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Stripe Account - Charge for Courses


Blog Image Interested in offering premium courses? We now provide the capability to accept payments directly through SimpleVLE. This is done simply, by connecting your existing Stripe Account, or if you don't have one, you can create a new Stripe account and connect it afterwards. With ease, prospective students will be able to register and pay the course fee through our platform, while the payment is deposited directly to your Stripe account.

SimpleVLE only takes a 15% fee, while the remaining 85% will be deposited into your Stripe account. The Stripe fee is paid from our 15%, so you don't have to worry about any unexpected additional Stripe fees. So for example, if you charge $10 for a course, a student can sign up and pay $10, you get $8.50, and Stripe and SimpleVLE split up the remaining $1.50, which equates to $0.59 for Stripe and $0.91 for SimpleVLE.

Stripe is a US technology company operating in over 25 countries handling billions of dollars every year. They handle all transactions relative to selling your class content. Furthermore, SimpleVLE does not process or store any banking or credit card information. We only store the information needed to query a person's account status directly from Stripe, with the customer's permission of course. An instructor can disconnect their Stripe account from the SimpleVLE platform at any time. After the account is disconnected, no new transactions can be made on the account. For more information, check out Stripe's Connected Account Agreement and Stripe's Privacy Policy.

You do not have to be a paying member to connect a stripe account. However, you will still have the same limitations that a free account has. We encourage our users to purchase a premium membership from SimpleVLE to provide an unlimited experience with no ads and if you start to sell courses on a regular basis, we will waive your membership fees.

Contact us with questions or concerns regarding merchant accounts.

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Major Updates - Affects All Users!


Blog Image Attention all Users! There will be several major updates coming this week on 10/12/2017. These new updates will affect all of our users, hopefully in a positive way. Please read this blog post so that the changes will not come as a surprise.

Most importantly, users will be able to create courses and all classes will be derived from those courses. This will mostly help those instructors that teach the same material more than once to multiple groups of students.

For example, an instructor can create a course titled Calculus II and then create a class from that course called Fall Semester 2017. After creating a grade scale, making some announcements, assigning homework and quizzes for the first class, the instructor will no longer have to create another class from scratch. He/she can duplicate those announcements, assignments, etc when creating a 2nd class called Spring Semester 2018 as an example. The only thing that would need to be altered is the due dates for each assignment.

So what does that mean for current instructors? Current instructors will notice that their current classes will be encompassed within a course. The name of the course will be the original class name and the class name will be defaulted to 'Class 1.' Don't worry because users will be able to rename their classes and/or courses to whatever they like.

The 2nd site update may not apply to all instructors, only those who intend on offering premium courses, or paid content. Now, instructors who want to sell their courses, SimpleVLE offers a Merchant Account. See the following blog post for more details on merchant accounts.

Finally, we have upgraded our user interface and enhanced the mobile experience. Users will notice that the site displays better on mobile devices as well as traditional PC sized monitors. Please let us know if there are any problems or if you have any suggestions. Thanks!

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BigBlueButton Web-conferencing Integration


Blog Image We are very pleased to announce that SimpleVLE has just completed an initial integration of the open-source web-conferencing/learning tool - BigBlueButton. Our premium members now have access to the most comprehensive open source web-conferencing tools available. Most, if not all other e-learning sites only offer the service to its enterprise members and most LMS systems like Moodle require you to install Bigbluebutton on a server of your liking. We provide an extremely user-friendly BigBlueButton integration at no additional cost outside of our normal membership fee.

What exactly is BigBlueButton? BigBlueButton is an amazing tool that provides real-time sharing of audio, video, slides, chat, and desktop. Built-in polling makes it easy to engage students and recording your lectures means that you can make them available for later review. When using the whiteboard tool in BigBlueButton, annotations are automatically displayed back to the students in real-time. Presenters also have the ability to zoom, highlight, draw and write on presentations making your points clearer to remote students. There is no limit on the number of webcams you can share in a session (only limited by bandwidth).

BigBlueButton is open source, and the community of developers are still very active in its continuous development. They are making improvements on a daily basis. While the current iteration requires Flash, there is an HTML5 client in development that is extremely promising, especially for mobile users. While the meeting presenter must use the Flash version to create a meeting, we do allow the meeting attendees to choose between the HTML5 client and the Flash version. For more information about BigBlueButton, check out the website. For more information about our specific integration, contact us here or if you are a member, you may contact us by phone.

