Centre for Information Technologies, FoA 
E-learning Office

In Autumn and September 2020, the faculty e-learning environment ELF underwent two changes a slight change in appearance and, above all, transition to a new life cycle.

What does ELF life cycle mean?

The term ELF life cycle, which is the faculty’s installation of the Moodle LMS, is a process that sets out rules for creating individual courses in ELF and, at the same time, also rules for their termination or archiving.

Why is the new life cycle needed?

In the version of ELF used since 2003, all courses created over the years are stored in one place, even though many of them are no longer actively used in teaching.

Due to the increasing number of courses in ELF, and thus the growing volume of its database, it is necessary to switch to a model where clean Moodle installations intended for specific periods will be regularly deployed. During these periods, a smaller database than the old ELF version will be used, and the database will no longer grow excessively.

What will the new ELF life cycle look like?

A new, clean version of ELF will be created at the beginning of each academic year.

Therefore, there will be multiple versions of ELF existing in parallel. Only one of these versions will be active for the current period and the remaining ones will be accessible to users in read-only mode as an archive for five years.

Go to the new ELF 20/21

What does the transition to a new life cycle mean for course creators and teachers?

Courses that course creators and teachers will need to work with in the coming academic period can be transferred to the active version of ELF in a way similar to how you have created new copies of your previous courses so far, i.e., by archiving and restoring the original course. However, the course renewal will already take place in the new active version of ELF. To transfer courses to the new version of ELF, see this guide.

The course archiving and restoring process will thus take place between two installations of the Moodle LMS, the old one where the backup will be created, and the active one, and it will now be partially automated.

However, if necessary, teachers can also contact the CIT FoA E-learning Office user support staff and ask them to recover the course they need in the active version of ELF manually.

What are the benefits of the new ELF life cycle?

The benefits of this model are, in particular, increased ELF security and stability, faster system response, and better data usability for analytical purposes.

Other information

  • Important dates and links

    Publishing guidelines for transferring courses to the new life cycle

    June/July 2020

    See the guidelines

  • Launch of the ELF pilot version for September 2020–⁠Spring 2021

    September 2020

    The new platform is ready for the transfer of courses.

    Go to the ELF 20/21

  • Changing the redirection of elf.phil.muni.cz

    21st of September, 2020

    Since Monday, the 21st of September, the address elf.phil.muni.cz points to ELF 20/21. The old ELF (ELF3) remains accessible at elf.phil.muni.cz/elf3.

  • Converting the old ELF (ELF3) to read-only mode

    5th of October, 2020

    On Monday, the 5th of October, the old ELF (ELF3) will switch to read-only mode, i.e., courses stored therein can no longer be modified. All users will retain their access rights, and will still be able to view the content of the courses or make their backups.

    At the same time, the read-only mode will not restrict the possibility of transferring courses to the new ELF.

What you might ask

What will happen to the courses I was preparing in advance for the autumn semester?

 

 

You can easily transfer them into the new version using the automatic transfer.


Do you really have to create a new version of ELF when the existing one “works”?



 

In the future, the old ELF's life cycle is unsustainable due to the high and growing number of courses. The introduction of a new cycle aims to prevent situations such as system slowing down or collapsing, which might prevent you from working. The limits of the current options are already being met, even though users do not necessarily experience it.

 

 



Will the old versions of ELF still be available in the future?

 

 

Yes, but they will have a different web address and it will be in read-only mode. The address elf.phil.muni.cz, which points to the currently used ELF version, will always point to the respective active version in the future. The old ELF versions will therefore be regularly moved to different addresses. However, they will always be easily accessible from the active ELF version by clicking on a clearly visible link.

 

 

 


Why do you need to change also the visual of ELF?

 

 

The appearance of old ELF originated in 2014 and was tailored to the Moodle LMS modification at the time. However, Moodle is still being developed. The transfer to the new version of ELF, i.e., a new version of Moodle, is therefore also associated with the fact that the ELF 2014 look is no longer compatible with the current Moodle parameters.

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