The VLE is hosted on the school ICT network but students can gain access to it from any school computer, from home or anywhere on the Internet. If students do not have internet access at home, the Learning Centre is open from 8.00 a.m. until 6.00 p.m.
  • Using the 'My Private Files' facility, students can safely store your current work (maximum of 100MB): therefore they do not need to use a USB memory stick. From 'My Private Files' students can upload work directly to an assignment or a forum.
  • If a students cannot find the resources she needs to support her learning, she should contact her subject teacher.
  • In short, the VLE is provided alongside other resources, to help students to learn independently, to extend their learning beyond the classroom and to enjoy their learning.

Usernames and Passwords

  1. Students will be told their username and password by their form tutors or their DLC teachers. These will be the same as their password for the school network.
  2. All users must keep their passwords to themselves. Under NO circumstances should any user let anyone else use his/her account, including close friends. It is private to the user. Each individual is responsible for the security and use of their username and password. Users are not allowed to use the account, username or password of any other user.
  3. If a student forgets her login details, she must see Mr Woodward (ICT Services Manager), or a member of his team, who will reset her account.

NB. By logging in to Wycombe High School’s VLE, your are automatically bound by the School’s code of conduct. These conditions apply to the whole duration of your time in the School. If you breach any of these conditions, the school may regard this as misconduct. In appropriate cases the school will deal with such breaches under the relevant school policy.

Communication Protocol

This will enable you to enjoy your interaction with fellow students and your teachers in a friendly and intellectually stimulating environment.

  • Please remember that the Moodle VLE logs EVERYTHING you do.
  • Only post comments which are appropriate to the particular discussion.
  • Any form of communication on the VLE should be in polite, well-written English (except in language courses), especially if you are addressing a member of staff.
  • You must use appropriate language which must not be considered offensive, either to the recipient or to third parties.
  • You must respect other people's views and beliefs.
  • Students must not write anything that they would not want their parents or any member of staff to read, even if they are communicating with a fellow student.
  • Every action and entry on the VLE is recorded against your name so that any misuse can be identified and the student(s) involved will be dealt with in an appropriate way, depending on the nature of the misuse.
  • Inappropriate communication on the VLE will be dealt with in the same way as any other form of inappropriate communication between any members of the school community.

Messages

  • Messages that you send to each other are NOT private and are monitored by members of staff.
  • The messaging system must not be used in lesson time without the specific permission of the member of staff in charge of the lesson. In such circumstances, the messaging will be an integral part of the teaching and learning of that lesson. The time that any message is sent is recorded.
  • If a student wish to contact a member of staff, or another member of the school community using the messaging system, she must check with him/her in person beforehand, to ensure that he/she is familiar with the system and is willing to communicate with her via the VLE. This is particularly important for new members of staff.
  • Messages written to members of staff must be specifically related to your progress with your school work, your examinations or they must be related to school matters.

YOU MUST NOT:

    • Post anything abusive, defamatory, obscene or otherwise illegal.
    • Copy or forward any messages without permission from the author.
    • Include any material that is private or confidential.
    • Deliberately post material which contains viruses or other forms of malicious software.

Cyber-Bullying

If you feel that you have been a victim of cyber-bullying via the VLE, please report this immediately to Mr Mothersole, your Head of House, or any member of the Leadership Group. The VLE stores evidence that will allow us to clarify the situation. All forms of bullying at Wycombe High School are taken extremely seriously and will not be tolerated.

Last modified: Wednesday, 23 October 2013, 8:57 PM