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Data Visualizations Can Improve Decision Making


Blog Image Data visualizations such as graphs and charts can help a teacher tremendously when making decisions. Most of the time, data displayed in a graph and/or chart can be analyzed much easier than that same data presented in a table. SimpleVLE provides simple but effective graphs and charts to visualize test and overall student performance in several different ways.

One of the most useful is the test performance graph. This line graph is very useful in determining which subject areas the class or group is having trouble with. A spike in this line graph may indicate that the instructor needs to concentrate on that question's relevant subject matter. To make things easy, the graph is interactive allowing the instructor to click the points of the graph to get additional information, including the question text, correct answer, and which students answered the particular question incorrectly.

In addition to the test performance graph, there are the student performance graphs and charts that give the instructor the ability to track individuals while comparing their performance with the class as a whole. These graphs and charts are only applicable after the teacher has created a grade scale. Overall student performance can not be calculated without creating weighted grade scale categories that apply to each test or task.

All charts and graphs can be exported into various file formats such as pdf,png,svg, and jpg. These charts can be used to create detailed reports on student progress for example. We are always looking for new and effective ways to present the data so if you have any suggestions on other methods so please contact us here.

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Premium Accounts Now Available


Blog Image For those who want an inexpensive class management solution which includes live phone support, unlimited file and content sharing, and no advertisements, we have created several options just for you. These options along with other new features, coupled with exciting enhancements scheduled for future deployments, require us to charge a small premium to the users that wish to utilize them. Everything stays the same for our existing user base, however now users have the choice to pay a small fee for the additional features and support.

For only $9 per month, a single instructor can enjoy all of the functionality that comes with a basic account plus the following:



Depending on the situation, there are two additional plans that are being offered as well. Individuals can save $20 by purchasing a premium account billed on a yearly basis for a total of $88 dollars a year. Alternatively, group accounts are available for schools and businesses which can be customized to fit their needs. Click here for more information about our premium account offers.

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Each Class Gets Their Own Discussion Wall


Blog Image Due to many requests, we have implemented the class wall. Each and every class you create will contain a class wall, aka blog for instructors and their students to discuss current events, problems, solutions, suggestions, or whatever floats their boat. The class wall is a great place for open discussions with the entire class.

The instructor has full control over the class wall. This means that the instructor will be able to delete all posts and replies regardless of who created them. Students will only be able to delete the posts and replies that they create themselves. This is to guarantee that the class wall does not contain anything that the instructor thinks is inappropriate.

You can access the walls in two different ways. Students and instructors, both can access the class walls by clicking the blog menu at the very top of the page and selecting the class associated with the wall you wish to view. Another way to access the class walls for instructors, is to click the classes tab on the Instructor Panel, select a class, and click the 'Class Wall' button. Students can access the class wall by first entering the class from the student panel and clicking the link 'Class Wall' at the bottom of the page.

As with everything else implemented on this site, we want feedback about the class wall, including any errors, problems, or any suggestions on how to improve the functionality of the wall and/or the website in general. Please take the time to reply to this post or send us a message. Thank you.

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New step-by-step interactive tutorials added


Blog Image One of the biggest complaints about the website has been the lack of tutorials and instructions on how to use it. While the functionality of SimpleVLE is relatively Simple(hense the name), there can be some confusing elements that come with the territory of hosting dynamic web content and providing the tools that allow users to generate that content. In other words, a site with this much functionality can't be but so simple, right?

Finally we had some time to create some very detailed step-by-step tutorials that go through how to use the many tools that SimpleVLE provides. The tutorials can be downloaded in pdf or powerpoint format or you can try the interactive HTML5 version. We will continue to create new tutorials where we see the need. We also upload videos of the tutorials on our Youtube channel. Click here to view the tutorials and let us know if we missed anything or if there is any other subjects you wish us to touch on.

A Frequently Asked Questions section has been added as well. There are not many there at this time, but we will provide a form that you can easily ask us more questions and we will post the ones that are the most frequent. If it is a question that only you seem to have, we will answer you by email if you leave us one.

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