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Introduction

Hub is QMU's Virtual Learning Environment (VLE). The Hub is based on the Blackboard Learn 9.1 platform and contains online areas for each of your modules. In these module areas you will find:

  • Course materials and activities
  • Links to Learning Services
  • An assignment drop-box for submitting your assignment
  • A link to Turnitin, where you can submit your draft assignment to check your referencing and paraphrasing

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Accessing Hub

You will find quick links to Hub on the following web pages:

  • QMU website homepage
  • QMU Intranet homepage

Hub can also be accessed directly from: https://hub.qmu.ac.uk

screen shot image of the Hub log-in page

You can log-in to the Hub with your QMU IT credentials – your QMU matriculation number and password. If you have a problem with your password you can reset it using the following link: https://u.qmu.ac.uk/reset/

Browser and operating system compatibility

Hub uses modern web standards and as such is not supported by older browsers such as Internet Explorer 6 or 7. For a full list of compatible browsers please visit the Blackboard Browser Support web page

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Module areas

Please note that:

QMU-based Semester 2 teaching modules will not be visible in the Hub until January.

All QMU-based taught modules will have an associated online area within the Hub, accessible through the Home page, which you will see once you have logged in. You will also find areas for:

  • Learning Services
  • Careers
  • Student Services

You may also have access to a programme area, placement area, or other area in the Hub. Depending on your programme some of these non-teaching module areas may be visible and available from early September.

For students in collaborative partner institutions of QMU, your modules will be available from the start date of your programme.

If you believe that there are Semester 1 module areas missing from your Home, please contact the school office: schooloffice@qmu.ac.uk

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Layout of Module areas

All Hub modules are based around a standard template customised by your tutor, a module menu typically includes links to:

  • Assessments
  • Learning Resource Area
  • Plagiarism and Referencing
  • Hub student help

All your module content and activities will be added by your tutor. You may also find other menu items linking to specific module material or activities.

You should also find a link to the Module Timetable which will allow you to view your module timetable for the current week or for the complete Semester.

The homepage of each module may be changed by the tutor.

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Assessments

In Hub all modules will have an assignment drop-box set up which can be accessed through the menu link to Assessments. The assignment drop-boxes are set up and administered by the School ffice, and not by the tutor for that module. In addition to a link to the Assignment drop-box, you will see a link to the QMU Assessment Regulations.

User guides
The following resources are here to help students with locating and submitting to the assignment dropbox.

Please note: To ensure any submitted file can be successfully submitted, students are requested to minimise the length of the filenames. We recommend filenames take the following format:

  • [Matriculation Number][Module Code][component]
  • For example: 01234567B1026Essay

Any queries regarding assignment drop-boxes should be directed to: schooloffice@qmu.ac.uk

In many cases you will receive feedback on your assignments through your module in the Hub.

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Plagiarism & Referencing - Turnitin

Every Hub module should have a menu item called "Plagiarism and Referencing" and in this section you will find a link to Turnitin and also a link to the QMU student guide to avoiding plagiarism. This resource provides information and resources in relation to QMU's approach to plagiarism prevention.

The Turnitin link can be used to check your referencing before submitting your assignment to the drop-box for marking. Further information about how to use Turnitin, including a detailed guide, is available on the Effective Learning Service web pages at: http://www.qmu.ac.uk/ELS/Turnitin.htm

Step-by-step user guides

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Group Areas

If you sign-up or are allocated to a group for your module, it is likely that you will have a group space, available through My Groups, below the main module menu.

In the group space you will be able to see the other members of your group and may have access to some group tools. The tools can include group discussions, group email and a tool to allow members of the group to share work-related files.

The group homepage displays all the members of the group, together with any tools that have been assigned to that group.

Some tutors may also make a quick link to groups available from the main menu area - this is more convenient if you are accessing from a mobile device.

screen shot of My Groups area

Global navigation and notification settings

For full details, please see our guide to Global Navigation and Notification Settings.

For every Hub module you will receive email notifications to your QMU email account when:

  • An assignment has been made available
  • An announcement has been posted or edited

You can customise your notifications settings for individual modules, or all modules, by going to the Global Navigation menu at the top-right of your Hub screen,

screen shot image of where to find global navigation menu at top of Hub screen

then selecting Settings from the foot of this menu

screen shot image of where to find settings menu from foot of global navigation menu

and then Edit Notification Settings.

screen shot image of where to find 'Edit Notification Settings'

Bulk Edit Notifications Settings allows you to edit notifications for all or multiple module areas. The column for Dashboard is set to show notifications to you through the Student Notifications area in each module – these settings do not need to be adjusted as these will provide useful information for you. To change the Mobile or Email notification settings, select/unselect the box in the Email column to remove or add notifications as required.

screen shot image of what the 'edit notifications settings' looks like

All changes can be verified by looking at that specific module under the heading Edit Individual Course Settings.

You may also wish to have any notifications sent to you in a digest form once a day at around 3pm. To do this, choose the Edit General Setting option and select Daily Email Digest in section 1, General Settings: Courses.

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Using Discussion Boards

Your tutors may use discussions in the Hub for you to communicate with each other and work in groups. For further information about using discussions please visit the Blackboard student guide to using a Discussion Board.

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Mobile access

The Hub is accessible from many browsers including on mobile devices. We will be launching new apps in 2015/6.

Coming soon -September 2015/6

For further information about mobile access please see our Mobile Apps for Hub web page.

Help and Support

For queries relating to:

Log-in difficulties contact: Assist@qmu.ac.uk

Module access or Assessments contact: SchoolOffice@qmu.ac.uk

For further Hub related issues not covered above contact: tel@qmu.ac.uk


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