Past Exam Papers

exam paper small In the Learning and Research Technologies Department (LRT), one of the project I’m currently involved in with my colleagues is getting the past exam papers to students via their Moodle learning environment, creating a great online as well as providing a seamless and personalised experience for MMU students.

Over the past months my tasks was to search and locate the ‘keepers’ opast exam papersf the past exam papers – the local MMU Exam Officers. It’s been a task on its own finding Exam Officers. I finally managed to track them all (I hope so, get in touch if not) down with a little detective work and help of number of staff.

Working with the Exam Officer has been very rewarding, everyone has been so accommodating and working very hard on providing me with the necessary information I wanted. Thousands upon thousands of formatted past exam papers and tagged with the appropriate unit codes were sent to me to be upload into Equella our MMU digital repository so that they can become available in the appropriate units in Moodle for our MMU students.Over the months campus Exam officers have continued to update me with past exam papers to upload in bulk.

Here is a typical past exam papers view of what the students will see in their Moodle Right Hand Side (RHS) block when they are logged in. Students will be presented up to last three years of the past exam papers under the heading LIBRARY – Exam papers. Clicking on the appropriate exam papers link will open a new tab in the browser with a PDF file of the past exam paper.

Please note – previous methods of accessing the exam papers via local campuses and Library websites links have all been disabled.

Create An Instant Webcam Recording Of Yourself From A Desktop For Your Students

With a webcam attach to your computer you can now create an instant recording of yourself and make this recording available to your students from within your Moodle environment. Make sure your webcam is connected and recognised by your computer.

Please note: Creating an instant recording using webcam method has no post–editing facilities. Any errors whilst recording will not be able to edit out afterwards.

1. Login to Moodle
2. Select the unit you want your webcam to be available in for your students
3. Turn editing on
4. In the week you want your webcam to be available in click on Add a Resource
5. Select the video option
6. Type in a name for your resource
7. Add a summary (optional)
8. Click on Add Video
9. Click on webcam (If you get a pop-up message of any kind click on Allow and make sure your webcam model is selected)
10. Click on Record (and begin your narrative)
11. Click on stop when finished.
12. Click on Next
13. Type in a Title and Description for your recording
14. Click Next
15. Change any settings for Player dimensions and player size.
16. Click OK
17. Click on Save and return to course (you may need to scroll down the page in Moodle)

Your resource will be available for your students to view once it has been processed. The process time will depend on the size of your podcast.

Add A Video Resource In Moodle

Here is a quick guide to contributing a Video Resource (Podcast) in your Moodle area.

1. Login to Moodle
2. Select the unit you want your podcast to be available in for your students
3. Turn editing on
4. In the week you want your podcast to be available in click on Add a Resource
5. Select the Video option
6. Type in a name for your resource
7. Add a summary (optional)
8. Click on Add Video
9. Click on Browse
10. Navigate to the folder where your podcast is located and select it.
11. Click on upload
12. Click Next
13. Change the Title of your resource and add a description if you so wish
14. Click Next
15. Change any setting for Player dimensions and player size.
16. Click OK
17. Click on Save and Return to course

Your resource will be available to your students to view once it has been processed. The process time will depend on the size of your podcast.

Introducing MMU’s New Podcast Hosting Solution – In Moodle

Over the last few months the ‘Learning & Teaching’ team within the department of Learning and Research Technologies (LRT) headed by Professor Mark Stubbs have been busy researching for a new, better, robust and a scalable system to replace our existing out-dated Apple Podcast system which is currently servicing the MMU podcasting user community. The successful company we have partnered with are called Kaltura who will provide our podcasting hosting needs, expandability, scalable and integration solution to MMU’s Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Moodle and other systems.

The new video plugins as an option in Moodle will be released and available in your area in the New Year. The release date for this option for general use will be in January 2013.

The new podcast solution offers upload of many different file formats such as MOV, MP4, MPG, WMV, AVI, MPG, FLV, ASF,, F4V,M4V, QT. Once the podcast is uploaded the system transcode the media into number of different flavours. These flavours allows for the podcast to play on number of different hand held devices ie different tablets and smart phones.

Using the Video Options in Moodle

In Moodle when you Turn Editing On there will be three new options for you to explore and use in your learning and teaching to make your podcast resource available to your students.

Under ‘Add a Resource’

Option 1 – Video
This option can be used to upload and deliver your video (podcast) you have created to your audience.

Option 2 – SlideSync Video
This option allows syncing of PowerPoint slides into your podcast at appropriate places in the timeline of your podcast. As an example – if you want to create a lecture capture look and feel effect to your podcast you can webcam yourself and afterwards sync your slides into the podcast timeline. This is one example but there are other possibilities that can be explored.

