Lisam for dummies
Haven’t yet investigated the new learning platform? Here’s how to get going in five easy steps.
Lisam, the new learning platform, has been operational since late spring. There are currently more than 600 courses there.
“We’re happy with the response – it’s about what we expected at this stage”, says Peter Dalenius at CUL, who has been in charge of the transition from It’s learning, the old platform, to Lisam, and the courses in Lisam.
He sees lots of advantages to the new platform:
“It’s easy to understand and to use at a basic level, but there are also lots of fun features that a more advanced user can really benefit from, for instance management and grading of assignments and tests.
Here Peter Dalenius guides us through the basics:
1. Create a profile
Go to https://lisam.liu.se and log in with your LiU ID and password. It normally looks like this:
The first time you enter Lisam you will receive a message that your profile is being created. This can take a minute or so, because the system is getting all your details, such as position, room number and mobile phone number.
All you need to do is to upload a photo of yourself: Click on “About me” in the menu on the left.
2. Create a course room
Now it’s time to create a course room for each of your classes. Send an email to email@example.com and tell us which courses you want to create rooms for, and which teachers should have authorisation for them.
Then the system will automatically populate your course room(s).
A course room looks like this:
3. “Decorate” your course room.
Ok, now it’s time to upload the course syllabus, the timetable and the documents that the students need access to.
In the menu on the left, click on “Course syllabus” for instance, then on “New document”, and upload your course syllabus.
In Lisam there are two ways to communicate with your students. Both are located in the middle column of the course room. See image in point 2 above.
Messages are found at the top of the middle column. Here the teacher can write messages to the students. Only the teacher can write messages – the students receive them, but cannot write their own.
- News Feed
The News Feed is located below Messages in the middle column. It works just like the News Feed on Facebook – anyone can read, write and respond to postings.
The students also have their own collaborative space where they can share documents, images and have discussions with each other.
5. Create group rooms or course component rooms
In certain contexts it can be good to divide the class into groups. To do this, simply go to “Group Room” in the left menu in your course room, and click on “New Group Room”.
It might take a few moments for the system to create the room. As soon as it is ready for you to populate with members, you will receive an email.
Four ways to learn more:
Detailed manuals in English are found here. (You must be logged in.)
Lisam has an FAQ section (in Swedish).
If you need assistance with more complicated questions, contact the experts at the Office of Migration (Migreringskontoret). The office has 25 students working under Peter Dalenius and it’s open Mon-Fri from 8 to 17. Phone 073-270 38 35. Of course you can also email them on firstname.lastname@example.org.
CUL also holds group training sessions on Lisam. Register here. CUL can also customise training sessions for different groups. Contact Peter Dalenius – he can help you put together an arrangement that works well.
Last updated: 2013-10-09