Information for Students

1. What is ELF?

The Faculty of Arts MU uses an e-learning system called ELF. ELF is the students’ companion throughout their studies. Many teachers use e-courses in ELF in support of the traditional in-class tuition, to compile learning materials and set up various online activities for students. Meeting these requirements is often one of the conditions for completing the course as a whole.

The system of online courses is the backbone of the whole ELF. However, the e-learning environment at the Faculty of Arts also includes other systems that teachers and students can use.

How does ELF work?

In ELF, students access online courses that are part of the subjects taught at the Faculty of Arts MU. Once logged into ELF, each student can see a list of courses they have been enrolled in by their teachers. In each course, the student works with the content, which the teacher (or assistant) has created and which the student has to go through as instructed.

Read more about getting started with ELF in the student’s first steps.

How will I be using ELF?

Courses in ELF offer a wide range of tools that teachers use in their courses. The most important thing is always to go through the course according to the instructions given by the teacher. The course requirements and conditions for completion are generally communicated by teachers to students at the beginning of the course (either directly on the main page or in a dedicated document). Therefore, the first step of each student in any course should be to review the course organization information (or to request this information from the teacher, if it is not available within the course).

The courses are divided into a number of topics/chapters that include study materials (web pages, PDF documents, etc.) and activities (tests, assignment submission, etc.). Most often, the student proceeds by focusing on the current topic/chapter, reading through the submitted study material and then completing the associated course activities.

The organization of the course – how the student will navigate the course, how and what they will study and what activities they will perform – may differ significantly in each course, in particular, depending on the content of the course itself and the purpose of the online activities.

Which parts does ELF include?

The ELF e-learning environment at the Faculty of Arts MU currently consists of several interconnected systems:
  • Moodle: environment for managing online courses

    The main e-learning system (LMS), in which teachers can create and manage online courses (described above) for their students, either to supplement in-class teaching or to conduct online tuition only (i.e., without attendance).

  • Urkund: system for detecting plagiarism

    When submitting their own work to Moodle, students can use the tool for basic assessment of compliance with external resources. Urkund checks the text both against its own comprehensive global database of papers and against other works submitted by students elsewhere in ELF. For each task you submit, you can verify whether it meets the requirements for the accuracy of quotations and presentation of used literature.

  • Medial: faculty media library

    Medialserves as the faculty-wide media library (such as a faculty youtube), i.e., a unified space, in which one can create, manage and share audio and video materials for teaching and other purposes.

  • Relay: screen capture app
    Using the Techsmith Relay utility, one can make a recording of your computer desktop and add spoken comments. This way, one can create training tutorials or annotated presentations.

For help and instructions on how to work in each part of ELF, see the step-by-step instructions section in the left-hand navigation block.

Other e-learning systems at the Faculty of Arts MU

IS MU e-learning

Some subjects at the Faculty of Arts MU involve e-learning in IS MU. There are therefore two different e-learning systems: ELF and IS MU. Support for e-learning in IS MU is provided by the faculty engineers under the Faculty of Informatics MU. It is entirely up to the discretion of each teacher whether the course will have online support in ELF or IS MU, most often based on the needs and goals of the e-learning engagement.

There are several reasons why the Faculty of Arts MU uses two e-learning solutions simultaneously. You can read about them in the official statement of the Faculty of Arts MU management in the Help for Teachers.