Activities: Via - Virtual Classroom
The Via activity module provides integration between Moodle and Via, a virtual teaching tool. It is designed to simplify the use of synchronous events within Moodle. It provides a single sign on between the two systems with easy event creation and management.
To connect to Via, you will need to create an account with us at SVI e Solutions. We will then provide a personalized URL and authentification keys that will be required in the plugins' parameters to create activities. These provide added security.
The module allows users to create Via - Virtual Classroom activities by adding many instances to a course. When creating the activity, the creator will have the choice of creating an activity with a start and end time and date or a permanent activity, which is always open. These can be great for homework groups. There is even a block that will display all the permanent activities of a course which offers quick access. The activity creator can also chose if the activities can be recorded and made public. There is another block to display the recordings to made access quicker and easier. The enrollment method can be set to automatic or manual. With the automatic enrollment all students enrolled in the course will be added as participants. The users will be synchronized with the help of the Moodle cron. The presenter will be the activity creator, but can be changed manually. An animator can be added manually. When manual enrollment is chosen the creator can pick which students will be allowed to participate.
Any user who creates or joins a meeting will have their account created on the Via server (if one doesn't already exist) and they will be signed in automatically using HTTP header authentication. So, as long as the user is logged into Moodle they will never have to enter in user details to get access to the Via activity.
The plugin is available in french and english.