Under ‘Add an Activity’

Option 3 – Assignment – Video
This option allows for a video assignment to be set. Create your assignment for your students. The students produce a video for the assignment and upload it before the due date.

Advance options
Uploaded videos to the system are placed in ‘mmutube’ media space under your area called ‘my media’.

This is your personal area; you choose how your resource to be available to your students. From here you can manage your media by publishing in any of the three galleries available to you.

Public – If you publish in this gallery then anyone who comes across this site will be able to search and view your podcasts.

MMU-Only – All videos are placed in this gallery from within Moodle. Access to this video outside of Moodle would be challenged by MMU userid and password.

MMU-Campus – Any video published in this gallery will only play within the boundaries of MMU computers and wifi.

This new system offer staff an easier workflow for delivery of a podcast to the students via the institutional VLE Moodle, more media file format for upload and easy accessiblility to resources via many different mobile devices on the go.

For more information on this system please phone or send an email to me (Nillan Fakira)

Origami for Children in Need-16th Nov 2012

This year instead of simply donating to Children in Need Charity I decided to became a fundraiser for this charity.
The theme was ‘Origami for Children in Need’. So what did this Origami fundraising entailed? There was three things to the use of Origami for raising cash.

1) I would make plenty of Origami roses to give as a gift for the donation made.
2) I would create a flower arrangement pot for a larger donation.

3) I would go and hold a Origami workshop session teaching staff to make an Origami Christmas tree, in return they would make a group donation.

All these ideas became an instance hit at MMU. I made over 250 roses to hand out. Each rose would take me approximately 30min to make, time consuming but worth the effort.

The flower arrangements pots request was very creative. A typical 5-6 roses pot would take anything between 4-5 hours to complete. I made many and in return I received very generous donations for them.

The workshops were held over lunch period or 45min to an hour session. These I really enjoyed. Great fun and laughter showing how to make an origami Christmas tree. The end results were great. Not bad for a first attempt from the staff.

As a result of this initiative I managed to raise £400 for this worthy cause. Thanks to good people of MMU who help by buying, selling the origami roses. Thanks also to some of my family outside of work who helped by selling these flowers at their respective work place and also donating towards this charity.

Here is an article that was written about my efforts in the ManMetLife

Diwali Event – 15th November 2012

This year I was part of a team to organise a first ever Diwali Event at MMU. Working with the Equality and Diversity team we put on a great show. The turnout was approximately 100+ and the day turned out to be very successful.

The Event was open to all MMU staff and Students. The event promoted the culture of the Diwali. In the event we included Indian Food such as samosas, Onion Bhajis, Bombay mix, Indian sweets. There was a Sari dressing experience, Henna, Rangoli, fashion show and Bollywood music played throughout the event. The atmosphere was colourful and busy with plenty of activities too.

The event gave opportunities for students to organise and manage the event. Students took time off to come and decorate the place and help out in other areas too.


Podcasting at Hollings Campus

Date: 14th March 2012

Another great turnout from the Hollings Campus staff for my Podcasting awareness presentation. Although the session was primary on podcasting, Dee and I took the opportunity to showcase other technologies, such as PaperShowTM .

I’m glad to say that the live demo of not only demonstrating how to produce a podcast but also the export to a MOV file, Upload to the Podcast Server and Delivery via different methods in Moodle went without any hiccups.

At the end of the presentation, the staff had the opportunity to ask questions. From the many questions I was asked, I felt a sense of so much eagerness and enthusiasm to embrace the podcast technology. So many positive ideas on how best to incorporate this technology in their teaching was clearly an impression I got out of the session. At the end of the presentation, warm thank-you and appreciations for the session were given to us by the staff of Hollings.

Documentation and podcasts are available in the Moodle Staff Resource area under the heading Podcasting@mmu to help you towards your training.

You can upload QuickTime MOV, MP3, MP4 and WMV files to the podcast server.

A PDF of the slides is available here.

The link to PaperShowTM Podcast is available here.

Many thanks to AM and all the Hollings staff for inviting Dee and myself and looking forward to working with you all in the future.


Students and iPad

A very enjoyable and productive meeting took place with an MMU student, showcasing MMU resources and resources under development on getting the best out of a mobile device whilst studying at MMU. The meeting revolved around the use of iPad. In this particular instance student has enrolled on a part-time course. For him it was essential to have as much learning resources accessible and at his disposable whist on the go, balancing his studies, work, home and social life to name a few.

Mymmu portal was demonstrated, digistised materials, past exam papers, RHS Moodle block was demonstrated and a whole suit of ipad apps were demonstrated and recommended for use, such as skydrive, dropbox, iBook, diiago, evernote, RSS, wordpress etc.

Live@Edu Podcast Viewing Stats

Since 18th October 2011 to 21 December 2011

These podcast are accessible from myMMU portal. 5560 1354 631 273 228 200

Total 8246