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Dimdim Monitoring

A Common Error

If you are recieving the following error when attempting to Open or Monitor a Dimdim session:

javax.servlet.ServletException: Server version not defined

it means that Dimdim is not set up correctly in your System Administration.
Please see the section here and choose a Dimdim version in the Tool Administration window. (You will need administrative priveliges to perform this fix.)

Summary Screen

View of the Dimdim Monitoring Summary tab.

The Summary Tab for the Dimdim Activity shows the configuration of the Dimdim conference, and provides a one-button link to begin the conference.

Starting a Dimdim Conference

A sequence monitor must begin the Dimdim conference by clicking before Learners can join.

Unlike other LAMS activities, the Dimdim Conference must be started from within the monitoring environment. Learners will not be able to access the conference until a Monitor has started it.

Instructions

View of the Dimdim Monitoring Instructions tab.

In the Authoring Environment, Authors can use the Instructions Space to attach support files for a specific activity, or leave comments for other Monitors about how a given activity should be run.

When adding instructions to Dimdim activities, Authors may like to include supplemental information that teachers can use in an offline setting environment (eg: Blackboard points, worksheets, etc.)

Edit Activity

Clicking the Edit Activity button opens a new screen identical to the 'Basic' tab in the authoring environment.

  • LAMS 2.0.4 will only allow Dimdim editing if no learners have reached the activity.
  • LAMS 2.1 allows editing the Dimdim activity at any time during a sequence.

    Note that using Live Edit does not give Authors the ability to modify the content of the Dimdim Conference - only the text that is displayed to Learners by LAMS before they enter the conference room.

Unlike Live Edit, this form of Editing can only modify the content of an activity, as opposed to the structure of a sequence.

Statistics

The Dimdim Summary screen repeats the numbers of Learners who have attempted and/or completed the Activity.

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